The Cartography of Africa: Finding Holes in Our Knowledge

The public dialogue remains in a constant search for meaning. How do we achieve clarity? The human vessel must surely be purged of waste, and then continually re-filled with knowledge, especially about the wide world that we inhabit. As noted by the philosopher Ernst Cassirer:    “The world is not self-evident from the onset; it must be apprehended…in an ongoing… Read more »

Pathways from Cameroon: A Glimpse at the Origin of AIDS

The HIV-1 M virus is the express cause of the Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) which affects over 36 million people world-wide. The virus has now been identified, characterized, and traced to its origins in the forests of southeastern Cameroon. In that remote location, recent research has found chemical evidence dating the origin back to the early 1900s when the local… Read more »

Zimbabwe Lives On

November 2017 brings another chapter in the long legacy of Zimbabwe.  Suddenly the military took control of the nation but said President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, was safe. From the myths of Prester-John to the realization of The Great Zimbabwe civilization, the land has endured a colonial claim, a false name, and a corrupted independent reign. To understand… Read more »

Niger Was Always There

The recent attention given to American activities in the North African country of Niger has prompted us to highlight the land, the people, and the importance of this remote desert region.

Contribution to Smithsonian Institution’s NMAAHC

Afriterra is pleased to be a contributor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. We have provided digital images of some of our maps for use in the museum’s exhibitions, scheduled to open in Washington, D.C. in 2016. We’re excited about this opportunity to be part of such an important institution and the potential for further involvement and collaboration.