African people have often been made invisible by 500 years of Eurocentric oppression and suppression. Eurocentrism, for the sake of our discussion here, is defined as the interpretation of all reality from the Western perspective, especially as it emerged during the so-called European Enlightenment period.
There is a common belief among whites that philosophy originates with the Greeks. The idea is so common that almost all of the books on philosophy start with the Greeks as if the Greeks pre-dated all other people when it came to discussion of concepts of beauty, art, numbers, sculpture, medicine of social organization.
Mwikadilo Muya, African Renaissance, and the Question of Sacredness The deep desire to see Africa get back on her feet, after over five hundred years of sheer and relentless exploitation, is not new. Nor is the currently popular phrase, “African renaissance” new.
Through you, and a thousand doors like you, doors of no return, millions of Africans passed. Captured, held here in bondage, men, women and children , few older than twenty, suffered in intolerable conditions.