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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.

The Earliest Obtainable Map of the Whole Continent of Africa

Mapped by Sebastian Münster, the map below is the earliest obtainable map of the whole continent of Africa. The map was published in the 1552 edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia.

Tani Adewumi: 10 Year Old Nigerian is Now a US National Chess Master

Nigerian American Tani Adewumi is only 10 years old, but he has just become a U.S. Chess National Master with a rating of 2223. Tani first made headlines when he won the New York State chess championship at the age...

World’s Best Dads: The Loving Fathers of the Aka Tribe in Central Africa

In the Aka tribe of Central Africa, fathers spend more time with their children than most parents in industrialized societies.

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Top 20 Biggest Countries in Africa by Land Area

Africa is the second-largest continent in the world. The continent spans around 30.2 million square kilometers. That is around...
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