History;The Future Of Nigeria (2)

Subsequently to the article titled “History the future of Nigeria” (read here). A host of people requested we come up with a plan to stem the effect of this erasure on our collective consciousness as well as for the sake of future generations. To achieve this, we have created a short term, mid-term and long term plan.

Short term plan ;

  1. Map out a syllabus/road map, to understand Africa and the links between different African populations.
  2.  Put together a list of books to go with the map.
  3. Share digital resources that cover these topics

Midterm plans:

Create an interactive website that presents history in a modern and exciting way for the next generation

Long-term plans:

Push for the return of an overhauled history syllabus to Nigerian schools.


In the beginning there was Africa.

Online resources- For people that like to read digital media and blogs

To understand and appreciate Ancient African civilization and re-contextualize Africa read through this blog.

This blog breaks down the history of several African kingdoms, empires and royal families.

History of African Kings –

History of African Queens –

This website shows interactions between African civilizations and the rest of the world, it also challenges the status-quo of representations in the media and movies. I advice taking time to go through the archives of this blog,-


For my people that don’t like to read much, I highly recommend the documentary series on Africa by Basil Davidson.  Mr Davidson (9 November 1914 – 9 July 2010) was a British historian, writer and Africanist,He wrote several books on the current plight of Africa. Colonialism and the rise of African emancipation movements were central themes of his work. He was an Honorary Fellow of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. His work is extremely honest and refreshing,unlike most of the racist European historians, he actually visited all parts of Africa and chronicled its ancient history to its postcolonial era. Several other African historians have created expository documentaries on Africa but most focused solely on Kemet aka Egypt and Ethiopia formerly known as Nubia. I recommend you look at works by Dr Ben jochannan and Ashra and Merira Kwesi.

Here is  snippet of Mr Basil’s work-

For those without data 🙂 or who just like reading books cover to cover, please scroll down.

There are seven episodes to his work  ( click on the top left corner to select episodes for videos with playlist enabled).

Episode 1: Africa A Voyage of Discovery

Episode 2: Mastering a Continent

Episode 3: Caravans of Gold

Episode 4: Kings and Cities

Episode 5: The Bible and the Gun

Episode 6: The great African cake

Episode 7: The rise of Nationalism

Episode 8: The Legacy

For those that like books, This is by no means an exhaustive list. These are just books i have read and i feel comfortable recommending. Please do not hesitate to add books you have found insightful in the comments section.


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Books on ancient Africa

Civilization or Barbarism: An Authentic Anthropology –Diop, Cheikh Anta

Mdw Dtr: Divine Speech: A Historiographical Reflection of African Deep Thought from the Time of the Pharaohs to the Present –Carruthers, Jacob H.

The Pyramid Builders of Ancient Egypt: A Modern Investigation of Pharaoh’s Workforce –David, Dr A Rosalie

Unmistakably Black: Sculpture and Paintings From The World’s First Civilizations  – M’Bantu, Anu

Christianity Before Christ –Jackson, John G.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Egypt and the Ancient Near East –The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. I, Abridged Edition: Methodology and African Prehistory

Ki-Zerbo, Joseph

The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality –Diop, Cheikh Anta

Destruction of Black Civilization: Great Issues of a Race from 4500 B.C. to 2000 A.D.  –Williams, Chancellor

Kingdom of Kush: The Napatan and Meroitic Empires  –Welsby, Derek A.

The Ethiopians: A History  –Pankhurst, Richard

The Nubian Pharaohs: Black Kings on the Nile  –Bonnet, Charles

Ancient African Civilizations: Kush and Axum  – Stanley Mayer Burstein

An African Classical Age: Eastern and Southern Africa in World History 1000 BC to AD 400

Ehret, Christopher

The Golden Legend of Ethiopia: The Love Story of Maqueda, Virgin Queen of Axum and Sheba and Solomon the Great King  – Wheeler, Post

Africa and Africans as Seen by Classical Writers (African History Notebook) (Vol. 2)  Hansberry, William Leo

Reconstructing the Black Image Mothe, Gordon De la

The Rescue of Jerusalem : The Alliance Between Hebrews and Africans in 701 B. C.  Henry Aubin

African People in World History (Black Classic Press Contemporary Lecture) –John Henrik Clarke

The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt (Oxford Illustrated Histories)  –Shaw, Ian

When We Ruled: The Ancient and Mediaeval History of Black Civilisations  – Robin Walker


UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. II, Abridged Edition: Ancient Africa (v. 2)  Mokhtar, G.

