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Beneath the surface: In search of Afrikan knowledge & greatness

03 Jun
Beneath the surface: In search of Afrikan knowledge & greatness

Conversation Zimbabwe

I moved back home a couple of months ago. I had spent the last two years yearning to return, but I have found my short time back quite difficult and rather triggering to say the least. Most people will quickly jump to the conclusion that this is in part related to the country’s economic situation and even the political situation but it is actually more to do with the socio-cultural environment that the country presents to a young returnee of strong Afro-consciousness convictions.

I am especially saddened by the blatant self-perpetuation of anti-black ideology that exists in Zimbabwean society and subsequently Zimbabwean thinking particularly when we speak of how we value, or rather, don’t value Afrikan traditional philosophies and indigenous knowledge systems. In his book Peau noires, masques blancs (Black Skin, White Masks), Martinique postcolonial theoretician Frantz Fanon points out how colonialism entrenched the belief that the culture, history and…

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Posted by on June 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “Beneath the surface: In search of Afrikan knowledge & greatness

  1. tc

    June 5, 2015 at 3:37 am

    What a great piece! It is a pity that the socially constructed prevailing Occidental narrative, with its attendent ethnocentric monoculturalism, has enervated our own belief systems. This calculated assault on our culture(s), has been in the making ever since archaeologists came to the realization that the Egyptian civilization they wanted to impute to caucasoid acuity, in fact, originated through nubian efforts.

    Afrikans, for a great period, have internalized the belief; cultivated and promulgated by Occidents that, their cultures and societal norms were not dé rigueur, resultantly leading to us having little belief in our own authentic ways of life.

    There ought to be a paradigmatic shift from the obtaining belief which has held that: what is ‘white is right’ – to one which elevates our heritage, traditions and culture, while simultaneously recognizing the primacy of elucidating to extant and future generations the achievements of our progenitors.

    Gradually, through the perspicuity of literary offerings such as yours Ray, and the concerted efforts of those whose mandate it is to bring such issues to fore, not all is lost.

     
    • colouredraysofgrey

      June 5, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Ditto! Thank you so much for your valuable and insightful input to the conversation. It’s much appreciated 🙂

       

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