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Forum 3 : The Legacy of the Great Empires

Starting in the 10th century and ending in the 16th century, Ancient Ghana, Mali, Songhai and Kongo created a commercial climate as competitive, profit driven and expansionist as any state in Europe.

Was this Africa's Golden Age? Did Malians beat Columbus to the Americas? Why is Africa so often portrayed in history as poor and exploited? Why is the figure of the intrepid trader so rarely represented in historical and contemporary accounts?

I enjoyed reading The Story of Africa, because it reminds me of my high school days in Africa. History was my favourite subject because I love all the leaders of the great empires of Africa, for example: Soudiata Keita, Soumahoro Kante le vilain, Kissikaba Keita Almamji Samori Toure etc...
Rougui Bah, Guinea Conakry