Early Art and Architecture of Africa (Oxford History of Art)  –Garlake, Peter

By George G. M. James: Stolen Legacy: Greek Philosophy is Stolen Egyptian Philosophy -Africa World Pr-

Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization (The Fabrication of Ancient Greece 1785-1985, Volume 1) Bernal, Martin

The Ruins: Or, Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires: And the Law of Nature.  – C.F. Volney

100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof

Essential African Mythology: Stories That Change the World

Ngangur Mbitu, Ranchor Prime

African Myths of Origin (Penguin Classics)  Stephen Belcher

A History of Christianity in Africa: From Antiquity to the Present  –Isichei, Elizabeth

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Shaka Zulu: The rise of the Zulu Empire  – Ritter, E. A

Fall of the Asante Empire: The Hundred-Year War for Africa’s Gold Coast  – Edgerton, Robert B.

Sundiata: Lion King of Mali  – Wisniewski, David

Golden Age of the Moor (Journal of African Civilizations) – Van Sertima, Ivan

Africans and Their History: Second Revised Edition  –Harris, Joseph E.

Egypt: Child of Africa (Journal of African Civilizations, V. 12)  –Van Sertima, Ivan

The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa  –McKissack, Pat

The Arab Invasion of Egypt: And the Last 30 Years of the Roman Dominion  –John H. Clarke Alfred J. Butler

East African and Nubian Origins of the Ancient Egyptians  –Muller, Gert

Lost Cities of Africa  – Davidson, Basil

Warfare in the Sokoto Caliphate: Historical and Sociological Perspectives  – Smaldone, Joseph P.

The history of the Yorubas : from the earliest times to the beginning of the British Protectorate: Samuel Johnson

Kingdoms of the Yoruba (Study in African History)  –Smith, Robert S.

Timbuktu Chronicles 1493-1599, Ta’rikh al Fattash  – Christopher Wise

The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire  – Jonas, Raymond

African Kings: Portraits of a Disappearing Era  – Laine, Daniel

Things Fall Apart (Everyman’s Library)  – Chinua Achebe

The New Oyo Empire (Ibadan History)  – Atanda, J.A.

Stories of the Benin Empire  – Joseph Sidahome

The New Oyo Empire: Indirect Rule And Change In Western Nigeria 1894-1934  –Atanda, J. A.

Black empires of the Middle Ages (Lost civilizations)  – Aziz, Philippe

The Life and Times of Menelik II: Ethiopia 1844-1913  – Marcus, Harold G.

Warrior Chiefs of Southern Africa: Shaka of the Zulu. Moshoeshoe of the Basotho, Mzilikazi of the Matabele, Maqoma of the Xhosa (Heroes & Warriors)  –Knight, Ian J.

Medieval Africa, 1250-1800  Oliver, Roland



Stand the Storm: A History of the Atlantic Slave Trade  –Reynolds, Edwards

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself  Equiano, Olaudah

UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. VII, Abridged Edition: Africa Under Colonial Domination 1880-1935  Boahen, A. Adu

Toward the African Revolution (Fanon, Frantz)  – Fanon, Frantz

The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley – Malcolm X

The life and times of James Pinson Labulo Davies

Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba, Angola, Africa, 1595 McKissack, Patricia C.

History of West Africa Since 1800  – Isichei, Elizabeth Allo

The Fortunes of Africa: A 5000-Year History of Wealth, Greed, and Endeavor  Meredith, Martin

King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa  Hochschild, Adam

UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. IV, Abridged Edition: Africa from the Twelfth to the Sixteenth Century  Ki-Zerbo, Joseph

Heroes of the Dark Continent : and how Stanley found Emin Pasha; a complete history of all the great explorations and discoveries in Africa from the e  –Buel, James William (1849-1920)

Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa  –Meredith, Martin

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa Revised Edition by Rodney, Walter published by Howard University Press (1981) Paperback


Ground work of Nigerian History – historical society of Nigeria edited by Obaro Ikime

Nigeria Background to Nationalism  COLEMAN

Nigeria in the Twentieth Century –Falola, Toyin

Selected Writings and Speeches of Marcus Garvey (Dover Thrift Editions)  –Marcus Garvey

The Dual Mandate in British Tropical Africa –Lord Lugard

King Jaja of the Niger Delta: His life and times, 1821-1891  –Cookey, Sylvanus John Sodienye

The Administration of Nigeria, 1900 to 1960: Men, Methods, and Myths  – Nicolson, I.F.

Other sources

There is a monthly newspaper sold in Lagos called flashback that focuses on historical events that have happened in Nigeria, with pictures and text from old newspapers as well as books.

I believe this is a good start….. God loves Nigeria, God bless Africa 🙂










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