In Africa, the past goes to the very origins of humanity. It continues until just before the scramble for Africa in the late 19th Century. The scramble – a kind of land grab – marks the onset of the colonial era, a time when European-derived forces asserted themselves over Africa ones, and as these forces intensified, an alien, and often rigid, order enveloped most of the continents inhabitants.
But Africa and Africans deserve to be known on their own terms, and to achieve this goal, we need to understand what took place before colonialism that re-wrote many life’s rules. We can do it best by studying how Africa was peopled. How different African population varieties developed; how the over 1,400 languages spoken in Africa evolved; why occupation has been an important aspect of African perceptions of identity; why certain places were attractive, and how trade routes altered comparative value of prices; and how in turn, trade fostered the development of more complex societies.
In this book on the history of the Luo speaking peoples of Eastern Africa, the author (Prof. Bethwell A. Ogot) creates a complex and rich narrative from the above factors.