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British University to Return Benin Bronze Stolen in 1897 to Nigeria

The University of Aberdeen in Scotland is to return a Benin bronze sculpture to Nigeria, saying it was acquired by British soldiers in 1897 in “reprehensible circumstances,” AFP reports.

Candomble: The Afro-Brazilian Religion That Honours Yoruba Gods

Candomblé (meaning dance in honor of the Gods), is an Afro-Brazilian religion developed during the earliest days of slave trade by blacks who were stolen from Africa and forced into slavery in Brazil.

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'.

Black Billionaires: Top 15 Richest Black People in the World (2021)

Nigerian Cement tycoon 'Dangote' is the richest black person in the world, with a fortune estimated at $11.9 billion (as of January, 2021).

Sarah Forbes Bonetta, the Enslaved Yoruba Girl Who Was Gifted to the Queen of England in 1850

Born Omoba Aina, an Egbado princess of the Yoruba people, she was “gifted” to Queen Victoria in 1850, taken to England and renamed Sarah Forbes Bonetta.

Princess Yennenga: The Horse-Riding Warrior of Burkina Faso

Princess Yennenga is the name of a Legendary horse-riding warrior from the kingdom of Dagomba, who lived over 900 years ago. She is considered to be the mother of the Mossi people of Burkina Faso.

French MPs Back Return of Looted African Artefacts in Museums to Benin and Senegal

MPs in France have voted to return to Senegal and Benin prized artefacts that were looted during colonial times. France will return prize colonial-era artefacts in museums to Benin and Senegal within one year, following a unanimous vote by the...

Queen Ranavalona III: Lost Relics Telling Story of Madagascar’s Last Queen will Return Home

An archive of fashion, photographs and letters telling the remarkable story of the last queen of Madagascar will return home after it was bought at auction by the island’s government.

Simone Williams, Meet the Woman With the Largest Afro in the World

Simone Williams (USA), from Brooklyn, New York, has officially broken the record for the largest afro (female). Her phenomenal afro is 20.5 cm (8.07 in) tall, 22.5 cm (8.85 in) wide, and 1.48 m (4 ft 10 in) in circumference. Simone...

African Lip Plates: Culture, History and Symbolism — In Pictures

The lip plate, also known as a lip plug or lip disc, is a form of body modification common in some parts of Africa. The procedure, which involves knocking out the bottom two teeth (sometimes all four), is done at the age of 15-18 and it signifies womanhood.

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3,000-year-old ‘Lost Golden City’ of Ancient Egypt Discovered

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