Wonders of the African World
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With Henry Louis Gates, Jr.



Gate's Diary

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Retelling the Story

What is Africa to Me


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Black Kingdoms of the Nile The Swahili Coast The Slave Kingdoms
Africa is the mother of Civlization itself...we  have our roots here. And until we know Africa, we can never truly know ourselves.
The Holy Land The Road to Timbuktu Lost Cities of the South
Join Henry Louis Gates, Jr. as he takes you on a journey to discover a wealth of African history and culture in Wonders of the African World. Click on an icon above to explore each episode, or explore specific themes by using the menus at left or below.

Photo: Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Let's face it -- think of Africa, and the first images that come to mind are of war, poverty, famine and flies. How many of us really know anything at all about the truly great ancient African civilizations, which in their day, were just as splendid and glorious as any on the face of the earth? Join me on the journey from Zanzibar to Timbuktu, the Nile River Valley to Great Zimbabwe, the slave coast of Guinea to the medieval monasteries of Ethiopia in search of the lost wonders of the African world. Shall we begin?