I learned a lot about Africa that I did not know before watching these enlightening videos,the type of knowledge one cannot ascertain from reading historical textbooks on Africa,as those are written from a post-colonial standard which usually depicts the continent as bereft of any innovation or advanced human advances.
Both videos share some similairities such as the fact that both debunk myths about Africa that most people usually misconstrue as valid,when they are actually very far from the truth.For example both videos,provide examples where the African continent has been portrayed as a dark, wild place sans any culture or enlightenment.Both videos go on to carefully explain why and how these myths came to fruition, with the culprit mostly being ideologies held in esteem during and post colonialism.
I felt that Dr. Person-Lynns lecture had a more socio-political undertone,than did Basil Davidsons.Dr. Person-Lynn spent a considerable amount of time educating the viewer about what happened to delay development in Africa,and we learn about the horrors of the trans atlantic slave trade.I was surprised to learn that only a fraction of African slaves ended up in North America, and with the majority of them ending up in South America and the Carribean.Contrary to the belief in the West that Hippocratas is the father of modern medicine,it was proven in the video that medicine actually began in Africa with Im Ho-tep,and a long time before Hippocratas.I was astonished to learn that Beethovan was of partial African ancestry,as he is usually depicted as a white man in paintings and historical books.This can only mean that the truth about African contribution to the world has been covered up,and not just overlooked.
Dr.Person-Lynn ignores historical as they tend to distort the truth about what really happened during the dark period when Africans were snatched from their lands and forced into slavery in far away places.I felt very uneasy to learn that many Africans lost thier lives even before they made it to the Americas, and more disturbingly some who were not sick were thrown from the ships when there was not enough rations to keep them alive.With this particuar video, I understood that Africa has been raped of its people and resourses, and this was done stysematically with orders eminating from the very top European estabishments, such as the Roman Catholic Church.
Basil Davidsons series, in contrast, seemed to concentrate on looking at Africa in a more postitive and well regarded light.He did provide some details as to the slave trade,and how European powers divided up the continent and its resourses,and how this stymied growth in that part of the world.
But Basil Davidson also portrays in an affirmative light rarley encountered in the literature that has been published on Africa and its people so far.Basil Davidsons documentary shows Africa in a realistic angle that has not been attempted before.Davidsons Arica is an advanced place, and righfully so,considering how much enlightenment has come from Africa.Basil Davidson proves that if Africa is lacking in development or perceived to be lacking somehow,it is because of the European involvement in that continent.
He asserts that Africa would be at the forefront of development if Europe had not stolen resourses and people from a continent that is blessed to be situated in part of the world with enviable trade routes .Davidson emphasizes that colonialism was the reason that parts of Africa are improvished.
Basil Davidsons video also showed areas of innovation , scientific advancement,and also gave a lot of imformation about how African people have successfully traded with eachother for hunderds of years,and would have continued down that route if colonialism had not interfered.