Sefwi People of Ghana, Togo and Ivory Coast.
Sefwi People can be found in Western Region of Ghana, some parts of Central Togo and some parts of Ivory Coast and they are parts of the Akan subgroups also part of the Niger- Congo Speaking and they are related to the Ahanta, Wassa, Jwira- Pepesa and Nzima People of Ghana. According to Sefwi Anthropologist Sholomo Beta It is believed they migrated from Present day Jerusalem in Present day Israel they were kicked out from Israel by Assyrians and moved Southwards to Present day Egypt and settled in Present day Northern part of Sudan before they migrated to the Southwest mountainous region of Present day Uganda, before settling in Present day Mali finally they migrated to Central part of Togo, some of the groups who migrated to Present day Central Togo were left behind before they settled in their homeland Gold Coast…
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When did Cheikh Anta Diop live?
Cheikh Anta Diop was born in 1923 in the village of Thieytou, about a hundred kilometers east of Dakar, in Senegal, in a Wolof family of aristocratic origin. He was granted a scholarship to study in France in 1946 and he first chose physics and chemistry before turning to philosophy and history, with a thesis addressing “precolonial Black Africa” and the “cultural unity of Black Africa”. Cheikh Anta Diop was a nationalist and an advocate for African federalism. He returned to Senegal following independence in 1960 and dedicated himself to teaching, research and politics until his death in 1986.
What was Cheikh Anta Diop renowned for?
Cheikh Anta Diop was a prolific writer: he is the author of many scientific works and books about the history of the Africa, but also about its future.
Basing his theory on the kinship between African languages like Wolof — his mother tongue — and ancient Egyptian, Cheikh Anta Diop revealed the cultural influence of earlier African peoples on the Egyptian civilization and he demonstrated that “ancient Egypt was Negro-African.”
Cheikh Anta Diop had degrees in chemistry and in nuclear physics. In 1966 he created the first African laboratory for radiocarbon dating with the university now named after him.
During his student years he was an advocate for the independence of African countries. Later on he became a major figure of the federalist African movement and presented his ideas in his book Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Foundations of a Federated State.
What are some memorable quotes by Cheikh Anta Diop?
“Egypt is to the rest of Black Africa what Greece and Rome are to the western world.”
“Cultural plenitude can only make a people more capable to contribute to the general progress of humanity and to get closer to the other peoples knowingly.”
“Ideologists who hide under the pretense of science must realize that the era of deception, of intellectual fraud is definitely over, that a page has been turned in the history of the intellectual relations between the peoples.”
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