THE AFRICAN HISTORY OF SPORT
At least five thousand years ago, ancient African Civilizations
in KMT/Egypt, Nubia/Sudan, Ethiopia and Nile Valley
East African Kingdoms, invented a ‘Grand Philosophy’ which
they called several names, including Swtwt, (SWETWET)
which means ‘to make the heart light’;
Sedjay—Her, to amuse oneself; and Shmh--IB, (SEKMEK--IB) ‘to
make the heart forget’ We do not know if these
names classified different types of sport. What we
do know is that most Olympic blue ribbon sports had
their origins in Ancient Egypt, peopled by black Africans
at that time.
The African History of Sport is a series of three programmes
that looks at the evidence in detail left by the Pharaohs
and their civilization. It also looks at the problem
of a Eurocentric education system, and how Egyptian
history can decolonize both history and education.
Black academic and historian Robin Walker guides us
through the evidence and discusses recent controversies
about the racial make up of the Ancient Egyptians,
and how other nations claimed to have invented the
Sports we know today.
Programme 1: Discusses the importance
of Swtwt, Sedjay and Shmh—IB to Egyptian society
and how the fitness rituals of the Pharaohs and their
armies, and the games of girls and boys became what
we know as Sport.
Programme 2: Continues the investigation of the origins
of modern sports and pastimes. From swimming and diving
to fishing and rowing. It looks at the early origins
of fencing known as stick fighting. The Egyptians pioneered
the use of the umpire in wrestling, and used grand
sporting occasions as part of their International diplomacy,
inviting foreign competitors and spectators to large
competitions. The Greeks even sent envoys to Egypt
for advice on running their Olympics. The programme
concludes that Sport could be the great unifier and
pathway to a more peaceful world.
Programme 3: tells the story of the African history
of board games primarily chess, backgammon, checkers,
and snakes and ladders; how the creation of these games
has been attributed to every race, except the Black
Africans who invented them.
The African History of Sport is a fascinating well-researched
academic work that educates and entertains all who
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