BBC World Service has produced two major series,
along with two discussion programmes, all providing an in-depth look at
Africa in History looks at six historical debates including the
Origin of Ancient Egypt and Africa's Role in the Slave Trade (30 minutes
These programmes will be put online when production is completed.
1. Ancient Egypt and the Nile Valley
2. Religion in Africa
3. Legacy of Great Empires
(To be broadcast: 11.01.02)
(To be broadcast: 18.01.02)
The Story of Africa is a twenty four part narrative history of
the continent, taking listeners from the Dawn of Man to Independence.
(30 minutes duration each.)
1. Origins of Humankind
How humanity emerged in East Africa and
spread from the continent to populate other parts of the world.
2. Africa & the Nile Valley
Looking at the great civilisations
of Egypt and Kush and assessing the links between the Nile Valley and
other parts of Africa.
3. The Berbers
How the original peoples of North
Africa reacted to wave upon wave of colonisation at the hands of Phoenicians,
Romans and Arabs.
4. The Bantu Migrations
One of the most extraordinary population
movements in history - how the Bantu spread into East and Southern Africa
transforming the culture and linguistics of the continent.
5. Traditional Religions
How African traditional beliefs, the
veneration of ancestors and the power of taboos has affected history.
6. The Coming of Christianity
The rise of Christianity in Egypt
and the establishment of powerful Christian states in Axum and Nubia.
7. The Coming of Islam
The rise of Arabic dynasties, and
the spread of Islam throughout north and sub-Saharan Africa.
8. The Empire of Ancient Ghana
How early settlements developed into
vital commercial centres growing rich on Saharan trade.
9. The Kingdoms of Mali and Songhay
The emergence of Timbuktu as a centre
of learning and the glories of an empire built on gold.
10. The Swahili Coast
The development of coastal communities
from small trading settlements to city-states and the emergence of the
Swahili language and peoples.
11. Central Africa & the Coming of the Portuguese
The Kingdoms of Great Zimbabwe and
Kongo, and the impact of Portuguese trading on inland Africa.
12. The Art of Ife and Benin
An extraordinary cultural flowering
which reaches its peak in the twelfth century. And the role of artistic
expression in Africa's history.
13. Hausa City States & the Fulani Jihad
The role of Usman dan Fodio, and the
foundation of the city-states of Hausaland.
14. Roots of African Slavery
A look at the concept of slavery in
Africa before the arrival of Europeans.
15. The Transatlantic Slave Trade
Eyewitness accounts of slave raids
on African towns and villages and the horror of the Middle Passage.
16. East African Slavery
Accounts from Zanzibar and Bagamoyo
on the Arab slave trade and the role of African traders such as Tippu
17. Africa on the Eve of Colonialism
Looking at urban and rural societies,
pan-African trade and culture on the eve of European exploitation.
18. The Mfecane
African resistance to the Boers, the
rise of the Zulu peoples and their expansion northwards at the expense
of other Bantu groups.
19. Partition & Resistance
How the Scramble for Africa led to
an arbitrary redrawing of the map of Africa by European diplomats at the
Congress of Berlin.
20. Life under Colonialism
Eyewitness accounts from throughout
the continent on what it was like to live under British, French, German
and Portuguese rulers.
21. The Challenges to Colonialism
The beginnings of resistance and the
emergence of anti-colonial religious, cultural and political movements.
Looking at how a variety of colonies
achieved independence - some peacefully, some through violence.
The struggle against the racist white
government and the eventual overthrow of apartheid culminating in the
release and election as President of Nelson Mandela.
24. The Nation State
The emergence of independent states
and the political, social and economic challenges facing those who led
Historians from Africa and America in conversation
1. Talkabout History
The importance of African History
(half an hour)
2. Talkabout History
The future of African History (half
The programmes are presented by the Ghanaian actor, Hugh Quarshie, and
produced by David Stead, Bola Olufunwa, Fiona Ledger and Penny Boreham.