What is Africa?
- Social Construct
o It is an idea that is an agreement between people
o Always going through phases
18 /19 century invention or social construct
Romans are credited for the term ‘Africa.’
Greek: Aphrike = Not cold
Latin: Afri = The Berbers
Latin Aprica = Sunny
Originally used as a name due to climate
Wasn’t known as ‘Land of the Blacks’ until the scholars.
Libya – called by Indians
Ethiopia – used by Asians
Bilad Al Sudan – created by Muslim scholars/travellers
o “Land of the Blacks”
o Name created by Ibn Battuta (1325-1354)
Most of the African documentation came from this
o Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406)
Source of the many African ideas and history.
o Name “Africa” was constructed by foreigners without actual
Africans being involved in the name
Africans have their own words to describe themselves
and the continent
The name o