Beautiful contribution to AA.org, Energy48. Actually, many of us on AA.org already know such information about Africa. It is such a shame that ALL African Americans, all people in the African diaspora, (and many Africans themselves) don't know this information or do what it takes to find out the TRUTH about African and African Heritage and African contributions to civilization and the world. Please continue to post information on Africa's true history and contributions to AA.org.
Unfortunately, in America, people are not taught the truth about Africa in schools, but are only taught tidbits of information centered around only the most primitive of African culture and/or the most negative. Personally, I began (with the little I had to work with) when I was 12 years researching and reading about the history of Africa/Africans because I was interested to know, and to know the truth, and because there was just something inside of me that told me that we were not being told the truth about Africa and Africans.
I, and many that post to AA.org are "preachers", if you will, of the truth of Africa/African History/African contributions to the world, to our children, family and any other avenue appropriate, sadly though, we are often merely lone voices in the wilderness of lies, stolen history, distortion of the truth and stereotypes. Nevertheless, it is important that people of African descent, the entire diaspora, not allow Africa's history to be distorted, and whitewashed out or transplanted into the history of those whose ancestors really had nothing to do with bringing about the advances and contributions of African and Africans to humanity.
The consistent used of the psychological tactic of divide-and-conquer has served the West very well in its distortion of the truth about African and Africans. Divide-and-conquer psychology was exploited in order to establish and carry out the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in the first place, it was then used to socially condition any non-slaves to not care or question the crime against humanity of the slave trading, it was used to brainwash African Americans that Africa was an extremely dangerous, primitive place, therefore, they were better off as slaves in America than to be free in such a dangerous, "savage" place, it has since been used to divide Africans from those in the diaspora, Africans from African Americans, Caribbeans from African Americans, the African diaspora from Africa and Africans, period.
Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, it is the divisions of people of African descent that keeps the Black race on the bottom and struggling to survive and to thrive in this world. It is the year 2012, there should be much more talk of the entire diaspora coming together than it is. All people in Africa and the African diaspora need to come together and not let religious and cultural differences, not nationalities and oceans keep us apart from each other and the best interest for us all as a race of people determined to survive and to thrive without dependence any other group.