The aim of my project was to shed a positive light onto the unknown queens of ancient Africa. In the final pictures of my piece I am the queen figure as I wanted to embody the essence or regality. This project was born from the ignorant beliefs that ‘Africa is poor and hopeless’, that ‘Africans are backwards’, this art piece was also derived from myself wanting to know more about my culture and African heritage, I had been growing tired of hearing the same depressing narrative of Africa, the continents history always being told from the perspective of a Caucasian post ‘The Scramble for Africa’, usually the said speaker cutting out and ignoring how exceptional the continent was before Europeans had made their presence known using such violence and causing such suffering. With this piece I am taking back the lost history of the wider African diaspora, researching what the continent was like before the invasion of the European armies. This final piece challenges the modern day Eurocentric view of royalty and what Ancient Africa was.
I decided to name my project ‘Alkebulan’ as this was the original name of Africa meaning “Mother of Mankind” or “Garden of Eden”. Alkebulan is the oldest and the only word of indigenous origin used by the Moors, Nubians, Numidians, Khart-Haddans (Cathagenians), and Ethiopians.