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Princess Yennenga: The Horse-Riding Warrior of Burkina Faso

Princess Yennenga is the name of a Legendary horse-riding warrior from the kingdom of Dagomba, who lived over 900 years ago. She is considered to be the mother of the Mossi people of Burkina Faso.

French MPs Back Return of Looted African Artefacts in Museums to Benin and Senegal

MPs in France have voted to return to Senegal and Benin prized artefacts that were looted during colonial times. France will return prize colonial-era artefacts in museums to Benin and Senegal within one year, following a unanimous vote by the...

Queen Ranavalona III: Lost Relics Telling Story of Madagascar’s Last Queen will Return Home

An archive of fashion, photographs and letters telling the remarkable story of the last queen of Madagascar will return home after it was bought at auction by the island’s government.

Simone Williams, Meet the Woman With the Largest Afro in the World

Simone Williams (USA), from Brooklyn, New York, has officially broken the record for the largest afro (female). Her phenomenal afro is 20.5 cm (8.07 in) tall, 22.5 cm (8.85 in) wide, and 1.48 m (4 ft 10 in) in circumference. Simone...

African Lip Plates: Culture, History and Symbolism — In Pictures

The lip plate, also known as a lip plug or lip disc, is a form of body modification common in some parts of Africa. The procedure, which involves knocking out the bottom two teeth (sometimes all four), is done at the age of 15-18 and it signifies womanhood.

Hadza: The Tanzanian Tribe That Survive Purely From Hunting and Gathering — In Pictures

The Hadza are an an indigenous ethnic group located near Lake Eyasi in the Rift Valley. They are descendants of Tanzania’s aboriginal hunter-gatherers and have occupied their land unchanged for thousands of years. The Hadza are one of the last...

Jesus of Lübeck: How Africans Were Lured into England’s First Slave Ship

John Hawkins urged the Africans to enter his ship “Jesus of Lubeck,” also known as “The Good Ship Jesus.” for salvation, those who entered soon found they were barred from disembarking. Jesus of Lübeck was a sailing vessel built...

Top 20: Africa’s Best Governed Countries in 2020

The governments of Mauritius, Cabo verde and Seychelles are the best when it comes to governance in Africa. They rank as the top 3 best governed countries in Africa, according to the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

13 Quotes to Remember Chinua Achebe on his 90th Posthumous Birthday

Nigeria’s foremost literary icon, Chinua Achebe would have been 90 today if he were alive. Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart, is the most widely read book in modern African...

The Bright Faces of the Huli Wigmen of Papua New Guinea

Red and Yellow clay (locally known as ambua) is considered sacred in Huli culture, and is commonly used as body decoration. The upper part of their face is painted red, and the lower part ochre. This simple painting is...

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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.

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.