A Book Review of Black Madonna by David Maillu (Just Before Black History Month Is Over)

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Black Madonna… What does this title spike in your head?

Black Madonna brings memories of the black images of Mary and Jesus prevalent in France I have seen in my quest for understanding this erased history. My reverence for Leonardo Da Vinci takes me to the crooked smile Madonna (Mona Lisa )seating in the Louvre Museum.

Last week my father gifted me with ‘Black Madonna’ by David Maillu after complaining of his insistence on purchasing western books that feel estranged to me nowadays.

So, he brought me Black Madonna and said I would like it. After a week of reading it, here I am, my fingers always dancing on this keyboard, my mind bursting with Thoth’s wisdom.

Published in 2019, The story of Black Madonna is an educative journey of Black people’s history, stemming from two black martyr priests Joshua and Malachi, who sought to restore the existence of Black Jesus and Black Mary through generations to the current protagonist professor Yona Mayona who finally realizes their dream.

This story is told through a complex love triangle, race relations, big money and the quest to educate black people on their true history which shakes the foundations of Christianity and could potentially bring back the glory of Africa.

Of course, this is not the first time that you will hear these assertions about the misconceived Jesus Christ. If you have traced your African roots, explored ancient Kemit and the history of black people, read Dan Brown’s Davinci Code, then you probably have these thoughts in your mind.

Maillu takes us back to 492 – 496AD North Africa to two priests Joshua and Malachi, who stored a wealth of information that solidified Black people’s position in the Christianity, the fact that Jesus and his mother were black people, against a revolt from Rome that changed this history in order to promote a white cultural hegemony.

Amidst growing tension in the Roman Catholic Church, the two scholars cum priests write a historical manuscript on black people’s history and before they are accused of conspiracy, removed from Rome and separated, they seal a covenant, divide the Black Madonna manuscript and promise to transfer this history to their descendants.

The secret of Black Madonna is transmitted through generations and finally finds the protagonist of the book, prof. Mayona who begins the journey of educating black people on their erased history, their position in Christianity and restore back their glory.

This is a book I would recommend for anyone interested in finding out the origin of Black people. I applaud David Maillu for going the mile with this journey that is indeed important to Black people. But is it enough to make black people especially Kenyans to drop the shrines they have up on their walls of White Mary and Jesus?

It also has interesting love story as there is a triangle bound by gratitude, hypocrisy and possession which contrasts with allegiance to family.

Nevertheless, you are sure to find some minor inconsistencies that will anger you, especially if you are one who likes completeness in stories. The story will leave you in suspense with the love story and the Black Madonna story, the latter because its work in progress, but the former because you know that is a murky journey.

Maillu is the executive chairman in authorship of KA Holy Book of Neter (which I want to read soon), also know as the ‘African Bible.’ This shows some credibility.

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