The Freddy Will Blog

    Never Ignoring the Original Truth

    I will define Africa as the land of many kingdoms. I believe this is one of the leading components of our motherland. What makes it even more uncommon is the evidence. Every region of the continent holds people from different ethnic groups. For example, there are 500 different tribes in Nigeria alone. Each one possesses their language, culture, food, dress edicts, music, legends, religion, etc.

    No one can answer for sure. According to legend, the Greek historian, Herodotus, referred to Africa as Aethiopia. And he lived between 484–425 BC. I guess the Greek could not sort it out because there were hundreds of kingdoms. There were thousands of different societies and cultures in Africa. The Greeks may have not known the name. Afterall, you can not name what does not involve you. The natives either knew it by another name or they respect the other regions as other foreign places.

    The Invasion of Africa

    Alternatively, the native people on the continent named their area based on the history of that empire or kingdom. I’ve observed examples of regions of African that have ad multiple names before. For example, the people called Guinea the Fouta Djallon. When we flip the pages further back in history, their ancestors called it the Jalunkandu Empire. Moreover, you can observe the empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. You will notice that those empires overlapped. They covered the same general area even though they were different realms. Some empires were brief, and others stood the test of time in which they turned into new kingdoms.

    The Romans were looking for the colonization of the ancient world, but they could not creep into Africa. The continents comprised of too many kingdoms with fierce warrior armies. Plus, the people are all black. It had to be difficult for a Roman army to march on them. They would have seen them from miles away. Until artillery arrived on the battlefield, Africa was essentially impregnable because no one could invade the most influential empires. I suppose we agree that the distinguishing feature of Africans at the time was skin color. At one time the Greeks referred to the whole continent as Aethiopia.

    The Real Name of Africa

    A Roman general named Scipio Africanus proposed a plan to conquer the continent to add it to the Roman Empire. Clearly, the idea failed. As we know, until the gun, there was no match with African warriors on the battlefield. Hence, there was no official name for the whole continent because the tribal warriors protected their realm. We had several kingdoms with vast warrior armies that protected them. And the Romans led a futile campaign to colonize the region. They decided to name it after the general. According to this version of the story, this is how the name “Africa” came about. Once Scipio Africanus renamed Aethiopia, it stuck.

    Even from back in those times, the Europeans sorted to pillage and destroy our motherland. And this was centuries before we knew what was happening. By the time they overcame Egypt, raped and enslaved the entire continent we had adopted the name without questioning it. Nonetheless, to be somewhat accurate, I must also suggest another version of this story. The name Africa also comes from the Egyptian word “Afru-ika” which means, a person named after the land. Egypt was a colony of Rome. One might argue that the Egyptian word “Afru-ika” may have referred to Scipio’s name. Whatever the case, someone is naming something after someone. Like the legendary Peter Tosh sang, “No matter where you come from, as long as you’re a black man you’re an African.*


    Saying Never to the Readily Available Free Pornography on the Internet

    Our civilization has gone through more than twenty years with instantly accessible [free] pornography on the web. In these twenty years, we have experienced a pioneering mobile phone revolution that has put the Internet in our pockets, twenty-four hours, and seven days all year long. That is at the same time when the genetic coding of most men dictates that every attractive woman we meet for the first time will arouse us sexually.

    My Reaction to Naughty Dog’s Heartbreaking Video Game, “The Last of Us Part II”

    I have made a climactic shift in the way I socialize with people. It’s not only that. These days, you won’t find me looking for new musicians, inviting strangers to see the latest blockbuster, and I don’t buy unproven video games anymore. Anything I touch should have a predefined motive. I have taken a step back. Today my approach in every situation is relatively reasonable. I look at the history of my involvement in a given situation to decide if that is a path worth continuing.

    Male & Female Consanguinity After the MeToo Movement

    It was only a decade ago when I caught heat from writing about men going their own way. I even suggested that the MeToo Movement is a trojan horse. Today, if you ask me, I’d say it’s sexual harassment to post half nude or nude pictures anywhere. But, a lot of men do not know their worth. They may see such abuse as a privilege. My reason for responding this way is because the person in question causes the men who see her picture to think about sex.

    Justified Remonstrances Free From Ill-considered Demands

    We have to ensure that, even as we call for police reforms, we do NOT alienate our police force. Regardless of our demands for sweeping changes in some of the methods they use, it is outright stupid to advocate for defunding and disbanding our police. If we look at what’s happening, we should see that the police are outstretched in the variety of situations they address. We must define police brutality as their use of unnecessary force against nonviolent suspects.

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