The Dufuna canoe from Nigeria is an 8000-year-old dugout, the oldest boat discovered in Africa, and the third-oldest worldwide. The well-watered tropical rainforest and woodland regions of sub-Saharan Africa provide both the waterways and the trees for dugout canoes, which are commonplace from the Limpopo River basin in the south through East and Central Africa and across to West Africa. African Teak is the timber favoured for their construction, though this comprises a number of different species, and is in short supply in some areas. Dugouts are paddled across deep lakes and rivers or punted through channels in swamps (see makoro) or in shallow areas, and are used for transport, fishing and hunting, including, in the past, the very dangerous hunting of hippopotamus. Dugouts are called pirogues in Francophone areas of Africa ---> CURIOSITY..... <<I live in the Delta, I am a Dug-out Canoe>> My abode is the Delta. I was carved from its timber, old, strong and un-withered.
Until a creek has to be crossed, or islands to be hopped, I stay quiet, moored and tied in ropes of jute to my master’s private jetty- a jetty of rough planks hewn from the delta’s mangroves.
Both night and day, the dancing waves of the creek toss me up and down,
yet I dare not complain, ‘cos this place is my stay.
No sleep for my eyes and no food for my intestines, till I am used to the full: till my grains break away, soaked in the salty fluid of this rich delta.
I am it, the dug-out canoe, and this is my home- the Niger Delta.