By David Maillu
Published December 11, 2017
Dear Native Africans,
This is just a note to those of you who are concerned about the literal and general fate of Africans.
The unfortunate fact that there is little written and published materials about the history of Africa in the past has been widely misunderstood to mean that Africa has had no history, philosophy, and aesthetics. That, by all means, is a not true.
If nobody takes a photo of you when you live, it would be wrong to conclude that you never existed after you die. Any living thing, even an ant, has its own history.
The absence of published history in African culture should pass as a matter of cultural fate exercised by our ancestors who lived in times devoid of reading-writing-and-publishing.
Even after we have come of that age, there is no much incentive we exercise in building and furnishing adequately our archives. There is a lot going on today which stands unwritten and unpublished but one which would be invaluable to future generations. By not writing and publishing on them means we are depriving those generations of wider knowledge and sentencing them to development of poverty of knowledge. We are continuing the old culture of consummating our values privately and dying with them. That, indeed, is not good. We should be ashamed of it. We are setting our future generations against highly read, written and published worlds. We should think outside the present consumption box of live and let die.