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