How Africans were innovating before Colonisation

Most knowledge is acquired in a Western way, but before then, what were Africans doing? How much do we know about the mining that was being done, about the spears that made Shaka Zulu so successful?

Last month on Overnight Live with Joonji, calls were coming in reaction to Rhodes Must Fall and some people were making the claims that there was nothing here before colonization. Which, firstly is an absurd statement.

Joonji says she found that she did not have sufficient facts to debunk people’s assumptions or claims, and recalled an interview and research she had done about an amazing local archaeologist, Shadreck Chirikure, whose work is on exactly this, doing research around what Africans were doing before colonization.

According to Chirikure, contrary to what you know, there was science & technology on the continent before colonialism...

Dr Chirikure has a book about to release called Metals in Past Societies: A Global Perspective on Indigenous African Metallurgy - it seeks to communicate to both a global and local audience, the key attributes of pre-industrial African metallurgy such as technological variation across space and time, methods of mining and extractive metallurgy and the fabrication of metal objects.

He previously published Indigenous mining and metallurgy in Africa


This article first appeared on 702 : How Africans were innovating before Colonisation


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Sanco 'shocked' by Mahumapelo's alleged cattle gift to Zuma

Sanco 'shocked' by Mahumapelo's alleged cattle gift to Zuma

The North West civic organisation reacts to reports of cattle valued at R1.5 million gifted to Jacob Zuma by Supra Mahumapelo.

Zuma is having his Lula moment - Professor Lyal White

Zuma is having his Lula moment - Professor Lyal White

Brazil's most popular politician and ex-president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted for corruption last year.

'Don't do the things you're not supposed to do!'

'Don't do the things you're not supposed to do!'

Late night host and father-to-be Aubrey Masango is full of simple yet sage advice this Festive Season!

A lesson on 'Black Twitter' from Kwanele Sosibo

A lesson on 'Black Twitter' from Kwanele Sosibo

What’s Black Twitter? Mail & Guardian reporter Kwanele Sosibo explains to Overnight Live presenter Martin Evans.

Lesego ‘Thick Leeyonce’ Legobane talks natural hair and self-acceptance

Lesego ‘Thick Leeyonce’ Legobane talks natural hair and self-acceptance

Lesego ‘Thick Leeyonce’ Legobane tells Cape Talk's Martin Evans that black hair is a personal choice, but also a political statement.

My experiences at Stellenbosch in the 90's #Luister

My experiences at Stellenbosch in the 90's #Luister

Neo Letumo shares her experiences as the only black female in her faculty (in the 90's) at Stellenbosch University.

Popular articles
Competition Commission denies allegations of corruption

Competition Commission denies allegations of corruption

Commissioner at Competition Commission, Tembinkosi Bonakele says the allegations leveled against them are utter rubbish.

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

Parents no longer have to travel with children's birth certificates

The new Home Affairs upgrades to the system include printing parents details at the back of the child's passport.

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

Tell me what you want: Study reveals most common sexual fantasies

What are your sexual fantasies? Disclosure can bring sexual freedom, but it can also have downsides. A study lists the top trends.

The story of amaBhungane (and how it’s digging up dung on the Guptas & friends)

The story of amaBhungane (and how it’s digging up dung on the Guptas & friends)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism Investigative Journalist Craig McKune.

Meet Elmar Conradie, CEO of low-cost FlySafair (world’s most on-time airline)

Meet Elmar Conradie, CEO of low-cost FlySafair (world’s most on-time airline)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Conradie for his “ShapeShifter” feature.