2000 years of stagnation?
We all know about the pyramids in Egypt, and the great pharaohs like Ramses and Cleopatra that have reigned through powerful dynasties; dark skinned human beings ruling like demi-gods over some of the most (if not the most) advanced societies of their times.
What happened throughout the centuries to shape the Egypt, the Sudan, the continent we know today?
I dare you to research Egypt and not find that it’s as if most of what is has to offer today still has to do with the remains of ancient Egypt. As if nothing wonderful is happening there today; as if the words “evolution” and “Africa” are antonyms.
We should know where we came from in order to better shape where we are going, not to simply dwell on past memories forever.
To make a long story short, I always thought it was abnormal and almost unfair that the African continent (especially sub Saharan Africa) generally has this negative connotation in people’s minds worldwide, that the great stories are always the exceptions.
Senselessness is written all over it
Instead of sitting there partaking in the group therapy of self pity and herd instinct, I decided to look into it because in reality, it all didn’t seem to make sense to me.
It didn’t make sense that the once great Mali empire would suddenly lose its greatness and turn into one of the “poorest” areas in the world.
It didn’t make sense that the first human remains were found on African soils, indicating that the continent is a place for evolution, but humans had to go up North to develop their creative spirit.
It didn’t make sense that Africans just decided to stagnate and wait for colonisation to start evolving.
It didn’t make sense that the continent had such prosperous grounds and was plagued with poverty.
It didn’t make sense that this wide variety of climates and peoples and astoundingly rich cultures didn’t mean Africans held at least some of the keys to humanity’s problems.
You better believe that!
I don’t know about you but it seems to me that the History of Africa is generally presented as if these undeniable waves of greatness suddenly faded to give way to the colonizing “saviours” who came to rescue Africans from themselves and their lack of evolution in the thousands of years that passed.
Even in Nollywood, this movie won’t hold; there had to be more to this story.
In my quest for self understanding and attempt to decipher the African stereotypes which portrays a continent tagged with poor ambition, famine, corruption and war, it didn’t take long for me to discover a number of incredible facts that I couldn’t (and probably shouldn’t) keep to myself. The amount of amazing discoveries about the continent was such that I decided to split them in topics and share them with you through a series named “This you should know”.In this first chapter of my discoveries, geography and history will help me translate why our African forefathers were not the savages.
On the wake of this Black History Month, this you should know.
Evolution or “devolution”?
No wonder I’ve always disliked history class! Subconsciously, I couldn’t relate. Now that I decided to check the facts myself, things just got that much more interesting!