Africa in History
the idea that it is inhabited by people with black skins is true.
But what about the Berbers of North Africa, or of the KhoiSan of
South Africa. They are not black. Are they not Africans? And not
all black skinned people look the same, and their languages and
cultures are equally distinct. People in Africa cannot be
categorized by race.
contains an enormous variety of people who identify themselves with
their tribe or nation. The idea of being Africans is new to the
people of Africa. It is not very clear where the word
“Africa” comes from, but it is certain that the Ancient
Romans referred to their colony in Eastern Algeria and Tunisia as
Africa, and that the term may come from the Latin word
“aprica” which means “sunny”. The Arabs
later turned this into Ifriqiya.
And of course
Africa has a history. A great, glorious, wonderful history. But
very few people know anything about it. The names of Mapungubwe,
Kongo and Mali mean nothing to most of us, and yet these were once
great kingdoms. The kingdoms of Ancient Egypt and Nubia or Great
Zimbabwe have often been attributed to foreigners. Many books have
been written to prove that the Ancient Egyptians were not really
Africans and attempts have been made to show that Great Zimbabwe
was built by the Queen of Sheba, or the Arabs. 1 2 3 4