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The Entire History of Africa in Under 10 Minutes – Documentary



The history of Africa from ancient Africa to decolonization.


The history of Africa is long, complex, and has often been under-appreciated by the global historical community. Africa, particularly Eastern Africa, is widely accepted as the place of origin of humans and the Hominidae clade (great apes). The earliest hominids and their ancestors have been dated to around 7 million years ago, including Sahelanthropus tchadensis, Australopithecus africanus, A. afarensis, Homo erectus, H. habilis and H. ergaster— the earliest Homo sapiens (modern human) remains, found in Ethiopia, South Africa, and Morocco, date to circa 200,000, 259,000, and 300,000 years ago respectively, and Homo sapiens is believed to have originated in Africa around 350,000–260,000 years ago.

Early human civilizations, such as Ancient Egypt and Carthage emerged in North Africa. Following a subsequent long and complex history of civilizations, migration and trade, Africa hosts a large diversity of ethnicities, cultures and languages. The last 400 years have witnessed an increasing European influence on the continent. Starting in the 16th century, this was driven by trade, including the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, which created large African diaspora populations in the Americas. In the late 19th century, European countries colonized almost all of Africa, extracting resources from the continent and exploiting local communities; most present states in Africa emerged from a process of decolonisation in the 20th century.

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  1. @OgesCapital

    March 28, 2023 at 9:13 pm

    Old playbook. Always will cast Africans in a bad light.

  2. @doublevieunivers224

    March 29, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    You must be if you think that you can relate all Africa’s story under 10 minutes

  3. @rodneiltheodore1347

    April 1, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    Just one sentence is an Africa essay

  4. @genshikenguy

    April 8, 2023 at 9:40 am

    home of over 2000 languages and 3000 ethnic groups. wars used to be who spoke english german or danish and everybody universally hating the french. The africans with no government language or police or laws was super upset nobody would bother to learn their 2000languages of 3000 different villages. When northern europeans tried one village would clicking and popping sounds at them, the next village would be beat boxing at them, the next would be popping and locking at them, the next village would WOLF WHISTLE at them and were super hurt when nobody would ever wolf whistle back. countless white people tried but putting fingers to their mouth stupid pfft noises were the best they could manage. One day africans learned french people existed which everybody cant stand, and then one day half of half of the lands woke up noticing they were speaking french for some dumb reason and all warred some more over how dumb frenchery is in outrage and the africans realised france was 'invading everything' the not french people were like 'we tried to warn you guys about france.' and the africans were furious "warn us not one of you speaks all 2000 of our 3000 villager languages that even we dont understand." then the africans would charge at everybody wolf whistling and if they didnt wolf whistle back would proceed to umm *censored them to death" and insist they were too gay to even consider speaking to. then for centuries africans would sneak around and surprise everybody with showing them how they studied up and are now super cultured and show the english that they know about the guy named shakespear nonverbally by shaking their spears at them and so on. Whenever a major epic battle occured over technology and new types of warfare some 2000 years later the africans would learn the secret and master the ancient technology and show up really late to the swords and armor battles when guns were a thing, and rock all these guns and grenades in times of bulletproof armors and then the africans just recently rapidly advanced their civilization to understanding of RPG's and shaped charges in times of reactive armor, then just went back to wearing cardboard and woodenboard boxes and then when tanks or whatever shot at them they were somehow surviving so they armored up their tanks with wooden boards and cardboard boxes as a type of anti shaped charges and anti armor piercing countermeasure when other countries long since dont use tanks like those and use drones and rapid terrain light vehicles with high velocity high powered yet portable armaments. its fascinating how quicker they're adapting after hundred thousand years of being 2000 years behind the times. fun fact, had the africans acted cultured and discussed shakespearian plays in diplomacy it would be rather offensive. a playwright is that how its spelt? play writer theater author guy kept offending government and was ordered torture unless he could create a timeless masterwork. So the best writes and thespians and stuff made a huge world superstar team troupe to compose some actual classics as they were gathering for symposiums and the shakespear guy had been too vocal in slandering those in power publicly and was linked with antigovernment factions perhaps popular childrens songs like baa baa black sheep were one thing, but performing antigovernment slander when they are in the audience publicly theatrically in specatularly exaggerated fashion was literally asking for beheading.

  5. @time-series5897

    April 15, 2023 at 12:11 pm

    very educating documentry

  6. @emmanueldangan6692

    May 1, 2023 at 11:18 am

    The first sub-Saharan African country to get independent is Liberia, not Ghana.

  7. @NathuramGodse_____

    May 3, 2023 at 2:52 am

    the Bhatia community of India established themselves in East Africa, particularly in the coastal cities of Mombasa, Malindi, and Zanzibar, where they traded in spices, textiles, and other commodities. They also played a significant role in the development of Swahili culture, which is a blend of African and Indian influences.

