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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...

The Struggling Girl: The Story Behind one of the Most Recognizable Pictures of all Time

To what extent can you go to take the perfect picture? This is the story behind The vulture and the little girl, also known as "The Struggling Girl", a famous photograph by Kevin Carter, a South African Photojournalist which...

Queen Amina: Meet the Nigerian Warrior queen Who Ruled Zaria for 34 years in the 1500s

Commonly known as the warrior queen, Queen Amina of Zaria was the first woman to become the Sarauniya (queen) in a male-dominated society. She expanded the territory of the Hausa people of north Africa to its largest borders in...

Netherlands to Return Stolen 18th Century Crown to Ethiopia after Refugee Hid it for 21 Years

Hidden for 21 years in a Dutch flat, an 18th Century Ethiopian crown finally heads home. The crown was stolen from the East African country dubbed the horn of Africa, which is a rugged, landlocked split country split by the...

Meet Saint Bakhita, The Sudanese Slave Who was made a Catholic Saint in 1992

Meet Saint Bakhita, The Sudanese Slave Who was made a Catholic Saint in 1992 Saint Josephine Bakhita was born around 1869 in Darfur, Sudan. She was captured by slave-traders at the age of nine, forcibly converted to Islam and sold...

U.S. Museum finally Returns Stolen Gold Coffin of Ancient Egyptian Priest Worth $4m

An ancient golden coffin worth $4 million, which is believed to have been looted from Egypt and sold to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) in New York City, has been returned to its home in a ceremony...

Lord Lugard And His Impression Of Nigerians And Africans In General

Writing in the book, DUAL MANDATE, on Page 70, some 12years after the amalgamation of Nigeria (1926), this was what Lugard wrote about Nigerians And Africans In General: Page 70 of The Dual Mandate by F. D. Lugard 1926 "In character...

Osun-Osogbo Festival: In Nigeria, Thousands Celebrate Osun, Goddess of Fertility

The Osun Osogbo festival, a traditional celebration that is thought to be 600 years old, is under way in Nigeria's south-western Osun state. The two-week festival is considered to be the biggest annual traditional religious event of the Yoruba people. Every...

The World’s First Illustrated Christian Bible is in Ethiopia, and It Is 800 years Older than the King James Version

The World’s First Illustrated Christian Bible is in Ethiopia, and It Is 800 years Older than the King James Version, and was handwritten in a day. The book, which is kept securely in a bright-blue circular hut at the...
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History of Human Zoos: How ‘Exotic Africans’ Were Displayed in Zoos in the West

During this time, people from various non-European cultures were brought to Europe and the United States and displayed in zoos as examples of "exotic" and "primitive" peoples.
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