"Why Africa Matters" traces the evolution of the "cradle of civilization" from the beginning of time to the time of President Barack Obama. nothing is older than Africa, but there is always something new out of Africa. Readers will appreciate Africa in a new way and see themselves and Africans as interconnected and vitally important to each other in a changing world. It does not hide the dark side. It reveals Africa as a breathtaking as well as heartbreaking continent whose longsuffering people have wonderful gifts and an indomitable spirit.