YOUR  ID.

“WHAT HAPPENED IN THE PROCESS OF CONVERTING THE BLACKS TO ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY WAS THE SUPREME TRIUMPH OF THE WHITE WORLD OVER THE BLACK. MILLIONS OF AFRIKANS BECAME NON-AFRIKANS. AFRIKANS WHO WERE NEITHER MUSLIMS NOR CHRISTIANS WERE CLASSED AS ‘PAGANS’ AND THEREFORE REQUIRED TO DISAVOW THEIR WHOLE CULTURE AND TO REGARD PRACTICALLY ALL AFRIKAN INSTITUTIONS AS BACKWARD OR SAVAGE...INDEED, IN ORDER TO DESTROY COMPLETELY NOT ONLY THEIR AFRIKAN HERITAGE, BUT ALSO THEIR VERY AFRIKAN IDENITY, PSYCHOLOGICALLY, THEY WERE FORCED TO CHANGE THEIR NAMES TO ARABIC AND CHRISTIAN NAMES...BLACKS AT HOME IN AFRIKA AND BLACKS SCATTERED OVER THE WORLD BORE THE NAMES OF THEIR ENSLAVERERS AND OPPRESSORS, THE ULTIMATE IN SELF-EFFACEMENT AND PROMOTED A SELF-HATRED WHICH MADE PRIDE IN THE RACE DIFFICULT. THAT THESE PSYCHOLOCIALLY SHACKLES STILL HANDICAP NOT ONLY THE REBIRTH OF MODERN AFRIKAN STATES, BUT BLACKS EVERYWHERE, SHOULD BE OBVIOUS TO ALL.”

SOURCE: Williams, Chancellor. The Destruction of Black Civilization. Chicago: Third World Press, 1974. P. 56-57.

 

“THERE IS SOMETHING MENTALLY WRONG HERE” ...FOREIGN NAMES

In pursuing the principle of Kujichagulia [Self-determination], we must not only name ourselves and our children in accordance with the ancestral traditions, but we must also stop carrying silly names, and stop giving our children names of others and things that have no meaning within Africa’s spiritual, cultural and material cosmology. We must keep in mind that names of humans carry with them intrinsic values of the evolving culture of the people and this is particularly so in African social set up. They affirm the links to one’s lineage and ancestors and establish the structure and form the ancestral tree. To acquire the names of others that are spiritually barren and culturally empty in an Africentric sense is to subject oneself to cultural slavery. It would be acting to clip oneself off the ancestral tree that would result in deprivation of social self-worth. This act of naming ourselves outside the domain of African social existence and cultural construct not only puts one at a distance from the ancestral tree and traditions but placed one into the turbulent field of spiritual and cultural schizophrenia. In other words, one uproots oneself into a shadow of emptiness where there is no firm ground on which one can stand in the history of the natural and social order of states and processes and point in the direction of his or her ancestral path of continuity of the past, present and future. In this way, one is cut off completely from the path of retrieval (sankofa) which is the right bestowed on any African by the African Trinity and traditions.

The whole process of acquiring European names under the pretext of Christianization is a most dangerous particularity whose psychological impact is and has been very devastating to the African self-worth and dignity. It has destroyed the Sankofarization (retrieval) process and the ability to reconnect with the past. Our African ancestors can no longer identity us spiritually from where they are because we carry names that send no signal or at very best confused signals to them. Without recognition of our presence they will not bestow on us their spiritual blessings for the continuity between them, us here, and those coming to ensure our unity and self-determination. It is incompatible with organic principle of Africentricity and it polyrhythmic foundations. The same holds true for non-indigenous Islamic names. What implication can you draw from walking around carrying the name of those people whose atrocities against you and/or your ancestors are unparalleled in the recorded global history...

