Have you ever considered the following questions?
A key question is … What should we teach our children about Africa?
Our book, Everyday Life in an Early West African Empire, addresses these and many other questions.
Moreover we address a very important issue. We believe that: “If an individual lacks knowledge of their history, they will very likely have an incomplete sense of self. They may well feel confident in themselves as individuals, but are likely to lack confidence in the capabilities of the African race. Psychologists call this having high personal or self esteem, combined with low racial esteem. That individual will never feel whole or complete. They know something is missing inside of their beings even if they cannot vocalise it.”
We also believe that: Individuals want Black history information as part of personal development. Since there is a link between what individuals know about their history and their own personal effectiveness and power, many want to know about the greats, the not-so greats and the notorious. History provides examples to study, be impressed by, or even as lessons in what to avoid. It thus challenges and inspires those of us living in the present. Whichever be the case, individuals want to build that knowledge base on a foundation of verifiable facts.
Parents want information to teach their children. They want content that is factual, easy to read and highly visual. They understand that if they could pass this information to the next generation, they know how awesome those young people would become!
Educators want information to use in the classroom. They want data that covers the categories of historical knowledge that academics like to work with, such as the chronological, the political, the social, the economic, the religious and the aesthetic (i.e. the art, music, literature and architecture).
Our book, Everyday Life in an Early West African Empire, addresses these and many other issues. But this raises another question:
What is actually in our book?
Five centuries ago, a great super-state flourished in West Africa. Known as the Songhai Empire, it was one of the largest imperial systems in the sixteenth century AD world. It was nearly the same size as all of the European states combined and had 50 million people--more than that of Black America today. There were 400 cities, and the Niger Delta region alone boasted 300 mosques. Thus, a level of urbanism existed hardly seen anywhere else before the nineteenth century.
This subject should be of great concern to people in the African Diaspora, since most are of West African descent. A study of Songhai history can offer case study examples of government, public administration, industry, architecture and law and order.
The book tells the story of emperors, kings, knights, peasants, slaves, artists, clerics, judges, administrators, blacksmiths, merchants, sailors, academics, students, pupils, tourists and foreigners.
In reporting the information, we draw upon research made by African, Asian, Arab, and European scholars, each bringing very different pieces of the jigsaw together. Historians wrote some of the source material that we gathered in this book. Other material comes from the pen of architects, journalists, scientists, tourists, geographers, archaeologists, philosophers and social scientists. Moreover, we discuss the construction of the writing of Songhai history. In this way, the reader gets to see the nuts-and-bolts of how history is put together using the evidence of all kinds.
Everyday Life in an Early West African Empire combines a scholarly approach with an accessible style that brings the old Empire alive. It is comprehensive in scope and is beautifully illustrated using museum quality photographs, rare archival images, postcards and also stamps. No other work of which we are aware has done as much justice to this period of World History.
We believe that learning your history is a transformative process. If you agree, we recommend that you invest in the knowledge for your own self development and the development of those around you … especially your children.
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Everyday Life in an Early West African Empire by Robin Walker, Siaf Millar & Saran Keita, Afterword by Runoko Rashidi, Jacinth Martin’s SIVEN Publishing, London, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-9576263-0-0
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