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Who Are We?
The Spirit of Afre-Kh!
Board of Trustees
Ms. Michelle Joseph
Mr. Runoko Rashidi
Professor Niyi Coker
Ms. Ronke Babalola
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FeelNubia.com is a virtual cultural agglomeration of Nubian people; an on-line forum for challenging, motivating and celebrating Africoid culture wherever it is found in the world. We join in the struggles; celebrate the triumphs, similarities and diversities; identify with and embrace all people of African descent from the Nilo-Saharan, Niger-Kordofanian and Khoisan cultures of the Mother-land to the Afro-Asiatic, across to the indigenous Australasians and black Latin American cultural groups.

OUR NAME

We define the name NUBIAN in the broadest possible terms. By NUBIA, we mean 'Black', 'African', 'of Africa', 'Brown'-skinned, 'Afrocentric', 'Afrilosophy'. By FEEL, we refer to our spirituality and we invite the earth to experience and be moved by the richness that we add to the globe.


IN THE BEGINNING

It is well known that the origin of man is traced to Africa. What is less well known is how much of the original African cultural influence and spirit spread through the migration of the first Africans to every continent on the earth, how that culture has evolved, transformed, impacted upon the history of mankind and continues to survive through its journey. Many people of African descent are still engaged in a peculiar fight for their right to life and self actualization in diverse political and socio-economic contexts, alone and without validation.


The VISION

TO INSPIRE all persons of African heritage into ONE NUBIAN NATION that transcends skin tone or hue, geographical boundaries, religious affiliation or ethnic tongue.
TO INCLUDE all persons of African descent in the journey to re-discovering ourselves as one people bound by history, beliefs, values and a rich heterogeneous cultural heritage.
TO GATHER ideologically all dark skinned people with a strong sense of identity, togetherness, belonging, hope and pride in ourselves.


Our MOTIVATION

"Our union must know no clime, boundary, or nationality… let us hold together under all climes and in every country…" -- Marcus Mosiah Garvey


"We need to tell our children our own stories from our own perspective… African science stories [have been] retold by European historians… relocated… to Greece."
Phillip Emeagwali - Recipient 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, which has been dubbed the “Nobel Prize of Supercomputing.”


"Africans... [must] be inspired to move out of the victim mentality and claim the space in the world that Africa so rightly deserves."
Patricia de Lille - Leader of the Independent Democrats, South Africa


"The history of the black race is a tale of spectacular resilience, courage in the face of unimaginable adversity and TRIUMPH, all the while upholding her integrity, identity and obdurate value system. Africa has been maligned and preyed upon repeatedly over the course of human history. Her civilizations, contributions and culture of community have been plagiarized, disdained and discarded. Her cities and villages have been purloined, mothers and sisters raped and wealth carted off by armadas conveying men armed with strange and potent weapons. For centuries, foreign palaces have been built on the strength of African backs, watered by the blood of her sons and embellished with riches from her belly. Today she is still reviled, attacked, disowned, denied. Through it all, is Africa unbowed? Does she survive? Does Africa hold fast to her faith...still? Then she is the head, not the tail; the victor, not the vanquished; her people a model of the true human spirit - the expressed image and likeness of God!"
Ronke Babalola - Executive Director, Feel Nubia


"The danger of the single story" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

 


Origins of the name of AFRE-KH
The name Afre-Kh or Kh-Afre, simply means the "Kh of Ophir" or "Spirit of Africa". The origin of Afer may either come from the Phoenician word `afar, meaning 'dust'; or named after the Afri, a Berber ethnic group who dwelt in North Africa in the Carthage area. In beliefs about the origins of man, some people believe that the first man was formed from dust by God. The name could also have come from the the Greek word aphrike, meaning 'without cold', or the Latin word aprica, meaning 'sunny'.

The Hebrew referred to the continent as "Auphirah" is usually written "Ophir", as seen in I Kings 9:28, where King Solomon sent sailors to "Ophir-Auphirah". I Kings 10:1 gave an account of the Queen of Ophirah-Africa who came to visit Solomon. This account most likely spoke of Hat-Sheba, the only Queen to have ruled over the territories of Egypt, Nubia, Sudan and Ethiopia.

