African Origin of Civilization Myth or Reality by Cheikh Anta Diop
In Chapter five,
The author uses empirical evidence to conclude the origin of civilization being based in East Africa.
''Moreover, apart from some stations of uncertain age in Palestine, no trace of man earlier than 4000 B.C exists in Syria or Mesopotamia. By that date the Egyptians had their feet on the threshold of their history proper.'' (Diop., page 100). Based on evidence no civilization or people predated Egyptian civilization. ''It is, then, reasonable to attribute this precocious development of Egypt first inhabitants to their own genius and to the exceptional conditions of the Nile Valley.'' (Diop., page 100). The climate and the abundance of food were in favour of the first inhabitants of Egypt. They had the opportunity to develop in peace whereas elsewhere people globally were struggling to survive in harsh conditions that would influence their world view, behaviours and temperaments.
The existing monuments, pyramids, artifacts and so on are a ''historical evidence that no dogma can blow up into thin air.'' (Diop., page 101). The greatness of the Egyptian civilization speaks for itself. There is plenty of evidence of their reign and influence on the planet.
Dr. Georges Contenau writes,''but actors in the sacred drama presented at festivals where the principal protagonist was sacrificed.'' (Diop., page 102). He writes as he's criticizing the validity of the royal tombs of Ur. He was exposing the lies of those tombs by putting Sir Leonard Woolley on record for his invention in an attempt to give a world alternative civilization opposite of Egypt. Ur being in Western Asia had more in common with the people of Scythia. It is documented that, ''we realize that it is impossible to be more savage and barbarous than the Scythians.'' (Diop., page 103) . In their Barbaric state, they couldn't have been the cradle of civilization.
Elam was an ancient pre-Iranian civilization. It is stated that ''most ancient kings of Elam were Blacks.'' (Diop., page 103). Attested by monuments exhumed by Dieulafoy, ''the urn was encased in a masonry covering composed of enamelled bricks. These came from a panel depicting a personage superbly dressed in a green robe with yellow, blue, and white embroidery. He wore a tiger skin and carried a cane or a golden spear. Most surprising of all, the personage whose lower jaw, beard, neck, and hand I found was black.'' (Diop., page 104).
According to Amelineau, ''the Anu were the first Blacks to inhabit Egypt. A number of them remained in Arabia Petraea throughout Egyptian history. The Negroe Anu is thus an historical fact.'' (Diop., page 105). This further concludes that Egypt's civilizations began in the interior of the African continent while influencing the exterior. Negroe Anu were all over North Africa, Arabia and East Africa.
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.''