The wealth of Africa

Human history began in Africa millions of years ago, and contemporary Africa is often in the news. These educational resources provide a series of case studies to support the teaching of the history of Africa and the history of the British Empire.

Each section draws on the British Museum’s collection, along with illustrations, photographs and textual sources, and is based on research being carried out at the British Museum.

Full introduction to the wealth of Africa

1 naira banknote from Nigeria featuring an ivory mask from Benin, 1973

African civilisations

African civilisations  

Colonial rule

Colonial rule and independence  




Black and white version
Full colour version
TAYO Fatunla Studios

The wealth of Africa resources have been created by the British Museum in collaboration with
The CarAf Centre

Supported by