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Don't know if y'all are privy to this. Stumbled upon it. Stay with Africa or go back to Alkebulan?


The continent of Africa is as mysterious as it is beautiful. The richness of the cultures of people living there is still not entirely understandable to people coming from other parts of the world. Still, Africa is the second-largest and most populated continent, right after Asia. A continent this big holds many secrets about its people and the origins of its culture.

Throughout history, many nations tried conquering and colonizing African countries. Many succeeded as well, and in time, many of our western influences left their mark on the continent. One of those is in the name of the continent itself. Africa is not the original name of the continent, and in this article, we will try to discover how the continent got the name we know today, and what the original name was.

Alkebulan: According to experts that research the history of the African continent, the original ancient name of Africa was Alkebulan. This name translates to “mother of mankind,” or according to other sources, “the garden of Eden.” Alkebulan is an extremely old word, and its origins are indigenous. Many nations in Africa used this word, including the Ethiopians, Nubians, Moors, and Numidians.

The name Africa was given to this continent by the ancient Romans and Greeks. However, Alkebulan was not the only name used for the continent. There were many others used throughout history by the people living there, including Corphye, Ortigia, Libya, and Ethiopia. However, Alkebulan is the most common one.

So how exactly did the continent get the name “Africa”? There are several theories that try to answer this question. The most commonly accepted theory states that the name came from Romans when they discovered land on the opposite side of the Mediterranean. They called this land after a Berber tribe that was living in the Carthage area at the time. According to many sources, the name of that tribe was Afri. Originally, the Romans supposedly called the continent Afri-terra, which was later transformed into Africa.

The Theories Behind The Name

Several other theories aim to discover how the continent of Africa got its name. Many experts believe that the name actually came from two Phoenician words. These words were “friqi” and “pharika,” which would translate corn and fruit, respectively.

According to this theory, the Phoenicians called Africa the land of corn and fruit, which actually makes sense. The Phoenicians inhabited cities along the coast of the Mediterranean, and it is quite possible that they managed to discover Africa.

Other theories about the name of the continent also deal with its climate. Many people believe that the name Africa derived from the Greek word “aphrikē,” which denotes a land that is free from the cold weather. Another word that is often mentioned is the Roman word “aprica,” which translates into sunny.

Whatever that may be, it is not hard to imagine why the weather could play a major factor in the name chosen for this continent. Although generalizing the weather of an entire continent is not that easy, the people that ‘‘found’’ Africa have probably only seen a small part of it before giving it a name.

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Great you bring this up.
the fact that there’s too much diversity of opinion about what constitutes a good life or what one has to put on his plate, somehow make it hard for people to accept a piece of information that there’s no way for them to verify it legitimacy.

There’s so much invented stories out there that try to solve the mystery of our continent, where it came from and many other things. But I think the think the best for Africans to do is to own their own narrative instead leaving other people to write them

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That will mean starting altogether from the beginning - as in, correcting and rewriting history or continuing where we are now and writing about the new Africa, meaning nothing of the old? Give a practical example

I believe rewriting is most reasonable thing to do here.
Just like part of the Bible has Old Testament and a new one if that’s what we like to do. You know is not up to me decide even some of us have great ideas but we’re most often left out when is time to make “important decisions”

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I like this analogy, sounds like a great way to do it

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