The history of Africa begins with the emergence of Homo sapiens in East Africa, and continues into the present as a patchwork of diverse and politically developing nation states.
The recorded history of early civilization arose in the Kingdom of Kush, and later in Ancient Egypt, the Sahel, the Maghreb and the Horn of Africa.
Nearly twenty-four hundred years ago, the Athenian philosopher Plato penned one of the most controversial and tantalizing stories ever written.
Once upon a time, he said, there had existed a magnificent seafaring civilization which had attempted to take over the world, but had perished when its island sank into the sea the result of an unbearable cataclysm of earthquakes and floods.
He once poignantly wrote that “the nerve of the world has been deadened for centuries to the vibrations of African genius” (2).
Here, I attempt to send an electrical impulse to this long-deadened nerve. Despite this, it still should be evident that the ancient people of Africa, like so many other ancients of the world, definitely had their genius.
By Sydella Blatch Despite suffering through the horrific system of slavery, sharecropping and the Jim Crow era, early African-Americans made countless contributions to science and technology (1).
That is to say the least, a potential force in world politics, quite apart from the question of oil.
Unfortunately, few of us are aware of these accomplishments, as the history of Africa, beyond ancient Egypt, is seldom publicized.
Sadly, the vast majority of discussions on the origins of science include only the Greeks, Romans and other whites.
But in fact most of their discoveries came thousands of years after African developments.
While the remarkable black civilization in Egypt remains alluring, there was sophistication and impressive inventions throughout ancient sub-Saharan Africa as well. The most prolific is the late Ivan Van Sertima, an associate professor at Rutgers University.