How It All Began For Esayas
“Since I was raised by two overwhelmingly loving and clever black and white woman, I never could see intellectual or behavioral differences between the two ethnicities.
With the age of ten, when I attended art class, I noticed my teacher talking about ancient Egyptian art in a respectless way. I was a little bit surprised because I found the ancient Egyptian art fascinating and beautiful.
In history class, I learned that the language and the people of the ancient Egyptians have vanished. At that time, I simply accepted this without questioning, because I had not yet learned to question conventions.
My inner voice, however, told me already at the age of only 15 that some scholars had a disturbed relationship with the ancient Egyptians.
In a newspaper article, I read that the hair of Ramses was supposedly red. I became witness how one tried to manipulate African history. For me, the skin color of a person did not play any role.
To bring it to the point: The whole ancient Egyptian historical narrative was a loaded with racial controversials. Archaeologists and historians, from the European point of view, have done everything they can to turn the obviously brown skin color of the ancient Egyptians bright. I couldn’t understand why?
When I was 15 I found an Ancient Egyptian book in which a pharaoh was depicted. Since he looked like me I hung the picture of a Pharaoh on the wall of my bedroom and started to believe that he is somehow me.
This is how it all started.”
– Esayas Gebremedhin
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Not only the current colonial Egypt borders but ancient Egyptians and the vast ancient Egyptian influence on inventions, math, writing (Hieroglyphics the earliest true writing system created by humans), medicine, religion, sports, and music. Ancient Egyptians blessed our modern world with cultural innovations in writing and math to the earliest uses of makeup and perfume, as we all know the civilization had a huge impact on the way people today communicate, travel, eat, dress, and more.
Egypt (Miseri) or Kemet as ancient Egyptians will call and name it to indicate it as the land of blacks or the ‘black land’ is a country studded with awe-inspiring monuments, statues, and pyramids that date back millennia. Despite the truth, we are about to discover, ancient Egyptians (Kemet), the land of blacks have always been presumed that ancient Egyptians were white Arab-looking indigenous people which was the biggest misconception for centuries. At least this is the message most Hollywood-produced different films and books showcase and narrate (Watch Top 5 Ancient Egypt Movies) when in fact the ancient Egyptian population was brown and black before the Greek and Arab conquest.
THE CLICHÉD and often-repeated claim that “history is written by the victors” is as true for history films as it is for the historical record of the origin of ancient Egyptians.
The burden of historical representation, like a lot of misrepresented African stories, is not so indifferent when it comes to misrepresentations of ancient Egyptian stories in every film and book that are publicly available as of February 2023.