    In addition, there were several Hindu merchants who established themselves in West Africa, particularly in the cities of Timbuktu and Gao in present-day Mali, where they traded in salt, gold, and other commodities. These traders played a key role in the trans-Saharan trade routes, which linked West Africa with North Africa and the Mediterranean.

    Overall, while there were no Hindu kings in Africa, Hindu traders and merchants played a significant role in the development of trade, culture, and politics in the region.

  8. @rafaeljuniorsierra-9708

    May 12, 2023 at 4:28 am


  9. @theincrediblemahoganygoddess

    May 19, 2023 at 8:52 am

    This is not the entire history of Africa. It's the history of Africa based on European and Arabian histories: the Roman Empire, the Arabian empire, the Medieval period, the colonial period and the postcolonial. Actual Africa is incidentally involved or mentioned between one empire exchange to the next. This is not African history: it's historical empires in Africa. Also, how can the second biggest continent only have agriculture along the Nile? Just really let that seep in for a moment. It's nonsense. Especially when you consider how extremely fertile the continent is. This has nothing to do with modern day agriculture. Grrh!

  10. @edwardtome5545

    June 2, 2023 at 6:25 am

    I think other kingdoms are not included especially in southern African, there is Munhumutapa Empire in present day Mozambique and The Rozvi Kingdom of Southern Africa

  11. @edwardtome5545

    June 2, 2023 at 6:33 am

    There is also no mention of the first African peoples who were peace loving and how the Africans were forcibly made into warriors as a reaction by the coming of other peoples from the east ,west and north. Peace was initially well guarded in now Africa that even our Lord Jesus was reported to have escaped to.

  12. @butterflylily7207

    June 4, 2023 at 10:07 am

    European version of African history. Whitewashed…

  13. @kharma4ever730

    June 11, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    Here is the truth about the origins of the profitable ideology of white supremacy, published in 2017. It is evidence of the willful ignorance of fabulism.

    “The Popes, the Catholic Church and the Transatlantic Enslavement of Black Africans 1418-1839, Pius Onyemechi Adiele (2017)”

    Humans will achieve peace with the truth. All human beings are beautiful. The decision to be a beautiful human being is yours to make. It does not happen on it’s own.

  14. @kodikodikodiwaters

    June 12, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    This title is offensive.

  15. @GloriousTheAssasin

    June 14, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    Fake, dramatic exaggeration, very eurocentric…the only reason Carthage fell is because Numidiaonce allies double crossed their Carthage brothers and sided with Rome, africans do not have Neanderthal DNA no animal DNA like A Caucasian, Atlantic slave trade was fake very exaggerated, this shit has to stop. Bro they lyin!!! …if you read moorish history and stop listening white people talking showing cartoons…read ivan van sertima, john henrick clarke, phil valentine…african prescence in early Europe …dont be fooled by these Caucasians…they liars and tricksters…these poor Caucasians learned everything they know from all of their knowledge comes from ancient greece and the greeks learned from the ancient egyptians in which who were the nubians. Stop lyin with a white voice and cartoons…most of europe was illiterate until about 711AD….READ FOR YOURSELF! P.S. Caucasian NEANDERTHAL DNA ONLY GOES BACK 6000 YEARS thats what they dont want you to know. Yours is incalculable never forget that fact! We have different genes and you already know this!

  16. @Lucky_Chase

    July 4, 2023 at 7:58 am

    This is 100% highschool textbook boring. Never mind how wrong the dates and date theory.

  17. @hayzofficial7229

    July 7, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Not hey were spared colonisation. Ethiopia was inconquerable and couldn't be colonised. Now I look at at it it's not really colonisation; it's displacement of ethnicities and ppl

  18. @hayzofficial7229

    July 7, 2023 at 8:27 am

    Climate change not affecting Africa. Get ur facts right!

  19. @joesmith-gc7wq

    July 15, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    You just had to ruin it with ONE sentence Climate Change

  20. @irenewilliams3284

    July 20, 2023 at 11:03 am

    Africa noe black slavery well they must of been captured what's the history to this can we or dear we print or inform I'd like to know &see

  21. @irenewilliams3284

    July 20, 2023 at 11:03 am

    Thank you

  22. @buildingitAI

    July 22, 2023 at 10:08 pm

    Hack video.

  23. @cw4608

    July 30, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    A lot of cultures were relatively stabile until the Europeans moved in and exploited resources.

  24. @TheVinci19

    August 7, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    ten minutes are too long. Make three, and let Egypt out of that, Egyptians don't like to be considered africans, of course, respect that

  25. @tacobill70

    August 8, 2023 at 3:08 am

    Nice bit of propaganda at the end. Africans make sure you learn to bow down to your new communist overlords.