The name Africa came into Western use through the Romans, who used the name Africa terra "land of the Afri" (plural, or "Afer" singular) for the northern part of the continent, as the province of Africa with its capital Carthage, corresponding to modern-day Tunisia.


The SPIRIT
Feel Nubia is positioned to be a catalyst for the emergence of the GLOBAL NUBIAN IDENTITY. We promote the CHIRICHI spirit and philosophy among people of African descent all around the world. CHIRICHI is an acronym for
CHANGE
IMPROVE
RULE AND REIGN
INVENT
CHALLENGE
INSPIRE


Inspired by the work of eminent scholars and thinkers like Marcus Garvey, Clyde Winters, Runoko Rashidi and Ivan Van Sertima, we believe that if all the people of African descent in the world are too far-flung to unite into a physical nation, we will unite into a spiritual, ideological one.  The Australian aborigines, the Tamils, the Gonds, Mundas, Veddoids and Kolarins of Sri Lanka and South India need not be alone. With the help of modern media, we will rekindle the spirit of community and re-write the common destiny of people of African descent. We commit ourselves to motivating persons of African descent to be active in expressing their ‘inner Nubian’; to let flow the African spirit within; to be the change we each want to see in our Nubian communities, in our people. Let each one of us be the Africa we can be.

SPIRIT (n) means: A divine animating influence or inspiration; an attitude or principle that inspires or pervades thought, feeling, or action.  Synonyms: strength, courage, character, guts, fortitude, moral fiber, heart, mettle, chutzpah!


The TIMING
QUESTION: This is 2010. Does the world have time for this?  Are there not more pressing survival issues to pre-occupy the mind?


ANSWER: What is more pressing than the real threat of physical annihilation of a people through stylized political genocide? What else can occupy the mind when you have never had the luxury of self actualization, education, a decent home or job? There is no better time to speak up and stand up for who we are as a people; to speak up and stand up for those born in less opportune places and times; to help others find their voice, dignity and self-worth.


How do people find their way out of discrimination so institutionalized and embedded in culture that it is at once religious, spiritual and socio-economic? What can you do if you are labeled an untouchable, to have your dreams limited and stifled; your potential strangled to death at birth or lying undiscovered and withering within you? How do you escape a destiny dictated for you by others to whom your ways are alien and threatening?  Perhaps the global recession is just one more day in hell for those who have never known a better dawn. If we wait for our economies to be right, or our politics to be fair, help may come too late for some. It is time to get out of our elitist individualism, our civilized isolation and get back in touch with our inner collectivism.


The African community spirit has never been needed more and is precisely what will lift the world out of the current and future social, environmental and economic disasters. We must give people a sense of community, of being part of a greater whole no matter the crisis they face – global or local; a forum to sound the alarm on issues that we have become too selfish or elitist to care about; to vent our frustrations and fears (economic or otherwise) and find alternative fora for resolution than violence. Individualism played a huge role in the current global economic and ecological emergency. The African spirit of community points the way to our collective redemption.


Our VEHICLES
We choose simple vehicles for the achievement of our aims: Personal stories and pictures. A picture is worth a thousand words, it is said. There are many ways to tell the world what you care about.  We think you should not only let us know what you care about, SHOW us. By all means, write about it. Better still, capture it on film. Videos, pictures on cameras, mobile phones are all welcome.  Use pictures to illustrate your point, to draw attention to the issues you care about. We however advocate self-censorship and restraint.  (See our Terms of Service).

Through this medium, the people of Afre-Kh show the world who we are. We define ourselves without apology, without pretence.


"Up! You mighty race. You can accomplish what you will!"

Marcus Garvey

 




Board of Trustees

 


 

Ms. Michelle Joseph - Minister Counselor/Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of St. Lucia to the United Nations. Member, FeelNubia Board of Trustees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Runoko Rashidi – Historian, researcher, writer, world traveler and public lecturer. Founder of the Global African Presence. Member, FeelNubia Board of Trustees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Professor Niyi Coker Jr. – Scholar, Artist, Festival Director of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival. Member,FeelNubia Board of Trustees

 








 

 

 

 



 

Ibironke Funmilola Babalola - Intercessor, Communications Strategist, Development Consultant, Social Engineer and  Author. Visioner, FeelNubia





 

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