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Remembering Samuel Doe, the First World Leader to Be Tortured and Executed on Camera

On the 9th of September 1990, Samuel Doe became the first world leader to be tortured on camera before being executed.

Victoria Davies Randle, the Nigerian Goddaughter of Queen Victoria

Victoria Davies was the eldest child of Sara Forbes Bonetta, an Egbado omoba who was gifted to Queen Victoria and James Pinson Labulo Davies, a wealthy Lagos merchant.

Sir Charles Maccarthy: the British Military Governor Whose Skull the Ashantes Made Into a Drinking Cup

Sir Charles MacCarthy was killed by Ashanti forces in the battle of Nsamankow, with his skull used as a trophy of war.

Margaret Garner, the Runaway Slave Who Killed Her Own Daughter Rather Than Return Her to Slavery

Margaret Garner was an enslaved African-American who killed her own daughter rather than allow the child to be returned to slavery.

Barbados Slave Code of 1661: the Legal Document That Classified African Slaves as Property

The Barbados Slave Code of 1661 defined the way of life for slaves in the Caribbean island of Barbados. The Slave Code denied rights to slaves and allowed them to be classified as property instead of human beings.

Efunsetan Aniwura: the 19th Century Yoruba Slave Trader Who Was Killed by Her Slaves

Chief Ẹfúnṣetán Aníwúrà is famous for being one of the most powerful slave trader in yoruba land in the 19th century.

Bai Bureh, the Sierra Leonean Ruler Who Led an Uprising Against the British in 1898

Hut tax war of 1898: Bai Bureh was a Sierra Leonean ruler, military strategist, and Muslim cleric, who led an uprising against British rule in 1898

Akodessewa Fetish Market – The Largest Voodoo Market in the World is Located in Togo

Togo's Akodessewa Fetish Market is recognized as the largest juju market in the world, it's a place where Babalawos/Dibias aka Voodoo practitioners can find practically anything they need for their rituals.

Top 15 Most Popular Languages in Africa (2022)

In Africa, 27 out of 54 countries on the continent speak the English language as their official or secondary language making it the most popular language in Africa.

22 Ugandans Were Burnt Alive for Refusing to Denounce Christ on This Day in 1886

The 24 Ugandans were killed on orders of Mwanga II, the Kabaka (King) of Buganda for their refusal to denounce Christianity. The Catholic Church beatified the Ugandan Catholic martyrs of its faith in 1920 and canonized them in 1964.

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Sarraounia Mangou, the African Queen Who Resisted French Colonial Troops at the Battle of Lougou in 1899

Sarraounia Mangou was one of the few African tribal leaders who fought and resisted the advances of French expansionists Paul Voulet and Julien Chanoine at the battle of lougou
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