African history

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...

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...

These African Countries are Still Awaiting Restitution of the French Army’s Crimes and Return of Wealth Looted From Their Lands

Although French and African historians have unearthed volumes of evidence of colonial crimes, French leaders have consistently denied and attempted to conceal this black chapter of history. These African countries are still pursuing restitution of the French army’s crimes and...

Henrietta Lacks: How the Unauthorized Use of One Black Woman’s Cells Saved The World

Henrietta Lacks was a lady whose cells Led to an amazing medical breakthrough and literally saved billions of people. In 1951 Henrietta Lacks, a poor African American farmer and mother to five visited the Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the...

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...

Queen Nzinga, The African Leader Who Fought Against Slave Trade and European Colonization in the 17th Century

Queen Nzinga was an Angolan leader who ruled during a period of rapid growth in the African slave trade and encroachment of the Portuguese Empire into South West Africa, in attempts to control the slave trade. Nzinga fought for...

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...

Woold Home: The Togolese Slave ‘House Of Horrors’ That Was Run By An African Royalty in the 19th century

Once captured, the people were taken into the woold home and thrown into the confinement under the house. They were crammed there for several weeks until the slave ships came back to take them off to the Americas.

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