The Kemmiu (ancient Egyptians) used the term Af-Rui-Ka to designate beginnings, referring to inner Africa, the place the ancestors of the ruling class came from, the so called "followers of Horus", who had invented metallurgy. Later the Romans latinized this word to 'Africa', and the adjective for Africa is 'Afer', which means 'black', 'dark'
Was it a European mapmaker by the name Leo Afrikanos who named Africa in the 1500ís? Leo Africanus was named al-Hassan ibn Mohammed al Wazzani by his parents and was born in either 1493 or 1494 in the city of Granada; he was a Moor. He became a very learnt and well-traveled man, but unfortunately he was captured and enslaved by European pirates in 1518 and offered to Pope Leo X as a present. The pope baptized him, named him for himself Giovanni Leone, but the man became popularly known as Leo Africanus because of his skin color. The pope was quite impressed by the erudition of this African and set him free.
Leo Africanus, being quite annoyed with the negative image European writers were creating of Africa, wrote a famous book called The History and Description of Africa to set the record straight.
In the book De Afrikanen (The Africans) it is revealed that the old Romans called their colonial province in recent Tunis and East-Algeria 'Africa', probably because the name was in combination with a Latin or Greek word for that area, population or descended from the local used languages like Berbers or Phoenisch (Foenisch). Did the Romans name the Continent after the Latin word Aprica, meaning "sunny" or in collaboration with the Greeks used the Greek word Aphrike, meaning "without cold?"
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Could it be true that AIDS, Ebola and SARS are laboratory-manufactured viruses for the purpose of population control? Could it be true that Africa has become the testing ground for designer diseases synthesized in the West to test novel infectious agents for their virulence, test antidotes by creating the disease, and to control the population of Africa? Should we thus be critical of the "good" intentions?
Could it be true that the Rwanda genocide was not the result of "tribalism" between Bahutu and Batutsi, as the media claims but a carefully executed plan to kill millions of people whom the international bankers had decided constituted "excess population" and "useless eaters," explaining why the UN was reluctant to step in?
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