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History Month

Welcome to CENFACS’ Online Diary!

03 October 2018

Post No. 59



The Week’s Contents


• History Month 

• A la une

• Autumn Humanitarian Appeal 


… and much more!



Key Messages from the Week’s Contents  

~ History Month with Making Memorable Difference

The lead story line of poverty relief and sustainable development at CENFACS this week is about Making Memorable Difference in October.  October is the History month in CENFACS development calendar.  We normally remember the African history through Making Memorable Difference (MMD) projectThis year’s MMD is about acknowledging African Oral History Legacies.

For further information on this acknowledgement, read below under the Main Developments section.  

Besides the main history theme of October, we are also running our environmental campaign A la une as planned. 


~ A la une (Autumn Leaves of Action to Upkeep the Nature in Existence)  

International trade versus upkeep of the nature

This month and week is the start of A la une.  We are going to reintroduce A la une by looking at ways of not only improving our understanding about the reason behind the upkeep the nature in existence this Autumn, but also the way of doing something concrete to make this upkeep a reality.  This will be done through the case over the agreement or disagreement between peoples and nations, which is going on at the moment between the need to internationally trade and the necessity to keep up the nature in existence.

This case will enlighten us to build on keeping up the nature in existence while respecting basic rights of humans, animals and other living beings; as well as the need for people and nations to freely trade.

As part of making the nature’s upkeep a reality, CENFACS is pleased with the strengthening of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) legislation in Central, West and Southern Africa at the symposium held in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) from 10 to 12 September 2018 regarding the international trade in wild animals and plants.

For more information about this year’s A la une, please contact CENFACS and or continue to read our posts over this Autumn season.

Likewise, our usual Autumn Humanitarian Appeal has already been re-launched. 

Just to let you know, the environmental campaign A la une and humanitarian appeal are part of Autumn programme.  


~ Autumn Humanitarian Relief Appeal

Our humanitarian appeal for Autumn 2018 has been launched since the 2nd of October 2018 and is live on the Support Us page of this website:  cenfacs.org.uk/support-us/

This appeal is about supporting needy people, flora, fauna and organisations in Africa.  It includes the following five selected projects: 


2/ Cross-border in-work Poor People and Markets

3/ Righters of financial deprivations

4/ Hardship After Summer Holidays

5/ Save Flora and Fauna projects. 


A brief summary of these projects is given on the page Support Us of this website. 

Donors and funders can directly and respectively donate or fund these projects. 

A message about this appeal can also be passed on to a person who is in a position and willing to support.  Many thanks for passing this message!

You can donate any amount starting from £1 or more as you wish, gift aid your giving and support these projects in a way that is the most suitable and related to your situation, capacity and willingness.

To donate, gift aid and support otherwise; please contact CENFACS.


Main Developments from the Week’s Contents 

Making Memorable Difference (MMD)

What is MMD? 

MMD is

∼ a two-day event of Awareness, Thought and Recognition set up by CENFACS in 2009 to celebrate the Black History Month in our own way and feeling while preserving the tradition linked to this remembrance and standing on the shoulders of similar celebrations

∼ a historic project of collective memory about works carried out, heritage and legacies left by Africans

∼ all about collectively telling, acknowledging, studying and learning that every day Africans wherever they are (in Africa) or elsewhere (in the UK-Croydon and the world) are striving to improve the quality of their lives and of others. Through their historically valuable works, they are making memorable difference and the world a better place for everybody, including the generations to come.

∼ a celebration of African Abilities, Talents, Skills and Gifts to Africa and the world.

This year’s dedicated two days (27 and 28 October 2018) are the days of historical study, analysis and skill recognition and celebration of the legacies left by Africans in the Oral History in Africa.  We will search on the African Oral History

So, our sharing and engaging content this October is how the spoken word, compared to the written word, had help in reducing poverty and enhancing sustainable development in Africa since the pre-colonial era. 

As we are in CENFACS’ Local Year Campaign or the Local People’s Year, we will look at how Oral History had helped to preserve local values, creations, dialects, cultures and customs.  In doing so, alleviating local poverty and enhancing local sustainable development.

27 October 2018 (African Oral History Value Day): We shall identify the power of oral history (e.g. oral tradition) in Africa’s history to relieve and possibly to end poverty as well as its implications for the new generations in understanding Africa’s history today.  It will be about finding out how poor people and those who are marginalised (like working classes, ethnic minorities, women and others) find their way through oral history to express their needs and voices.

28 October 2018 (African Oral History Legacies & Gifts Day): We shall find out how history collectors and preservers contributed to the process of poverty reduction in Africa before written word or history and audio recording eras.  Likewise, we will celebrate the empowering capacity of oral history and communications in lifting people out of poverty as well as the legacies and gifts of the African history collectors and preservers; those who bring together oral history and those who save oral history from loss, damage, decay or deterioration. 

To engage with this year’s MMD theme and or support this project, please contact CENFACS on this site. 


Making Memorable Difference Timeline

2009CENFACS recognised environmental sustainability.

2010: We acknowledged and honoured sports contributions and history in relieving collective poverty and improving community lives beyond fitness and beyond individualistic achievements.

2011: We recollected, remembered and revered caregiving talents and legacies of young carers in enhancing human development (their own development and other people’s development) by reducing the burden of poverty.

2012: We dedicated our historical recognition to Africa’s Global Game Runners and the Science of Running.

2013: Our two days were about the Memorable Difference Made and brought by Working Poor (Miners & Factory Workers) in relieving poverty. We consecrated them to the historical study of The Role of Working Poor Miners and Factory Workers of Natural Resources and Extractive Industries in the Poverty Relief in Africa since the Berlin Conference (1884-5).

2014: We celebrated the place of the African Music and Dance in the pre– and post-colonial eras, the late 1950s and the early 1960s. This celebration focused on the African History of Singing and Dancing and their Impacts on Liberation and Freedoms.

2015: Making Memorable Difference focused on African Negotiators of the History. 

2016: We remembered the Protectors and Guardians of the African History and Heritage. 

2017: We acknowledged the Communicators of the African History 

For further details about these past MMD events, please contact CENFACS. 


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Thank you for visiting CENFACS website and reading this post.

Thank you as well to those who made or make comments about our weekly posts.

We look forward to receiving your regular visits and continuing support throughout 2018.

With many thanks


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