Who founded the ruling dynasty of kanem bornu

Feb 2018
97
ohio
Ive seen this posted in another forum claiming Kanem Bornu was founded by berbers he also stated the Songhai dynasty was founded by yemeni people any one know the book this is from and if its true or not?1557684844116.png
 
May 2018
161
On earth.
It is important to always remember that people will claim foreign ancestry when it makes them look good. In the case of an Islamic state, claiming descent from Arabia is always nice. A 17th-century chronicle is the source of the claim of Yemeni Songhai descent, but its validity is unverifiable. The issue of the Kanem Bornu thing is less clear, but the Sefuwa dynasty did not even found the kingdom, as far as I know. I think that the quote takes a few theories and runs with them, claiming them to be far more verifiable than they actually are. We don't actually know the origins of the founders of Gao (which would later become Songhai), nor do we know the origins of the founders of Kanem.

It also doesn't help that this quote provides absolutely no sources, links, or anything, which should be expected from an academic paper if that's what this is.

@Ighayere would be far more qualified to discuss this further.
 
Feb 2018
97
ohio
Are there any sources that refutes the claims in Unesco made By D.T. Niane?

He's made some outrageous claims like Mali having a population of 50million
He also claims Humme the founder of the Sefuwa dynasty came from berbers
 
Feb 2017
526
Latin America
He's made some outrageous claims like Mali having a population of 50million
Wow, the person who made this must have been truly bad at demography. Even the whole of the Malian Empire at its peak having even half that number is very dubious, as 50 million is close to the entirety of Africa's population in the Middle Ages. Heck, that's the population of the Roman Empire at its peak (or close to anyway), and the Malian Empire was only about one third of the Roman Empire.
 
Aug 2017
16
Cape Town
The Songhai Yemeni thing is utter nonsense, Yemeni people moved to what is today Ethiopia, but that is thousands of miles away from Songhai. Kanem-Bornu cities did not look anything like settlements from the Arabian peninsula at all.