Not so long ago Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings debuted in theaters, whitewashed and all. Despite (or perhaps because of) the major controversy surrounding it, the film didn't seem to make much of an impression and has already faded from most people's minds. But it doesn't look like Hollywood's done with ancient Egypt yet and there's talk that Angelina Jolie's pet project Cleopatra might actually be moving forward, which means we'll be getting another (likely unrepresentative) iteration of the fabled kingdom again. But why focus on Egypt? After all, there's a whole continent to explore.
One thing I observed when I wrote my article about Egyptians' race a couple of months ago is that not very many people actually know very much about African history. This isn't altogether surprising: our perception of history has a decidedly Eurocentric slant and out of all the continents, Africa is perhaps the most sorely neglected (with the possible exception of Australia/Oceania). But it is a bit disappointing, especially since, as I think you'll see, there's plenty of interesting stories to tell about Africa that don't involve pharaohs or pyramids.