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Gate's Diary

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Retelling the Story

What is Africa to Me

The Africa Shop

In his travel diary, Professor Gates shares personal feelings and observations of his journeys through Africa.

My attitudes when I first came to the African Continent in 1970 were as romantic as any;
Photo: Gates watches the sun set


Black Kingdoms of the Nile
Aswan Dam
Nubian Wedding

The Swahili Coast
Swahili Identity
Racial Distinctions

Slave Kingdoms
Reflections on the Slave Trade
Elmina Slave Fortress

The Holy Land
Ethiopia's Black Saints
Familiar African Faces
Rope Burn

Road to Timbuktu
Dogon Circumcision Cave
Ancient Manuscripts

Lost Cities of the South
Roads of South Africa
Affection for Great Zimbabwe