African history has for centuries been confusing to scholars due to some missing dots on what seems to be a puzzle now. This has made it hard for historians to come up with a more chronologically sensible and well-documented past. Disregarding the history of Africa during and after colonialism when it was all well documented (thanks to the colonial powers’ historians of the time), modern historians have found it challenging, however, to document the pre-existent ideologies in the form of arts and culture from the pre-colonial era. There is still a lot of cultural and artistic heritages that are yet to be discovered or simply not well researched for the case of the discovered artefacts. This is especially true with the sub-Saharan Africa.
Looking at the Northern Africa; the likes of the ancient Egypt civilisation and the once Arab conquered kingdoms through the stretch of the Saharan desert have attracted a lot of research and study by historians from all over the world on the region; and for that reason, their history is an almost complete puzzle. But that only involves the likes of modern day Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Western Sahara which hardly makes a fifth of the continent. So what about the other four-fifth? And what about all the richness that they possess?
Looking only at the amount of historical information that has been decoded from the heritage of the ancient civilisation of Egypt, it is indicative of the bulkiness of the information that is yet to be discovered from other cultures across the continent. Africa has fifty-four independent countries, and with each country comes hundreds or even thousands of ancient kingdoms, and yet all that we know of her past has been the generalisation of the few uncovered artefacts. there is still a lot of work to be done with regard to the other part of Africa and its past.
So who is to blame on this? The western??? – As much as I would want to blame them on this one too (the way we do on other problems) solely on the basis of their introduction of the imperialist systems in the name of colonialism, I am afraid this one is ours to take. We cannot afford to be fully dependant on the west to study what’s predominantly ours. It’s time we take on the wheel with regard to our motherland related issues.
>On the light of Africa arts, here are two amazing pieces that have really caught my eyes<