10 Things To Know About African History Scholar Ashra Kwesi

10 Things To Know About African History Scholar Ashra Kwesi

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Never heard of Ashra Kwesi? The legendary historian is considered a genius of Africa. He is the founder of Kemet Nu Productions through which he presents visual presentations and conducts hugely popular tours to Egypt and Ethiopia called the “Kemet ‘Nu Know’ Thyself Educational Tours to Egypt and Ethiopia.”

 Kwesi is also a well-known and revered lecturer on African history, civilization, and religion. 

Here are 10 things you should learn about Ashra Kwesi:

Africa Tour Master

Griot Ashra Kwesi has spent more than 30 years sharing knowledge on the ancient temples, tombs of African. He offers a tour experience of the African Nile Valley like no other say those who have completed the journey with Kwesi.

Taught By The Best

Kwesi 14 years as an assistant to the respected Kemetologist, Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan, author of “Black Man of the Nile,” among other books on Africa and Afrocentrism.

In The Company Of Greats

Kwesi has been compared to come of the great thinkers of Afrocentric learning, such as Dr. Ben; Dr. John Henrik Clark, a historian, professor, and a pioneer in the creation of Pan-African and Africana studies; and Afrocentrist psychiatrist Dr. Cress Welsing, whose 1970 essay “The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism” is also cited. She was also the author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors.”

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The Traveler

Kwesi’s study took him to Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, and Ghana. “Additionally, he has documented information on African Nile Valley history at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, the British Museum in London, England and the Metropolitan Museum in New York,” according to his website

World Speaker

As a speaker Kwesi has conducted lectures at universities and for organizations in Africa, Great Britain, Japan, throughout the Caribbean, and in the United States. He has also appeared on numerous television and radio programs.

Teach The Children

According to Kwesi, children should be taught positive things about Africa and Afrocentrism. “Knowledge of African history stops children from being insecure in the European classroom setting. It provides them with confidence that strengthens them while preparing them for life, work and to be successful in the future. It also motivates them, promotes leadership skills and helps to eliminate behavioral issues,” he told the San Francisco Bay View.

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Parents As Afrocentric Role Models

Kwesi said he feels education should start at home, especially when teaching Black history. In a San Francisco Bay View interview, he said: “Positive African-centered parental involvement takes children in a clear-cut direction, while giving them a strong purpose in life. An understanding of their ancient history offers a confident, life-changing option to both children and their parents.”

How To Unleash The African Genius In Children

“A: Expose them to books about African historians, writers and inventors. B: Place African art in our homes to remind children of their roots. C: Have ongoing conversations about the greatness and struggles of African people. D: If financially possible, take them to Africa for an eye-witness account of African greatness,” he told the San Francisco Bay View.

Between The Pages

Kwesi has authored a number of books, including: “Spiritual Enslavement,” and “Afrikan Builders Of Civilization, A Pictorial History of Famous Personalities from Ancient Egypt)” written with his wife, Merira. He has also released various DVDs as well.

Travel Plans

The next annually planned tour is this winter, December 28, 2019-January 8, 2020. There will be tours of Ethiopia, lectures at the sites, multimedia presentations in the hotels by Ashra and Merira Kwesi. Travelers will learn about, according to the tour destination, “African builders of civilization, the world’s first universities at Karnak and Luxor, ancient African spiritual concepts that are with us today, and the plagiarizing of our ancestral temples, symbols…”