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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, …

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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Archaeological findings and historical documents have indicated that the ancient city of Meroe was the capital of the kingdom of Kush, which is now in present-day Sudan.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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Story Of The Yoruba Metal Art Of The Mediaeval Age – A World Class Civilization

History Of The Yoruba Metal Art Of The Mediaeval Age A World Class Civilization

Yoruba Metal Art: There is well-documented evidence that iron smelting and forging technologies may have existed in West Africa among the Nok people of Nigeria as far back as the 6th century BC. From 1400 to 1600, iron technology appears to have played a crucial role in the fundamental social …

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Mali Was The Richest Empire In The World In The 14th Century

Mali In Africa Was The Richest Empire In The World In The 14th Century

While western and Chinese tech billionaires and captains of industries are considered some of the world’s richest men today, the title of the richest man that ever walked the face of the earth belongs to a little-known ancient ruler in a part of the world that is today associated more …

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The Vadoma People Of Zimbabwe Who Have Ostrich Toes, Said To Be Descended From Aliens Thousands Of Years Ago

The Vadoma People Of Zimbabwe Who Have Ostrich Toes, Said To Be Descended From Aliens Thousands Of Years Ago

The mysteries of the world we live in are often in plain sight, and many times humans overlook them, as they chase other flimsy trends and social conditioning. The Vadoma people are the only ancient African ethnic nationalities in the world who have this rare and unique type of toes. …

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Benin Republic Unveils 98 Feet Tall Statue In Honor Of The Women Warrior Of Dahomey

Benin Republic Unveils 98 Feet Tall Statue In Honor Of The Women Warrior Of Dahomey

The Amazons of Dahomey are the world’s only documented female army and one of the world’s unsolved mysteries. While the West turns their story into fetishized cinema, their homeland has immortalized them in bronze. The ‘Esplanade des Amazones’ is a public square in the Benin capital of Cotonou. It is …

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The Story Of Eleni, Ethiopian Queen Who Became One Of The Nation’s Most Brilliant Military Leaders

The Story Of Eleni, Ethiopian Queen Who Became One Of The Nation’s Most Brilliant Military Leaders

Many years ago, when most women around the world were relegated to housework, Ethiopian women were becoming increasingly involved in their national duty of protecting their country. They were defending Ethiopia’s sovereignty by carrying arms or participating in war expeditions against foreign invaders while also assisting in the administration of …

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Voodoo Empowered Enslaved Africans To Defeat European Colonizers In The Haitian Revolution

Voodoo Empowered Enslaved Africans To Defeat European Colonizers In The Haitian Revolution

Brown University’s Kona Shen outlines in detail how voodoo played a crucial part during the Haitian Revolution in History of Haiti: “Despite strict regulations, voodoo was one of the few areas of unlimited autonomy for African slaves.” It was a source of psychological liberation as a religion and a crucial …

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The 1976 Assassination Attempt On Bob Marley And Wife Rita That Nearly Took Their Lives

The 1976 Assassination Attempt On Bob Marley And Wife Rita That Nearly Took Their Lives

By 1976, Robert Nesta Marley and his Wailers band had become well-known and influential both in Jamaica, where they had many hits and internationally, where Marley was regarded as reggae’s leading exponent. However, tensions in his home country of Jamaica were anything but calm. Citizens were poor, and followers of …

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One Of The World’s Oldest And First Universities Was In Timbuktu, Mali

One Of The Worlds Oldest And First Universities Was In Timbuktu, Mali

While the west may have entrenched the erroneous belief that Africa was bereft of any form of education and civilization before the arrival of the colonialists, historical evidence has pointed out otherwise. According to history, one of the oldest and first universities in the world was in Timbuktu, Mali. Mali …

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How Enslaved Africans Were Used For Heinous Medical Experiments in America In The South

How Enslaved Africans Were Used For Henious Medical Experiments in America In The South

The use of enslaved Africans, both living and dead, as guinea pigs for extreme medical experiments is one practice that was rampant during slavery. And even till today, in America, the less privileged in the society, majorly people of African descent are used as test subjects in various experiments. African …

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The Maji Maji Rebellion Of Tanzanians Against German Brutality 1905 to 1907

The Maji Maji Rebellion Of Tanzanians Against German Brutality 1905 to 1907

The most significant African challenge to German colonial rule during the brief period when Germany had African colonies was the Maji Maji Uprising in Tanganyika. The Uprising involved indigenous African people living inside over 10,000 square miles and lasted two years. During the “scramble for Africa” that took place in …

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How The British Nearly Eliminated The Entire Aborigine Tasmanian Population Of Australia In The 1800s

How The British Nearly Eliminated The Entire Aborigine Tasmanian Population Of Australia In The 1800s

We have mentioned in many of our articles, that Black people were the first humans on this planet, and that Black people were originally found in all corners of the earth. There were indigenous or migrated Black populations all over Europe, Asia, America, and other parts of the world. But …

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How Bridges Were Built Over Crocodile-Infested Rivers By African Pygmies In Central Africa In The1930s [Video]

How Bridges Were Built Over Crocodile Infested Rivers By African Pygmies In Central Africa In The1930s Video

This article and accompanying video showcase the magnificent power and ingenuity of the Twa people of Africa. They were also referred to as Akan by other African tribes, and Leprechaun by Europeans. The name Leprechaun comes from the old Irish ‘luchorpán’, which is a compound name composed of lú meaning …

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How Cecil Rhodes Killed Millions Of Southern Africans For Diamonds And Lands

How Cecil Rhodes Killed Million Of Southern Africans For Diamonds And Lands

During the brutal scramble for Africa and Africa’s resources, at least two million Africans were killed in the scramble for ivory tusks for piano keys and billiard balls. At the time, the center of the ivory trade was Connecticut. 80% of the Nama and Herero peoples of Namibia were murdered …

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How King Leopold II Of Belgium Killed 10 Million Africans In The Congo – Read the Harrowing Details

How King Leopold II Of Belgium Killed 10 Million Africans In The Congo - Read the Harrowing Details

After the Berlin conference of 1884-1885, various European nations set out to mount their flags all over Africa, murder the people, and then steal their resources to make Europe richer. King Leopold II of Belgium, through his employed conquerors, set sail for Congo and declared it to be his territory …

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Meet Thomas Fuller, Enslaved African Mathematical Genius, Who Was Known As The ‘Virginia Calculator’

Meet Thomas Fuller Enslaved African Mathematical Genius Who Was Known As The Virginia Calculator

Thomas Fuller, The Virginia Calculator (LWA): In many of our articles and publications, we have strongly and boldly praised the ingenuity of the Black race, being the first humans on earth and paving the path for subsequent civilizations. Littered all over human history are pieces of evidence of our exceptionalism …

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