"The Chart of African History, so lately bare
and empty and misleading as the maps once were, begins to glow with illuminating
diminish the human achievement in continental Africa, the
great civilization of the Nile Valley has been disconnected from the inland,
then deprieved from her worldclass diaspora. The rediscovery of
Africa goes indeed toward the recognition of the essential unity of the
peoples of Africa through their diversity and also with the peoples of
the rest of the world. The "lost islands" of African humanity
in and out of Africa are joining the mainstream... Historical discovery
is now proving that the development and growth of society and civilization
in Africa really contradicts all the stereotypes.
(The Lost Cities of Africa-
Paraphrasing David Basilson's introduction).