Africa was initially named Alkebulan and was widely referred to as Alkebulan before the name Africa was birthed. According to history scholars, the name Africa came into existence in the 17th century. The name was initially used only to refer to the Northern parts of Africa.

Many believe the name “Africa” came from important words like “Afru-ika” an Egytian word meaning “Motherland”. Some believe it has its root in words used by the Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans; the Greek word aphrike, meaning “without cold”; and the Latin word aprica, meaning “sunny.”

Being the second-largest continent, Africa is bounded by four seas – the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Atlantic Ocean. The second-most populous continent is about 30.07 million KM2, covers 20% of the planet’s land area and 6% of its total surface.

The cradle of humankind, Africa, has a unique place in human history as it the only continent with vestige evidence of human beings’ evolution, from our earliest ancestors, our tool-making ancestors, to the Homo habilis that was able to walk upright. These ancestors were the first to develop stone tools, explore & migrate, and populate the rest of the world.

Migration plays a significant role in the setup and cultural landscape of our continent, especially as it relates to the way goods, services, social and cultural practices, and knowledge are spread throughout the world.

Way before the dark African slave trade era, there were a couple of Migrations with the Bantu Migration being one of them. This was a free and massive migration of our people across the continent. This migration led to the exchange of skills and ideas that greatly advanced Africa’s cultural, economic, and political landscape.

These exchanges allowed Africans to cultivate new areas of land that had a wide variety of physical and climatic features. Many hunter-gatherer communities were assimilated, or adopted, into the more technologically advanced Bantu culture. In turn, Bantu people adopted skills from the communities they encountered, including animal husbandry, or raising animals for food.