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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.

Hadza: The Tanzanian Tribe That Survive Purely From Hunting and Gathering — In Pictures

The Hadza are an an indigenous ethnic group located near Lake Eyasi in the Rift Valley. They are descendants of Tanzania’s aboriginal hunter-gatherers and have occupied their land unchanged for thousands of years. The Hadza are one of the last...

Jesus of Lübeck: How Africans Were Lured into England’s First Slave Ship

John Hawkins urged the Africans to enter his ship “Jesus of Lubeck,” also known as “The Good Ship Jesus.” for salvation, those who entered soon found they were barred from disembarking. Jesus of Lübeck was a sailing vessel built...

Top 20: Africa’s Best Governed Countries in 2020

The governments of Mauritius, Cabo verde and Seychelles are the best when it comes to governance in Africa. They rank as the top 3 best governed countries in Africa, according to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

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South Africa’s Tugela Falls is the Tallest Waterfall in the World

Standing proud at 948 meters (3,110 feet), South Africa's Tugela Falls is the tallest waterfall in Africa and the tallest waterfall in the world.
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