Everyday Life

Medieval Africa

Everyday Life


  • In the villages, education was carried out by the family and other villagers.
  • Children learned the history of their people and the skills needed as adults
  • In West Africa, griots, or storytellers, helped in schooling.
  • They kept alive an oral history- the stories passed down from generation to generation.
  • Women in Africa acted mostly as wives and mothers.
  • Some women served as soldiers in some African kingdoms.
  • Men had more rights and controlled much of what women did.
  • Some African women also won fame as rulers.



A child doing their education homework.

-Ana Ortiz