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Code Noir: The Decree that Once Regulated the Lives of African Slaves in French Colonies

The Code’s sixty articles regulated the life, death, purchase, religion, and treatment of slaves by their masters in all French colonies. The Code Noir also known as the Black Code was a decree originally passed by France's King Louis...

The Oldest Known Church in sub-Saharan Africa has been Unearthed in Ethiopia

A team of archaeologists recently uncovered the oldest known Christian church in sub-Saharan Africa, a find that sheds new light on one of the Old World’s most enigmatic kingdoms—and its surprisingly early conversion to Christianity. An international assemblage of scientists...

5 Amazing New Ancient Egyptian Discoveries in 2019

With 2019 drawing to a close, this year’s Egyptology harvest proved excellent once again. Sometimes, the finds were new. At other times, fresh facts gave more meaning to old finds and knotted mysteries a little tighter. Other artifacts had...

Nigeria Vows to go After Stolen Artefacts in Europe

The federal government of Nigeria has pledged to use all “legal and diplomatic instruments” to demand the return of Nigeria’s stolen artefacts and cultural materials worldwide. The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, announced this in Lagos recently. “We have never laid...

Ghana Grants Citizenship to 126 African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans as Part of Year of Return

As part of the year-long Year of Return celebrations, the president of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo , on Wednesday, officially conferred citizenship on 126 diasporans who have been residing in the West African nation for several years. The oath...

Bronze Cockerel Stolen in the 19th Century to be Returned to Nigeria by Cambridge

Jesus College is set to return a controversial bronze cockerel that was looted from Benin, Nigeria in the 19th century, following a successful campaign from students to reject the “spoils of war”. The sculpture, known as the Benin bronze, was...

A Century After Millions Were Murdered in Congo, Belgium Begins to face Brutal Colonial Legacy of King Leopold II

In the last years of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, King Leopold II of Belgium ruled the Congo Free State with a tyranny that was peculiarly brutal even by the cruel and deeply racist standards of...

France Returns Sword Looted from Senegal Belonging to 19th Century anti-colonial warrior Omar Saidou Tall

French Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe was in Senegal over the weekend on an official visit. He held talks with President Macky Sall was the two countries signed seven bilateral accords. A major historic and cultural highlight of the visit was...

Scientists Believe they’ve Pinpointed the Ancestral Homeland of all Humans Alive Today: It’s Botswana

In southern Africa, Botswana precisely, scientists believe they have found the primordial home of human beings before we spread into the different parts of the world. In a report published by the scientific journal Nature, in October, a group of...

How Colonial Rule Committed Africa to Fragile Authoritarianism

The impact of colonial rule on sub-Saharan Africa continues to be the subject of intense debate and controversy. Barely a year goes by in the UK without a public figure igniting a furor by arguing that colonialism somehow benefitted...
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Seriki Williams Abass: The Former Slave Who Later Became A Renowned Slave Merchant in Yorubalamd

Seriki Williams Abass was a renowned slave merchant during the 19th century and a former paramount ruler of Badagry.
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