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Manu Ampim Day1 - KNC

Prof. Manu Ampim

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Prof. Manu Ampim

TITLE:  Professor of History and Africana Studies
Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California
SPECIALTY AREA:  Historian and primary researcher specializing in Africana Studies.

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT 1:  The Southern Origins of Ancient Kush

Fri., 10/01/21 • 1:15pm est • Session A

The historical origins and location of Ancient Kush is commonly misrepresented by almost all Egyptologists and Nubiologists. They assume that Kush suddenly, without context, appeared as an independent kingdom in northern Sudan around 2,500 BCE, and was simply another name for Nubia. However, no records indicate that the two terms (Kush and Nubia) were used interchangeably in antiquity. Yet, these same scholars refer to the Kushite rulers during the 8th century BCE as the so-called “Black pharaohs” who originated from Sudan’s middle region outside of the Nubian areas. These questionable assumptions and arguments follow the wild distortions of early 20th century archaeologist George Reisner.

Very little field research has been done in the southern areas, such as South Sudan, southern Ethiopia, northern Kenya, and Uganda to document the Kushitic language and cultural groups which founded Nile Valley civilizations.

Prof. Manu Ampim Bio

Prof. Manu Ampim


Prof. Manu Ampim is a professor of History and Africana Studies at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California. He is co-founder of the Save Nubia Project (SNP) and the President of the conference sponsor, Kushite Nubian Collaborative. Since 1989, he has conducted extensive primary research on the origins and influence of the classical African civilizations of ancient Kush, Nubia, and Kemet (Egypt) in nearly two dozen countries. His annual field research continues in the entire East African region. Prof. Ampim’s latest book is  A History of African Civilizations (2019).

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