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Is Africa Cursed?

October 28, 2011 5 comments
Olive trees on Thassos

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Ever wondered what is wrong with being Black. Matthew Ashimolowo wrote a book with this title, that is quite enlightening. Even if you are not a Christian the evidence is quite compelling. I followed him as he wrote the book and talked about the research that he had been doing. It was obviously from a spiritual, Christian perspective because Matthew Ashimolowo is the pastor of Britain’s largest black church. I eventually read that book this year, years after its release.

In my post about African inventions one can see that Africa had so much going for it at one time that is quite shocking to see its condition at the present moment. Why is this so? The ancient Egyptian fathers will turn in their graves if they saw the state of their land. While reading Deuteronomy in the bible I was struck by chapter 28 which talks about blessings and curses. As I read through the curses, I couldn’t help but notice that this all sounded like Africa. People plant and reap nothing, sons and daughters are given away to other people as slaves, you do not enjoy the fruit of your labour, your produce, minerals, riches are taken to other countries and there is no reward for Africa.

Here are sections of this really long chapter for you to look at.

  • And you shall grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways: and you shall be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save you.
  • You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell therein: you shall plant a vineyard, and shall not gather the grapes thereof.
  • Your ox shall be slain before your eyes, and you shall not eat of it: your ass shall be violently taken away from before your face, and shall not be restored to you: your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have none to rescue them.
  • Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the daylong: and there shall be no might in your hand.
  • The fruit of your land, and all your labors, shall a nation which you know not eat up; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed always:
  • So that you shall be mad for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.
  • And you shall grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways: and you shall be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save you.
  • You shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell therein: you shall plant a vineyard, and shall not gather the grapes thereof.
  • Your ox shall be slain before your eyes, and you shall not eat of it: your ass shall be violently taken away from before your face, and shall not be restored to you: your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have none to rescue them.
  • Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the daylong: and there shall be no might in your hand.
  • The fruit of your land, and all your labors, shall a nation which you know not eat up; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed always:
  • So that you shall be mad for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.
  • The LORD shall smite you in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the top of your head.
  • The LORD shall bring you, and your king which you shall set over you, to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known; and there shall you serve other gods, wood and stone.
  • And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead you.
  • You shall carry much seed out into the field, and shall gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
  • You shall plant vineyards, and dress them, but shall neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
  • You shall have olive trees throughout all your coasts, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olive shall cast his fruit.
  • You shall have sons and daughters, but you shall not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.
  • And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead you.
  • You shall carry much seed out into the field, and shall gather but little in; for the locust shall consume it.
  • You shall plant vineyards, and dress them, but shall not drink of the wine, or gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.
  • You shall have olive trees throughout all your coasts, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil; for your olive shall cast his fruit.
  • You shall have sons and daughters, but you shall not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.
  • All your trees and fruit of your land shall the locust consume.
  • The stranger that is within you shall get up above you very high; and you shall come down very low.
  • He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him: he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.
  • Moreover all these curses shall come upon you, and shall pursue you, and overtake you, till you are destroyed; because you did not hear the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded you:
  • And they shall be upon you for a sign and for a wonder, and upon your seed for ever.
  • Because you served not the LORD your God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
  • Therefore shall you serve your enemies which the LORD shall send against you, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon your neck, until he has destroyed you.
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High Heels, Condoms, Clocks, Personal Hygiene, Pen and Paper- All African Inventions

October 28, 2011 6 comments
A high-heeled ladies shoe.

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I have always wondered why Africa was in the state that it is in. Was it just always like that or did something happen along the way. Is it that Africa was cursed, or that it was just a dump that just happened to be filled with people. I remembered learning about Egypt and Cush and realised Africa hasn’t always been like this. At one point in time, it wasa force to recon with.

 

The Kushites used the animal-driven water wheel to increase productivity and create a surplus. The wheel has changed our lives and started the great delve into the world of engineering. The pyramids, still attract millions of tourists today, the Egyptians were mathematicians. Somewhere along the line, Africa lost its dominion of the world. The only thing is constant is change. Today the Europenas and Americans are losing their domination and China is taking over. Maybe we can find solace in that we had our day. Every dog has its day.

 

 Egypt is a place that is rich in history and goes back to the beginning of what we know about early civilization. Not even Europe or America were as prominent as Egypt. People came from Europe to study how the Egyptian civilization worked. Even the great mathematician Pythagoras is said to have studied in Egypt. Egypt is a place that holds the roots of humankind and still holds many secrets that are yet to be discovered. This land has known great prosperity and yet today is not regarded as a great economy. We owe the Egyptian civilization too much. The world as we know it today would not be the same without the Egyptian genius that helped to make our world easier to live in. Day to day necessities such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, make up, combs, wigs, deodorant and scissors originate from Egypt. Many of us would not be able to leave home in the morning if it wasn’t for such inventions. Fashion obviously didn’t start on the streets of Milan or Paris; it started a lot earlier than Milan with the Egyptians.

 

Safety

Personal safety and even physical safety is known to have come from Egypt. Condoms are now made in the millions and flown to Africa to curb the spread of the Aids virus. Little did we know that this invention came out of African soil? The first condom was made far back in 1000BC. It was made out of a linen sheath that was tied with two little loops so it wouldn’t slip. Amazing. General safety originated from Egypt as well, locks and keys also came from here. Today we have central locking, padlocks, remote keys, but they all started with the basic key and lock developed by the Egyptians.

High Heels

I love to watch women dawdling along a street in their high heels, you can just tell their shoes are killing them, but they will carry on in pain, for the love of a pretty pair of high heels. Surprisingly yet again, high heels were not the brain child of some designer in New York; they came all the way up the Nile. As far back as 3500 BC, when it is said these types of shoes were being worn by the upper class. Yet they say Africans were swinging on trees, wearing sheep skin? The Egyptians discovered the sexy, sophisticated and sensual style centuries before the Manolos and the Jimmy Choos were shoes. The lower classes couldn’t afford to wear them as they were too dear. Had they known they know how uncomfortable heels can be, they wouldn’t have drooled over the works of art.

 

Paper

 

Paper was invented in Egypt, not correspond or to write on, but to protect people’s skin from the sun. The very first UV protection. Paper was invented in 4 000BC and was known as papyrus. A mat of reeds was pounded together to form a thin sheet and this was the first paper.

 

The Pen

 

Without the invention of the paper, the pen would never have been conceived.

 

The water clock

 

 

This was used to time oneself. Water would flow from one bowl to another thus allowing people to time them. We still use them today although they are more commonly used for decoration and as works of art. They have evolved are now everywhere, on wrists, in phones, computers, timers, everywhere really.

 

Other Egyptian inventions include irrigation systems, flat roofed houses,pyramids, mummification, written language, courts and justice systems, unique gods and goddesses and books of the dead.

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