Category Africa

Adam Simmons: Uncovering the #African Presence in #Medieval #Europe | The Public Medievalist

  Uncovering the African Presence in Medieval Europe | The Public Medievalist — Robert de Clari was a French knight who was part of the ill-fated Fourth Crusade. In his account of the Crusade, Conquest of Constantinople (which he wrote around 1216), he offers a tantalizing account of the presence of Africans in medieval Europe. […]

#Germany church finally apologises for #Namibia

CA: African Trade Summit Held Without Any African Attendees, After Visas Were Denied

CA: African Trade Summit Held Without Any African Attendees, After Visas Were Denied | Democracy Now! – In California, a three-day African trade conference at the University of Southern California was held without a single person from Africa, after the U.S. government denied the visas of every single African seeking to attend. Organizers of the […]

Zimbabwe mining threatened by foreign payment delays – CNBC Africa

Zimbabwe mining threatened by foreign payment delays – CNBC Africa – Mining generates more than half of Zimbabwe’s foreign exchange and should be given priority by the central bank when making offshore payments, Chamber of Mines economist Pardon Chitsuro told a parliamentary committee. Zimbabwe introduced a so-called bond note currency, which is denominated in U.S. […]

Zulu king captured – Aug 28, 1879 –

In 1843, Britain succeeded the Boers as the rulers of Natal, which controlled Zululand, the neighboring kingdom of the Zulu people. Boers, also known as Afrikaners, were the descendants of the original Dutch settlers who came to South Africa in the 17th century. Zulus, a migrant people from the north, also came to southern Africa […]

Zanj Rebellion – Wikipedia

Zanj Rebellion – The Zanj Rebellion or the Negro Rebellion was the culmination of series of small revolts. It took place near the city of Basra, located in present-day southern Iraq, over a period of fifteen years (AD 869–883). The insurrection is believed to have involved enslaved Bantus (Zanj) that had originally been captured from […]

John Molyneux: Picasso and African Art

Underpinning much racist ideology is the notion that the development of civilization was basically a European or western phenomenon. In reality, civilization – living in cities, literacy, law etc. – developed first in three main areas, none of them in Europe: the middle eastern fertile crescent (Iraq to Egypt), northwestern India and southeast China. Moreover […]

Archaeologist believes he may have found remains of ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti — hidden in King Tut’s tomb – The Washington Post

“I have been testing the evidence ever since, looking for indications that what I thought I was seeing was, in fact, not there,” Reeves told the BBC. “But the more I looked, the more information I found that I seemed to be looking at something pretty real.”Archaeologists have expressed cautious excitement over Reeves’s conclusion, although […]

Diwaniyya: Eunuchs in the Imperial Harem

The roles of the eunuch on a day-to-day basis included locking and unlocking the doors of the harem, keeping watch over those who entered and left, and ensuring that outsiders did not enter. Upon recruitment and initiation into the harem eunuchs were trained in a “school for eunuchs” where they were taught, “their practical duties, […]

Badu Bonsu II – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In 1837, Badu Bonsu II rebelled against the Dutch government, and killed several officers, including acting governor Hendrik Tonneboeijer. The Dutch government used the Treaty of Butre as the basis for military action against Badu Bonsu and an expeditionary force was sent to Ahanta. In the war that followed, the king was captured, sentenced for […]

A Second Leo Africanus Biopic Is in Development… | Shadow and Act

What has been announced is that there’s a second Leo Africanus film in development with French-Moroccan actor Jamel Debbouze on-board to star. Per Deadline, the feature film will also be an adaptation of Amin Maalouf’s book, but Sissako’s name isn’t attached to this project. And based on what I know of how these things work, […]

Howard French | Why Is Africa Still Poor?

At other times, a consensus has formed around arguments that pin the blame on poor African leadership in the decades since most of the continent achieved independence in the 1960s. According to this view, the outside world has been generous to Africa, providing substantial aid in recent decades, leaving no excuse for the continent’s debility. […]

Homosexuality not un-African – Africa’s gays argue

The Nandi and Kisii of Kenya and parts of Eastern Africa are also recorded to have practised female-to-female marriages, while among the Cape Bantus, lesbianism was ascribed to women who were in the process of becoming chief diviners, known as isanuses. Generally in Southern Africa, many female diviners were thought to have been either homosexual […]

Ethiopian Gospels – World Digital Library

This Gospel book was written in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, in the early 14th century, and was once owned by the church of Saint George in Debre Mark’os. It was written by the scribe Mäṭre Krǝstos in the official liturgical language of Ethiopia, Gǝ‛ǝz. Most notable is its prefatory image cycle, which makes references to holy […]

Coloniality, Cold War Politics and the agitation for the arrest of President Omar al-Bashir. | Mukoni Ratshitanga

At the same time, Europe, which, like all humanity is not immune from conflict, is permitted to chart a political path to resolving its conflicts. The latest example of this is the French, German and Russian agreement to find a political solution to the conflict in Ukraine. It is neither explicitly stated nor remotely suggested […]

