Theophilus Mwene Ndzalé Obenga, born in Mbaya (Congo), February 2, 1936, is an Egyptologist, linguist and historian. Cheikh Anta Diop, he defends a vision of African history refocused on the concerns of African researchers and intellectuals, eager to revisit heritage (Afrocentricity).
State Doctor of Arts in Social Sciences (Sorbonne), he has studied various disciplines: philosophy, comparative historical linguistics, prehistoric archeology, science education, Egyptology. Theophilus Obenga studied philosophy at the University of Bordeaux. He studied history at the College de France in Paris, and has taught Egyptology at Geneva. He also trained in science education to Pittsburgh. Among his teachers there was Emile Benveniste's historical linguistics, Jean and Charles Maystre Leclant in Egyptology, Coptic Rodolphe Kasser, Lionel Balout human paleontology. Former Director General of International Centre for Bantu Civilization (CICIBA) in Libreville, it is now a professor at the Faculty of African civilizations at the University of San Francisco State , which is a campus of the University of California.
He leads Ankh, "Journal of Egyptology and African Civilizations" published in Paris. Among other scientific concerns, this review explores the various avenues of research initiated or renewed by Cheikh Anta Diop in an epistemological replacing ancient Egypt in what he considers his "African natural environment" and as one of " old black African civilizations.
If history is a sequence of continuities and ruptures (which it obviously is), but also (definitely) one of hopes and dreams of glorious new dawns, then for us to ponder on 50 years (1960-2010) of independence in twenty or so African countries termed “Francophone” amounts – among so many other possible interpretations – to examining one aspect which for me remains the heart of the matter.
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