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‘We Must Accept It And Tell It To Future Generations’ — Benin Restores Ouidah Slave Fort to Honour African Ancestors

As Western cities see statues of slaveholders and colonialists toppled, Benin's coastal town of Ouidah is going the other way, restoring monuments to the painful era of the slave trade.

Fascinating Photos of Remote African Tribes Captured By a Frontline Nurse

These fascinating images of remote tribes in Africa were taken by a frontline nurse who says that the people there are the most caring on the planet. American Cohan Zarnoch, 54, has worked and travelled with multiple non-profit organisations over...

Afar Tribe: The Ethiopian Tribe Where Men Use Butter to Style Their Hair

The men in the Afar tribe style and maintain their hair with cow fat and butter. The curls are obtained with sticks and the butter keeps it in shape for days and protected from the heat of the sun. The...

The Mbuti People Of Congo And Their Sister Exchange Form Of Marriage

In the Mbuti tribe, marriage is by sister exchange: Based on reciprocal exchange, men from other bands exchange sisters or other females in his clan to a man in his prospective bride’s clans. Mbuti, are a group of Pygmies of...

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...

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The Creation Story of the Akamba People of Kenya

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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 was a Namibian freedom fighter who actively fought a guerrilla-style war against German colonialists during the Herero-Nama war of 1904.

List of African Countries and Their Presidents (2022)

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