underwaterKenya is set to become the first country to have an undersea museum in sub-saharan Africa.

The museum will be built at the site of a shipwreck at Ngomeni, a historical fishing village in the north coast, the Daily Nation reports.

The National Museums of Kenya (NMK) coast region assistant director for sites and monuments, Mr Athman Hussein Athman, said plans to establish the facility were already in place.

The museum will be Africa’s educational centre for underwater archaeology.

“The government of Kenya, through the NMK, has started to develop the Ngomeni shipwreck site into an underwater museum, the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa,” Mr Athman Hussein Athman said in a workshop in Mombasa on Tuesday.

He added that the project will be boosted by the discovery of several shipwrecks in Kenyan waters.

The workshop, sponsored by Unesco, the National Museums of Kenya and the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts, is being attended by 10 delegates from Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Madagascar, Namibia and Kenya.

Participants of the workshop, who are archeologists, have been undergoing rigorous practical sessions that include diving at the 17th Century Santa Antonio De Tanna Shipwreck in front of Fort Jesus Museum.

-Additional Reporting By the Daily Nation.