Relevant Topics in the WASSCE History Syllabus: Paper One

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Let me show you the topics in the WASSCE History Paper 1: I’m actually referring to  the objective Test Topics

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West Africa and the Wider World from the Earliest Times to the Year 2000

1. Historiography and Historical Skills

  • The meaning of History
  • The reasons for the study of History
  • Sources of History
  • Ancient and modern approaches to the study of history/Historical skills
  • Prospect of ICT in historical studies.

2. Trans-Saharan Trade

  • Origin of the Trans-Saharan Trade
  • How the Trans-Saharan Trade was organized
  • Effects of the Trans-Saharan Trade on the development of West African States.

3. Islam in West Africa

  • Introduction of Islam to West Africa
  • Spread of Islam in West Africa
  • Effects of Islam in West Africa.

4. European Contact with West Africa

  • Reasons for the coming of the Europeans to West Africa
  • Immediate effects of European presence on West Africa
  • The reaction of West Africans to the coming of Europeans.

5. Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

  • Origin of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Organization of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Effects of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  • Suppression of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

6. Christian Missionary Activities in West Africa

  • Activities of Christian missionaries
  • Impact/Effects of Christian missionary activities

7. The Scramble for and Partition of West Africa

  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Scramble for colonies in West Africa
  • Colonial subjugation and occupation
  • Reaction of West Africans to colonial rule.

8. Colonial Rule in West Africa

  • Patterns of colonial rule
  • Consolidation of European culture in West Africa
  • Colonial economy and the underdevelopment of Africa
  • Colonial Africa and the two World Wars.

9. Problems of Independent West African States

  • Nature of politics
  • Neo-colonialism and economic underdevelopment
  • Unequal development within states and instability
  • The military in West African politics
  • Boundary disputes and the threat to West African unity.

10. West Africa and International Organizations

  • United Nations Organization/ United Nations (UNO/UN)
  • Organization of African Unity/ African Union (OAU/AU)
  • Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  • Membership
  • Aims and objectives
  • Achievements
  • Failures.
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