  26. @Kemet3.0

    August 11, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    Again, you see don’t ever have others tell your history. These clowns try to erase your history and insert there information. Once you try to insert a white face on the Spinx then you are in a denial that these were black African. Unacceptable and part of systematically racism viewpoint. We don’t need you to try tell our story, you don’t want us to tell your stories.
    Stealing, raping, killing,lying, slavery and invading should I continue?

    Keep this fake insertion information… then we’ll start airing your history globally.
    Starting with slavery and raping etc.

  27. @sydneypollman-or6xu

    August 22, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Africa's original name was Israel, changed by the West thousands of years selfish reasons.Current Israel is originally Palestine and not Israel, history proves it gradually…all will be exposed sooner.The West is still hiding all the true evidence….even the true original Biblical Israelites and Hebrews are from current Africa..

  28. @rogerjohnson833

    August 26, 2023 at 9:19 am

    Africa the mother of idolatry, with it's satanic tribal religions, witchcraft, sorceries, voodoo and Islam.

  29. @thetwogardens6048

    August 29, 2023 at 7:44 am

    I can tell you the Entire history in two sentences. The British colonialists arrived. And since then , the continent of Africa has been robbed and pillaged .

  30. @timothypearson7211

    September 13, 2023 at 1:07 am

    African is the largest continent in the whole wide n on earth 🌎 🙄 😳 aisa n China is the 2nnd biggest continent on earth 🌎 😳 🙄 China 🇨🇳 😳 🙄 jst have none people than Africa 🌍 🙄 😑 ok do yr research my friend

  31. @maumauchronicles4296

    September 25, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    Visit "Mau Mau Chronicles" for more African history

  32. @seanthomas6465

    October 17, 2023 at 11:56 am

    Such a Eurocentric view of Africa….do better.

  33. @JH-rk9gd

    October 18, 2023 at 8:16 pm

    I do not think climate change is their biggest problem they will face, probably getting stuck between US, UK, China and Russia not allowing them to control their own destiny will be worse

  34. @user-bn1dq3tw5c

    October 20, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    Africa, history is good for the whole world to now

  35. @yourmom2003

    October 23, 2023 at 4:37 pm

    this video😃 helped me learn so much for schoolwork

  36. @psychedelichurricane2508

    November 3, 2023 at 5:59 am

    My mom told me that there are a lot of black people in Africa

  37. @nathanchung27

    November 3, 2023 at 7:31 am

    "Often over looked in history."


  38. @israelmendoza5470

    November 7, 2023 at 8:53 am

    The guy in the cover looks like lebron James

  39. @israelmendoza5470

    November 7, 2023 at 8:53 am


  40. @Analyst

    November 10, 2023 at 6:35 pm

    Alexander "greeted as a liberator"!? I doubt thats true and dont believe for a second.

  41. @JoshAlicea1229

    November 28, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    “Are you, or are you not… a NOK!? You know, like Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street… a frickin’ NOK!”

    “Oh… a NARC…”

    “Yeah, a NOK. What was I saying?”

    – The Heat

  42. @YSLRD

    January 11, 2024 at 1:09 am

    It's irrational to blame the military tyranny in Africa on the colonizers. Warfare and tyranny are endemic to humanity. The could figure it out all by themselves.

  43. @PhilosophyWithLilly

    January 13, 2024 at 6:24 pm

    This is incrediby important. Thank you so much for making this video!

  44. @3Kiwiana

    January 25, 2024 at 9:23 pm

    Omg I thought this might be a modern updated doco…no such luck, still banging on about out of Africa…🤪🔫

  45. @acajudi100

    January 27, 2024 at 9:51 pm


    I am 81 and enjoy living in Queretaro, Mexico for the last 2 years. Over 61 years visiting Mexico, mainly Acapulco. I traveled the world on my own dime and all 50 USA states.






    Happy I moved to Queretaro in 2021 at 79 for 70% less expensive and safer. PRAYERS sent to my 1942 birth city CHICAGO from Queretaro since 2021. I know that cold weather big time. Thank God for the safety

    and warmth of this city. RIP. DO NOT ALLOW THE INVADERS TO DESTROY YOU.

  46. @theimmortalgrenadier3851

    January 28, 2024 at 11:46 am

    We wuz keings n sheeit

  47. @user-rg8jb8dq2y

    January 29, 2024 at 10:32 pm

    I live. In. Aifcan. In. Ivory. Coast. I. Speak. French only. English a. Littl

    OK Maintenant cesse la guerre en paix ✌🏾 que nous sommes dans les esprits mais il faut faire le tour 🏢 pour que. French. L’auge l’heure du compte Twitter et pour tout les soirs et les photos sont trop

  48. @LSD123.

    February 13, 2024 at 7:45 am

    1:15 I was reading about a study done with gene testing, and new evidence suggests our ancestors actually spread out from Australia, and not Africa. Wouldn't that be interesting.

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