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“CCC professor shines rare light on pre-colonial African history” (April 17, 2023) – The Richmond Standard

A professor of History and Africana Studies at CCC and director of Advancing The Research, Ampim recently authored A History of African Civilizations,” the fruits of years of extensive research both in historical literature and in the field traveling in 22 African countries. The book “mirrors much of what I teach” in a course by the same name at Contra Costa College, according to the professor. Read More…

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“The Woman King” and Misguided Historical Fiction (2022)

By Prof. Manu Ampim

I have been asked by many people to comment on the movie “The Woman King.” As a professional
historian specializing in Africana Studies, I decided to break from my routine and offer some
historical insight on the serious problems and contradictions of this highly fictionalized account of
the West African empire of Dahomey in 1823 (and other time periods merged in).

Children play around a tumbled statue and other ruins from the Kushite empire near a site called Tombos.
Visual: Neil Brandvold

In Sudan, Rediscovering Ancient Nubia Before It’s Too Late (2018)

By Amy Maxmen, February 19, 2018

Long ignored by white archaeologists as a mere footnote, modern scientists are now racing to document what’s left of the ancient African civilization.

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Dam water threatens Sudan’s historical artifacts (2012)

The Art Newspaper reported, Sudanese Antiquities Ministry appeals to the international archaeological community to help salvage Sudan’s rich archaeological heritage.

FILE – Sudanese police (AFP)

Sudanese police in second crackdown against dam protestors (2011)

December 22, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese capital Khartoum has witnessed a second round of demonstrations against a government dam project upcountry as President Omer Al-Bashir pledged to find a quick solution to the issue.

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FILE – a protest against the construction of a dam in northern Sudan

Sudan breaks up dam demo (2011)

December 20, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese anti-riot police on Tuesday forcibly dispersed and arrested protestors demonstrating in downtown Khartoum against the construction of a dam upcountry, eye witnesses told Sudan Tribune.