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Valentina Mintah: For the First Time in 100 Years, A Ghanaian Has Been Elected into the ICC Board

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has for the first time in its hundred years of existence, elected a Ghanaian, Valentina Mintah, as a member of its Executive Board. The seven-member executive board was announced at the 2020 meeting of...

Auction of Nigeria’s ‘Looted’ Statues to go Ahead in Paris Despite Opposition

A planned auction of two sacred Igbo objects alongside others at the Paris salesroom of the British auction house Christie’s are heading for sales in Paris, France, despite several efforts to stop the auction. They are simply identified as “Paire...

Teenage Pregnancy in Kenya: 170 Girls Below 14 Years Got Pregnant in Meru County Since January

About 170 girls aged between 10 and 14 years in Meru County, Kenya fell pregnant between January and mid-June this year. These are among 5,270 teenage pregnancies recorded through the Kenya Health Information System in the county. The data shows...

The Creation Story of the Maasai People of East Africa

The Maasai are an indigenous ethnic group in Africa of semi-nomadic people settled in Kenya and northern Tanzania. The Maasai are among the best known local populations internationally due to their residence near the many game parks of the...

Covid-19: Senegal Reopens Schools With Strict Guidelines

Senegal has allowed students sitting for national exams back to school but under strict guidelines that include hand-washing, keeping social distance, temperature checks and wearing face masks. It’s taken weeks of preparation for schools to reopen, including cleaning and disinfecting...

‘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...

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...

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...

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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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