Mozambican president Armando Guebuza has opened a new cultural centre in Maputo which he says will be a space for dialogue between generations, state news agency AIM reports. The Maputo municipal cultural centre, otherwise known as N'tsindza, is located in the premises of the former association of black people in the colony of Mozambique, an organisation founded in the 1930s to promote education among the indigenous population. In the 1950s the structure also played host to the so-called Nucleus of Mozambican African Secondary Students (NESAM), founded by Eduardo Mondlane, who went on to become the first president of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and is widely considered to be the father of national independence. Guebuza recalled NESAMs role in bolstering a sense of Mozambican identity and self-esteem in the face of Portuguese rule, adding that the same qualities that served in the fight against colonialism must now be put to use to combat poverty in the country.

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