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South Africa’s Tugela Falls is the Tallest Waterfall in the World

Standing proud at 948 meters (3,110 feet), South Africa's Tugela Falls is the tallest waterfall in Africa and the tallest waterfall in the world.

Phillis Wheatley: the First Black Woman to Publish a Book

After being snatched from her parents home in West Africa and sold into slavery in Boston, Phillis Wheatley became the first African American to publish a book of poetry in 1773.

Tippu Tip: East Africa’s Most Powerful and Richest Slave Trader in the 18th Century

Tippu Tip was an Arab–Zanzibari slave trader who sold tens of thousands of people into bondage in the Arabian peninsula and beyond.

The Leper Tree of Liwonde, Malawi

The "Leper Tree," as it has become known, remains standing till this very day. On its trunk is a hand-painted sign that reads: "The grave for individuals who suffered from leprosy in the past."

Lifaqane Wars, Cannibalism and the Kome Caves of Lesotho

The Kome Caves are a group of smooth walled, igloo-shaped cave dwellings made out of mud in the district of Berea, Lesotho.

Ota Benga: the Sad Tale of the Man Who Was Kept in a New York Zoo

Ota Benga's family was killed, he was taken as a slave, and he lived in the Bronx Zoo's monkey house as a human exhibit.

Caty Louette, the most Powerful Female Slave Trader in Senegal’s Gorée Island in the 1800s

Caty Louette, was one of the most powerful female slave trader on Goree Island, a tiny, island off the coast of Dakar, in Senegal

Bloodwood Tree – the Southern African Tree That Bleeds Like Humans

The Bloodwood Tree is a kind of hardwood tree native to southern Africa that releases a deep red sap which looks very similar to blood, when cut or damaged.

Ogbidi Okojie, the Nigerian King Who Was Exiled in 1901 for Opposing British Rule

Ogbidi Okojie, king of Uromi was a ruler of the Esan people in what is now present day Edo State in Nigeria, he is well known all over Esan land for his opposition to British rule.

From World’s Youngest President to World’s Poorest Past President: the Unusual Case of Valentine Strasser

Valentine Strasser is an ex-military leader of Sierra Leone who took power in a 1992 coup at the age of 25, making him the youngest head of state in the world.

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