African Historiography and Approaches to History

African History Project – African Boy with Musket

This course is part of the Foundation Certificate in African History and Political Thought and runs in the Autumn term each year. Please click on the “Enrol” button to find out how to register for the course.

  • Duration:  12 weeks
  • Format: Online, Live Lectures
  • Assessment: 1 x 1000-word essay

This powerful and comprehensive course introduces students not only to the history of Africa, but to the history of “African history”.

Students will explore how the telling of Africa’s history has changed with time, from the oral traditions of antiquity to those of the modern day; from 14th century epics in Arabic, to 20th century masterpieces in vernacular languages and English. This is an essential exploration of the history of the continent and its people, providing a brilliant introduction to over 600 years of African history writing and recitation. 

Students will also explore contemporary approaches to studying Africa’s history. Considering important tools such as oral history and philosophical concepts such as pan-Africanism and post-colonialism, this part of the course forces students to think critically about the latest methods for exploring Africa’s past. 


Apeike Umolu is the founder of the African History Project. She is an educator and historian with over 15 years of experience supporting students in the attainment of academic excellence. Specialising in African history, she is a passionate historian and has undertaken historical studies at the University of Oxford. She researches extensively on West African political history and is working on her first book On Black Consciousness.


On successful completion of the course, participants will be issued with a Certificate of Completion and be eligible for an academic reference.

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Course Features

  • Lectures 14
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 12 Weeks
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Participants 33
  • Resources Yes