Ancient Egypt, with its awe-inspiring pyramids, enigmatic hieroglyphics, and mystical pharaohs, continues to captivate the world’s imagination. However, one aspect that has long been a topic of debate is the true origin of this remarkable civilization. While some argue for an Eastern or Middle Eastern origin, an overwhelming body of evidence supports the notion that ancient Egyptians were, at their core, African. In this article, we will explore the historical, cultural, and genetic factors that demonstrate the African roots of ancient Egypt. Those that continue to challenge the “AFRICANESS” of ancient Egyptians are European and American historians/scholars and archaeologists that derived their baseless information from huge ignorance, baked in their Eurocentric education and unwillingness to credit Africans for their historical achievement
- Geographical and Historical Context
Situated in northeastern Africa, ancient Egypt was bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Red Sea to the east, and the vast Sahara Desert to the west. Geographically, Egypt is the African continent. Moreover, the Nile River, the lifeline of ancient Egypt, played a central role in its development and sustenance. The Nile’s course runs primarily through Africa, connecting the civilization with its African neighbors like Sudan, and fostering cultural exchange.
- Cultural Continuity and Influences
The cultural continuity observed in ancient Egypt strongly connects it to African roots. Throughout its long history, Egypt not only experienced various interactions with neighboring African societies, such as Nubia (present-day Sudan) and Kush, but has always identified as African. These interactions led to the exchange of ideas, customs, and artistic motifs that shaped Egyptian culture. Notably, the ancient Egyptians held Nubia in high regard, often depicting its people in positions of power and admiration.
- Ancient Egyptian Art and Aesthetics
The artistic representations found in ancient Egyptian tombs, temples, and artifacts provide valuable insights into the ethnic appearance of its people. Egyptians depicted themselves with distinct physical features, including dark skin tones, wide noses, and tightly coiled hair. Such depictions are consistent with the physical characteristics of modern African populations. These artistic portrayals suggest that the ancient Egyptians perceived themselves as Africans and embraced their African heritage.
- Linguistic Connections
The ancient Egyptian language, commonly known as hieroglyphics, forms a unique branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family. Within this language family, the Egyptian language shares closer ties with the African branch, which includes languages spoken in modern-day Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia. The linguistic connections further emphasize the African heritage of ancient Egypt and its deep linguistic roots within the continent.
- Genetic Studies and DNA Analysis
Recent advancements in genetic research have shed light on the ancestral origins of ancient Egyptians. A comprehensive study published in 2017 analyzed DNA samples from mummies dating back 1,300 years in the ancient city of Abusir el-Meleq. The findings revealed that ancient Egyptians had a predominantly African genetic profile, with a significant affinity to modern Northeast African populations. This research confirmed the African ancestry of ancient Egyptians and debunked the notion that they were entirely of non-African origin.
The evidence presented in this article overwhelmingly supports the facts that ancient Egyptians were African at their core. Geographical proximity, cultural continuity, artistic representations, linguistic connections, and genetic studies all provide compelling evidence in favor of an African origin for this remarkable civilization. Acknowledging the African heritage of ancient Egypt not only adds depth to our understanding of history but also emphasizes the interconnectedness of civilizations across the African continent. It is crucial to celebrate and honor the African roots of ancient Egypt, recognizing the immense contributions of this extraordinary civilization to human history and culture.
African history today, despite the surplus evidence that established its achievements as indigenous African, still remains one of the most controversial histories in the world, especially when the long-suppressed question is asked: “WHO WERE THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS?” Many European and American scholars and self-acclaimed Egyptologists as well as hungry authors yet to free their minds from the bondage of racial stereotypes which is regularly fanned by the so-called Western media, begin to invent different mendacious claims, that the Ancient Egyptians were white Africans or the Red / Brown race. Some have even gone as far as claiming that the Ancient Egyptians are Aliens who came from another planet, build the Pyramids, and disappeared. These kinds of claims mostly put forward by European and American historians/scholars and archaeologists are not only absurd but claims resulting from huge ignorance, baked in their Eurocentric education and unwillingness to credit Africans for their historical achievements.
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Written by: Osayande Aghaze. US-Expert on Global Policy Matters, and Human Rights.