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Bunyoro & Buganda

We know less about Africa's distant past than almost anywhere else on Earth. But the scarcity of written records doesn't mean that Africa lacks history - it is found instead in the culture, artefacts and traditions of the people. In this series, art historian Dr Gus Casely-Hayford explores some of the richest and most vibrant histories in the world, revealing fascinating stories of four complex and sophisticated civilisations: the Kingdom of Asante, the Zulu Kingdom, the Berber Kingdom of Morocco and the Kingdoms of Bunyoro & Buganda.

Casely-Hayford travels to Uganda to explore the rise and fall of two great kingdoms. For centuries Bunyoro was the region's dominant power, using history and mythology to make a claim on the land. But its position was challenged by the rapid rise of Buganda, a neighbouring kingdom that had once been a collection of cultivators on the shores of Lake Victoria. Casely-Hayford goes in search of the fascinating reasons for the dramatic reversal of fortunes, and how one kingdom used the arrival of Europeans to its own advantage.

1 hour

Last on

Tue 22 Oct 2013 00:30

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterGus Casely-Hayford
PresenterGus Casely-Hayford
Series ProducerRoss Harper
Series ProducerRoss Harper
Executive ProducerRachel Bell
Executive ProducerRachel Bell
ProducerSarah Howitt
ProducerSarah Howitt
DirectorSarah Howitt
DirectorSarah Howitt
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