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Take a deep dive deep into African history with this in-depth podcast. From Casablanca to Cape Town, tune in to this podcast to learn about the magnificent and oft-forgotten history of Africa. To access more free resources about African history, provide feedback, or support the show, check out our associated website at https://historyofafricapodcast.blogspot.com

History of Africa The History of Africa Podcast

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    • 4.8 • 87 Ratings

Take a deep dive deep into African history with this in-depth podcast. From Casablanca to Cape Town, tune in to this podcast to learn about the magnificent and oft-forgotten history of Africa. To access more free resources about African history, provide feedback, or support the show, check out our associated website at https://historyofafricapodcast.blogspot.com

    Season 3 Episode 13 - The Battle of Anomabu

    Season 3 Episode 13 - The Battle of Anomabu

    In pursuit of rebellious nobles who gravely insulted his family and people, the asantehene Osei Bonsu invades the rival Fante Confederacy. After winning and unprecedented victory over the Fante, his army faces a soon to be recurring foe for the first time: the British Empire. 
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    • 24 min
    Season 3 Episode 12 - Osei Kwame, The Muslim Asantehene

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Osei Kwame, The Muslim Asantehene

    With his place on the golden stool in a tenuous position, the young asantehene Osei Kwame secures his power through a series of purges of the Ashanti government. But, despite firmly entrenching his allies in power, Kwame's downfall will come not because of his governmental policy, but his personal religious views.
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    • 31 min
    Season 3 Episode 11 - Queen Mother Konadu

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Queen Mother Konadu

    In the years following the death of the reformer king Osei Kwadwo, the Ashanti Empire once again regressed into a period of political instability. In 1777, two factions vied to place their favorite candidate on the golden stool. The two factions generally fell along lines of class and religion. On the one hand, the entrenched nobility and governmental establishment supported Konadu Yaadom, a politically ambitious woman who acted as the bridge between multiple dynastic families. On the other hand, the emerging class of non-noble bourgeoisie, less entrenched political elites, and Muslims supported the young and Muslim-sympathetic prince of Mampong, Osei Kwame.
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    • 22 min
    Season 3 Episode 10 - The Abura Crisis

    Season 3 Episode 10 - The Abura Crisis

    Asantehene Osei Kwadwo attempts to reintegrate the lost Ashanti conquests of Wasa and Akyem. To do this, he must pry them away from their premiere ally - the Fante confederation. To show good will to the Fantes, he sends his close relatives, Osei and Danso, to the Fantes as hostages. However, when relations between the two states deteriorate and war seems to approach, Osei and Danso are suddenly put into grave danger. Yep, it's basically a political drama from 18th Century Ghana. 
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    • 27 min
    Season 3 Episode 9 - The Kwadwoan Revolution

    Season 3 Episode 9 - The Kwadwoan Revolution

    The late 18th Century was a period of revolutions throughout the world, and the Ashanti Empire was no different.

    After the unpopular asantehene, Kusi Obodom, is impeached and removed from power, a new king is elected by an assembly of citizens in Kumasi. The newly elected asantehene, Osei Kwadwo, will prove himself to be the most energetic, active, and radical reformer in Ashanti history.  His rule will go down in history as the Kwadwoan Revolution, and no institution in Ashanti society will go unchanged. From the institution of a meritocratic government, to the creation of two new legislatures, the Ashanti Empire would never be the same after Kwadwo's reign.
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    • 19 min
    Season 3 Episode 8 - The Dahomey War

    Season 3 Episode 8 - The Dahomey War

    The Ashanti's Akwamu allies, after decades of gradual decline and infighting, are conquered by emerging Dahomey Empire. Later, when the Ashanti catch the Dahomey supporting their enemies in the south, the hawkish Ashanti nobleman Appiah Odankua urges the Asantehene to order a punitive invasion of Dahomey.
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Db201543 ,

Fascinating bite-sized episodes

Extremely informative and well researched series - would strongly recommend to anyone with even the slightest interest in African history

podcastersupreme ,

Great narration. Extremely jarring background music

I stopped listening once the music got so loud it seemed like listening to my school teacher with an orchestra playing behind me

PandaSwims ,

Great

This is a great podcast for anyone who loves history about such an incredibly interesting and important yet neglected topic.
Some of the early episodes suffered from some music and audio issues but those got resolved and now it’s just fine.

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