ARF ESSAY

                                                                                                                          

 

                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 THE AFRIKAN PROBLEM: THEY LOST THEIR HISTORY

‘’The African World has a problem, a very serious problem that affects the lives of every African Man, Woman and Child upon this Earth. Our problem is not merely an individual problem and therefore it cannot be solved on an individual level. Our problem is not merely a community problem, and therefore it cannot be solved on a community level. Our problem is not merely an organizational problem, and therefore it cannot be solved on an organizational level. Our problem is not merely a national problem, and therefore it cannot be solved on a national level. Clearly, our problem is an international problem, and therefore it can only be solved on an international level. What is our problem? Our problem is that we are dying.  African People all over the world are dying, slowly and systematically. These deaths are not occurring as a result of any natural or accidental causes, but rather as a result of cold and calculated planning” (Shakari).*

One would ask: ‘’Why has this calamity befallen African peoples that Sakari is lamenting?’’ The answer is – It is because Afrikans had lost their history and therefore lost the true Knowledge of Self. We’ve all heard the ancient African saying that ‘’a tree without roots cannot survive’’; well, the deplorable condition of the African world is ample evidence of this ancient wisdom.

 

 We need to view the problem from an historical perspective. In order to do this effectively, we have to go back to Ancient  Khemet (Egypt) whose origins were from the south and whose  civilization began far back beyond 10 000 years B.C., and reached its zenith around 3 200 B.C. After 2 600 years that accommodated 25 dynasties of black civilization, with a relatively short Hyksos inter-regnum between the 17th and 15th centuries B.C., in around 600 B.C., the Assyrians attempted an invasion of the land of Khemet which was rebuffed by the Egyptians with the help of mercenaries from Greece, an event which gave the Greeks their first meaningful interaction with the Khemetians in the land of Egypt. The next notable invasion was in 525 B.C. by the Persians. Then in 323 B.C., the Greeks got hold of Khemet (Egypt) under Alexander the Greek; then about 30 B.C., the Romans also invaded the land of Khemet.

 

It must be noted that all these invaders found the level of the Egyptian Civilization so high that the intruders submitted to the high culture and knowlege and they imbibed as much as possible what the Khemetians had, including their Sacred Wisdom Knowledge, the so-called Mysteries and incorporated them into their own. The Civilization of Khemet (Ancient Egypt) had a belief system or religion which the invaders adopted and practiced. It is interesting to note that a Roman officer in Alexandria was chief priest or pontiff of the Khemetian religion during the early parts of the Roman occupation. It was not until Christian Europe took over power in Khemet that the social structures began to disintegrate. Notwithstanding all this, the Christian church secretly adopted the liturgical rites of the Khemetic system which endures in the church today; an example is the introduction of the monastic culture which was started by the first St Anthony of Egypy in 310 A.D. Christian Byzantium was in Khemet  from  359 to 635 A.D. and learnt the sacred wisdom of the ancient world which originated there.

 

Subsequent to the Byzantine presence were the series of the Islamic invasions engineered from the Caliphate of Bagdad which began in 635 A.D., and later by the Ottoman Turks (1517 A.D.). So from the Christian and Islamic invasions of Khemet the destruction of the glory of this monumental African civilization had began. History had shown that any world power wanted to invade Khemet (Egypt) because of the long standing peace and prosperity of the land and the people. All other peoples  marvelled at the glory of the great civilization of Ancient Khemet because it was the most magnificent Empire of  the then known Ancient world.

 

When the Romans were occupying Khemet proper, our ancestors moved down south to Kush or Southern Sudan and held their sway there; but the Islamic onslaught continued and pushed them further down to the Lake Chad area; and they made settlements there, using the rudiments of the ancient civilization there to survive. They looked for a second Nile and found it; that is the mighty river Niger; and they settled along the great bend or inner delta of the Niger. Over the years from the 10th through the 14th century our ancestors developed mighty civilizations still based on the ancient knowledge and traditions of ancient Khemet: the Ghana Empire, the Songhai Empire, and the Mali Empire.  At this time the centre of Islamic power moved from the Caliphate of Bagdad to Mecca; still the spread of Islam did not come by persuasion but by violent force and "holy wars" (jihads), kidnapping of Afrikan princes and the blackmail of royal families to become Muslim.

 

The Slave Trade started by the Caliphate of Bagdad continued under Mecca in West Afrika aided by mixed race Arab/Afrikans. This harassment and forced enslavement further scattered the dispersing Afrikans from the Chad region to the West to the Senegal area and continued to push the new Afrikan settlements into the Sub-Sahara forest belts of Afrika. At the same time Arabs were carrying on the slave trade in the East Afrikan Zanzibar axis. By the 15th–16th centuries the Europeans also had their inroads and started the thievery of Afrikans who became Captive Slaves. What the Europeans had done to Afrikans from the 15th and 18th centuries became the new history of Afrika and all the glories of Afrika’s great past  was  erased. Afrikans had thus lost their history and the continuity of what it is to be an African and thus became susceptible to the lamentable situation described above by Shakari.

 

Like the people of Sumer who lost their history and disappeared, Afrikans lost their history and Self-Knowledge and are inundated by ignorance, suffered slavery, colonization and were dehumanized by White Supremacy, were neo-colonized again and are still dying.

 

Wherever there is a problem, the situation necessitates a solution; and the solution to the Afrikan problem is through Knowledge of Self. The Afrikan Renaissance Foundation’s mission is to be a part of the solution to the Global Afrikan problem by helping to fill-in “The Missing Pages of World History”, which is  ‘’The True History of Afrika’’, to the International Community of the Global Afrikan Family.

*REFERENCE: Shakari, A. Batu. Tribalism, Mysticism, Primitivism and The Rise of Genocide Against The African World. Shakari Publications, Chicago,Illinois. 1991. P.87.  

 

ARF Editorial Note:  The most tragic consequence of the incessant invasions of our ancient civilizations is that we the Afrikans of the Sub-Saharan region, i.e. Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Senegal, Congo, etc..., as well as those who were stolen from these lands, are the descendants of these great Ancient Empires who have lost all knowledge of Self.  The objective of the ARF is to bring back to Afrika and Afrikans the Self-Knowledge which comprises the “missing pages of world history”, a vacuum which had belied the Black race our true place in world civilization. By this attainment, we Afrikans can regain our lost human dignity and refute supremacy of any human race over the black race.

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