The Making of Modern Africa

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*This course can only be taken as part of the Foundation Certificate in African History.

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

From the rise of the Asante in West Africa and the ascendency of Afro-Haitians in the Caribbean, to the rise of Shaka and the Zulus in Southern Africa and the emergence of a distinctive African community in the United States, new nations, systems of governance, and methods of social organisation and coordination emerged across the Pan-African world in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

Through a combination of charismatic leadership, impressive campaigns in nation-building, and innovations in matters of citizenship, radical political action, and the construction of more humanist political societies, the modern nations that rose in this period had a significant impact on the development of the modern world. These new nations also faced unprecedented challenges from internal and external forces that sparked innovation and new forms of social living

In this course, students will explore the rise of a number of key communities across the Pan-African world. Using a range of primary and secondary sources, they will investigate how these communities altered the political, social and physical landscapes of their regions, re-shaping political relationships and establishing new economic connections. 


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.

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    Course Features

    • Lectures 0
    • Quizzes 0
    • Duration 12 Weeks
    • Skill level All levels
    • Language English
    • Participants 30
    • Resources Yes
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