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Remembering Prof. Akin Mabogunje, The Father Of African Geography

Remembering Prof. Akin Mabogunje, The Father Of African Geography

African urbanization scholars, everyday Nigerians, and policymakers have a responsibility to do more than just honor the man who pioneered modern building regulations. The African continent has a responsibility to Akin Mabogunje to work toward his goal of creating truly welcoming urban environments. In Kano State on October 18th, 1931, Professor Akinlawon Ladipo “Akin” Mabogunje entered this world. He specialized …

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Meroe in Sudan was the Capital of the Kushite Empire

Meroe In Present Day Sudan Was The Capital Of The Kushite Empire

Archaeological findings and historical documents have indicated that the ancient city of Meroe was the capital of the kingdom of Kush, which is now in present-day Sudan. Kush was a northern African kingdom whose influence spread between c. 1069 BCE and 350 CE. Although the wider region around Kush, which was later called Nubia, was inhabited as far back as …

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Benin Bronzes Get Final Berlin Exhibition, For Money, Before Return To Nigeria

Benin Bronzes Get Final Berlin Exhibition, For Money, Before Return To Nigeria

Stolen during the colonial era, dozens of Benin bronzes that once adorned the Kingdom of Benin’s royal palace will be on display in Berlin for the final time on Saturday before being repatriated to Nigeria. The renowned pieces of African art and their turbulent journey up to the exhibition at the Humboldt Museum reflect Germany’s gradual reckoning with the colonial …

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How Slavery Formed And Defined America’s Oldest And Most Elite Colleges

How Slavery Formed And Defined America’s Oldest And Most Elite Colleges1

Brown University commissioned a study of its own historical connection to the Atlantic slave trade a few years ago. According to the report, the Brown family, the wealthy Rhode Island merchants who named the university, were “not major slave traders, but they were not strangers to the business either.” So you’d think Brown — or the College of Rhode Island, …

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History Of The Kanem-Bornu Empire That Existed From The 9th To The 19th

History Of The Kanem-Bornu Empire That Existed From The 9th To The 19th In West-Africa

The Kanem-Bornu Empire was an African trading empire that was ruled by the Sef (Sayf) dynasty that controlled a large swathe of the regions around Lake Chad from the 9th to the 19th country. Much of its territory, at various times of its existence, includes what is today known as southern Chad, northern Cameroon, north-eastern Nigeria, eastern Nigeria, and southern …

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A Revealing History Of The Benin Arts Of The Medieval Ages

A Revealing History Of The Benin Arts Of The Medieval Ages

In this article, we are going to delve into the interesting history of the Benin art of the medieval ages. Being art is the art ascribed to the kingdom of Benin or Edo people which existed right from 1440—1897, a precolonial west African empire that was located in what is today known as the south-south region of Nigeria. The art …

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The City Of Ile-Ife Was Paved By A Woman In 1067 BC

Although this might come to you as a surprise, there is well-documented evidence that the City of Ile fie, an ancient urban center, and the cradle of Yoruba civilization located in present-day Osun state, south-western Nigeria, was first paved by a woman around 1067 BC. Ile-Ife was first occupied at least since the 1st millennium CE, and it became the …

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