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There is no such activity as writing the history of Africa; one can only write a history of Africa. What is possible perhaps is to speak of the history of Africa as a particular project of an African vision and therefore create, inter alia, History of Africa, African History, or the History of Africa. Fundamentally, however, all histories are specific and particular inasmuch as they are descriptive and interpretative narratives of the themes and chronologies of a particular reality. In effect, this volume is my history of Africa.