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Blind Tom: Born Into Slavery, This Blind Autustic Slave Became the Highest Paid Pianist of His Time

Born into slavery, Thomas Wiggins “Blind Tom”, was a musical prodigy who became a touring phenomenon in the 1800’s

These African Countries Once Cancelled Christmas

Christmas, the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, is celebrated differently all over the world. In Africa, the religious and cultural celebration has become an integral part of the African culture and different African communities have different ways...

Umemulo: the Traditional Coming of Age Ceremony for Zulu Women

Umemulo is a traditional Zulu coming of age ceremony for Zulu women. This ritual is usually done for females at the age of 21.

Top 20 Smartest Countries in Africa, 2022

South Africa is the smartest country in Africa, followed by Mauritius, Tunisia, Botswana, and Morocco rounding out the top 5.

Central Africa: The 9 Countries in Central Africa, their Language, Capitals and Population

Central Africa is primarily inhabited by Bantu people. Many Nilo-Saharan and Niger-Congo Ubangian communities reside in the region. The Economic Community of Central African States and the Lake Chad Basin Commission are notable Central African supra-regional organizations. Christianity and...

Breast Ironing: the Harmful Practice of Flattening the Breasts of Young Girls to Hide Puberty

Breast ironing, a traditional practice commonly done in Cameroon, is the process whereby young pubescent girls breasts are ironed, massaged or pounded down through the use of hard or heated objects and then bound with a constrictive material in...

Traditional African Clothings: 20 Ethnic Attires from Around Africa

Traditional clothing typically expresses the identity or culture of a specific ethnic group in a geographic area. It can also indicate social, marital or religious status.

The Little Known Pyramids of Meroë in Sudan

The Pyramids of Meroë contains three royal cemeteries which were constructed at the time of the Kushite Kingdom over a period close to a millennium.

The Leper Tree of Liwonde, Malawi

The "Leper Tree," as it has become known, remains standing till this very day. On its trunk is a hand-painted sign that reads: "The grave for individuals who suffered from leprosy in the past."

Bandiagara Escarpment – The Remote Cliff Dwellings of the Dogon People of Mali

The Bandiagara Escarpment is an escarpment in the Dogon country of Mali. The area of the escarpment is inhabited today by the Dogon people. Before the Dogon, the escarpment was inhabited by the Tellem and Toloy peoples.
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Abushiri, the East African Slave Trader Who Was Hanged for Fighting Against German Colonialism

Abushiri, was a wealthy merchant and slave-owning plantation owner who is known for Revolting against the German East Africa Company in present-day Tanzania.
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