African history

Matriarchal Communities in Africa: African Communities Where Women Reign Supreme

From the Umoja community in Northern Kenya to the small rural community of Arnado Debbo in Niger state, Nigeria. These here are three African communities with long-standing traditions where to be a woman is superior.

Slave Brokerage: How Early U.S. Newspapers Facilitated The Sales And Purchase Of Slaves

In the earliest history of US stock brokerage, one stock stood out both in nature and the revenue it generated – humans. The more preferred name for the merchandise was slave, and the stock market were the first US newspapers

6 Most Extreme Cultural Body Modifications in Africa

Body Modification has always been an integral part of African culture. It is widely performed for a variety of reasons in many African societies, and a plethora of historical and current forms of modifications exists

Belgium To Return Patrice Lumumba’s Tooth to Family — 59 Years After It Was Wrung Out From His Jaw

A court in Belgium has ruled that a tooth taken from the corpse of Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba should be returned to his family. An examining magistrate ruled on Thursday that Lumumba’s tooth could be given back, ruling in...

Siddi: The Forgotten African Tribe in India

The Siddis or siddhis are an ethnic group inhabiting India. Members are descendants of East Africa's Bantu people, that were mainly brought to India as slaves by Arabs, the Portuguese and the British.

Hogan “Kid” Bassey — Meet the First Nigerian To Become A World Boxing Champion

Hogan "Kid" Bassey MBE was a Nigerian-British boxer; and the the first Nigerian to become a world boxing champion. He achieved this feat when he defeated French Algerian Cherif Hamia in Paris in 1957 to claim the World Featherweight title.

Burundi Demands $43bn In Reparations From Germany And Belgium For Colonial-era Crimes

Burundi has Demanded $43bn in Financial reparations together with a public apology from former colonisers Germany and Belgium as a way to atone for the list of crimes against their humanity. Burundi has asked former colonizers Germany and Belgium to...

‘We Must Accept It And Tell It To Future Generations’ — Benin Restores Ouidah Slave Fort to Honour African Ancestors

As Western cities see statues of slaveholders and colonialists toppled, Benin's coastal town of Ouidah is going the other way, restoring monuments to the painful era of the slave trade.

Heroro Genocide: Namibia Turns Down German Genocide Reparations Offer

Namibia's President Hage Geingob has said the offer for reparations made by Germany for mass killings in its then colony was "not acceptable". German troops killed tens of thousands of Herero and Nama people between 1904 to 1908 in response...

Fighting Slavery With Suicide: The Fascinating Story of Africa’s Kru People

The Kru or Kroo are a West African ethnic group who are indigenous to eastern Liberia. During the Slave trade era, they were also infamous amongst early European slave raiders as being especially averse to capture

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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...

TIME 100: Tony Elumelu, Three Other Nigerians Makes Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People Of 2020

Tony Elumelu, is among four Nigerians named by the Time Magazine International in their 2020 list of 100 most influential people in the world...

Zambia’s Namwali Serpell Wins UK’s Top Prize For Science Fiction

Zambia's Namwali Serpell has won the UK’s top prize for science fiction, the Arthur C Clarke award, for her first novel "The Old Drift". The...