Have you ever read a book from an African scholar and wondered why it was acclaimed? Have you ever heard an African scholar speak and become embarrassed? Well that’s how I felt about Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan.
Thus, when I heard he passed away on the 19th of March 2015, I was not sad, I was indifferent.
I have been encouraged to read Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan’s books. However, I have never taken a liking to his style nor the premise of his writings.
I have to admit, I am not interested in evidence showing African people supposedly created and practiced Abrahamic religions. Well, at least not how he narrates it. I found Dr. Ben’s theories and narration of ancient history listless and pedantic. Dr. Ben was no Dr. Amos Wilson.
On that note, the main reason I am indifferent to Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan’s death is the amount of dedication many pseudo African nationalist, i.e., mulatto Seti, Afrisynergy, Saneter, Polight also known as the conscious community have placed on his work.
Also, all those negatives being said, Dr Ben was an African man who affected African people in NYC and beyond. When so many people admire someone, there must be a reason?
Nonetheless, although I did not ascribe or gravitate to his work, I wanted to discuss Dr. Ben. What makes his work relevant?