20 June 2022, 12:00 am
Lost Kingdoms of Africa (2010-2012/UK)
Programme Type
Films and Exhibitions, Webcasts
End Date
26 June 2022, 11:59 pm

An eight-part BBC series in which British art historian Dr Gus Casely-Hayford explores the pre-colonial history of some of Africa's most important kingdoms.

Episode 5: The Kingdom of Assante (60 min) | Click here to watch
Director: Mark Bates

In this episode, Dr Casely-Hayford travels to Ghana in West Africa, where a powerful kingdom once dominated the region. Asante was built on gold and slaves, which ensured its important place in an economy that linked three continents. He reveals how this sophisticated kingdom emerged from the unlikely environment of dense tropical forest and how it was held together by a shared sense of tradition and history - one deliberately moulded by the kingdom's rulers.