The book consists of a preface, introduction, and five chapters (concerning Cheikh Anta Diop's life and times, knowledge and politics, archaeology, culture, Afrocentric paradigm, unity an renaissance) that stands alone as one of the few book length exercises on Cheikh Anta Diop of the Republic of Senegal, designed to make its content '...
Then, in 1994, Diop's first work was translated into English, The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality (edited by Mercer Cook), and thus it gained a much wider audience (especially in the African American scholar-intellectual-activist community) as the book (now in its 30th printing) proved that archaeological and anthropological evidence supported his view that the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt were African.
Hence, Asante argues that Diop understood that a central task would be to uncover the truth about Africa in all the disciplines of human knowledge (p.xiv), and engage in the study, dedication, and intense struggle for truth that has emerged as the inherited task of those who understand the awesome change that he single-handedly created in the academic world.
In contrast, the arena of research Asante argues that Diop was one of the first African scholars to embrace the scientific method to prove that Africa was the origin of the humankind, and that Diop knew that there would be other discoveries or disclosures in Africa that would further establish it as the homeland of the humankind (p.41).
Beyond a simple profile, this book provides a concise manifesto on Cheikh Anta Diop, and unlike other works, here Asante nails his contributed and ideas that presents readers with content that argues (1): the mastery of languages was one of the key elements in Diop's quest as an intellectual (p.31); (2) the falsifications about African history and culture should not be able to continue without challenge (p.130); (3) Cheikh Anta Diop is in a class alone by virtue of his struggles and victories in forcing the academy to pay attention to the work of African scholars who were not supported by the universities, but who nevertheless, had prepared themselves as well as any of those who taught in the universities to delve into research.