ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Ethiopia has intensified its efforts towards
the establishment of a pan-African university that aspires to
pay tribute to black people’s achievements and history, with
due emphasis given to the fight against colonialism.
conference that envisaged to fast track the establishment of
the Adwa Pan-African University is underway in Ethiopia’s
northern town of Adwa.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, while addressing
conference participants, has stressed the importance the Adwa
Pan-African University in preserving African history and
culture by focusing on Africans’ solidarity in the fight
previously called on Ethiopians to support the establishment
of the Adwa pan-African university as it mainly aspires to
signify the contribution of black people from every walks of
lives, also stressed the historical importance of the
university for Ethiopia and Africa in general.
Pan-Africa University is named after the battle of Adwa held
in 1896, in which the less-equipped Ethiopian forces scored
victory against the colonial Italian force.
The battle of Adwa,
which is also referred to as the first Ethiopia-Italian war,
marks the first black victory against a colonizer force in the
African continent. The war is believed to initiate other
freedom fighters in the African continent to struggle towards
which is also expected to discuss the design of the
university, cost and public participation in the construction
of the university, has also attracted the pan-African bloc’s
Quartey, African Union Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson,
who recognized the Ethiopian government’s initiative in its
cause, said that the Adwa Pan-African University signifies the
battle of Adwa, which he said had helped other African
countries to strengthen their struggle for freedom.
As the Ethiopian
government expects a continent-wide support for the
construction of the pan-African university as it signifies
alliance among Africans, other African countries had
recognized Ethiopia’s ambition towards establishing a
including Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and former South
African President Thabo Mbeki, were among the high-level
officials attending the cornerstone laying ceremony for the
construction of the university in the northern part of the
east African country back in April 2017.
government has allocated some 150 hectares of land for the
construction of the Adwa Pan-African University.
whose construction is scheduled to start within the coming two
months period, will be constructed in Ethiopia’s Tigray
regional state in the town of Adwa.