“A Discussion about the Talking Points – Afrikan Ancestry and Heritage”

Olatunji Mwamba

Olatunji Mwamba

I Pronounce my name Oh-LAH-TOON-jee UUM-WAHM-bah I was born June 7, 1954, in Baltimore City, Maryland, The United States of America. I grew up in Baltimore City, Maryland on the West side until I was 14 years old. We then moved to the Eastside where I lived until Adulthood. I am a heterosexual Black man and I am happily married to my wife, Zakiyah. I am currently 63 years old. I am a father 8 (2 daughters and 6 sons), grandfather of 13 (9 granddaughters and 4 grandsons) and a great-grandfather of one great-grandson. I am a former member who Chronicled Police Brutality for 'The Black Panther Party For Defense' during my brief membership in 1969-1970 at the age of 15 (1969) - the age of 16 (1970). I left to pursue a Singing career in 1970. I was introduced to Black Nationalist, Afrikan-Centered knowledge and Cultural Information by my Jegna, Bilaal Opio Oba in the summer of 1974. I became a staunch Black Nationalist when I was 20 years old, by the fall of 1974. I also converted to Islam in 1974, as well. I even became a Muslim Imam for about 3 1/2 years. However, because of my search for truth, I no longer subscribe to the dictates of Islam. The facts of History have provided me with the truth, as to my current stance on issues of religion., for I am not afraid of the facts and the truth. Nor am I afraid of where those facts and the truth might lead me. I've worked in a variety of organizations since 1974. I've been seriously studying our story--'the good and the bad' since 1974, trying to understand how we as a race have found ourselves in our current circumstance. And most importantly, trying to figure how we can get out of it. I've read all of the major works of our most Esteemed scholars and writers; scholars and writers such as Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan, Dr. John Henrk Clarke, Dr. Chancellor Williams, Dr. John G. Jackson, Dr. Marimba Ani, Dr. Charles Finch, Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, Dr. Theophile Obenga, Dr. Amos Wilson, Dr. Bobby Wright, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima, Tdka Maat Kilimanjaro Ph.D., George G. M. James, Dr. Jacob Carruthers, Dr. Charsee McCintire, Dr. Joy Degruy, Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti, The Irritated Genie Of Soufeese, Del Jones, and so many others. And I've read their works multiple times too. At one point in time, I also co-hosted a radio program in Baltimore City on WEAA, Morgan State University Radio, 88.9 FM, with my good friend, sister Nalungo Sayyed for few years, as well. I'd like to part with this quote. "Be not arrogant because of your knowledge. Seek Counsel from the ignorant, as well as with the wise. For the limits of knowledge have never been set. And no one has ever reached them. Wisdom is rarer than emeralds. And yet, it can be found among the women at the grindstones"__ The Teachings of Ptahotep" I am a member of "The Raising Awareness Group".

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9 Responses

  1. Mkuu Mzee Mkuu Mzee says:

    Excellent read Brother Olatunji.

  2. Khufu Khufu says:

    Awesome Job!!! Very Informative!

  3. Medase Pii my brothers. I’m glad I could be of some service to our people and bring some clarity to this madness of self-denial.

  4. Cliff Kuumba says:

    Greetings Baba:
    Many thanks for referring myself and other visitors at your Facebook post to this page. Your analysis was very compelling, and the standards of scholarship, analysis and honesty you have set at the very beginning should be better followed by all of us. I will certainly be reading this paper again, and referring back to the works I have (some of which I have sadly not read yet) for further reinforcement. I also hope the opportunity arises in the near future to discuss some of this history as well as how we can better use this knowledge to move Afrikan people forward.
    Peace and Power,
    Bro. Cliff

  5. Tariq says:

    Very interesting reading thank you for sharing this information with us all truly appreciate your time and energy Elder. Olatunji Mwamba

  6. Medase Pii, Tariq . Appreciate you.

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