A GREAT AFRICAN THINKER
By Sainey Faye
― Cheikh Anta Diop, Precolonial Black Africa
Supported by the governing powers of all the Western countries , this ideology, based on a moral and intellectual swindle, easily won out over the true scientific current developed by a parallel group of Egyptologist of good will, whose intellectual uprightness and even courage cannot be stressed stronly enough.
The new Egyptological ideology , born at the opportune monment, reinforced the theorectical bases of imperialist ideology. That is why it easily drowned out the voice of science, by throwing the veil of fasificacation over historical truth. This ideology was spread with the help of considerable publicity and taught the world over, because it alone had the material and financial means for its own propagation.
Thus imperialism, like the prehistoric hunter, first killed the being spiritually and culturally, before trying to eliminate it physically. The negation of the history and intellectual accomplishments of Black Africans was cultural, mental murder,which preceded and paved the way for their genocide here and there in the world.”
― Cheikh Anta Diop, Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology
Sources ;- ” Nation Negres et Culture and Anteriorite des Civilizations Negres’ and ‘ The African Origin Of Civilization :
Myth Or Reality.’
FEBRUARY IS BLACK / AFRICAN HISTORY ……..See if you or your kids can ace this quiz !!!
1. According to C.A.Diop, .”no thought, and particularly no philosophy, can develop outside of its historical terrain.”
2. Several African queens ruled kingdoms and empires, in Nubia, Ethiopia, Angola, and the Congo.But no woman ever ruled Greece or Rome with full authority.
3. Africa is the cradle of humanity, and civilization; and the first to experience the early rise of human intelligence, according to scientists.
4. When Egypt was conquered by the Romans in 47 B.C., Caesar altered their calendar by introducing the readjustment every 4 years ( leap year ), and that is the origin of the present -day calendar.
5. C.A.Diop (Cheikh Anta Diop), notes that in our history; there are two types of stratified societies in Black Africa; one without the idea of castes namely in in South and Central Africa, and the other with castes includes West Africa, namely the ancient kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, Singhai, the upper Nile etc.
6.In the ancient of Cayor (Senegal); he notes ” the Cayorian royalty, where the woman could not reign in the place of the damel (king), the matriarchal system was subjanet; but only an inside observer could be aware of this.Maternal kingship remained predominant.”
7. Neo-Colonialism was first introduced into Africa, before Colonialism………True or False ?
8. The Trans-Saharan slave trade gave birth to the Trans-Atlantic slave trade…….True or False ?
9 “Kemet” is another name for ancient Egypt……..True or False ?
10 In the West African African country of the Gambia, some ancient raised stones or carved rocks (stone circles) at Kerr Batch and Wassu; are much older than some pyramids of Egypt or Nubia……….True or False
11. African culture, like any other culture in the world; have a common language, religion, place of origin, shared values, and a sense of bonding.Thus, there is no superior or inferior culture.
12. In terms of culture, how you define yourself is much more important than how society defines you…….True or False ?
13. There is little, if any difference at all; between a Pan-African and a Black nationalist…….True or False ?
14. “Kemet” is another name for ancient Egypt……..True or False ?
15 C.A.Diop maintains that ” Insofar as Egypt is the distant mother of Western cultures and sciences, most of the ideas that we call foreign are oftentimes nothing but mixed up, reversed, modified, elaborated images of the creations of our African ancestors, such as Judaism,Christianity, Islam, dialectics, the theory of being, the exact sciences, arithmetic, geometry, mechanical engineering, astronomy, medicine, literature (novel, poetry, drama), architecture, and the arts.”
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