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 “Why the passion to self-identify as “Nubian”?

by Revantl

It is because ‘Nubia’ today denotes not just the geographical region comprising northern Sudan to southern Egypt, it has come to stand for all that has been lost, or stolen, from the historical record of black African contributions to civilization”.

–Wonders of the African World by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.


The regions of Nubia, Sudan and Egypt are considered by some to be the cradle of civilization. Today the term Nubian has become inclusive of Africans, African Arabs, African Americans and people of color in general.


Nubia was a land of great natural wealth, of gold mines, ebony, ivory and incense which was always prized by her neighbors. (excerpt taken from: http://www.touregypt.net/historicalessays/nubia.htm)

With a history and traditions which can be traced to the FrozenNiledawn of civilization, the Nubian first settled along the banks of the Nile from Aswan south of Egypt to the 6th cataract just south of Khartoum (capital of Sudan).

Along this great river they developed one of the oldest and greatest civilizations in Africa. Until they lost their last kingdom (Christian Nubia) only 5 centuries ago, the Nubians remained the main rival to the other great African civilization, Egypt. (excerpt taken from:http://i-cias.com/e.o/nubians.htm)  


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I have wrapped myself in my people’s  essence, learned to wear Africa’s stole of dark, soft energy like night vapors  rising  from rain soaked furrows…

Aneb Kgositsile from “Fourth Decade”

 

 


“Things move – black shiny bodies, perfect bodies, bodies of sleek unearthly poise and beauty.BN10 Eyes languish, black eyes, – slow eyes, lovely and tender eyes in great formless faces…”

“The African Presence in Black America”  by W.E.B. DuBois


 

An African Proverb:

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Photographer, Paul Nubar

 “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation)” 

Proverbs are used to deliver messages of inspiration, can illustrate ideas, reinforce arguments, give advice, consolation or celebration.  Find out the thoughts behind this proverb.

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