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Victoria Falls has influenced Zambia's economic standing

By Edwin Mbulo in Livingstone, The Post, Saturday 20 April 2013

 
SENIOR Chieftainess Nkhomeshya Mukamambo II of Chongwe district says the Victoria Falls has influenced Zambia's economic standing through tourism. During the opening of David Livingstone International Academic Conference yesterday, chieftainess Nkhomeshya appealed to Zambians to visit the Livingstone Museum to enable them understand Dr Livingstone's life.
The three-day conference has attracted several experts from the United Kingdom and the London School of Economics and Political Science as part of Zambia's commemoration of the 200th birthday of Dr Livingstone.
 
"It is not in dispute that Dr Livingstone, who was the first European to visit the Victoria Falls, marketed what was to become Zambia's major tourist attraction. The falls has influenced this country's economic standing through tourism which is one of Zambia's foreign exchange earners. There are many people whose lives revolve around this tourist attraction by establishing infrastructure such hotels, banks, shopping centres and curio shops among others," she said.
 
David Livingstone was born on March 19, 1813 and he died at Chitambo village in Serenje on May 1, 1873.
 
The conference whose theme is 'Imperial Obsessions: David Livingstone, Africa and World History: A Life and Legacy Reconsidered' has attracted scholars from the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Zambia and neighbouring universities.
 
Chieftainess Nkhomeshya described Dr Livingstone as a friend to most ancient African chiefs.
She said there were many inferences that could be drawn from Dr Livingstone's life and cited the 19th century partnerships between Europe and Africa as one such example.
 
"David Livingstone is one of the few colonial names still maintained in Zambia even when several African countries did away with such names after their independence. He is also well known for his efforts to spread Christianity," she asked.
And chiefs and traditional affairs minister Nkandu Luo in a speech read by her deputy Suzan Kawandami said the Zambian government fully recognised the great achievements of Dr Livingstone in Zambia and Africa in general.
"Government is fully aware and mindful of Dr Livingstone's unique legacy and the role the legacy had played in the development of Zambia. We fully recognise the great achievements of Dr Livingstone, through his explorations, his missionary work, scientific and education work, and of course his ardent opposition to the slave trade here in Africa. Dr Livingstone was fascinated by Africa's way of life, our culture and our traditions. He made many friends among the chiefs and people of this continent. He was highly regarded to the extent that it was felt so important for his body to be preserved and carried from Chitambo chiefdom in present day Serenje in Zambia to the coat so that his remains could be shipped back to his homeland in UK for burial," Prof Luo said.
 
And David Livingstone 2013 bicentenary international relations chairperson Belinda Hodge said the birthday celebrations of the late explorer and medical doctor would add value to the country's preparations for the August 2013 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly.

 

Published by The Post, Zambia

 

 


 

 

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