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Seriki Williams Abass: The Former Slave Who Later Became A Renowned Slave Merchant in Yorubaland

Seriki Williams Abass was a renowned slave merchant during the 19th century and a former paramount ruler of Badagry. Born Ifaremilekun Fagbemi in Joga-Orile, a town in Ilaro, Ogun State, Seriki Abass was captured as a slave by a Dahomean...

Auction of Nigeria’s ‘Looted’ Statues to go Ahead in Paris Despite Opposition

A planned auction of two sacred Igbo objects alongside others at the Paris salesroom of the British auction house Christie’s are heading for sales in Paris, France, despite several efforts to stop the auction. They are simply identified as “Paire...

Teenage Pregnancy in Kenya: 170 Girls Below 14 Years Got Pregnant in Meru County Since January

About 170 girls aged between 10 and 14 years in Meru County, Kenya fell pregnant between January and mid-June this year. These are among 5,270 teenage pregnancies recorded through the Kenya Health Information System in the county. The data shows...

The Creation Story of the Maasai People of East Africa

The Maasai are an indigenous ethnic group in Africa of semi-nomadic people settled in Kenya and northern Tanzania. The Maasai are among the best known local populations internationally due to their residence near the many game parks of the...

Covid-19: Senegal Reopens Schools With Strict Guidelines

Senegal has allowed students sitting for national exams back to school but under strict guidelines that include hand-washing, keeping social distance, temperature checks and wearing face masks. It’s taken weeks of preparation for schools to reopen, including cleaning and disinfecting...

‘Children of Sin’ – Women kidnapped from DR Congo During Colonial Era to Sue Belgium

Five mixed-race - or métisse - women who were taken from their mothers during the colonial era by force in Belgian-Congo are taking the Belgian state to court for crimes against humanity. The five women, all in their 70s, were...

Negro Dogs: How Vicious Dogs Were Used To Track, Attack, And Capture Runaway Slaves

A very popular slavery approach involved in the control and domination of African slaves was the use of highly trained, strong and aggressive Dog breeds like the bloodhounds and Dogo Cubano aka 'Negro Dog' which could tear a man...

Cape Town Ranked 8th Most Violent City in the World

Cape Town now ranks as the eighth most violent city in the world, according to the latest global ranking by the Mexican Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. The report lists the 50 most violent cities by the number...

Tanzanian Miner With 30 Children Becomes Overnight Millionaire

A small-scale miner in Tanzania has become an overnight millionaire after selling two rough Tanzanite stones - the biggest ever find in the country. Saniniu Laizer earned £2.4m ($3.4m) from the country's mining ministry for the gemstones, which had a...

Chief Kivoi: Meet the Chief Who Guided the First Missionaries into Kenya

Kivoi Mwendwa famously known as 'Chief Kivoi', born in the 1780s, was a Kamba long Distance trader who lived in the present day Kitui. He is best known for guiding the first First Missionaries into the interior of the...

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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.
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“And The First Human Was Named Baatsi” — The Creation Story of The Efe Pygmies of DR Congo

The efe pygmies of DR Congo believe that a god named Arebate created the world and is the supreme being. He is identified with the forest, since everything is dependent on it.

World’s Rarest Gorillas Spotted in Nigeria for the First Time in Years

For the first time in years, the wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has captured images of group of rare gorillas with multiple infants in the mountains of southern Nigeria.

“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.

Javicia Leslie Becomes First Black Actress to Play Batwoman on TV

Javicia Leslie has become TV’s first black Batwoman. She is the new lead actress in the CW TV show’s second season. Leslie will play Ryan Wilder, a new character who will take over from Kate Kane.