Considering many people have been taught slavery and colonialism as the major African history, it has become almost hard to convince people, Africa had history before slavery and colonialism, and it was history of glory.
Denying people their real history is denying them self confidence to steer ahead in future. Anta Diop tried to prove scientifically that the pyramids in Egypt or Kemet and Sudan or Kush, were indeed built by present day black Africans. Considering the facts that majority Arabs of present day Egypt started arriving in Egypt 100 AD, the period in which pyramids in Kush and Kemet were centuries old. The Arabs originated from Middle East, there is no traces of pyramids built there during that period, before and after.
In 960 B. C, Ethiopia came back upon the Center of history. Ethiopia was then ruled by a queen, in some books she is known as “Makeda. ” She is better known as the queen of Sheba. In his book, “World’s Great Men of Color,” J.A. Rogers, gives this description: “Out of the mists of three thousand years, emerges this beautiful story of a Black Queen, who attracted by the fame of a Judean monarch, made a long journey to see him.”
According to a lore and legend, is the mysterious and majestic Queen of Sheba, and the beloved of King Solomon of Judea. However, according to the Old Testament , she is portrayed as a chaste and unnamed queen of the land of Sheba heard of the great wisdom of King Solomon of Israel and journeyed there with gifts of spices, gold, precious stones, and beautiful wood and to test him with questions, as recorded in First Kings 10:1-13 (2 Chronicles 9:1–12).
As she visited Solomon according to the Bible, Makeda brought 4.50 tons of gold to gift Solomon (1 Kings 10:10).
There is no further hint of deep relationship with Solomon and Queen of Sheba.
However, accounts in Abyssinia argues together they had a son, Menelik I, who would become the first Emperor of Ethiopia. Based on a text The Kebra Nagast, a royal chronicle compiled in Abyssinia in the 14th century, this ancestry reestablished the Solomonic line. In 1270, with Emperor Yekuno’s declaration to be the lineal descent Menelik, all succeeding Ethiopian rulers confirmed they have full filial and ruling rights by birth to Yekuno Amlak and, by that means, to King Solomon and Queen Makeda.
In many versions of the Old Testament and in subsequent art, Queen Makeda was whitewashed. She was a beautiful powerful black woman who converted to Judaism, out of love, and traditional Western culture have never acknoweldged this. It is also believed that one of the ten lost tribes of Israel are the “Falashas”, a group of Ethiopian Jews who live today as in Biblical times.
Perfumer Shelley Waddington is the first to name a fragrance after Makeda This perfume magically evokes the love between King Solomon and Makeda , the fragrance is hand blended as in the days of old; Makeda’s heart of Jasmine Sambac, base of Oud,and cedarwood (“The beams of our house are cedar, King James 1.17′) clearly evoke the passion, sexuality and royalty of its noble namesake.
“The most effective way to destroy people, is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” —George Orwell.