Precolonial Black Africa by Cheikh Anta Diop is an amazing introduction to real African history without the stain of foreign bigotry.
Diop’s analysis of history enables Black men and women the world over to develop a deeper understanding of the status of the individual, the symbols of the daily life and the metaphysical meaning of every social activity that we still participate in today.
His work should and has certainly sprung a lot of followers who have gone further into their culture to reap a better appreciation of their civilization. What is more important though is the fact that Africans are probably the only people who can claim an unique “sense of unity” based upon their common cultural and linguistic foundation in the Nile Valley and surrounding areas. This important and unique origin should be heralded in an environment of constant warfare and political division amongst our people.
A real appreciation of African history should allow the current States to rise above petty division but rather usher a new era of common economic and social development for the individual, the woman and the child in particular. The moment the African regains his own pride and consciousness, the moment he will cease to bow down to foreign imperialism and truly fight for the future of his Nation.
In the words of John Henrik Clarke, “what we know as Black History, are actually the missing pages of World History..” Anyone who is a true student of history can easily see the motivation, methodology, and justification of non-Africans in suppressing the whole truth. Cheikh Anta Diop is nothing less than a hero. His work continues to baffle the eurocentric ideology, which is already crumbling under its own weight.
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