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Abdissa Aga: The unsung Ethiopian hero who terrorized Fascist Italians

He was one of Ethiopia’s greatest Patriots during the era of Italian Occupation yet his story is little-known. Abdissa Aga, born in Welega, Oromia, was just 14 when he joined the Ethiopian Army and...

5 little-known black female slave traders who changed the course of history

Whenever slave masters or slave traders are mentioned, the images of men usually come to mind.History books mainly reflect the involvement of men while brushing aside the involvement of women in upholding the institution....

Egypt to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb

It's almost 100 years since the tomb of King Tutankhamun was discovered in the Valley of the Kings.He has become the most famous Ancient Egyptian pharaoh in the world, thanks to the incredible condition...

These are the most expensive World Cups in history

The much anticipated FIFA World Cup kickstarts in 23 days as Qatar become the first Arabian national to host the biggest football festival in the world.32 countries out of the 211 national associations including...

How Muammar Gaddafi reportedly tried to bribe visiting team in 1982

Former Black Stars goalkeeper Joe Carr has narrated how the late Muammar Gadafi tried to give the squad some money before Ghana’s game against Libya in the 1982 Afcon final.Carr stated that the Sports...

The mystery of ‘lip plates’ of the Ethiopian Surma tribes

There’s no denying that advancements made in technology have a pervasive influence on nearly every facet of modern-day living. But, that notwithstanding, there still exists sections of the global population who hold on dearly...

Meet the Hadza people of Tanzania and why they do not worry about shelter or food

They do not keep any livestock nor do they grow or store food. They live on the providence that they will find food anytime they walk into the wild. The Hadza tribe of Tanzania...

Mozambican artist on the story behind his iconic throne sculpture with guns and bullets

For anyone, the sculpture would pass as an iconic throne that will sit beautifully in any palace or an imposing edifice to meet its standard. But, the Throne of the Present Owner is more than...

Meet the baye fall of Senegal

The Baye Fall is a Senegalese Muslim sect that is most easily identifiable by their dreadlocked hair, bright patchwork garbs, spiritual amulets, and well-known tenet of hard work. Learn more about them below.While the...

How Africa’s powerful Kongo Kingdom expanded its territory without military conquests

One of the oldest and best-documented African kingdoms is that of Kongo. According to historians, the territory of the kingdom at its peak stretched from what is now Angola, the Democratic Republic of the...

These are the most innovative African countries in 2022

A report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has evaluated innovation levels across 130 economies to determine the most innovative markets in the world in 2022.The 2022 Global Innovation Index (GII) measured each...

7 most valuable African artifacts that have been returned by Europeans

The colonial era in Africa for all its evil including the selling and buying of human beings is also marred by the theft that defined the era.Not only did colonists rob Africans of its...

History: Kingdom of Kuba

The Kuba Kingdom, also known as the Bakuba Kingdom or Bushongo, is a traditional Central African kingdom. The Kuba Kingdom flourished between the 17th and 19th centuries in the heart of the modern-day Democratic...

Khoisan people of South Africa were the most populous humans on Earth

The Khoisan, a native group in Namibia, may have been the majority of people on Earth for a long time, maybe even for the last 150,000 years. The number of Khoisan people went down...

How cornrows were used as escape map from slavery across South America

Cornrows have become a crowd favorite for women of every culture in the last 10 years. Whereas it used to be worn by children, especially young African and African American girls, the style has...

Argentine tango was invented by enslaved Africans

The transatlantic slave trade, which lasted for almost four hundred years, left deep marks in all regions where it was adopted, constituting a solid legacy that is perceptible to this day. Thousands of enslaved...

The story of the wicked Ga queen who stole her way to power but died a miserable death

The story of this little-known Ga woman started after the death of the warrior king, King Okaikoi.After his death, Dode Akabi, the Princess of Obutu, immediately came into the scene, usurped power and installed...

Why the popular Chitenge African cloth has multiple names

The chitenge or kitenge, the popular traditional cloth in the Eastern and Southern parts of Africa, is noted for its varied uses in each geographic location and different names depending on which tribe one...

How Timbuktu Flourished During the Golden Age of Islam

For centuries, the city of Timbuktu, located in the center of present-day Mali in Western Africa, thrived as one of the bustling centers of culture and learning during the Golden Age of Islam.The region’s...

Female Warriors Who Led African Empires and Armies

Long before—and during— the European colonization of Africa, ancient kingdoms and empires thrived for centuries on the continent. Some were headed by women, including female warriors who led armies against invading European powers to...

Kissi penny – Metal rod currency used in early 20th-century West Africa abolished by colonizers

The Kissi, Loma, and Bandi people who lived in the present-day border regions of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea introduced the “Kissi money” or “Kissi penny” around the end of the 19th century. Its...

All you need to know about the original land owners of Abuja,Gbagyi

It is no secret that Nigeria has a lot of tribes. Being the most populous West African country, indigenes of some native tribes prior to western civilization are bound to be forgotten, but not...

For refusing to allow his kingdom to be colonized, this Zanzibar king was exiled by the British

Sheikh Khalid bin Barghash Al-Busaid was the sixth ruler of Zanzibar. A very powerful ruler, it was suspected that he killed his only cousin Sayyid Hamad bin Thuwaini of Zanzibar to seize power and...

