The African Nile Valley Civilization

The African Nile Valley Civilization

According to Egyptologist Dr Yosef Ben-Jochannan and Historian Cheikh Anta Diop, the rise of Civilization in Egypt has its origins in the East African Nile Valley Civilization going back to at least 5000 BC.

The Great Lakes region of East Africa spawned what has been termed the African Nile Valley Civilization.

Historically, it makes sense that Egyptian Civilization can trace its origins to the African Nile Valley Civilization because the earliest traces of modern Man coupled with Agriculture and Iron have been found in East Africa’s Great Lakes Nile Valley Region.

Knowledge of Cereals, Animal Husbandry and Iron Smelting spread from the Nile Valley region into the African interior as people Migrated from the Nile Valley region all the way to the African Savannah.

Depending on the climatic conditions, either Crop Farming, Animal Husbandry or both were taken by the African or Bantu Peoples who had migrated from the Nile Valley and adapted to their new environment using techniques that had initially been developed in the Early African Nile Valley Civilization culture settlements.

This East African Mother Nile Valley Civilization would provide the Cultural and Technological foundations for the subsequent Great Ancient Empires of Africa like Mali, Asante and The Monomatapa of Great Zimbabwe.

The arrival of Farming coupled with the introduction of Iron Tools had completely transformed the peoples settled all the way from the Nile Valley Civilization into the African interior by around 1200 AD.

Population growth was also followed by larger more settled communities and greater food security.

New skills emerged amongst the Nile Valley Civilization Bantu Peoples such as Blacksmiths and Traditional Healing, coupled with the blossoming of an early Barter trade economy and Religion all of which would form the basis of a High Culture Civilization which would spring forth as the Highly cultured Nile Valley Civilization of a Unified Upper and Lower Egypt.

The African Nile Valley Civilization

As the Iron Age and Agriculture flourished throughout the African Continent, relationships based on Kinship, Ethnic and Political identity would also coalesce and inform the consciousness of the Africans who had migrated into the African interior from the Nile Valley with concepts of Extended Family, Tribe and Chiefdom that would form the bedrock of African Society across the entire African Continent.

In time, the foundations of African Society settled, and strong Political entities emerged in response to the need to negotiate Political Power in order to maintain access to the means of production like land within Iron Age Society.

The History of Africa is in some sense the story of the Political contests of these Iron Age Kingdoms such as the Zulu Kingdom, Nubia and Kush that were in essence a continuation of the earliest African Nile Valley Civilization that had been birthed in the East Africa’s Nile Valley Region before the nascent Nile Valley Civilization spread into the African interior and then out to the rest of the world beginning in Ancient Mesopotamia which was the region closest to the African Nile Valley Civilization.

The Nile Valley Civilization would reach its peak during the existence of a Unified Egypt which expressed the highest ideals of a Culture that had its origins in the East African Nile Valley.

Dr Ben: The African Nile Valley Civilization

 

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