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The Mbuti People Of Congo And Their Sister Exchange Form Of Marriage

In the Mbuti tribe, marriage is by sister exchange: Based on reciprocal exchange, men from other bands exchange sisters or other females in his clan to a man in his prospective bride’s clans. Mbuti, are a group of Pygmies of...

Benin City, One Of The Most Advanced Cities Of The Ancient World Now Lost Without Trace

When the Portuguese first “discovered” the city in 1485, they were stunned to find this vast kingdom made of hundreds of interlocked cities and villages in the middle of the African jungle. They called it the “Great City of...

Savika – The Extremely Dangerous Traditional Bull Wrestling Culture in Madagascar

In the island country of Madagascar, there exists an incredible and little-known form of bullfighting called 'Savika'.

Addi Bâ – The Black Terrorist: The Unsung French Resistance Hero From Guinea

Addi Bâ fought with the Senegalese Infantry in WW2, and later with the resistance until he was captured and executed by the Germans in December 1943.

Ancient Egypt And Their Bizarre Method Of Pregnancy Detection

In Ancient Egypt, women suspected of being pregnant were made to urinate on barley and wheat seeds as a form of a pregnancy test. If the barley grew, it was a boy. If the wheat grew, it was a girl. If none grew, she was not pregnant.

“The Aim is to Build” — France to Rename Streets After African World War 2 Heroes

France's armed forces ministry has provided local authorities with a 210-page booklet containing the names of 100 Africans who fought for France in World War Two, so that streets and squares may be named after them.

Akodessewa Fetish Market – The Largest Voodoo Market in the World is Located in Togo

Akodessewa Fetish Market in Lome, Togo is recognized as the largest fetish market in the world, a place where Voodoo practitioners can find anything they need for their rituals. The market features monkey heads, skulls, dead birds, crocodiles, skins,...

Joseph Cinque, a Captured Slave, Led the Amistad Slave Revolt on this day in 1839

Joseph Cinque (Sengbe Pieh) was a Sierra Leonean slave who led an uprising on the Spanish slave ship, La Amistad. Later Pieh and the other slaves involved in the revolt were put on trial for the death of two...

Child Mortality: Child Loss is Devastatingly Common Among Mothers in Sub-Saharan Africa, Study Reveals

The researchers found that more than half of 45- to 49-year-old mothers have experienced the death of a child under age five. Nearly two-thirds have experienced the death of any child, irrespective of age. Though the child mortality rate has...

Gambia Considering Repealing A 24-year-old Law Banning Skin Bleaching Creams

The Gambia is considering a bill sponsored by the government to repeal a 24- year-old law banning skin-bleaching creams. The law prohibits their importation, sale, possession and use. Those pushing for the law to be repealed say it is discriminatory against...

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The Mbuti People Of Congo And Their Sister Exchange Form Of Marriage

In the Mbuti tribe, marriage is by sister exchange: Based on reciprocal exchange, men from other bands exchange sisters...
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Slavery Abolition Act 1833: Slavery Was Abolished Throughout The British Empire On This Day

The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 that abolished slavery in most British colonies, freeing more than 800,000 enslaved Africans in the Caribbean and South Africa and making the purchase or ownership of slaves illegal

According To Reputation Poll International (PI), These Are The 100 Most Reputable Africans In 2020

Reputation Poll International, a leading global reputation-management firm, has released the 2020 list of 100 Most Reputable Africans. The list features 47 women and 53...

Ndubisi Egbo — The Nigerian Coach Who Overcame Racism To Guide His Team To UEFA Champions League

The first African coach to take a team to the European Champions League, Ndubisi Egbo of Albanian side KF Tirana, has spoken of the...

Nigerian Born Author, Irenosen Okojie, Wins The Caine Prize For ‘Stunning’ Short Story

A Nigerian Born Author, Irenosen Okojie has won the AKO Caine prize for 'Stunning' short story Grace Jones. The Nigerian-British writer won the £10,000 award...