While watching the video, Nature of a Continent, by Ali Mazrui the narrator mentions that Africa has three heritages: Traditional, Islam, and West. He then goes on to give examples of each of these heritages and how they originated.
He states that nature is the most African force on the continent. He also sees Africa as the "cradle of mankind," using the discovery of the earliest human remains as the basis of this ideology. He sees Africa as the birthplace of human culture and says that Europeans and Westerners would have no culture had it not been for Africa. In his opinion, "…man is native to the call…" of the mother land, because everyone originated from that very continent. The Africans look to the ocean for sustenance; it defines the role of man and woman. The men are the hunters and the women are not restricted to the house and children. He believes that they are essential for the economy, being that they are homemaker and bargainers, running the market places.
In North Africa the Arabians took over with religion and language. Christianity almost disappeared completely. South Africa adapted only to the religion and kept its languages. The Islamic paradise is that of an eternal wet paradise, because their struggle has always been with that of the arid climate that they live their entire lives in. Arabians brought Africans thefirst sense of being disciplined by the clock. The Islamic faith teaches that they must pray three times a day at specific times, towards Mecca. It gave them "a new sense of direction."
The western part of the continent is considered Africa and the eastern part is considered Arabia. They believe that the Arabian Peninsula is not a part of Africa because the Suez Isthmus separates it form the rest of the continent. Europeans decided that Africa ended at the Red Sea in the 1800s. The western heritage is that of the white settlers that live in the highland