“Tracing African pasts through the interlinked lenses of agency, possibility and imagination allows us to counter narratives of Africa as a blank slate, to challenge the privileging of whiteness and Europeanness, and to debunk myths about Africans as people who are destructive or unchanging. It allows us to illuminate diverse possibilities of human living to build on, against the hegemony of a present moment that unsees and devalues us. For Africans, studying African history is an opportunity to trace the stream of African living for the last 200,000 years.Unseeing was a colonial predicament. There is no reason why we must continue with these glasses on.”
Read more about why and how I think Afrikans need to study Afrikan history to recover our agency, possibilities and imaginations at:
The Elephant – Speaking truth to power.