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Author: Dave Charles -

Africans have been leaving their mark on the continent for millennia, from the rock arts in the southern parts of Africa to the pyramids along the Nile.Unfortunately, extreme weather events like the rise in sea levels and other effects brought by climate change are destroying significantly valuable landmarks, as warned by a recent study. Researchers from Kenya, Uk and the US are saying that "significant intervention" is important to save those heritage sites. To underline this warning, archaeologists in Sudan have been trying to stop flooding from the River Nile from reaching the designated World Heritage site at al-Bajrawiya shown...

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Author:Françoise Marie -

Two main reasons explain this question, and they are the following: Reason # 1 : Because there is a difference between a writing system and a proto-writing system. You can inscribe meaning through a proto-writing system. Proto Writing System While going deep underground to make cave paintings of animals, early humans as far back as 40,000 years ago also developed a system of signs that is remarkably consistent across and between continents. Genevieve Von Petzinger has spent years cataloguing these symbols (many already documented) in Europe, visiting 52 caves in France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. The symbols range from dots,...

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Author:Josue Dennis Chance -

The situation of Portugal in coastal Africa from ~1430-1700 did not resemble Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the Americas from 1500-1700. The Spanish were able to conquer the peoples of the Caribbean, Mesoamerica and the Inka empire (and the Portuguese able to conquer Brazil) because of 3 major factors: The effective use of alliances and local political rivalries to gain influence. (i.e. Cortez making an alliance with Tlaxcalans against Aztecs) Demographic collapse of indigenous societies in Americas because of novel diseases combined with violence. (i.e. a smallpox outbreak during the siege of Tenochtitlan. Deaths of Taino people because of enslavement and disease....

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Author:Oluwatosin Adeshokan -

Thousands of artifacts looted from African towns over a century ago line European and British Museums and institutions. After decades of campaigns for African pieces—such as the Benin bronzes to return home, the homecoming of the looted artworks finally began looking like a real possibility.But in the middle of the global economic crisis brought sparked by the spread of the coronavirus that has devastated economies, a new market for African artifacts and art has emerged.Christie’s, the British auction house, announced a curated “Arts of Africa, Oceania and North America” sale in Paris which includes African art such as the newly discovered Akan...

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Author:Emmanuel-Francis Nwaolisa Ogomegbunam -

The answer is simple; Colonialism.A lot of answers here have focused on the number of languages and ethnic groups, but such a view misses the following:  Using Nigeria as a case-study, Nigeria has 170m(ish) population, censuses are notoriously difficult to do here.........politics. Nigeria also has 274 tribes, however three tribes comprise 70% of the 170m i.e 119m. Some of the minority tribes are dying out, with some numbering only 3000. All in all, Nigeria has on average 7 relevant tribes. A slight reduction from two seventy-four. The matter of language is overhyped really, firstly, the various conquests by the African empires have led to the imposition of the conqueror's...

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