In 2100, the African continent is projected to have a population of around 4.3 billion people, nearly seven times as many as Europe. Experts predict that the next high-tech revolution will be “Made in Africa”. The mobile internet has the potential to be a key factor in overcoming social crises. Yet in our media coverage, these rapid developments are happening only in the margins. Africa remains an unknown continent — a result of the perpetuation of racist stereotypes?
The colonisation of Namibia began in Bremen. But from its inception, the University of Bremen stood for decolonisation and a new policy towards Africa. An illustrative example: In the 1980s under the direction of the international law expert Prof. Manfred Hinz, the Namibia Project rewrote history textbooks for schools in preparation for independence. Today Africans make up one of the largest groups of international students at Uni Bremen. The Global North must form a new relationship with Africa — but how?
Against this background, the Alumni Association and the University of Bremen invited to the online talk “The future belongs to Africa” on 29 November 2021. This is part of the event series “Simply Change the World”, which will be produced by Radio Bremen and streamed worldwide in winter 2021/22.
Dr Uschi Eid, President of the German Africa Foundation
Prof Dr Manfred Hinz, Professor of Public Law at the University of Bremen (retired)
Prof Dr Rozena Maart, Director of the Centre for Critical Research on Race and Identity at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) and Research Ambassador of the University of Bremen