African Inventions Introduction
Africans are innovative by nature, they have had to be, and yet African inventions are often overlooked and under appreciated both at home as well as abroad.
The Pioneers who moved to Africa from Europe certainly had to be innovative. They left all they knew to cross the ocean and were met mostly with virgin bush in a land that would have seemed quite lawless in those early days. Strange illnesses and harsh conditions met them, circumstances which were totally different from anything that had ever experienced. These early settlers had to find ways to fend for themselves with what they could source, and I am sure they were forced to co-operate with people they might never otherwise have given the time of day in order to survive. Resources were few, supplies were often hard to come by. The climate was either blazing hot or freezing cold. Terrain was harsh, transport was unreliable and hazardous.
Hopefully, as this list grows, it will prove that Africa is indeed a continent of ideas and innovation, and that being an African is indeed something to be proud of.
Please let me know if you have any thoughts on what else should be added. Have you used any of these, and did you know they originated?
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