Africa has given the world these things. You could find them in the part of the World, all in different shapes and forms but they are basically given by Africa
Italians gave it to us short and strong, Americans served it filtered then ratcheted up the calories by adding syrups, whipped cream and even pumpkin. But everyone’s favourite stimulant originates from Ethiopia, where it grows wild. It possibly dates back to the 10th century, when nomadic people would have eaten the red cherries rather than making a beverage with them.
The history of mathematics is so Eurocentric that most accounts of ancient mathematical systems seem to begin and end in Egypt. But the Lebombo bonefound in Swaziland and the Ishango bone, discovered on the border between Uganda and Zaire, both baboon fibulas, are the world’s two oldest mathematical objects – the former at least 35,000 years old. The Ishango bone may be the oldest table of prime numbers.
According to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the DRC “holds almost half of the world’s cobalt reserves”. And that’s not all: the DRC is among the world’s largest producers of cobalt, copper, diamonds, tantalum and tin.
In the face of refugee crisis, the word “ubuntu” has never been more important. Promoted by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela as a way to mend post-politically-sanctioned racial segregation South Africa, the antiquated Bantu word exemplifies shared mankind: “I am, on the grounds that we as a whole are.” Here’s the means by which the New World Encyclopedia defines the word that is additionally utilized as a part of Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Zimbabwe: “It infers a valuation for customary convictions, and a consistent mindfulness that a person’s activities today are a reflection on the past, and will have expansive results for what’s to come.
It’s all about the polyrhythms – two or more different rhythms happening at the same time – which European folk music also has but African music spread. The Pulitizer prize-winning composer and author Gunther Schuller wrote that “every musical element – rhythm, harmony, melody, timbre, and the basic forms of jazz – is essentially African in background and derivation”.
But Africa didn’t only give us blue notes, it may also have given us Beethoven.
Chances are you’ve bought soap, lip balm, skin lotion or even shaving cream that contains shea butter, which grows in 19 countries across the continent from Senegal in the west to Sudan in the east. Skincare brand L’Occitane calls it“nature’s miracle beauty balm; the perfect quick fix for almost anything”.
After performing the first heart transplant in 1967, South African surgeons scored another first by this year carrying out the world’s first transplant of the male organ. The nine-hour operation in March 2015 allowed its 21-year-old recipient to become sexually active, and he wasted no time in proving its efficacy. In June head surgeon André van der Merwe announced that the young man’s partner was pregnant.
Now that Jamie Oliver has written a recipe for Jollof, the rice dish may soon reach such dizzying heights of popularity that its west African origins will be forgotten. Just don’t ask which particular country introduced it to the world. Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal – its origins continue to be hotly contested