I love this.
Today I stumbled upon a poem by Ghanaian author Michael Dei Anang which made me think a lot about Cheikh Anta Diop‘s work of re-educating the world about the place of Africa in history as the cradle of humanity. Michael Dei-Anang was a member of President Kwame Nkrumah‘s (Ghana’s first president) main secretariat and was concerned with the liberation of the rest of Africa still under colonial rule, at the time. Enjoy!
When vision was short
and knowledge scant,
Men called me Dark Africa
I, who raised the regal pyramids
and held the fortunes of Conquering Caesars
In my tempting grasp.
Who nursed the doubtful child
On the wand’ring banks of the life-giving Nile,
And gave to the teeming nations
Of the West a Grecian gift.