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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...

Drapetomania: Fleeing From A Master Was Once Considered A Mental Disorder

Drapetomania was a conjectural mental illness that, in 1851, American physician Samuel A. Cartwright hypothesized as the cause of enslaved Africans fleeing captivity. Samuel Cartwright was a medical doctor in the proslavery South. He supported slavery and even used medicine...

Dahomey Amazons: The Story Of the Most Feared Women in History

From the 18th century to late 19th century, there existed a formidable army of all-female warriors in Dahomey in the present-day Republic of Benin. They were called "The Mino", which translates to "our mothers", while European observers called them...

Egypt, South Africa and Kenya Are The Most Powerful Countries in Africa, 2020

Egypt, South Africa and Kenya are currently the most powerful country in Africa, according to US News and World Report. The US News and World Report “Most Powerful Countries” ranking lists 73 countries that “consistently dominate news headlines, preoccupy policymakers,...

Global Peace Index: Nigeria Ranked Among ‘World’s Most Dangerous Countries’

The 2020 Global Peace Index (GPI) released by the Institute for Economics Peace (IEP) has ranked Nigeria 147 out of 163.. The report tracks and ranks the status of peace in 163 independent states and territories across the world, noting...

Burundi Bans Secular Music to Mourn the Death of President Nkurunziza

Burundi's cabinet has suspended playing secular music in public places during the seven-day mourning announced by the government following the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza. The mayor of the commercial capital, Bujumbura, Freddy Mbonimpa said secular music was banned but...

Social Risk Index Suggests Nigeria is Set for a Period of Civil Unrest in the Next 18 Months

The SRI 2020 has identified Nigeria as highly vulnerable to civil unrest in the next 18 months. The country is placed 102nd out of 102 in the assessment.The SRI 2020 has identified Nigeria as the most vulnerable to social...

Robert Milligan: Statue of 18th Century Slave Trader Removed from Outside London Museum

A statue of 18th-century slave trader Robert Milligan has been removed from outside a museum in the British capital after Labour councils pledged to begin reviewing such monuments in their areas amid anti-racism protests across the country triggered by...

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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

Mali's new president Bah Ndaw has been sworn into office, five weeks after the overthrow of Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta. Former Defence Minister Bah Ndaw, 70,...

Troublesome South African Baboon Evicted For Organizing Gang To Raid Homes

Kataza is an urban baboon who was captured and put in a local prison for organizing a band of baboons to join him in raiding 15 homes in Kommetjie, on Cape Town's southern peninsula in South Africa.

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...