Directed by John_Percival_(TV_producer)
Produced by The Department of Antiquities Nigeria, The National Sound Archive, The Museum of Mankind, Mick Csaky
Starring Basil Davidson
Learn about the history and traditions of Kano and Hausaland in this well produced documentary.
Africa A Voyage of Discovery - Kings and Cities. Basil Davidson. Basil Davidson's seminal documentary series 'Africa A Voyage of Discovery' challenges the long held beliefs like the opinion of David Hume that Africa had 'no ingenious manufactures among them, no arts, no sciences'. The series presents a Pan-African conception of history from the origins of Egypt and Nubia to the liberation movements that Basil was familiar with, and newly independent nations in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Basil Davidson is an acclaimed writer on the subject of African history having written more than 30 books on the subject who died in 2010. His works are required reading in many African, British and US universities & is often used as the framework for many Black history courses worldwide.
It premiered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 20th October 1983, with a wonderful reception hosted by the Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN
The series was shot and edited over a 2 year period beginning in 1981. During this period the accompanying book The Story of Africa was also written by Basil Davidson.