Why was ACRI Founded?
Following the United Nations Decade on culture (1988-1997), the founder Chairman Prof. F.X. Gichuru then of Kenyatta University got very concerned about the plight of Africa in the globalization process. It appeared to him that the youth of Africa were fast losing their culture and identity as Africans due to the many influences of modernisation. Yet Africa has a lot to offer to the world in the globalization process. For that reason, he set out to establish ACRI (African Cultural Regeneration Institute) to champion cultural revitalization in Kenya and Africa. ACRI was eventually registered as an international NGO in January 2003. Happily, ACRI was no longer lonely in this quest; later in October the same year, UNESCO adopted the Convention for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity and, later on, the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural expressions.
Why is ACRI imperative for the 21st Century?