Trending Topics

10 Noteworthy African Kingdoms Western Academics Don’t Want You to Know About

Western historians have done a great disservice to African history in more ways than one. While European nations have been thoroughly covered — and exalted — the rich and fascinating legacy of African kingdoms has been largely ignored by academics.

This intentional oversight can be attributed to a number of factors, but the primary reasons are racial bias and lackluster fieldwork on the African continent.

For example, empires like the Bornu, which flourished in present-day northeastern Nigeria from 1380–1893, dominated the region occupying current-day Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

And that is just one of nine. Atlanta Black Star‘s latest original will introduce viewers to more kingdoms that are rarely discussed.

Back to top