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Lifaqane Wars, Cannibalism and the Kome Caves of Lesotho

The Kome Caves are a group of smooth walled, igloo-shaped cave dwellings made out of mud in the district of Berea, Lesotho.

Ota Benga: the Sad Tale of the Man Who Was Kept in a New York Zoo

Ota Benga's family was killed, he was taken as a slave, and he lived in the Bronx Zoo's monkey house as a human exhibit.

Caty Louette, the most Powerful Female Slave Trader in Senegal’s Gorée Island in the 1800s

Caty Louette, was one of the most powerful female slave trader on Goree Island, a tiny, island off the coast of Dakar, in Senegal

Bloodwood Tree – the Southern African Tree That Bleeds Like Humans

The Bloodwood Tree is a kind of hardwood tree native to southern Africa that releases a deep red sap which looks very similar to blood, when cut or damaged.

Ogbidi Okojie, the Nigerian King Who Was Exiled in 1901 for Opposing British Rule

Ogbidi Okojie, king of Uromi was a ruler of the Esan people in what is now present day Edo State in Nigeria, he is well known all over Esan land for his opposition to British rule.

From World’s Youngest President to World’s Poorest Past President: the Unusual Case of Valentine Strasser

Valentine Strasser is an ex-military leader of Sierra Leone who took power in a 1992 coup at the age of 25, making him the youngest head of state in the world.

Africa Re-Viewed: Rare Photos of 20th Century Africa

A photographer's Rare 20th Century Look at Africa: Eliot Elisofon was an internationally known photographer and filmmaker whose enduring visual record of African life from 1947 to 1972 was published in magazines such as Life and the National Geographic.

Bir Tawil: The Last Unclaimed Land On Earth

Bir Tawil is the last truly unclaimed land on earth: The area is ruled by no state, inhabited by no permanent residents and governed by no laws.

The Heroro-Nama Genocide: Germany’s Brutal Genocide in Namibia in the early 20th Century

The Herero and Namaqua Genocide is considered to have been the first genocide of the 20th century. It took place between 1904 and 1907 in German South-West Africa(modern day Namibia), during the Herero Wars.

World’s Third Largest Diamond Discovered in Botswana

The diamond firm Debswana has announced the discovery in Botswana of a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third largest of its kind in the world.

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