Nigerian history

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.

Benin City, One Of The Most Advanced Cities Of The Ancient World Now Lost Without Trace

When the Portuguese first “discovered” the city in 1485, they were stunned to find this vast kingdom made of hundreds of interlocked cities and villages in the middle of the African jungle. They called it the “Great City of...

“Dick Tiger” — Meet The First African to be Inducted Into the International Boxing Hall of Fame

Richard Ihetu aka Dick Tiger was a Nigerian-born professional boxer who held the World Middleweight and World Light Heavyweight Championships in the 1950's and also the first African to be Inducted into the international boxing hall of fame.

Nigerian Civil War Officially Ended On This Day When Biafra Disbanded and Joined Nigeria

The Nigerian civil war officially ended on this day after almost 2 and half years of fighting when the Republic of Biafra disbanded and rejoined Nigeria.

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The Heroro-Nama Genocide: Germany’s Brutal Genocide in Namibia in the early 20th Century

The Herero and Namaqua Genocide is considered to have been the first genocide of the 20th century. It took place between 1904 and 1907 in German South-West Africa(modern day Namibia), during the Herero Wars.

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s First President, and the Last African Independence Leader from the 1960s Dies at 97

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and one of Africa’s last surviving liberation leaders, has died at a military hospital in Lusaka, where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was 97.

Artefacts Looted From Ethiopia 150 Years Ago Withdrawn From Uk Auction After Ethiopia’s Appeal

Two artefacts that were stolen during colonial-era looting by British forces in Ethiopia have been withdrawn from auction after the Ethiopian government appealed in a letter.

World’s Third Largest Diamond Discovered in Botswana

The diamond firm Debswana has announced the discovery in Botswana of a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third largest of its kind in the world.

The Earliest Obtainable Map of the Whole Continent of Africa

Mapped by Sebastian Münster, the map below is the earliest obtainable map of the whole continent of Africa. The map was published in the 1552 edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia.