Grimaldi cave art: The timeless library of Afrika's pre-historic civilizations

Dir. Prof. Catherine Acholonu-Olumba

Greek mythology uses the word 'Grimaldi' in reference to some of the oldest human inhabitants of the planet who lived on the African continent before most others. Some other ancient and modern records refer to them and their relatives inAfrica as the Shan, the Bushmen and the Hottentots. Their time of appearance of the planet is usually referred to as Pre-History and spans 6000 BC and beyond, before the emergence of modern civilization, which the records say began in Sumer and Egypt after 4000 BC. Little is known about the Grimaldi for it was erroneously imagined that because they did not write on paper and parchment, they had no writing whatsoever. But this opinion was grossly deficient, for indeed the Grimalde had a writing system different from what we have today. They wrote on stone and rock surfaces. In fact the Grimaldi used the rock surfaces of caves as 'paper and canvass' and painted profusely on them and were thus able to leave large libraries of works around the world, intentionally showcasing their life-styles and the evolution of humanity's earliest cultural development such as the invention of clothing/body adornment, fire, utensils, the horse, etc.