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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...

Addi Bâ – The Black Terrorist: The Unsung French Resistance Hero From Guinea

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.

Ancient Egypt and Their Bizarre Method Of Pregnancy Detection

In Ancient Egypt, women suspected of being pregnant were made to urinate on barley and wheat seeds as a form of a pregnancy test. If the barley grew, it was a boy. If the wheat grew, it was a girl. If none grew, she was not pregnant.

“The Aim is to Build” — France to Rename Streets After African World War 2 Heroes

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, a Captured Slave, Led the Amistad Slave Revolt on this day in 1839

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...

Child Mortality: Child Loss is Devastatingly Common Among Mothers in Sub-Saharan Africa, Study Reveals

The researchers found that more than half of 45- to 49-year-old mothers have experienced the death of a child under age five. Nearly two-thirds have experienced the death of any child, irrespective of age. Though the child mortality rate has...

Gambia Considering Repealing A 24-year-old Law Banning Skin Bleaching Creams

The Gambia is considering a bill sponsored by the government to repeal a 24- year-old law banning skin-bleaching creams. The law prohibits their importation, sale, possession and use. Those pushing for the law to be repealed say it is discriminatory against...

Bernardine Evaristo: Nigerian Writer Becomes First Black Person to Win ‘Author of the Year’ British Award

Nigerian-British writer, Bernardine Anne Mobolaji Evaristo, has been named the author of the year at the British Book awards, the first black writer to ever win the category. The British Book awards, also known as the Nibbies, are produced by...

Belgian King Expresses ‘Regrets’ for Suffering of the Congolese People During the Colonial Period

Belgium's King Philippe has expressed his "regrets" for "acts of violence" and "suffering" of the Congolese people during the colonial period. He made the remarks in a letter to Democratic Republic of Congo's President Félix Tshisekedi on the country's 60th...

Nigerian Statues Looted During The Civil War Sell in Paris Auction for £200,000

A pair of sacred statues that a Nigerian museum commission and protesters claimed were looted during the country's 1960s civil war have been sold for €212,500 (£194,183) at auction in Paris. The Igbo statues were sold by the Christie's auction...

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South Carolina Negro Act of 1740: The Code that Prohibited Enslaved Africans from Learning to Read

Passed by the South Carolina Assembly on the 10th of May, 1740, the Negro Act was a comprehensive set...
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