Electricity since Antiquity, African knights 50,000 years ago, the myth of Wakanda... The singer Gims happily skids in a long interview given on the Youtube channel "
on March 22, but which unleashed comments this Tuesday on social networks.
Each week, the online program questions a personality, more or less known, about his personal and professional career.
At the microphone of the youtubeur LeChairman, the Congolese singer was invited to answer questions about his religion, his family, geopolitics (in particular the war in Kivu) … but also history.
It is this last part of the interview that caused a particular reaction, given the extent of his ignorance and the revisionist dimension of his remarks.
Africa is Wakanda, damn it!
At the time of the empire of Kush, there was electricity
", affirms Gims before continuing: "
the pyramids which one sees there, at the top there is gold, gold it is the best conductor of electricity.
It was damn antennas, people had electricity (...).
The science, which (the Egyptians) had, exceeds the
A pyramid in the kingdom of Kush, in the Nubian desert, on February 26, 2010. ASHRAF SHAZLYASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP
The singer does not stop there.
Africa populated Europe before the Europeans, they were called 'Afropians', they were decimated by the 'true Europeans', who came from Asia.
He then invokes chivalry... “
50,000 years before the Europeans, we already had the notion of chivalry.
Today we find paintings hidden in catacombs, it's “renois” who are in knight mode, Lancelot all that.
Of course it already existed, it's just that we need to know our history.
The words of the famous artist of
Sapés comme Never
(2013) or even
(2013) did not fail to make Internet users react with a hashtag #wakanda prancing in French trends on Twitter .
The video has been viewed over half a million times on Youtube, with no contradiction from YouTuber LeChairman, who seemed to drink in his words with admiration.
During the video, the youtubeur even claimed that the singer was "
knowledgeable on the subject
", about the conflict in Kivu.
The words of Gims, to tens of millions of subscribers, obviously raise questions, in the age of social networks and the virality of fake news, especially on Tiktok, very popular with the younger generation.
The singer is not at his first stroke of brilliance.
Already in 2022, he had called on Muslims to stop wishing him a happy new year and his birthday, saying he preferred "
that we focus on our own things
", the "
Remarks considered at the time as bad "
proof of assimilation
" by the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, then questioned about his request for naturalization.