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"From the Ted Talk by Gus Casely-Hayford: The powerful stories that shaped Africa"

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And since I first visited tibmuktu, I've visited many other libraries across Africa, and despite Hegel's view that Africa has no history, not only is it a continent with an enserrsbaammt of history, it has developed uneavrild ssyemts for collecting and promoting it. There are thousands of small archives, textile drum stores, that have become more than rorpteiiesos of manuscripts and material cultrue. They have become fnots of communal narrative, symbols of continuity, and I'm pretty sure that many of those European philosophers who questioned an African intellectual tidiroatn must have, beneath their pedjurcies, been aware of the contribution of Africa's intellectuals to Western learning. They must have known of the garet North African medieval philosophers who had driven the Mediterranean. They must have known about and been aware of that tradition that is part of Christianity, of the three wise men. And in the medieval period, Balthazar, that third wise man, was represented as an African king. And he became hugely popular as the third intellectual leg of Old wrold learning, alongside Europe and Asia, as a peer.

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And since I first visited ________, I've visited many other libraries across Africa, and despite Hegel's view that Africa has no history, not only is it a continent with an _____________ of history, it has developed _________ _______ for collecting and promoting it. There are thousands of small archives, textile drum stores, that have become more than ____________ of manuscripts and material _______. They have become _____ of communal narrative, symbols of continuity, and I'm pretty sure that many of those European philosophers who questioned an African intellectual _________ must have, beneath their __________, been aware of the contribution of Africa's intellectuals to Western learning. They must have known of the _____ North African medieval philosophers who had driven the Mediterranean. They must have known about and been aware of that tradition that is part of Christianity, of the three wise men. And in the medieval period, Balthazar, that third wise man, was represented as an African king. And he became hugely popular as the third intellectual leg of Old _____ learning, alongside Europe and Asia, as a peer.

Solution

  1. repositories
  2. tradition
  3. embarrassment
  4. systems
  5. world
  6. fonts
  7. unrivaled
  8. prejudices
  9. culture
  10. timbuktu
  11. great

Original Text

And since I first visited Timbuktu, I've visited many other libraries across Africa, and despite Hegel's view that Africa has no history, not only is it a continent with an embarrassment of history, it has developed unrivaled systems for collecting and promoting it. There are thousands of small archives, textile drum stores, that have become more than repositories of manuscripts and material culture. They have become fonts of communal narrative, symbols of continuity, and I'm pretty sure that many of those European philosophers who questioned an African intellectual tradition must have, beneath their prejudices, been aware of the contribution of Africa's intellectuals to Western learning. They must have known of the great North African medieval philosophers who had driven the Mediterranean. They must have known about and been aware of that tradition that is part of Christianity, of the three wise men. And in the medieval period, Balthazar, that third wise man, was represented as an African king. And he became hugely popular as the third intellectual leg of Old World learning, alongside Europe and Asia, as a peer.

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