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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.

These 6 African Cultural Landmarks are Under Threat From Climate Change

Losing these sites could mean losing so much of Africa's history forever. From rock art in southern Africa to pyramids along the River Nile, humans have been leaving their mark across the continent for millennia. But extreme weather events, the rise...

Top 20: Africa’s Best Governed Countries in 2020

The governments of Mauritius, Cabo verde and Seychelles are the best when it comes to governance in Africa. They rank as the top 3 best governed countries in Africa, according to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

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.

Bo-Kaap, The Most Colorful Neighborhood in Africa

Located in Cape Town on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city center, Bo-Kaap is the oldest surviving residential neighborhood in Cape Town and the most colorful neighborhood in Africa.

Kenya Named Africa’s Leading Tourist Destination in 2020

Kenya has been named Africa’s leading tourist destination in 2020 by the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA)

Surma People: The Ethiopian Tribe That Turns Nature Into Fashion

Inspired by the exotic flowers, trees and vegetation of the land bordering Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, these designs are the creations of the Surma tribes of the Omo Valley in East Africa.

Memories of Slavery: The Dark History of Sierra Leone’s Bunce Island

Tens of thousands of Africans who were targeted for buying and selling on account of their rice-growing skills were shipped to the North American colonies of South Carolina and Georgia to be forced into slavery.

The Intriguing World of Senegalese Laamb Wrestling

Senegalese Laamb wrestling is a type of wrestling traditionally performed by the Serer people and now a national sport in Senegal.

The Mwila Women of Angola and Their Fascinating Cow Dung Hairdo

The women of the Mwila tribe prepare a paste made from a red stone called Oncula. They then mix the paste with oil, butter, tree bark and herbs - some even use cow dung - before applying the concoction to their dreadlocks.
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3,000-year-old ‘Lost Golden City’ of Ancient Egypt Discovered

Archaeologists have hailed the discovery of what is believed to be the largest ancient city found in Egypt, buried under sand for millennia.