Balahu: The Ethiopian Towering Giant Executed by Italian Troops in 1936
Balahu was a towering Ethiopian giant who served as the esteemed umbrella bearer and later drum-major to Emperor Haile Selassie. However, his life took a tragic turn when he encountered Italian troops in 1936.
Victoria Montou: The Heroine Who Fought Alongside Jean-Jacques Dessalines During the Haitian Revolution
Victoria Montou also known as Abdaraya Toya was an exceptional woman who played a vital role in the Haitian Revolution. Born in the late 18th century, Montou was enslaved in the kingdom of Dahomey and brought to Saint-Domingue, now known as Haiti, as a slave.
Signares: The Powerful West African Women of the Atlantic Slave Trade
The Signares were a group of powerful African women in the Atlantic slave trade who controlled the export of enslaved Africans from West Africa to the Americas in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Davy the Maroon: The Jamaican Slave Catcher Who Made a Living Chasing Runaway Slaves
Captain Davy was an eighteenth-century Maroon officer who gained notoriety by killing Coromantee Tacky (chief) of the tribe, the leader of Tacky's Revolt, the most dangerous slave rebellion in eighteenth-century Jamaica.
King Mwanga II: The Alleged Bisexual African King who Fought Against the Christianization of His Kingdom
King Mwanga II of Buganda, also known as Danieri Basammula-Ekkere Mwanga II Mukasa, was a Ugandan monarch who ruled over the Kingdom of Buganda (Uganda) in the late 19th century.
Tacky’s War: The Brutal Slave Rebellion that Shook the British Empire in the 18th Century
Tacky's Rebellion began on April 7, 1760, on the frontier of St. Mary Parish in Jamaica. Tacky and a group of followers, consisting of both men and women, organized a coordinated attack on several plantations, killing overseers and other white colonists, and freeing enslaved people.
Dompas: The Oppressive Apartheid Law That Restricted the Movement of Black Africans in South Africa
South Africa's pass laws also called dompas, were a system of regulations that restricted the movement of black Africans within the country. These laws were implemented by the white minority government in South Africa during apartheid.
Dame Portugaise: The Luso-African Female Slave Trader Who Acted as a Liaison Between African Chiefs and Europeans in 17th-Century Senegal
Dame Portugaise was a woman of mixed heritage, born to a Portuguese father and African mother, who became a prominent slave trader in the Wrst African coastal town of Rufisque.
Top 20 Happiest Countries in Africa, 2023
According to the latest World Happiness Index, the top five countries in Africa with the highest levels of happiness are Mauritius, Algeria, South Africa, Republic of Congo, and Guinea.
Negro Dogs: How Vicious Dogs Were Used To Track, Attack, And Capture Runaway Slaves
The use of highly trained, strong and aggressive Dog breeds like the bloodhounds and Dogo Cubano aka 'Negro Dog' to track, attack, and capture runaway slaves was a common practice in America during the slavery era.
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The Shilluk People’s Creation Narrative: How the Different Races on Earth Were Created
According to the Shilluk people of south sudan, the creator Juok played a central role in fashioning humanity from clay, assigning different complexions to the various races based on the colors of the clay he used.