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Africa's rich written history begins during the Egyptian Civilization. The challenge of documenting Africa's history is that there are periods of time that were not written down. African History will help you understand Africa and get to know it as we do. There is much to love there and of course so much to learn.

Land Seizure, Land Reform and Land Grab in Africa

Land has been at the center of human existence, civilization and development for millennia. It was because of this critical importance of land to...

Cattle, Power, and Gender in Sub-Saharan Africa

For centuries, cattle were like money in many African societies. Though wealth has been a recognized symbol of power for centuries, in Africa, cattle...

Sundiata: A Slightly Irreverent Version of Mali’s Last Conqueror

The truth is that Sundiata was never a twinkle in his father's eye. No, King Maghan Kon Fatta only married Sundiata's mother because a...

Christianity vs. Islam in Africa: A 19th Century Debate

Christianity had failed, announced Reverend Isaac Taylor, Canon of York, to a British audience in 1897. It had failed to civilize the savage, barbarous...

Modern Nigeria Through the Eyes of a Wicked Woman

Novels are often an excellent window into the history of a nation, especially for individuals who come from different cultural backgrounds than the nation...

Male Daughters, Female Husbands

One of the aspects of Western society that has long disturbed me is the distinct division in gender identities. When any of my students...

Liberation Theology And The Church in Africa

Winnie Mandela shocked the world in 1986 when she stated that Africans should liberate themselves using tires and matches. Her statement referenced the now...

Rwanda and The Question of Violence

On April 6, 1994, at approximately 8:30 p.m. local time, a plane carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi was shot down, killing both...

Egypt: How King Farouk I was Overthrown

Farouk was the only son of King Fuad. A scandal surrounded his birth in that it was rumoured he was the result of an...

The Importance of African Prophets: Revealing Prophets by David Anderson and Douglas Johnson

Religion is one of those subjects that invariably engenders discussion and debate, sometimes quite bitter debate. The very nature of our reactions to it...
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From Papyrus to Paper

Papyrus is an Egyptian water plant that has enabled man to preserve from oblivion the records of dynasties long since passed into history. The...

Qanats: Ancient Underground Aqueducts

Approximately 3000 years ago, clever technicians in the Middle East developed a method for moving water that was reliable, ecologically sound, pollution-free, long-lasting and...

The Golden Age of Canals: Europe Embraced Canal Usage and Development

Europe may not have been the first area of the world to use canals, but they embraced the idea of canals and developed them...