“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
The destruction of African Civilization began more than 2500 years ago, with the destruction of (1) Ancient Ethiopia, (2) Ancient Nubia and (3) the defeat and occupation of “Kemet” (Egypt). Even while “Black Civilization” was under pressure from the Euro/Asians/Persians and Arabs, the death null only struck when Ptolemy I (Soter) “The savior” “Son of Re (god)” “the first European pharaoh” became powerful enough, to be placed on the throne of Egypt. What ensued was over 2300 years of war,between Greeks, Romans and Arabs, yet the Black Africans desperately tried to hold on to their own civilization.
Total destruction in the area of the lower Nile Valley was followed by invasion of Europeans, Over 3 centuries of incursions resulted in defeat eventually coming, when spears and bows, no matter how valiant the warriors who wielded them, proved no match for gunpowder.
The defeat of Nubia, Ancient Ethiopia and Kemet occurred over a period of several centuries. Some portions of the populations remained and was absorbed. Still others used a strategy of fighting and falling back. Ultimately they retreated to zones in the South Sahara and some to Sub-Sahara. However through out their flight which lasted for centuries the memories, of their once great civilization did not fade. Time after time, during their flight and migration, they rebuilt their civilizations. Such as Mali, Ghana, Songhai, etc. only to see these civilizations fall victim to internal strife or the ensuing European, Euro/Asian and Arab armies.
Early incursions into Africa and later Arab hegemony in north Africa, was more subtle in its quest for gold, spices and “slaves”; However Europe was to awaken like a Frankenstein monster, or a Count Dracula, take your pick, with an insatiable appetite, for all of the physical and mineral resources Africa had to offer.
The European quest for gold, diamonds, spices and slaves, would dwarf the evils of the past and make child’s play, of these centuries old pursuits. The European slave trade alone , ushered in a practice of cruelty and death, unparalleled in human history. In spite of the encroachment of the Arab and Euro/Asian on the African civilizations, some of Africa’s greatest days, were still before her. However the coming of the European, would strike a death knoll and seal the fate of “Black Civilization” and therefore Africa’s fate.
After Stanley labeled much of the last “terra incognita” on the map of Africa in the 1870s, the continent became totally vulnerable to the imperial aspirations of European countries.
In 1881 France alarmed Italy by seizing Tunisia. The next year Britain occupied Egypt, infuriating France – which had built and now co-owned the Suez Canal. To reduce the possibility of a general European conflict over these and numerous other disputes involving Africa, Germany organized the Berlin Conference in 1884.
The countries represented at the time included Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden-Norway (unified from 1814-1905), Turkey, and the United States of America. Of these fourteen nations, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Portugal were the major players in the conference, controlling most of colonial Africa at the time
At the time of the conference, 80% of Africa remained under traditional and local control. What ultimately resulted was a hodgepodge of geometric boundaries that divided Africa into fifty irregular countries. This new map of the continent was superimposed, over the one thousand indigenous cultures and regions of Africa. The new countries lacked rhyme or reason and divided coherent groups of people and merged together disparate groups who really did not get along.
The resulting affect, is that the European scheme of domination and control was under way. Their plan was/is simple. Africa or its people, must not be allowed to industrialize, or take advantage of their own resources, they and their land, must remain as a source of exploitation for Europeans and the West. They have been successful at this and their success and will continue, as long as they are able to keep African people divided. African people need “Collectivity” The blood soaked land of “Mother Africa”, calls out to her children at home and in The African Diaspora to unite.
Africans and Africans in the Diaspora, are collectively resourced and in a position; financially and intellectually, to help stop the bleeding of the continent, the African American People and the entire African Diaspora.
All that is required, is for us to come together, and rebuild the African mind set, we are one people, with one aim and one destiny.
ABAFA and AAPAD is the collective rationale of African and African American thought.
While our strength lies in knowledge of our selves, our route to freedom and liberation lie in economic self determination
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“THE PLAN AND PHASE ONE”