By David Maillu
Published August 28, 2023

The environment in which the African has been living has given him maximum opportunities to learn and master the biochemistry of his habitat regarding what to eat, how to bear himself, what his environment can offer and the dimensions of his body and soul. It is from this premise that one would be said to be naïve to think the African doesn’t know the dangerous arsenals that he has inherited from the extra-long range of his ancestors.

Biochemistry is the branch of science which is concerned with the chemical and physicochemical processes and substances that occur within living organisms. It deals with the chemistry of life. It may be divided into three categories:

  • structural biology
  • enzymology
  • metabolism.


We read in books that Africa is the genesis of the human race. If that is the case, the African has the most defined cultural values for the longer you live the more you accumulate cultural values.

How much mentally equipped is the African for survival? How diverse is the African traditional mind? All along his stretch of extra-long life, what has the African learnt from his environment about the game of survival?

The rules of the game of survival within his environment are some things the African knows too well, inherited from his timeless workshop of survival. He might not have written books and published that knowledge, but that knowledge has been his heritage through oral traditions. It is difficult to quantify how much knowledge of survival the African has gathered over his time immemorial.