He who controls the narratives around your life and existence, controls your identity and he who controls your identity controls your life’s reality. This is as true and real as it can be irrespective of what you think or believe as true.
If you are open in your mind to what is going on in the global media in relation to the Afrikan narrative, you will see the deliberate push by these global media houses to keep the negative, terrorist, poverty, chaos and crime narrative about Afrika going on. And you may also not have thought about it, these negative narratives peddled by the global media do have a strong influence on how Afrikans both home and abroad think about themselves and also act among themselves. Howbeit the entire problem of Afrika is not external, but internally among the Afrikans themselves.
One of the major problems we have in Afrika is that we have mostly lost our identity as a people. We have lost the true definition of what makes us Afrikans. We have swallowed very deeply other people’s opinions and narratives about us and according to what they projected to us. We have created a false reality for ourselves and by that, we are not living our best lives as a people so blessed of God.
I am very aware that when one mentions the topic of re-defining the Afrikan image and identity, people quickly think you are talking about idol worshiping, houses on trees, unkempt hair and beard, animal skins and the other mindless things that are attributed to Afrika and Afrikans.
As a media organization, we have talked about the Afrikan identity severally in various issues of this magazine, in our book and also in our YouTube videos. But because words are seeds and they grow, we will continue to reiterate our goal of turning the hearts of Afrikans back to their true identity. And, just maybe, someday, however how long it will take, someone will realize the many lies we have been given to live out for years and by that make a change.
The Afrikan identity
I will use an excerpt from the book I co-authored with my wife titled: “A People Called Afrika: Rebuilding the Afrika of Our Dreams”, to make my point about re-alignment with our original identity as Afrikans.
“The true Afrika was beautifully crafted from the very beginning of things and this is clearly articulated in her name AFRIKA. The name Afrika is a combination of two words Afri and Ka. Other indigenous people of Afrika used the name “Afri” or “Ifran”. The ancient language of Mizraim/Kemet (Ancient Egypt) called Afrika “Af-Rui-Ka.” It means the opening of Ka. Afri like Afro means ‘black’ and Ka means ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’. It also means the place of birth and, according to some other interpretations; Afrika also means the place of the placenta. Technically, this would suggest that Afrika means the land of the blacks that is the womb of spirit or soul. That is the land of life.
Another explanation is found in “Afuraka/Afuraitkait: The Origin of the Term Africa” by OdwirafoKwesi Ra NehemPtahAkhan.
To start off, he suggests that the proper orientation of Afrika is with the south as the “head-land”, the west as the “right” and the east as the “left” (see images below) N.B.: Afuraka/Afruaitkait is, according to Odwirafo, the original masculine/feminine forms of the name Afrika.
The resultant form of Afrika is, per Odwirafo’s description, “similar to that of the human heart, for Afuraka/Afuraitkait is the heartland of the world. It reflects the shape of the Ka or Kai medut (hieroglyph) meaning high land.” This orientation as presented in the article aligns with a vision that Samuel was once given, where the entire continent of Afrika was before him, with the northernmost part at his feet, and what was the top of the continent being the south of Afrika. Samuel also sees in this same orientation, the shape and form of a baby in a womb, surrounded by water or amniotic fluid (see picture above).
This is powerfully representative of new life growing, shielded, nurtured and incubated, being prepared to be revealed to the world at an opportune time, which is in line with Afrika’s destiny as a continent and as a people.
Odwirafo’s article states that the world was formerly covered by water and goes on to describe the first raised land mass that emerged from beneath the waters by the workings of the creative life force, saying “The masculine term for: raised land, high land, exalted land, hill, mountain in the language of Kamit (ancient Egypt) is Ka (kah).” He explains that the term for soul is also Ka and that the medut (hieroglyphic symbol) for ‘soul’ is a representation of two arms reaching upward. The medut for ‘high land/exalted land/raised land/mountain’ is a drawing of an individual standing with two arms reaching upward. He says, “The two arms representing ka/soul are the same two arms of the individual who is reaching upward in the metut for ka (qa)/high land. The term Ka (Qa) is also defined in the language of Kamit as: the land above the banks of the river; the high ground upon which the Deity of Creation first stood.” The article speaks of a male and female deity called Ra and Rait in the Kemetic language, which are described as the creative life-force and Af/Afu as flesh or house or chamber. The article states: “When Ra and Rait first moved through the primordial hill, the Ka/Kait to make it vibrant, to give it life, the Ka/Kait, the raised land, became the house or place of residence for Ra and Rait. It is for this reason that Ra and Rait take on the titles Afu Ra and AfuRait.” This, according to his article is the origin of Afrika, or the “land of the Creator” or the “Divine land.”
The connection of the description of Afrika as the ‘high-land/raised land/mountain’ and the ‘soul’ to the two meduts both of which carry the representation of the two arms reaching upward, ties powerfully to Psalm 68:31 which speaks of Afrika’s role and purpose and destiny in these end times. It says, in the KJV, “Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.” Egypt and Ethiopia are clearly Afrika, thus, Afrika’s prophetic purpose is to swiftly turn to God in surrender and worship, to be envoys to the world of God’s gospel, as well as to be the mountain of the Lord’s house (i.e. the land of the Creator or the Divine land) to which men will flow in order to worship God and learn of God. Raised hands also speak of authority and dominion over things and forces.
