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...
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...
Society & Culture
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.
Addi Bâ fought with the Senegalese Infantry in WW2, and later with the resistance until he was captured and executed by the Germans in December 1943.
People & Politics
France's armed forces ministry has provided local authorities with a 210-page booklet containing the names of 100 Africans who fought for France in World War Two, so that streets and squares may be named after them.
Joseph Cinque (Sengbe Pieh) was a Sierra Leonean slave who led an uprising on the Spanish slave ship, La Amistad. Later Pieh and the other slaves involved in the revolt were put on trial for the death of two...
Seriki Williams Abass was a renowned slave merchant during the 19th century and a former paramount ruler of Badagry. Born Ifaremilekun Fagbemi in Joga-Orile, a town in Ilaro, Ogun State, Seriki Abass was captured as a slave by a Dahomean...
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...
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...
Throughout the antebellum era, slave breeding was a highly profitable investment. Slaves were scarce. The cheap labor they provided in plantations wasn’t cheap anymore and slave children sold like wildfire. The couple of years following the prohibition of slave importation...
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