1960s marked an important period in which several African countries
gained their independence. Considering this fact, the International
Exhibitions Bureau permitted the directors of Expo 67 to assume
construction costs for a group of pavilions to host 15 of these
countries: Cameroon, Chad, Congo Republic, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast,
Kenya, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo
Africa Place featured the histories of these countries, the incredible
lushness of their fauna and the incomparable beauty of their flora.
As impressive as the physical attributes of these countries are,
their respective industries and the political and economical issues
they faced could not be ignored. Although ecological news was often
worrisome and faunal diversity seemed threatened, a few years earlier
in Madagascar, scientists had discovered a fish they believed had
disappeared in prehistoric times! This alone required a visit to
Poems presented in an African musical style showcased the vitality
of French in Senegal. They reflected the sometimes harsh realities
of this country: several were written by the President of Senegal,
the celebrated poet Léopold Sédar Senghor. An important
forum for artists and artisans, Africa Place held many shows, providing
visitors the opportunity to observe the richness of Africa's culture.
It was a destination not to be missed.