There is so much to be known about Africa’s past.  So much has come down to us in strange, distorted ways that it takes a real effort to find out what Africa was really like before ‘things fell apart’ to paraphrase Chinua Achebe, the author and Africa started to break down and to be broken down.

Africa as a continent from Cairo to Cape is reconstructing, reviewing, fighting, and re-assessing what it is to be African, African and Arab or African and of mixed parentage.

Everyone wants to be respected and part of the reason Africa’s part in the world is so misunderstood is because so much of its real history is hidden or only partially known.  From Egypt to South Africa there have been Kingdoms and Empires.  Some of the Kingdoms were large and some were small but they all have their story to tell.  A tribe is a Kingdom.  Each chiefdom has a chief, even the tribes said to have only been ruled by the tallest or the aged had chiefs or Kings and Queens.

The image of Africa in most people’s minds is usually not one that is very positive or knowledgeable.  I would love to see a fair, accurate, balanced history of Africa that is much publicised so no one is left in the dark about such a great continent.

Some books have been written but there is so much to be done.  There are written records alongside oral histories to be further published and better understood.

I am interested in everyone’s history but I feel strongly about the lack of promotion of real African history even when it is available.

Just forest, savannah, weird customs, human sacrifice and no civilisation?  That’s what some history books teach.  The truth is far more fascinating and helpful.

May there be more African history made known .

Hello, it’s so sad to see that when the rains finally come it can cause its own problems. I hope something is being done to harness the rain water for people who are in such need of a reliable water supply.

King Moshoshoe 1.

King Moshoshoe 1.  This post is good. Thankyou.  Long live the memory of King Moshoeshoe 1

fikilemw:

I like this post so thought I would reblog it.

Originally posted on Heavenfield:

Osfrith was the eldest son of Eadwine of Deira and Cwenburh, daughter of Ceorl of Mercia is today’s Person of the Week. He was born while Eadwine was in exile running from Æthelfrith of Bernicia. He returned to Deira with his father in c. 616.

Osfrith was baptized with King Eadwine on 12 April 627 in the hastily built chapel of York by Bishop Paulinus with the rest of his extended family. Before 633, Osfrith was married and had a son named Yffe. His son Yffe was born sometime between 627 and 633. He was baptized by Bishop Paulinus as an infant (but not with the rest of the family in 627).

Osfrith took part in Eadwine’s battles against King Cadwallon of Gwynedd. He was slain before his father in the battle of Hatfield Chase on 12 October 633.

After his death, Osfrith’s family fled to Kent with his stepmother…

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Africa now has two female heads of state I am aware of ~ Mrs Ellen Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia and Mrs Joyce Banda who is a new to the post after the previous President suddenly passed away.

There is more information on http://bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa

There is so much history in Africa it’s heartening to see there is so much to read. There are books which can be found and the internet has a lot of information (agree?).

If there isn’t one by now it would be great to see a school book which gives knowledgeable histories of Africa – several school books!

Have you seen http://www.blackpast.org  ? They have an article on Queen Nzinga Mbande ruler of Matamba and Ndongo ~ see Angola.

Happy checking/reading

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