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Invention and Intervention African Style
Sat 22 October 2016, 14:30 – 15:30 BST
Some of the greatest inventions or achievements ever made by mankind are anonymous. For example: the first human being to laugh, or cry, utter a word, use fire, or start one, the first one to pick up a stick and use it to walk, or defend themselves. These kinds of inventions or achievements turned mankind from victims at the bottom of the food chain to custodians of the earth. Instead of being at the whim of nature’s vicissitudes we hold keys to the survival of the planet. The authors of mankind’s early inventions are shrouded in mystery, fantasy and legend. Their true names have been lost in time. Instead the great leap forwards are credited to evolution or progress.
However in a world in where concepts such as: religion, race, culture, sex and class have become so important, human beings now find it important and necessary to claim certain achievements as their own. These concepts also mean that over the last few hundred years the inventions and achievements by people of African descent have been obscured, denied or attributed to others. This was to support a notion of Eurocentric patriarchal hegemony. So we forget the professors and doctors who are legion: Imhotep, Ibrahim Njoya, Haile Debas, Sameera Moussa, Cheikh Anta Diop, Charles Ssali, Ivan Van Sertima, Sebi, Neil deGrasse Tyson, George Washington Carver, Alice Augusta Ball, Lewis Howard Latimer and Granville Woods.
Join Narrative Eye as we find out about these great inventors past and present of African descent.