The story of Moses raising his hands in the battle between Israel and the Amalekites sheds light on this. (See Exodus17:9-11)
Furthermore, there is no conflict at all between Odwirafo’s claim and what the Christian Bible records about how the earth was made. Genesis 1:2 says “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” And also Genesis 1:9 “And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.” “Deep” in the sense in which it was used in the Bible is not just about the depth of the waters from which the land was called, it is much more about the universal womb or the cosmic space.
The Egyptian Ra and Rait for us, represents the reality of God the creator and the creative Spirit of God (His Female side) that hovered over the primordial waters and Who gave structure to the Word that allowed creation to emerge. This thought is clearly strengthened by Proverbs 8:22-31 in which this Creative Spirit of God is called Wisdom and She is Female.
“The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.” (KJV)
Taking all these aspects and elements into account, and incorporating the various anthropological findings in Afrika over time, one can clearly see that Afrika is an origin land. A place where life started, where life is incubated, where life is nurtured, where life is strengthened by the Creator’s very Life Force and a place from which life itself issued forth. The clear picture it all paints is that, before anything was made on earth, there was God (The ALL) who made the initial primordial water (the Deep Space of the universe). Then He, God, or the Great Supreme Spirit, called forth land out of that water, made man out of the earth that He called out of the water, breathed into the nostrils of the created man and that man became a living Soul.
What this means is that, the first man bears the same material of the earth that was called out of the great Deep and why the Eve Gene, which is present only in the Afrikan woman, is the only Gene that can give birth to all forms of race and color found upon the earth.
The Afrikan Eve Gene
The above reality of the name Afrika as it pertains to the womb of life, from the cradle of humanity even unto the entirety of the world, is not just a spiritual reality as recorded in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, but is also evidenced in science. Two separate articles on livescience.com, say that geneticists have long known that humans originated in Afrika, and… that the mother of all women likely emerged from East Afrika. Findings by Rebecca Cann, Mark Stoneking and Allan Wilson in 1987, who pointed out that the root of human origin was in Afrika, and pointed to an Afrikan Eve. This, as you can imagine, generated much heated debate in the scientific community, which is still causing ripples today. According to Wikipedia, the matrilineal most common ancestor (MRCA) of all living humans or the Mitochondrial Eve is the most recent common woman from whom all living humans descend in an unbroken line through mothers… until all lines converge in one woman.”
How many times have Afrikans told themselves, with all boldness, that we are the mother or the cradle of Humanity – and rightly so. But how many times have we as Afrikans sat down to think through what it means to be the cradle of humanity and the mother of all continents? How many times have we looked inward to truly think through what is expected of us, both as individual Afrikans living in Afrika and outside of it and also as a continent of fifty five nations?
It’s not enough to live in the theory of who we are as kings and queens of the earth and then live like slaves both in our minds and how we deal with life and ourselves.
If life began with us and if we carry the life-seed that birthed the entire nations of the world, why are we living below the standard of that which gives and also nurtures life? Should it not be that wherever we find ourselves in the world as Afrikans; life, blessing, beauty, wisdom, creativity is what we are known for? We cannot say we are Afrikans and then live like fools who do not have a clue of what their true identity is about.
I am particularly unhappy with the Nigerians, however few or many they may be, who get involved in any form of crime both home and abroad. Some of the narratives may be over-exaggerated, but believe you me, the whole world cannot be wrong at the same time. The image you guys (those in crime) are creating is not fitting for a great nation and a people called Nigeria and which is so blessed by God. This madness and quest for quick criminal cash must stop. You are making a mess of the hard work and creativity of the Nigerians that are doing great things both at home and abroad. The darkness and the dust you leave behind your selfish acts of criminality creates problems and pain for others. And mind you, I am also a Nigerian, but I will not shy away from saying the truth, with the hope that we will make the changes that are required to make our land the best it can be. I believe so much in Nigeria and the Afrikan narrative, but when we live life just to satisfy our selfish inner tendencies to gather possessions, especially illegally, we smear mud on the face of the forefathers and make a mockery of the image of God that we have been blessed with.
Every Afrikan, small or great, owes it, as part of their responsibility, to uphold the beauty and wisdom of who we are as the cradle and mother of humanity. We can do better and we must do better or there will be no future for those coming after us.
We must live as true Afrikans who bring life and goodness to wherever we find ourselves in the world. Enough of the fights and the strife about which Afrikan country is better than the other, it is very childish and unwise to say the least.
God bless Afrika and God richly bless every Afrikan. Let your true light and goodness shine, that by you, the world will be a better place to live. We are Afrikans and wisdom lies within us.
Let us live as people with wisdom.
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Samuel Phillips is a writer, graphic designer, photographer, songwriter, singer and a lover of God. As an Afrikan content creator, he is passionate about creating a better image and positive narrative about Afrika and Afrikans. He is a true Afrikan who believes that the true potential of Afrika and Afrikans can manifest through God and accurate collaborations between Afrikans. Afrika is the land of kings, emperors, original wisdom, ancient civilizations, great men and women and not some road-side-aid-begging poor third world continent that the world finds joy in undermining.