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Belgian King Expresses ‘Regrets’ for Suffering of the Congolese People During the Colonial Period

Belgium's King Philippe has expressed his "regrets" for "acts of violence" and "suffering" of the Congolese people during the colonial period. He made the remarks in a letter to Democratic Republic of Congo's President Félix Tshisekedi on the country's 60th...

Nigerian Statues Looted During The Civil War Sell in Paris Auction for £200,000

A pair of sacred statues that a Nigerian museum commission and protesters claimed were looted during the country's 1960s civil war have been sold for €212,500 (£194,183) at auction in Paris. The Igbo statues were sold by the Christie's auction...

Valentina Mintah: For the First Time in 100 Years, A Ghanaian Has Been Elected into the ICC Board

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has for the first time in its hundred years of existence, elected a Ghanaian, Valentina Mintah, as a member of its Executive Board. The seven-member executive board was announced at the 2020 meeting of...

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...

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African Tribe: The Daasanach People of Eastern Africa

The Daasanach are a semi-nomadic tribe numbering approximately 50,000 whose clans stretch across Sudan, Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. The Daasanach are a primarily agropastoral people;...

Mali Swears In Bah Ndaw As New Civilian Leader

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A Leading University In China Now Teaches Ethiopia’s Amharic Language As A Full Course

A leading university in China — Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) — has started to offer Ethiopia's widely spoken Amharic language as a full...