The theme echoes the present imbalance in the country's development endeavours. Most people trace their origins from villages, although many now live in towns.

It highlights how traditional life stands with modern life. Included is a life size village household, highlighting aspects of life in our present villages. A retail store bridges the village and town scenes, outlining an impression of a town in Zambia today. The theme urges the empowerment of villages to minimise the high rate of urbanization experienced in Zambia today. The last section exhibits a variety of cultural objects highlighting various aspects of traditional life from the past to the present.

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