The 8000-year-old dugout canoe from Dufuna (NE Nigeria)

PETER BREUNIG Originally appeared in Aspects of African Archaeology: Papers from the 10th Congress of the Pan-African Association for Prehistory and Related Studies edited by Gilbert Pwiti and Robert Soper INTRODUCTION Boats are humanity’s oldest means of transport. Long before the invention of the wheel and cart, or of transport by animal, boats enabled not … More The 8000-year-old dugout canoe from Dufuna (NE Nigeria)

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10 things about Nigeria Everyone Must Know

One thing we learned a long time ago…nothing lives up to its reputation. Nigeria has a bad reputation, like most places in Africa, and we don’t think that is deserved or natural. Here is a list of 10 things we have to show Nigeria is a much different place than people expect. A surprise awaits … More 10 things about Nigeria Everyone Must Know

The Melanin Thought Bomb

Is melanin’s value a thought bomb?  These are fascinating times we are living in. Melanin the aromatic biopolymer and organic semiconductor that makes Black people black  is worth $428 a gram. Melanin is more valuable than gold, more valuable than silver, more valuable than palladium, more valuable than platinum more valuable than rhodium. Are the foregoing facts … More The Melanin Thought Bomb

Nigeria’s 8,000 year old boat

When Mallam Ya’u, a Fulani cattle herder in Dufuna, Nigeria began digging a well on May 4, 1987 little did he know that before he reached the depth necessary to draw water, he would find something of far greater significance. Africa’s oldest boat is in Nigeria. It was dug up in Yobe state two kilometers … More Nigeria’s 8,000 year old boat