Kissi Kaba Keita: the African warrior who resisted French conquest

Several countries on the African continent have experienced wars and invasions from European powers in one way or the other, especially in the 19th and mid-20th centuries. From the period of colonization to modernization, it...

10 miracles by okomfo Anokye you probably didn’t know

At the mention of Okomfo Anokye’s name, the common miracle that comes to mind to most people is the chanting of a golden stool from the heavens and the burying of a sword that...

Remembering the father of African geography, Prof. Akin Mabogunje

It is the responsibility of African urbanization scholars, average Nigerians, and policymakers to do more than just pay respects to the inventor of contemporary building regulations. The continent owes it to Akin Mabogunje to...

Here are gruesome experiences faced by enslaved Africans on ships across the Atlantic

After sailing from Africa, it took between 35 days and 4 months for ships to reach their destination.The period largely depended on the number of stops and the destination. For instance, it could take...

Kelvin Odartey: How I built my own car at age 14

Time and time again, the horrifying experiences of enslaved Africans working on plantations in the Americas and other parts of the world are told over and over.During the slave trade, which lasted for well...

Bata drums: The drumbeats of African origin changing the phase of Caribbean religion

Over the last five centuries, the bata drums have been the lifeline of African and Caribbean culture and religious faithfuls. They are not considered ordinary musical instruments for those who revere the sacred drums and...

Abla Pokou: The 1700s Asante female royal who sacrificed her son to save her people

She was a courageous, outspoken member of the royal family in Asanteman in the 1700s until her outspoken nature got her ousted from her people in the territory which later became known as Gold...

Rare 3,000-year-old gold mask found in Chinese Royal tombs

An estimated 3,000-year-old gold mask has been unearthed by archaeologists in central China. It is the first of its kind to be identified dating back to the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 B.C.E.).The mask was discovered...

The untold story of how Hilla Limann turned down a job offer from Kwame Nkrumah

Long before Dr. Hilla Limann rose to become President of Ghana, his youthful days were filled with many inspiring moments.And one of the ways he unconsciously prepared himself for the position of President of...

Scientists believe there are 20,000,000,000,000,000 ants on earth

Scientists believe that a whopping 20,000,000,000,000,000 (20 quadrillion) ants live on Earth — and that's just a conservative estimate. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) revealed its stunning findings in a paper...

The Ghanaian black Jews who found their ancestry through a vision

Until 1976, the only identity the black Jews residing in the West African nation of Ghana had was that they were a special breed of people who migrated to their present settlement about 300...

African countries’ pre-colonial and post-independence coins

The Aksumite of Northern Ethiopian are the early tribes of Africa to introduce coins in the 2nd to the 9th century as a means of trading. These coins were made of gold, a little bronze and a...

50 years on, the mantra ‘Nkrumah Never Dies” rings on

“All people of African descent wherever they live, and in whichever part of the world are Africans and belong to the African nation.”- Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah As fate would have it, the first bullet...

How Jamaican maroons used horns to defeat British forces

They got their name from the Spanish word Cimarron, which means runaway cattle in literal translation. Throughout the history of the Americans, the Jamaican Maroons have resided in the Moore region of the Caribbean.They...

Building bearing Kwame Nkrumah’s name, depicted on Tanzanian banknotes

Due to the widespread affects and legends surrounding Ghana's first president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, his stories may as well be legendary.Even in the distant past, Tanzania, an East African nation, honored the contributions...

Princess Diana had it out with Camilla at her sister’s 40th birthday party, writes ANDREW MORTON

Princess Diana had it out with Camilla at her sister's 40th birthday party, writes ANDREW MORTON

‘Jinxed’ history that saw King Charles consider choosing different regnal name

The two previous Charles's both ruled controversial reigns - one of whom was the only British monarch in history to have faced executionThe minute Queen Elizabeth passed away yesterday was the minute Prince Charles...

‘Vampire’ skeleton discovered in 17th-century graveyard

'Vampire' skeleton discovered in 17th-century graveyard

The six men who were with Nkrumah when 1996 coup occurred

The six men who were with Nkrumah when 1996 coup occurred

Ancient Kingdom of Shewa one of the kingdoms that protected Ethiopia

Ancient Kingdom of Shewa one of the kingdoms that protected Ethiopia

King Njoyas favorite wife out of 500 wives

King Njoyas favorite wife out of 500 wives

King Piye, the great Nubian Pharaoh who conquered & ruled Egypt [744 714 BC]

King Piye, the great Nubian Pharaoh who conquered & ruled Egypt

Highlights of the history of Okyeame Baffour Osei Akoto

Highlights of the history of Okyeame Baffour Osei Akoto

The story of the Ghanaian Ambassador who hid in a freezer to escape murder in Congo

The story of the Ghanaian Ambassador who hid in a freezer to escape murder in Congo

He took our £195m away How some Ghanaians reacted to Nkrumahs overthrow

He took our £195m away How some Ghanaians reacted to Nkrumahs overthrow

The Danquah-Busia tradition: History, meaning, recent mutilation

The Danquah-Busia tradition: History, meaning, recent mutilation

The three presidential seats designed for Kwame Nkrumah

The three presidential seats designed for Kwame Nkrumah

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