HISTORY: She’s Breeding Age: Dehumanizing Price For Getting Pregnant During Slavery | Neo-Griot

Some insights on this are given in the book Birthing a Slave: Motherhood and Medicine in the Antebellum South, by Marie Jenkins Schwartz. The book tells the history of a somewhat esoteric subject: the need of slaveholders, and the doctors they hired, to control and manage the bodies and reproductive lives of slave women. But […]

The stigma for descendants of African slaves – Jori Lewis – Aeon

Though legal slavery in Senegal has been over for more than 100 years, I was curious about how the descendants of slaves in that Sine-Saloum village saw their legacy. I wanted to talk to them about their experiences and try to understand their stories. But my boyfriend refused. He said that if I asked people […]



I’m Black and Egyptian, Not White

Mostafa Hefny has been fighting the US government for decades to be classified as black. The US erroneously classifies all Egyptians as white. Hefny has faced discrimination and ridicule for his quest to be classified as black. Yet he makes his case for the authentic blackness of ancient Egypt and challenges the historical falsehoods that […]

Historical and modern Africa

Cannabis has been used in an entheogenic context – a chemical substance used in a religious, shamanic, or spiritual context[1] – in India and Nepal since the Vedic period dating back to approximately 1500 BCE, but perhaps as far back as 2000 BCE. There are several references in Greek mythology to a powerful drug that […]

South African Triptych Western, ‘Days Of Cannibalism,’ So | Shadow and Act

But Edkins’ project sounds more ambitious in scope. “Days of Cannibalism” is further described as a triptych Western set in contemporary continental Africa, where, first, the threat is in the business of globalized trade in China, but, secondly, also within a band of smugglers in Lesotho, who play cards in a local bar named “Days […]

Ce jour-là | Zimbabwe – 18 avril 1980 : Bob Marley et Mugabe célèbrent l’indépendance de la dernière colonie européenne d’Afrique | – le premier site d’information et d’actualité sur l’Afrique

Le moment est éminemment historique : la dernière colonie européenne sur le continent s’apprête à rentrer dans le concert des États libres. Des personnalités et des représentants de 100 pays dont 11 chefs d’État ont fait le déplacement. Un parterre d’invités de marque dont le prince Charles du Royaume-Uni, lord Hoames, le dernier gouverneur du […]

The Color of Feminism | The Women’s International Perspective

For many years women all over the world have been fighting for their rights. As I was discussing gender equality with some classmates, I realised how Western women have achieved a lot compared to women in my country. And while wage equality is one of the priorities of some Western feminists, it is not the […]

Furman and O’Connell on HIV/AIDS, Moral Responsibility, and South African Literature | Finding Africa

Ignorance frequently excuses in moral cases, but only if the ignorance itself is not blameworthy. On Gideon Rosen’s account of ‘culpable ignorance’, agents can avoid blameworthiness for their beliefs by satisfying ‘procedural epistemic obligations’. Individuals are therefore not required to hold any particular beliefs, but must rather manage the process of their belief formation, such […]

Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben joins the ancestors | New York Amsterdam News: The new Black view

After being bed-ridden and placed in a specialized care unit at the Bay Park Nursing Home for the past several weeks, legendary Kemetaphysician Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan, a.k.a. Dr. Ben, transitioned on to the ancestral realm Thursday (March 19) at approximately 3:30 a.m. Those close to him said he had stopped eating and drinking several […]

Bill Burr Slams Michelle Obama For Role In #BringBackOurGirls Movement

Burr said, She’s sitting there holding up those hashtags, “BringBackOurGirls”” Remember that hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. That blew my mind, like why are you asking me that, I am a stand up comedian. Like what am I going to do to get back the girls. Why don’t you look across the dinner table, you see that guy? […]

The Capitalist Origins of the Oppression of African Women » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Matriarchy in ancient Africa was not a mirror image of patriarchy today, as it was not based on appropriation and violence. The rituals and culture of matriarchy did not celebrate violence; rather, they had a lot to do with fecundity, exchange and redistribution. Early man was unaware of the link between intercourse and birth, therefore […]

Swedish slave trade – Wikipedia

The Scandinavian slave trade mainly occurred in the early history of Sweden when the trade of thralls (Old Norse: þræll) was one of the pillars of the Norse economy. During the raids, the Vikings often captured and enslaved militarily weaker peoples they encountered, but took the most slaves in raids of the British Isles and […]

Did Israel arm Rwanda during the 1994 genocide? | Middle East Eye

I first heard it from an Israeli photographer. He was in Rwanda eight times and he saw the weapons. When I asked him if top leaders were involved in the arms deal, he said yes. When I said, that means [Yitzhak] Rabin and [Shimon] Peres, he told me: “You said it, I didn’t. And if you […]

Africa 2014 in Review: Counterrevolution, Neocolonialism and the Mass Struggle | Global Research

Since the French-U.S. supported counterrevolution against Gbagbo in 2010-11, the security situation inside the country has worsened particularly in the northern region where rebels were used in the plot to undermine the former government. The existing security forces appear incapable of addressing the lawlessness despite their endorsement by the West. “People living, working, and travelling […]