Chantal Alidor Kayitakatembo’s New Book Shows Angola’s Secret History

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“O IMPÉRIO TCHOKWE; ANGOLA; O MAPA-COR-DE-ROSA E A CONFERÊNCIA DE BERLIM DE 1885” reveals nation’s post-colonial ethnic and territorial inequalities.

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Angola is a diverse nation replete with a vast multitude of ethnicities and tribal groups, however, due to European colonization, the territorial borders that delineated the lands of these peoples were overridden as the Westerners drew their maps without acknowledging the demographic distribution of the indigenous populations. This would later cause many conflicts in post-colonial Africa, and the nation of Angola is no exception, as author Chantal Alidor Kayitakatembo elaborates in his new book, O IMPÉRIO TCHOKWE; ANGOLA; O MAPA-COR-DE-ROSA E A CONFERÊNCIA DE BERLIM DE 1885.

Kayitakatembo’s work disputes the commonly-believed history of the Lunda-Tchokwe people in the Eastern part of Angola and presents the genuine reality of the Lundas and the Tchokwes, and great injustice committed by Angola’s Portuguese colonizers against the Tchokwe people. He posits that prior to European interference, the Tchokwe Empire once dominated the region before being displaced by the colonizers, who supported the Lundas who usurped the Tchokwe and created their own kingdom.

According to the author, the territorial boundaries of present Angola do not reflect the ethnic makeup of the indigenous people and have no historical basis. By revealing this, Kayitakatembo strives to increase the public’s awareness on the marginalization of the Tchokwe people, who are rightfully entitled to their own nation, and yet whose genuine history is denied and forgotten by the local government and the international community.

O IMPÉRIO TCHOKWE; ANGOLA; O MAPA-COR-DE-ROSA E A CONFERÊNCIA DE BERLIM DE 1885 is an insightful look into the history of Angola and its diverse ethnicities, in particular the Tchokwe people, and the injustices inflicted upon them due to European colonialism. Kayitakatembo offers a rare glimpse through the veil of revisionism that will certainly appeal to those with a keen interest in world history and African affairs.

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O IMPÉRIO TCHOKWE; ANGOLA; O MAPA-COR-DE-ROSA E A CONFERÊNCIA DE BERLIM DE 1885 * by CHANTAL ALIDOR KAYITA-KA-TEMBO
TOMO II
Publication Date: July 15, 2013
Picture Book; £72.99; 420 pages; 978-1-4836-0387-2
Picture Book Hardcover; £82.99; 420 pages; 978-1-4836-0388-9

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