Medieval Africa

By: Kasi Wielenga


- carried out by the family and other villages

- children learned history of their people and skills needed as adults

- griots and story tellers helped in schooling

- they kept alive the oral history: the stories passed down generation to generation

- many stories included a lesson about living

- lessons were also given through proverbs

- grandparents and other elders also kept oral history alive!

Roles of men and women


- " when a group of boys, girls, men, or wives get together in a happy company, dignity attends them in every step" - Yoruba, "dignity"

- had more rights and controlled most of what women did.

- when the women married, she would become his property. She would enter her husbands family and is no longer a part of her own.

- to make it up to her family the husbands family would pay her family back with gifts of cloth, metal tools, cattle or goats.


- acted as wives and moms.

-Won fame as rulers.

- Children traced their descendents through their mothers.

-When a women married, she entered her husbands family and was no longer a part of her own.

- sewed the men's clothes and washed their children's and took care of the house.