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12 African Inventions That Changed the World

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The invention of mathematics is placed firmly in African prehistory. The oldest known possible mathematical object is the Lebombo bone, which was discovered in the Lebombo Mountains of Swaziland and dated to approximately 35,000 B.C. Many of the math concepts that are learned in school today were also developed in Africa. Over 35,000 years ago, Ancient Egyptians scripted textbooks about math that included division and multiplication of fractions and geometric formulas to calculate the area and volume of shapes.




Many treatments used today in modern medicine were first employed in Africa centuries ago.  The earliest known surgery was performed in Egypt around 2750 B.C. Medical procedures performed in ancient Africa before they were performed in Europe include vaccination, autopsy, limb traction and broken bone setting, bullet removal, brain surgery, skin grafting, filling of dental cavities, installation of false teeth, what is now known as Caesarean sections, anesthesia and tissue cauterization.

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  2. Kungu George says:

    its interesting when we read all these facts about us africans…maybe we who are in africa and are now educated to a point that we realize that our history was re-written for us by the whites yet its now that we are seeing this…i am a kenyan kikuyu in nairobi and fairly educated and I have always wondered about the stories passed on to us by our grandfathers…there is one that intrigues me about the bantu people and more so the kikuyu…their origin as per the history passed on is that they came from mount kenya where their god used to abide and their was a man named gikuyu…who was given a wife mumbi….and they had seven children(the clans)..pls note their were two original people here created by and woman…..(maybe adam and eve)….and if you read carefully about all the other bantus, the story is just about similar….if its true that africa is the cradle of life then it follows that our history about creation is the correct one and as the african man came out of africa, mating with the other species(nearnderthals) on the way creating and re-telling his version of the events our history was hijacked on the way and re-written to confuse us….though I am a layman in this matters I have always had no doubt whatsoever that the african man is the true human or sapien, engineered to survive and adapt to anything and to survive any catastrophy……whatever the whites have tried on us has always backfired on them because we can adapt very fast to any viral of even bacterial invasions created to cull the blacks….even the current ebola is supect including even HIV to which the african man is adapting and living with today…though its just a theory, but any other race mating with the african man produces a you look at the current crossbreeds between the whites and the blacks you will see that they are actually more intelligent and smarter than the original parents…obama is a classic example…and that is only one,, this is true with all the halfbreeds we have here…they are better than the parents….this is just a theory and not proven…..and its true that the african man is more superior than all the other races on earth otherwise how do you explain the facing out of the whites by nature? even a small bacterial infection like flu is fatal to whites yet we do not even go to hospitals for the same? and so much more….the african man comming out of africa mated with other races on the way getting the arabs, asians and finaly mating with the nearunderthals(caveman) to get the current white man who is by far more inferior to us blacks biologicaly and even interlectually….we adapt very fast and that is the key to our survival….

  3. I think we've seen enough stories about ancient Greek philosophers. We need more African epics about the same things to be invested in and shown on big screens, even if we have mini-series. It'll take a long time for that to happen, but what the heck. Anything is possible. We don't need to depend on Hollywood and kick down their doors.

  4. Biawete Joel says:

    We Afrikans were first to do it all. We were innovators, not imitators.

  5. Chidi Ugwu says:

    How long will the western-imposed lies be allowed to subsist? It is our responsibility to kick the lies out through the window.

  6. Rest assured brothers and sisters. This world will soon be ours again. It will happen sooner than most people think.

  7. Kungu George says:

    I will also add here that english to us is a third or even a forth language and yet we are fluent in it, yet some people will classify us as backward! Most western people speak only one or at most two languages….imagine we have to master all three in order to learn or be educated! you will find some people rebuking africans for spelling mistakes yet they are truly linguistic….imagine I was born a kikuyu, my enviroment was of mixed tribes and so I had to learn swahili at a tender age, then when I joined pre-school, it was english through-out till form six, plus a little french..then add other kenyan tribes which are 42, and I speak a little of all this because of adapting…fact is, the blackman is truly unique in so many ways…

  8. Kungu George says:

    This is how I see it. Africa is the paradise described in the bible…..the native man to Africa did not have to push for technological advances as nature was not trying to kill them on a constant basis….. A hut with a small barrier and all was well….. In Europe / America / Asia living conditions were way harder. In Europe there are no Savannas to hunt on. The fight every day against the cold was a real and harsh one. Hence man was forced to make progress……. In Africa the living conditions are much more suitable for humans. Yes you could say that the group that ventured up into Europe did it to themselves and they ended up changing the rest of the world…..

  9. What "Western lies?" It has long been known that the human race (there is only ONE) evolved in Africa, and humanity expanded from there to all the other continents.

  10. Check your facts. Carthage was an empire based in Africa. Read up on the Punic Wars.

  11. Jacob Moore says:

    That is a racist statement! Africans can be racist too! That is called black supremecy! It is just as bad as the KKK.

  12. Liz Morrow says:

    Where are your sources? I am very happy to see this but before I can post it to my page I would like to see where you recieved your information from.

  13. Look around the Liz your sources are right before you every day, you choose not to see them with your mind.

  14. Jacob Moore How is that racist? Did he say other races are inferior? Did he say that we would subjugate the world? NO! All he said was that we will dominate again. USA is the dominant nation on earth right now. Even if a white person said that it would not be considered racist. Please, sit down.

  15. Sharing this truth it will give a chace for those who want to know, and for those who wants to going back to past. New form of slavery.

  16. Liz Morrow says:

    I have a Black Nationalist page and I have to be able to site the sources of my content.

  17. The elites care for no one regardless of race

  18. John Sorger says:

    If you want to see what a society looks like when its run solely by black people for hundreds of years with no evil crackas with their invention-stealing and whitey magic, just take a good long look at Haiti. When white people leave, civilization leaves with them.

    If all the dindus got sent back to the jungle, crime rates would plummet, average IQ would skyrocket, and we would all Praise Kek.

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