Lost Kingdoms of Africa

Home to nearly a billion people, Africa has an incredible diversity of communities and cultures, yet we know little of its past. But researchers and archeologists are uncovering a range of histories as impressive and extraordinary as anywhere else in the world. Art historian Gus Casely-Hayford explores the pre-colonial history of some of the continent's most important kingdoms.

Episodes

Air Date: April 02, 2012 - 58:59
For centuries, the interior of East Africa was unknown to the outside world. That changed in the 1860s, thanks to a geographical puzzle that had obsessed Europeans for decades.
Air Date: March 26, 2012 - 58:36
It's easy to think of Islamic North Africa as Arab, rather than African. But the land that is now Morocco once lay at the centre of a vast African Kingdom that stretched from northern Spain to the heart of West Africa.
Air Date: March 19, 2012 - 58:33
Art historian Dr. Gus Casely-Hayford travels to South Africa to explore the history of one of Africa's most famous kingdoms. Visiting some of the most evocative sites in Zulu history, he examines the origins of the Zulu in the 17th century.
Air Date: March 12, 2012 - 58:47
The Kingdom of Asante was built on gold and slaves, which ensured its important place in an economy that linked three continents.