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‘Children of Sin’ – Women kidnapped from DR Congo During Colonial Era to Sue Belgium

Five mixed-race - or métisse - women who were taken from their mothers during the colonial era by force in Belgian-Congo are taking the Belgian state to court for crimes against humanity. The five women, all in their 70s, were...

Negro Dogs: How Vicious Dogs Were Used To Track, Attack, And Capture Runaway Slaves

A very popular slavery approach involved in the control and domination of African slaves was the use of highly trained, strong and aggressive Dog breeds like the bloodhounds and Dogo Cubano aka 'Negro Dog' which could tear a man...

Cape Town Ranked 8th Most Violent City in the World

Cape Town now ranks as the eighth most violent city in the world, according to the latest global ranking by the Mexican Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. The report lists the 50 most violent cities by the number...

Tanzanian Miner With 30 Children Becomes Overnight Millionaire

A small-scale miner in Tanzania has become an overnight millionaire after selling two rough Tanzanite stones - the biggest ever find in the country. Saniniu Laizer earned £2.4m ($3.4m) from the country's mining ministry for the gemstones, which had a...

Chief Kivoi: Meet the Chief Who Guided the First Missionaries into Kenya

Kivoi Mwendwa famously known as 'Chief Kivoi', born in the 1780s, was a Kamba long Distance trader who lived in the present day Kitui. He is best known for guiding the first First Missionaries into the interior of the...

Drapetomania: Enslave Africans Fleeing Captivity Was Once Considered a Mental Disorder

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...

Dahomey Amazons: The Story Of the Most Feared Women in History

From the 18th century to late 19th century, there existed a formidable army of all-female warriors in Dahomey in the present-day Republic of Benin. They were called "The Mino", which translates to "our mothers", while European observers called them...

Egypt, South Africa and Kenya Are The Most Powerful Countries in Africa, 2020

Egypt, South Africa and Kenya are currently the most powerful country in Africa, according to US News and World Report. The US News and World Report “Most Powerful Countries” ranking lists 73 countries that “consistently dominate news headlines, preoccupy policymakers,...

Global Peace Index: Nigeria Ranked Among ‘World’s Most Dangerous Countries’

The 2020 Global Peace Index (GPI) released by the Institute for Economics Peace (IEP) has ranked Nigeria 147 out of 163.. The report tracks and ranks the status of peace in 163 independent states and territories across the world, noting...

Burundi Bans Secular Music to Mourn the Death of President Nkurunziza

Burundi's cabinet has suspended playing secular music in public places during the seven-day mourning announced by the government following the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza. The mayor of the commercial capital, Bujumbura, Freddy Mbonimpa said secular music was banned but...

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The Creation Story of the Akamba People of Kenya

In the beginning, Mulungu the creator is said to have formed a man and a woman in heaven before placing them on a rock in on earth, where it is said that their footprints, as well as the footprints of their animals, can still be seen today.
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Bussa’s Rebellion of 1816, the Largest Slave Revolt in Barbadian History

The largest slave rebellion in Barbadian history took place during the Bussa uprising in April 1816. The rebellion takes its name from the African-born...

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Cornelius Frederiks: the Namibian Captain Who Was Locked Up in a Concentration Camp for Fighting Against German Colonialists

Cornelius Frederiks was a Namibian freedom fighter who actively fought a guerrilla-style war against German colonialists during the Herero-Nama war of 1904.

List of African Countries and Their Presidents (2022)

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