Lost Kingdoms of Africa – It is often said that history is written by the victors. Arguably, the world’s understanding of Africa’s history has been filtered by European historians with limited appreciation of the continent’s pre-colonial past. This intelligent and thought-provoking series reveals the extraordinary history of some of Africa’s ancient civilisations, exploring spectacular ruins and investigating the myths and legends that surround these mysterious kingdoms.
Historian and art expert Gus Casely-Hayford journeys through different regions of contemporary Africa, discovering the remnants of its pre-colonial glory with the help of some of Africa’s finest minds.
From the pyramids of the Sudan and the extraordinary history of Ethiopia, to the great trading empires of the East Coast and the Golden age of the Kingdom of Mali, this four-part series takes the viewer on a journey through the forgotten past of Africa.
Producer: IWC Media
TX: Autumn 2009 / Winter 2010
Source: BBC Press Office