Sub-Saharan Africa

Sudan Vows to End Child Marriage and Enforce Ban on Female Genital Mutilation

Sudanese authorities have announced they will end child marriage and enforce the country’s ban on female genital mutilation (FGM), in a major step forward for the rights of women and girls. Police officers were told on Wednesday they must inform...

BBC 100: These are the 21 Most Inspiring and Influential Women in Africa (2020)

The BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020.

Jesus of Lübeck: How Africans Were Lured into England’s First Slave Ship

John Hawkins urged the Africans to enter his ship “Jesus of Lubeck,” also known as “The Good Ship Jesus.” for salvation, those who entered soon found they were barred from disembarking. Jesus of Lübeck was a sailing vessel built...

These 6 African Cultural Landmarks are Under Threat From Climate Change

Losing these sites could mean losing so much of Africa's history forever. From rock art in southern Africa to pyramids along the River Nile, humans have been leaving their mark across the continent for millennia. But extreme weather events, the rise...

Only 8 African Countries Managed to Improve their Governance in the Last Decade — IIAG

Angola, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sudan, Togo and Seychelles are listed in the 2020 Mo Ibrahim Index as the only eight countries in Africa which have managed to improve their governance in the past decade.

British Museum Teams up With Nigeria to Dig for Royal Treasures in the Ancient City of Benin

The British Museum has announced plans to team up with Nigerian officials to help "investigate the history of the Kingdom of Benin", by digging for Royal treasures in the ancient city. The organisation will also work with Nigerian teams on...

Surma People: The Ethiopian Tribe That Turns Nature Into Fashion

Inspired by the exotic flowers, trees and vegetation of the land bordering Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, these designs are the creations of the Surma tribes of the Omo Valley in East Africa.

The Intriguing World of Senegalese Laamb Wrestling

Senegalese Laamb wrestling is a type of wrestling traditionally performed by the Serer people and now a national sport in Senegal.

Ivory Coast President Ouattara Wins Re-election to Third Term

The electoral commission in Ivory Coast says President Alassane Ouattara has won a third term in office, after a bitter election that sparked deadly violence and was boycotted by opposition voters. The electoral commission in Ivory Coast says President Alassane...

The Mwila Women of Angola and Their Fascinating Cow Dung Hairdo

The women of the Mwila tribe prepare a paste made from a red stone called Oncula. They then mix the paste with oil, butter, tree bark and herbs - some even use cow dung - before applying the concoction to their dreadlocks.
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South Carolina Negro Act of 1740: The Code that Prohibited Enslaved Africans from Learning to Read

Passed by the South Carolina Assembly on the 10th of May, 1740, the Negro Act was a comprehensive set...