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Learning by Ear

African History - Once Upon a Time

Africa is the cradle of mankind. It was home to powerful kingdoms and lost many thousand of citizens to the slave trade. Come on a journey with us through its colourful history.

Children playing at the mosque of Djenne town. Photo by Hilger (LAIF).

Only those who know the lessons of the past can shape the future. Our new series gives the facts.

In a sense, all people are African. It's here where the first human beings on earth lived. Millennia later, powerful empires covered many parts of the continent. But, like any continent, African history also has it's dark periods. The slave trade for instance, or the development of colonial empires by the Europeans.

Take a journey through Africa's colourful and diverse past and learn more about how Africa's history shapes present-day life in the continent. As the saying goes, “Only they that understand the past, can influence the future”.

Don't worry, though, there is no reading from dull history books! Instead, our tour through the centuries centers on June, a curious African teenager. Together with her wise grandfather, she explores the past of their home continent.

Learning by Ear is available in six languages: English, Kiswahili, French, Hausa, Portuguese and Amharic. It is supported by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office.

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