Africa was a land ruled by great men and women before the coming of the European invaders. Africa had great kings and Queens, great craftsmen, wonderful Palaces built with burnt bricks.
Africans were not illiterates, we had our own form of learn through age grades and craftsmanship. Africa had a medium of exchange as in money the (cowries). It was a land of great skill, large vast green vegetation.
Africa had bronze makers,wood carvers, potters, tradition mills for clothes making. African were great warriors, hunters, fishermen. Africans were not taken as Slaves because it was backward by the European invaders, Instead it was because of the skills, the wealth, vast knowledge and the strength seen by the these visitors turn invaders who wanted our ancestors to teach and use the same knowledge to help build their own world that resulted to slave trade.
In return for African’s strong able bodied men and women to be shipped to developed the new world, the then rulers were given things that were of no worth in exchange for its talented able bodied citizen. The then rulers were given thins like mirrors, rum, gin, guns and gun powder.
The story has not change even today, our leaders are still selling the continent blessed with so much in exchange for unworthy things.