My foray into African fiction has put me on a quest for more knowledge about African history, literature, music, culture…art. Who are our greats? Afropolitans don’t learn about them conclusively in western public schools–hell! Some African heroes have even been written out of history books in Africa!
I suppose the catalyst that brings me to the foot of this mountain is the research I’ve been doing for a future African-centered homeschool curriculum I have planned for my girls (later post, y’all). I’ve stumbled upon famous and lesser known African heroes and renaissance women. From Achebe, Adichie, Ama Atta Aidoo, Sefi Atta, Emecha Buchi, Taiye Selasi, Egyptology, Classical Africa, African spirituality, Wole Soyinka, Fela Kuti, Meryiam Makeba, Mandela, Nkrumah, Sankara,…Amenhotep…the list continues and I’ve gotten no where yet!
So, I’m starting a new project on the blog.
The RE-education Project. I’ve been on a journey reeducating my Afropolitan mind, will you join me? Great!
In this series I will attempt to compile a portal of intellectual discovery. A weekly digestible post drawn from a different fields of knowledge: History, Literature, Visual Arts, Science, Music, Philosophy, and Religion. My research will come from a variety of sources, and I’ll do my best to cite them.
Hopefully each entry will stimulate your mind and whet your appetite for more. My goal is to help complete our mis-or under-education about Africa’s contribution to civilization, by compiling a centrally located collection to guide us.
A brief summary of the journey ahead…
A survey of people and events that shaped African civilization and consciousness.
Great writers, poets, and novels that inspire us.
An introduction to African Art, sculpture and architecture.
Africans are ingenious people. We’ll talk about some people and concepts that came out of the continent.
Music is in our souls! A comprehensive review of our musical heritage.
From ancient Egypt to the twenty-first century, Africans greatest thinkers documented.
An overview of African spirituality, beliefs and rituals. Some of them exist in the West today.
This will by no means be an exhaustive project. I’m sure there will be people and events that I’ll miss, but it’s a start. An initiative that opens new horizons of intellectual discovery and sparks intelligent conversation. I hope our progress through this collection of knowledge inspires your curiosity and opens new areas of exploration in your life.
But first, tell me, who are your heroes? Who, or what should make it on this list? Help me complete this project. I know you have a few, please share!!! If you’d like to be a contributor to this series please email me. Thanks!