The History of Africa with Zeinab Badawi is a nine-part series, bringing you a clear and engaging narrative of the continent’s past. Africa has the longest history in the world, because it is where humankind originated. Yet ironically its early history has been neglected and overlooked and what has been projected often presents a distorted and partial picture.


‘The History of Africa with Zeinab Badawi’ is unique because it derives its inspiration and uses as the bedrock for its facts a series of volumes on Africa’s history, compiled by African scholars, in a project undertaken by UNESCO at the behest of Africa’s newly independent presidents starting back in the 1960s.


For the first series Zeinab travels across Africa, interviewing historians, archaeologists, and citizens who paint a vivid picture of their continent’s past and how that history informs their present lives.  She begins the journey from the origins of humankind, through to the following stage of our development, then to the ancient civilisations of Africa ending around the 13th century.


This is a groundbreaking series that will inform, educate and entertain you.

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