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Episode Guide

  • Africa - The Legacy (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    The Legacy

    Africa faces problems in the aftermath of colonial rule, as illustrated by the cities of Lagos, Nairobi and Dakar.

  • Africa - The Rise of Nationalism (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    The Rise of Nationalism

    Archival film and interviews illustrate the struggle for independence from colonial rule.

  • Africa - This Magnificent African Cake (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    This Magnificent African Cake

    Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Mozambique experience colonial rule from 1880 to 1945.

  • Africa - The Bible & the Gun (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    The Bible & the Gun

    Slave traders, missionaries, explorers and wealth seekers change the social fabric of Africa.

  • Africa - Kings & Cities (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    Kings & Cities

    Artwork from Africa's past indicates how kings and queens ruled.

  • Africa - Caravans of Gold (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Caravans of Gold

    Africa's gold trade and trade networks flourish before the coming of the Portuguese in 1548.

  • Africa - Mastering a Continent (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    Mastering a Continent

    Different environments influence the economic and spiritual development of three agricultural communities.

  • Africa - Different but Equal (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    Different but Equal

    Host Basil Davidson examines the history of Africa beginning with its earliest civilizations.