About The Instructors
About Rkhty Amen
Kemetologist, Linguist, Hmt-Ntr, and Director of the Institute of Kemetic Philology, wife and mother of three daughters. Rkhty Amen has been teaching Medu Neter for 36 years. Many of her students have become teachers of the language. She is a much in demand lecturer on various topics related to Kemet, and has lectured in the United States, Europe and Africa. Rkhty is the author of several publications among these are: The Writing System of Medu Neter, Kemetic Name Book, The Kemetic Calendar Project, A Life Centered Life Living MAAT, Mejat Wefa Medu Neter Conversation Book, and articles published in The Journal of African Civilizations among other journals. Her articles and papers are written on a variety ot topics concerning Kemet including comparative languages, Medu Neter, women in kemet, kemetic Spirituality, the Kemetic calendar and the philosophy of translation. Rkhty has translated two linguistic books by Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop from French into English. She is also a contributor to the ASCAC African World History Project. Rkhty is one of the co-founders of The Kemetic Institute in Chicago Illinois and of ASCAC (Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations) and an Instructor of Medu Neter for the University of Kemetian Sciences.
Rkhty (Wimby) Amen studied Egyptian Hieroglyphs in the PHD program at the University of Chicago, Oriental Institute, Department of Near Eastern Studies where She studied under Dr. Edward Wente, Dr. Kalus Baer and Dr. Helene Kantor. However, as with any school experience, learning really began afterward. Rkhty also studied at the University of Illinois where she majored in Linguistics and where she received a degree in Linguistics. At the University of Illinois she studied Chinese, French, German and Hebrew and went on to also study Hebrew at Spertus College of Jewish Stidies in Chicago Illinois. She has studied several African languages independently. In the 1970s when the study of Kemet and Medu Neter first became accessible to African scholars, Rkhty was among a group of scholars at the Kemetic Institute, including Dr. Jacob Carruthers who began studying Medu Neter on their own. Language learning is a life long endeavor and love for her. Rkhty is proficient in reading the ancient language of Medu Neter (ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs).
About The Other Instructors
Akinjide Bonotchi Montgomery, Brother Bonotchi has been a student of African culture for over forty years. He began his study of African culture, philosophy and spiritual systems began in 1976 with Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan and Professor George Simmons of New York. Brother Bonotchi has traveled to Egypt with Doc Ben in 1981 and with the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization in 1987. Through his association in ASCAC he was able to meet and become a student of Dr. Rkhty Amen and Dr. Theophile Obenga. From 1989-1999 he studied the Medu Neter language with these two scholars. Based on encouragement from those two scholars Bro. Bonotchi began teaching the Medu Neter language in African communities across the country.
As a founding member of the Medu Neter Study Group of Detroit he studied the Yoruba language and cultural system with Chief Kola of Ifa. This relationship resulted in him becoming a Yoruba Initiate in 1995. The members of our study group also studied Akan spiritual system with Baba Ishangi during the 90’s. With such a background Brother Bonotchi has become a noted philosopher, lecturer and scholar of the Medew Netcher language and African philosophy. In conjunction with Nisu, Mut Weret (Our Royal, Great Mother) Rkhty Amen and ASCAC he has been one of the major components of raising the level of discussion and study of Kemet from what other state about Kemet to the voice of Kemet, the Medu Neter text. Bro. Bonotchi has been listed in the Imhotep magazine on African Philosophy; San Francisco State University School of African Philosophy, as a “philosopher who is working on the shaping of African classical studies, having Kemet as an historical base.” Imhotep Magazine Vol.1. 2000.