African Origin of Civilization Myth or Reality by Cheikh Anta Diop
In Chapter Eleven,
Amelineau stated, ''that the most famous Greek systems, notably those of Plato and Aristotle, had originated in Egypt.'' (Diop., page 232). These observations were made when Amelineau realized how we treat western history and African history differently. He continues, ''what we loved in the Greeks, we should not scorn or simply disdain in the Egyptians.'' (Diop., page 232). In antiquity, a period that predates race and our modern identity issues the ancients were not confused about their approach to one another. It is noted that Greek historians from that time told the truth of Egypt's influence on Greek civilization. It was no secret that Egypt was the cosmopolitan area for all the learned and those seeking knowledge when it was in it's prime.
Abbe Moreux continues the conversation by stating, ''groping beginnings of Egyptian civilization and science, but rather the crowning of a culture that had attained its apogee and, before disappearing, probably wished to leave future generations a proud testimonial of its superiority.'' (Diop., page 234). His statement cement the fact that the monuments, pyramids, writings, art and so on left by the ancient Egyptians served as a testimony of their greatness and body of work for their future generations to use as a point of reference for their identity and past contributions to the world that lead to our contemporary development.
The author concluded by stating that, ''Egypt is a Negro country, with a civilization created by Blacks, any thesis tending to prove the contrary would have no future.'' (Diop., page 234). That anyone that would be intellectually and academically dishonest would not survive in the long run. Because the truth will always come to light. We cannot rob African people of their achievements, glory and past contributions to the world that are the very foundations of other great civilizations. We have to give credit where it is due.
Nyabuoy Gatbel is a South Sudanese Canadian currently living in Calgary, AB. She was born in Ethiopia in 1993 and moved to Canada as a refugee in 2002. She's currently a undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. Besides her studies she's a social entreprenuer focusing on the, ''Paarman Centre project,'' a fashion model, writer and author of the book, ''The Fire Within poetry in Thok Nath and English.''