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Female Slave Traders: Meet Niara Bely, the African Queen Who Doubled as a Slave Trader in the 1800s

Niara Bely Also known as Elizabeth Bailey Gomez, was a African queen who also doubled as a slave trader in nineteenth-century Guinea.

Abuna Yemata Guh: The Most Inaccessible Place of Worship on Earth is Located in Ethiopia

At 2,500 feet, Ethiopa's 'Abuna Yemata Guh' is arguably the most inaccessible place of worship on earth, carved into the side of a cliff, with a sheer drop of 650 feet on all sides. Abuna Yemata Guh is a monolithic...

Black Caesar: The African Chief Who Escaped a Slave Ship and Became a Notorious Pirate

Black Caesar was a chieftain in West Africa until he was tricked and lured onto a slave ship. By chance, the slave ship was struck by a hurricane, and Black Caesar was among the only ones to escape alive....

7 Little Known Facts About The Atlantic Slave Trade

Here are 7 Little known facts about the atlantic slave trade that saw a vast majority of africans transported as slaves to a whole new world to work on plantations from the 15th through the 19th century. 1. The Atlantic slave trade developed...

10 Incredible Stories About The Exploration Of Africa

Africa has long been a mysterious, magical, and interesting place. The northern parts were explored first, leaving the rest of the land long shrouded in superstition, story, myth, and legend. Venturing into this uncharted land was no small endeavor,...

Meet Orompoto, The First and Only Female Alaafin Of Oyo

Orompoto or Orompotoniyun as she’s more commonly referred to was the first woman to become Alaafin of Oyo in the imperial era. Orompoto assumed the throne because there was no adult male successor within her family at the time. The Oyo...

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.

Heartbreak Day: Why Slave Families Were Terrified of New Years Day

Many people do not know this but new years day was a dreaded one for enslaved people in the United States. The day also birthed the saying "what you do on New Year’s Day you’ll be doin’ all the...

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.

Charles King: This former Liberian King Holds the Record for the Most Fraudulent Election in History

Charles Dunbar Burgess King was a politician in Liberia who served as the 17th President of Liberia from 1920 until 1930. In 1927, won the presidential election with over 15 times more votes than there were electors, but a...

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5 Bizarre Cultural Practices From Around Africa

You think you've seen weird, wait until you read these 5 Most Bizarre Cultural Practices From Around Africa. 1. "Ka'el" Of...