The National Gallery of Zimbabwe is set to host for the second time, the International Congress of African Cultures slated for September this year in the capital.

Zimbabwe hosted the first International Congress of African Cultures in 1962 where it had multitudes of people from different parts of the world.

55 years later, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe is hosting the congress for the second time in Harare.

The deputy director of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Mr Raphael Chikukwa said preparations are now at an advanced stage and they are expecting thousands of people across the globe to attend.

The first International Congress of African Cultures was never published and it is now time for Africans to produce and document their own history to avoid distortions, said Dr Jonathan Zilberg an anthropologist at the University of Illinois in USA who also attended the first congress in 1962.

Dr Zilberg said due to globalisation, cultural imperialism is inevitable, however Africans must embrace their own culture as it is the one which defines them.