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)

How Much Was the Afro Worth in 1997?

In 1997 I attended a course at Prince Georges County Community College on Trade and Development in Africa. The purpose of the course was to prepare us to begin engaging in export and import with Africa. “The African Business Handbook” by Michael Sudarkasa is the textbook used in the course. During one session, class discussion … More How Much Was the Afro Worth in 1997?

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

Keyamsha the Awakening and Mchakato Wa Uponyaji, The Process of Healing

As The Maafa is coming to an end Keyamsha, the Awakening is beginning. The Maafa is ending because we have begun Mchakato wa Uponyaji, the process of healing. Kiamsha events have been leading to the gradual process of reawakening. We are coming to a full awareness of our ubuNTU. We see our humanity in others. … More Keyamsha the Awakening and Mchakato Wa Uponyaji, The Process of Healing

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

On Feeling Human

Several years ago I found myself perplexed by a quandary. On numerous occasions I experienced a feeling that I couldn’t name. The feeling was good. Whenever it came upon me I felt as though life was something special; more special than before. When the feeling first came I do not recall the day or time. … More On Feeling Human

Let us pray for Africa

Lagbaja is a musician from Nigeria. In the lyrics to his song “Bad Leadership” from the album C’ est Un African Thing he has a prayer. We share it below for those who feel it is important to “Pray for Africa.” Let us pray for Africa If you love Africa…let’s go Oh God of all heaven … More Let us pray for Africa