Asante, Molefi Kete. African Pyramids of Knowledge: Kemet, Afrocentricity and Africology. Brooklyn, NY: Universal Write Publications LLC, 2015, pp.286, ISBN: 978-0-9825327-0-6. Reviewed by Aaron X. Smith (Assistant Professor of Instruction, Temple University; firstname.lastname@example.org).
In a powerful rallying cry for a reconnection to ancient African consciousness, Molefi Kete Asante sought to "overthrow parochialism, provincialism, and narrow Wotanic visions of the world by demonstrating the usefulness of an Afrocentric approach...." His book, African Pyramids of Knowledge presents a most powerful academic synthesis of Asante's numerous theoretical deconstructions of Eurocentric theoretical domination.
This work can be easily enjoyed by Afrocentric thinkers and scholars from various other academic disciplines and non-institutional perspectives. Asante has constructed a revealing work that continues in the enlightening vein of classic works such as, The Miseducation of the Negro (Woodson 1933), The Afrocentric Idea (Asante 1998) and The Afrocentric Paradigm, (Mazama 2002). This paradigm shifting work has the potential to reorient the reader away from limiting traditional perspectives on African knowledge towards "an African truth that has been staring us in the face for thousands of years".
Asante draws upon an increasing dissatisfaction with intellectual and cultural Eurocentric hegemony, while promoting the benefits of having "a plural vision in a nation." Interacting with various phenomena according to a worldview which adversely impacts the development and promotion of unifying and empowering Afrocentric thought is described as counter-productive by Asante. The elevation of the Eurocentric worldview, historiography and socio-political particularism to the level of a Universal standard speaks to the heart of the problem this text works to remedy. Through the promotion of an Afrocentric idea which has evolved into an Afrocentric Paradigm, Asante unequivocally asserts that a massive liberation movement can be initiated through readers being located within the realities of an unparalleled, ancestral cultural and conscious chronology. This work continues a long-standing approach to information advanced by Molefi Kete Asante which asserts that Afrocentric agency is a necessary component in the regaining of sanity for African people throughout the Diaspora. Asante attacks the problem from four primary vantage points, intellectual, mobilizing...