Why The Most Important Person in Africa is the Storyteller

Storyteller. At its basic level, the word conveys the role of someone who preserves the memories, beliefs, aspirations, experiences of a people, a society, a civilization. Storytelling is the convergence of many disciplines, as many disciplines involve storytelling such as history, sociology, anthropology, photography and of course, literature.

I appreciate the storytelling that is done on a micro-level that requires one-one-one interaction with people on-the-ground.

Researchers say that it’s the ability of humans to tell stories that has greatly contributed to our survival as a dominant species.

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Ever Heard Of Benin City?

This is the story of a lost medieval city you’ve probably never heard about. Benin City, originally known as Edo, was once the capital of a pre-colonial African empire located in what is now southern Nigeria. The Benin empire was one of the oldest and most highly developed states in west Africa, dating back to the 11th century.

The Guinness Book of Records (1974 edition) described the walls of Benin City and its surrounding kingdom as the world’s largest earthworks carried out prior to the mechanical era.

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