The African Renaissance was supported by the South African President Thabo Mbeki since the late 1990s. The French word Renaissance means rebirth. Based on its origin, the term a " cultural renaissance ". Can be transferred to Africa no longer be an excuse for everything and everyone the time of slavery and colonialism.
- Africa has a bright future - he said that if it put his responsibility and his fate finally take in the hand itself. Slavery and colonialism would no longer be an excuse for everything and everyone. Corruption, war and economic hardship should not be more detached from the outside, but fought from the inside. ( Thabo Mbeki, President of South Africa )
- The African Renaissance must result from the physical, spiritual and cultural development of our people. That's their job. You must give our people the passion and love for our continent. The spirit of continuous innovation, the creativity, the ongoing search for new ideas to turn the never-ending desire to change things for the better. ( Malusi Gigaba, President of the ANC Youth League)
It emerged over the past years, various plans, especially the so-called construction plan NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development ). With Nepad undertake the leaders of a democratic and transparent governance, the fight against corruption and step up intra- continental cooperation and hope in return to be able to move the industrial nations to a new engagement in Africa. Democracy, protecting human rights and ensuring a solid and predictable economic policies are mentioned as a prerequisite for peace, growth and development.
Former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan describes under the heading " Changes in Industrial policy and diversification are key elements in the economic development of Africa " the way there and calls for the implementation of NEPAD.
- African Union