African History 1: Intro

Home to the biggest river, the biggest desert, and some of the biggest land animals in the world, Africa is so much more than what most media would lead you to believe. Get ready for lions, pyramids, and amazing empires in our African History course.

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Transcript

00:25

Don’t get us wrong.

00:27

The media isn’t being a pack of total mean girls here. [media discussing Africa's issues]

00:30

All that bad stuff really is sadly part of Africa's story.

00:34

But that's not all there is to it.

00:35

Like how about the fact that Africa is full of amazingly resilient people who face those [Man with Africa for a face wrestling a bull]

00:40

challenges head on?

00:42

How about getting to know who they are and what makes them tick, instead of just what [Boys head opens and cogs appears ticking]

00:47

makes them cry?

00:49

But before we dig into the lives of some of these amazing folks, let’s take a second

00:53

to say “whoa…” to Africa’s natural wonders.

00:56

Sure, Africa might get the short end of the stick on a lot of things…

00:59

…but when it comes to nature it hit the jackpot. [jackpot reel spins and hits jackpot]

01:03

Let’s see…

01:06

Like… how about the Nile?

01:08

It’s actually the world’s longest river, and is responsible for the Egyptian civilization…ya’ [Egyptian man stood on the River Nile]

01:12

know…existing at all.

01:14

That’s right, people.

01:15

Without the Nile, there would be no Sphinx.

01:18

If your idea of a fun Friday night is a marathon session watching Planet Earth, then you’ve probably already [A couple sat watching Planet Earth on TV]

01:24

heard about the Serengeti Plains.

01:26

This place has the largest animal migration in the world and is home to almost every African [An array of animals on the Serengeti plains]

01:31

animal on your bucket list.

01:33

But that’s no surprise since it’s an area with one of the highest concentrations of

01:36

animal life on Earth.

01:38

And then there’s Victoria Falls. [Man jumping down Victoria Falls]

01:40

It’s the world’s largest waterfall and a killer place to go bungee jumping.

01:44

That is…if you’re extra adventurous and/or completely insane.

01:47

Let’s not forget the Sahara Desert, which gets a gold star for being the world’s largest [Arm appears from Sahara Desert holding a trophy]

01:52

desert.

01:53

It’s also a place where people… live, believe it or not.

01:56

And not in like a week-long Burning Man kinda way.

01:59

We mean like live live. [Tribe of people living on the Sahara Desert]

02:01

If Burners showed up here they might be in for a surprise.

02:05

Or maybe a warm welcome.

02:06

A very warm welcome.

02:09

We could keep going down the list of Africa’s natural wonders.

02:11

But unlike Benjamin Button, nobody here is getting any younger. [Benjamin Button in a baby crib]

02:14

You get the point.

02:16

This place is packed with more amazing geography than one continent can possibly hold.

02:21

Except that… it is possible… [People in a safari truck and animals appear]