Africa (Re)invented:Africa's Innovative Past

From (Re)Brand Africa Sat Dec 29 2012, 13:01:00

Maker Faire Africa: African Invenmtion fair in Ghana 2009 (Photo credit: whiteafrican)

I can't recall the number of times I have heard people say 'nothing' was invented in Africa or that Africa never contributed anything to modern civilization. Naturally, this statement is far from the truth but is still a popular lingering stereotype about Africa. Although 'western' centered (Eurocentric) history has taught us that Africa was a dark continent that was underdeveloped until the European man 'civilized' it, this is not the case.

Africans had a different way of living that was not understood or valued during the period of renewed foreign contact with Africa. Africans were just as creative and innovative as any other civilization. Assessing the continent's history provides insight as to why there is little knowledge of Africa's innovative past, why there have been periods in Africa's history where few inventions occurred, and why their hasn't been much recognition for African inventions where they did occur. The idea that Africa was a place where no innovation occurred though needs to be debunked and reassessed.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Ethiopia:   Ethiopia Hires New Coach (news)
Africa Top Sports
23 April 2014

It is official: the Ethiopian national selection has finally found a new coach, two months after the dismissal of Sewnet Bishaw. The national federation announced Wednesday the arrival of the ... [read more]

Ethiopia:   Ethiopians Hope Start-U.S Turn Into Business Success (news)
Voice of America
23 April 2014

Young Ethiopians are eager to benefit from the economic growth of the last few years. And since the market has so many opportunities, everyone seems to be working on a start-up idea in the hopes of ... [read more]

Ethiopia:   President Mulatu Vows to Support Immunization (news)
Addis Standard
23 April 2014

President Dr. Mulatu Teshome of Ethiopia vowed to take a leading role in support of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) mission aimed at increasing access to immunization and ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!