- Plans are underway to build the first sub-Saharan educational centre underwater in Kenya which would be located in the Eastern province
- The site for the construction of the museum has recorded 33 shipwrecks and it is believed there could be more
- There are plans to employ tour guides to lead people underwater when the museum is complete
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Kenya has begun preparations towards the building of sub-Saharan Africa’s first underwater museum.
The architectural piece is likely to be located at the site of a shipwreck at Ngomeni in the country’s eastern province.
The plan is to provide a unique building to serve as Africa’s educational centre for underwater technology.
YEN.com.gh understands that the region has recorded 33 ancient shipwrecks and there are reports that there could be more along the coastline.
Per a Business Insider report, underwater museums are becoming a major component of tourist attractions.
The head of archeology at the National Museum, Kenya, Dr. Caesar Bita, noted that the museum would be a major boost for the country’s economy.
“Once the museum is complete, we will have tour guides who will be guiding people under the water. Each wreck will have a placard that tells its history,” said Dr Bita.
In eastern Africa, only Madagascar has ratified the UNESCO 2001 Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.
On March 11, 2019, UNESCO teamed up with the Kenyan Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage to raise awareness on the ‘Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage for Sustainable Tourism Development in Eastern Africa and the adjacent Indian Ocean Islands.
In other news, leading economies in Africa are turning towards wind energy in a bid to provide power to homes, YEN.com.gh has learned.
Information available shows that this forms part of a trend to take advantage of clean energy all over the continent.
The continent’s most advanced economy, South Africa, had paved the way in a bid to take advantage of policies and projects geared towards energy.
It is therefore poised to lead the drive for wind power installations as it takes advantage of an additional 3.3 gigawatts added to its energy capacity by 2024.
Per a report by qz.com, this is an attempt to achieve two objectives; coping with the problems at its national power company, Eskom, and trying to slowly reduce its addiction to coal.
Another major leader in the energy industry, Kenya, opened the continent’s largest wind farm in 2019 and will soon be in the position to claim total renewable energy from various sources including geothermal and solar.
YEN.com.gh understands that investment in clean energy in sub-Saharan Africa increased to $7.4 billion in 2018 up from $2.3 billion in 2017.
In the year 2018, South Africa accounted for $4 billion of investment driven by a major onshore wind project. In other news, the Bank of Ghana has announced the creation of an Enterprise Credit Scheme to provide support to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
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