Theophile Obenga, Ph.D.
Theophilus Mwene Ndzalé Obenga, born in Mbaya (Congo), February 2, 1936, is an Egyptologist, linguist and historian. Obenga is currently a professor at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California. His most recent work is African Philosophy: the Pharaonic period 2780-330 B.C. Obenga speaks at least 10 languages and brought to the forefront of the world the significant relationships between the civilizations of Central Africa and East Africa.
Obenga has advocated a number of ideas such as a “Negro-Egyptian” language family (négro-égyptien), which includes all languages of Africa, an approach that he shares with Cheikh Anta Diop. Obenga takes issue with the term “Afro-Asiatic” and states that the term is only a scientific invention and the Egyptian language was never reconstructed following the methods of comparative historical linguistics, the very aim of which is to link genetically the languages concerned.
From January 28 to February 3, 1974 in Cairo, Egypt, Obenga accompanied Cheikh Anta Diop as Africa’s representatives to the UNESCO symposium on “The Peopling of Ancient Egypt and the Deciphering of the Meroitic Script.” This meeting remains one of the single most important and famous defenses of African intellectual and historical integrity in the modern era.