Debate over who the ancient Egyptians were has raved on for centuries amid the tense racial relations of the past 400 years. Lo and behold, it seems the sheer volume of evidence now has made it impossible to deny what was – that Kemet, Ancient Egypt, was not only an African Civilization, it was in fact Black.
It is only fitting then that the new British miniseries, Ascension, eyes Idris Elba to play the most revered Academic of Africa’s historical past – Imhotep.
In priestly wisdom, in magic, in the formulation of wise proverbs; in medicine and architecture; this remarkable figure (Imhotep) of Zoser’s reign left so notable a reputation that his name is not forgotten to this day. He was the patron spirit of the later scribes, to whom Africans regularly poured out a libation from the water-jug of their writing outfit before beginning their work.
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According to Deadline, British producer Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle) and writer Warren Ellis (Red) have teamed up for the adventure/thriller miniseries, Ascension, which revolves around the history and future of astronomy and mankind’s impulse for the stars.
Idris Elba is double-starring in the project, as the Ancient Egyptian polymath Imhotep in 3000 B.C. as well as a brilliant astronomer in the near future.
Imhotep is credited with many things. First, for being the founder of medicine and with being the author of a medical treatise remarkable for being devoid of magical thinking. Hence we owe the all-powerful formula in Science and Research, the Scientific Method, to this man.
Tiwary and his wife, Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary of Hunter College of the City University of New York, base this on an original idea they had a while back. Ascension is co-created by Tiwary and Ellis, with Ellis writing the script. Elba will executive produce it.
With this growing awareness about the true beginnings of Science, one of these days when a Jesus film is also remade, perhaps we will be offered the real Christ – a man whose feet were like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace (Rev.1:15).
Not that it mattered what color of skin any eminent figure of history was, but since it matters now – in a racist society – it is only moral that we correct the intentional recalibration of the color of great past civilizations and re-inscribe the faded historical records of entire black cultures that were lost, burnt and plagiarized, for example.
This can only be a positive step towards making the world a fine place so that perhaps, every race of people can have the confidence that they have contributed immensely towards its conception and advancement.