LEGACY OF AFRICA

ANortheast Africa

  • Major contributor to the world’s gene pool ( Wilson; Wells)
  • Earliest evidence of writing Abydos 3250BCE
  • Among the world’s largest ancient stone structures 750 tons/13 storeys – Ethiopia (Connah)
  • Inspiration for Hippocrates and some Greek intellectuals (Herodotus)
  • Among the earliest steel & hot air blast furnace (Schmidt)
  • Widely used “western” calendar is a modification of the Egyptian (amended by Julius Caesar and later Pope Gregory)
  • Allegedly a contributor to some Christian religious concepts such as: The Ankh (Cross); the concept of a rebel serpent, Sata; the Amen concept in Christian liturgy (Budge)
  • Earliest brewery 3500 BCE
  • Extensive variety of fermented beverages

BWest Africa

  • Inspiration for Calypso , Salsa, Jazz and other musical genres
  • One of the world’s oldest boats(Nigeria) -about 8000 years old (Breunig)
  • One of the world’s longest earthern
  • Fortifications (Benin) (Darling)
  • Among earliest iron producers (Darling)
  • One of the world’s oldest pots dated 11,400 years from Mali(Huysecom)
  • Religious forms such as Santeria ( Cuba) and Candomble (Brazil) which are Wet African Yoruba derived religious systems: 150 million followers
  • Extensive variety of fermented beverages

CCentral Africa

  • Inspiration for the Rumba, Samba, Salsa, Jazz and various musical forms
  • Direct influence on Modern Artists such as Picasso (Picasso)
  • Source of numerous loan words in American English (Holloway)
  • Source of numerous body gestures in U.S urban culture eg Hi-Five/ Fist bump (Ferris Thompson)
  • Extensive variety of fermented beverages

DSouthern Africa

  • Major contributor to the world’s gene pool (Wells)
  • World oldest Jewelry (Henshilwood)
  • Earliest geometrical inscriptions; proto writing; Oldest mathematical object (Henshilwood &D’Errico)
  • Earliest evidence of fire
  • Earliest evidence of chemistry (Henshilwood)
  • The world’s first language according to some scholars
  • Extensive variety of fermented beverages