Society & Culture

Derby’s Dose: The Extremely Vile Torture Method Used to Punish Enslaved Africans in Jamaica

Thomas Thistlewood was an 18th-century British plantation overseer and slave owner, notorious for his brutal treatment of enslaved Africans in Jamaica. Among the numerous atrocities recorded in his diaries, which he kept meticulously from 1750 to 1786, one of...

The Beautiful Rock-Hewn Churches of Ethiopia

The Rock-hewn Churches of Lalibela are eleven monolithic churches carved into the rugged landscapes of Lalibela, in Ethiopia, these remarkable structures were commissioned by King Gebre Meskel Lalibela in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and aimed to...

King Gbudue: The African Leader Killed by the British for Opposing Colonization in 1905

King Gbudue was a royal Azande leader and arguably the most prominent person in the recent history of the Azande people.

The Legend of Kintu: The Father of all People

A mythical legend, Kintu, exists among the Baganda (a Bantu group and the largest ethnicity in Uganda). Kintu, the first man on earth, lived with a cow he depended on for milk. Gulu, the creator of all things, lived in...

Sir Harry Rawson: The British Officer Behind the 1897 Benin Expedition and the Plundering of Priceless Benin Bronzes

Admiral Sir Harry Rawson was a renowned British naval officer who became famous for leading the 1897 Benin Expedition, which ended in the capture and sacking of Benin City, the eventual fall of the Benin Kingdom, and its incorporation into colonial Nigeria.

Sekuru Kaguvi: The African Leader Who Was Hanged for Leading a Rebellion Against the British in 1897

Sekuru Kaguvi was a prominent leader in the late 19th century in what is now Zimbabwe who was hanged for rebelling against the British during the First Chimurenga war in 1897.

Princess Yennenga: The Horse-Riding Warrior of Burkina Faso

Princess Yennenga was 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.

African Countries That Changed Their Names After Independence

African countries that changed their names after independence: Many African nations underwent significant transformations after gaining independence, including changing their names to reflect their new identities.

The Creation Story of the Efé People of DR Congo

According to the Efé creation myth, their story begins with the divine hand of God crafting the first human being, named Baatsi. Using clay as his medium, God sculpted the form of a man.

Ellen and William Craft: The Black Couple Who Escaped Slavery by Disguising Themselves

The plan, devised by William, was to utilize Ellen's appearance and have her disguise herself as a wealthy white man traveling with his male slave, William.
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John Brown: The Abolitionist Executed for Inciting a Slave Rebellion in West Virginia in 1859

John Brown was a prominent leader in the American abolitionist movement during the decades leading up to the Civil...
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