Will any group of people, or their descendants operating in a zone of cognitive rationality, continue to carry names that identify their bodies, souls, spirit and minds with those people who have enslaved them, colonized them, lynched them, severed their limbs, killed them in cold blood, raped their women, castrated their men and continue to subjugate them through racism, psychological warfare and material exploitation? Why should Africans subject themselves to this degradation of collective self? This is a travesty of emancipation and social progress through the principle of self-determination of Africa. The task of explaining to Africans this awkward situation that has been developed between the ancestors and us here is ideologically daunting. The task must be confronted in fearless battle mode. Our ancestors are in continuous struggle against Africa’s adversaries, predators and destroyers in the spiritual world. They want to fight in support of us. However, those Africans that carry the names of the adversaries, predators and destroyers detach themselves from the ancestral trust. They are thus placed in the camp of the betrayers and ancestral adversaries. In this way the spiritual blessings from the ancestors are thus completely cut off, leaving us in the battle and war fronts without ancestral help, thus further weakening our self-determination. Our spiritual callings fall outside the living communication of our ancestors, thus depriving us of practical links with those gone while at the same time depriving those coming of the needed resources for ancestral connection to maintain our continuity....

SOURCE REFERENCE:DOMPERE, KOFI KISSI “POLYRHYTHMICITY: FOUNDATIONS OF AFRICAN PHILOSOPHY” P. 150-151.

ARF EDITORIAL COMMENTS: Professor K. K. Dompere is a mathematician and contemporary thinker in Afrikan philosophical thought and he has written many books in the area and also on the foundations of Pan-Afrikan thought.

 

KAMAU

THE ANCIENT BLACK KHEMETIAN (EGYPTIAN)

CALLED HIMSELF KAMAU

MEANING:

KAM…BLACK

AU…GODMAN

KAMAU THEREFORE MEANS:

BLACK GODMAN --- SO IT IS IN BANTU

WHERE MANTU MEANS GOD OR MAN

THE PLURAL BEING:

BANTU

MEANING GODMEN

SO THE BLACK MAN KNEW HE WAS GODMAN

BLACK GODMAN.

NAME:

What is in a name?

Everything.

A name identifies the land of one’s birth

And the language of that nation

It tells where you come from, the continent, race,

Country, one’s nationality and ethnicity

A name is essential and integral to ones identity.

In a name you find yourself, your serial position

Among siblings, your family and your ancestral lines

There is deep significant meaning in a name.

A name carries spiritual power, a vibratory frequency,

That resonates out into the cosmos and back to the individual.

In Afrika colonization, conquest and slavery

Contaminated Afrikan names

Also sheer stupidity in craving for westernization

And Arabization had produced ridiculous

And crass names of Afrikans

Such that Afrikans lose their identity of self

As known through name

It is refreshing to hear the true Afrikan name

Oti Akenteng,

Yeboa Akyeampong

Olusegun Babatunde

Emeka Okechukwu

In Africa you can also find such names as

Kennedy Van Dyke Robinson,

Wellington De Graft Hanson,

Abdullah Salim Muhammad,

Mamood ibn Rahman

These are the Europeanized, and Arabinized names of Afrikans

How can an Afrikan carry a chain of names that

Suggests no link to his continent, race, nationality,

Ethnicity and family ancestry?

To mask an inferiority complex?

Know that when a European meets an African

With a chain of European names

He knows this is a totally destroyed Afrikan.

How many “educated” Afrikans did not, in the West

Make a fool of themselves sans African name but

Saturated with European names?

It is common to find a religious name

Inserted into Afrikan names, OK,

But for an Afrikan to have his names completely

Obliterated, and to lose the true sense of self,

And lose family and ancestral identity is sad,

A very sad thing indeed

So, we of ARF encourage the Afrikan youth

To be proud of their Afrikan names

Use your personal given Afrikan name as your first name

Where you have a religious name, make it your middle name

And use your ancestral or family name, as the last name.

And when you become a parent and can take your own decisions

Do not encumber your children with ridiculous foreign names

But empower them with glorious African names

And you are on the way to regaining your lost identity.

ARF

 

Because you are carrying foreign names we cannot recognise you

An Ancestor

 

 

“TO UNDERSTAND THAT FOR 500 YEARS WE HAVE LIVED IN A  EUROPEANIZED INTELLECTUAL UNIVERSE, I AM WILLING TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I AM INFLUENCED BY THE CONCEPTION, BUT I AM AT LEAST, AT WAR AGAINST IT BECAUSE I REALIZE THAT IT IS NOT ONLY DETRIMENTAL TO MY PEOPLE, IT IS DETRIMENTAL TO THE WHOLE WORLD.”

Dr. John Henrik Clarke

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