Thursday 26 October 2023


Those who wish to learn African History, need to prepare their minds to learn nuances.

Uncovering history is a complex process requiring context, cultural understanding, and objectivity. 

Certain ways of thinking may explain why some people think alike, such as ignoring context, looking at commonalities rather than the whole, treating correlations as causations or pushing nationalistic, racist, convenient or other types of agendas into a subject.

History faces limitations due to the randomness of how evidence is discovered, the perishable nature of some practices, beliefs and languages, and confirmation bias in finding evidence.

It involves conscious and unconscious aspects, private versus public events, and the interplay of various disciplines.

Pre-colonial Africa had rich interactions with Islam and Egyptian civilizations, but colonization imposed European values and consumerism. 

European slave trade and Muslim slaving were external excuses for historical injustices. Validators of knowledge to Europeans include universities and current cultural soft exporters, which have affected what some people think represents history. Some people may use fictional depictions from TV to judge what they think happened.

History is a collective effort between scholars and subjects, blending imagination and facts to create a holistic understanding of human experience.

Assuming the simplest answer or the answer which feels good is the only possible answer, is not research. We need to do legwork and test all claims, whether we treasure them or not.

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