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Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:10:29 +0000

 



Why Idi Amin Dada Was Known as the 'Butcher of...

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Idi Amin, who became known as the 'Butcher of Uganda' for his brutal, despotic rule whilst president of Uganda in the 1970s, is possibly the most notorious of all Africa's post-independence dictators. Find out more in this biography.



What Everyone Should Know About African Slavery

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Although slavery has existed for almost all of recorded history, the numbers involved in the African slave trade has left a legacy which can not be ignored.



What Was the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade?

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A brief review of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, with particular reference to the triangular trade and recent statistics.



What Are Political Institutions?

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What are Political Institutions?



What Led Up to the Colonial Scramble for Africa?

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Why was Africa so rapidly colonized?



Which 2 African Countries Were Never Actually...

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There are two countries in Africa which are considered to never have been colonized. The truth, however, is much more complex and open to debate.



When and How Did Apartheid Come to an End in...

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A Full List of African Countries' Independence...

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A comprehensive list of African Countries' independence dates and from what prior ruling country.



Grand Apartheid

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Under Apartheid, the South African government built on earlier discriminatory laws to segregate whole populations and deny black South Africans political rights.



What is Pan-Africanism?

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How has Pan-Africanism developed over the last couple of centuries into a socio-political movement?



What You Should Know About Apartheid

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From the Afrikaans' word for 'separation,' Apartheid was a social philosophy which enforced racial and economic segregation on the people of South Africa.



Interracial Marriage Under Apartheid

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Officially, there were no interracial marriages under Apartheid, but pre-existing interracial marriages existed and others embraced illegal relationships



What Was Ujamaa and How Did It Affect Tanzania?

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What was Ujamaa and how did Nyerere's social and economic policy affect Tanzania in the 1960s and 70s?



What Role Did Islam Play in African Slavery?

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When Africans talk of slavery they inevitably mean the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Is this a true representation of the practice in Africa?



The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act

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The Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act (1949) forbid white people from marrying non-white people in South Africa, but did not prevent other inter-racial marriages.



A Brief History of Niger - Part 1

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A brief introduction to the history of Niger from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 1 – Early Humans to Military Rule



Alphabetical List of All African Countries with...

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Alphabetical list of all African countries as of 2015, with state capitals and the names of each state as known within their respective countries.



The Problems African Countries faced at...

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When African states gained their independence from Europe's colonial empires, they faced numerous challenges starting with their lack of infrastructure



The Colonial Names of African States

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What was that colony? Modern Africa states listed according to their former colonial names with an explanation of significant border shifts.



How Slaves Were Traded from Africa to the...

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Information on how many slaves were shipped from Africa across the Atlantic to the Americas during the sixteenth century can only be estimated as very few records exist for this period. But from the seventeenth century onwards, increasingly accurate records, such as ship manifests, are available.



A Brief History of Eritrea - Part 1

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A brief introduction to the history of Eritrea from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 1 - Warlords to the referendum on Independence from Ethiopia






4 Types of Slavery in Africa

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Africans were subjected to several forms of slavery over the centuries, including chattel slavery under both the Muslims and Europeans.



The Origin and Meaning of Adinkra Symbols

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What is the meaning of Adinkra Symbols?



Early Christianity in North Africa Part 1

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Historical Background, Factors Which Influenced the Spread Of Christianity, Christianity Reaches North Africa



How the state assigned race under Apartheid

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Under Apartheid, your race determined everything, but legally, race was a matter of opinion. Here is how the state assigned everyone to a race.



Moving Quotes from Julius Kambarage Nyerere

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A Selection of Quotes by Julius Kambarage Nyerere



Why These South African National Holidays Are...

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When Apartheid ended, the national holidays were changed to days that would be meaningful to all South Africans.



What is Ubuntu and What Does it Mean?

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Ubuntu is the southern African word describing a person's connectedness to others that became the centerpiece of the humanist philosophy promoted by Mandela.



A Pictoral History of Ghana since Independence

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A concise history of Ghana since independence with pictures of key moments and facts about the country.



Biography: Sir Seretse Khama

2017-01-18T11:10:29Z

A biography of Sir Seretse Khama, African nationalist leader and first president of Botswana.



How Did Goods Get Across the Sahara in Medieval...

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Between the 11th and 15th centuries, West Africa was a major trading region, exporting goods to Europe, Arabia, India and China across the Sahara.



Full Text of Harold Macmillan's "Wind of...

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How Sonni Ali Formed a Great African Empire

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West African monarch who ruled Songhai from 1464 to 1492, expanding a small kingdom along the Niger River into one of medieval Africa's greatest empires.



Why was Africa called the Dark Continent?

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Europeans did not call Africa the Dark Continent simply because they didn't know much about it. Slavery, missionaries, racism, and savagery were all part of this myth.



"Wind of Change" speech

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What Caused the Mau Mau Rebellion in Kenya?

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The Mau Mau were a militant African nationalist movement active in Kenya during the 1950s whose main aim was to remove British rule and European settlers from the country.



A chronology of South African Colonization and...

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An atlas of Southern African colonization and independence, explained by country.



Biography: Thomas Joseph Mboya

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Thomas Mboya was a Kenyan trade unionist and statesman. Earmarked as Jomo Kenyatta's successor, Mboya was assassinated six years into independence, sparking tribal unrest between Kenyatta's Kikuyu supporters and Mboya's Luo.



What Is ECOWAS, and what countries are members?

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ECOWAS was created in 1975 to promote economic integration and has evolved into a regional group with legislative, economic, and military functions.






A Brief History of Mali

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A brief introduction to the history of Mali from the time of early humans to the present day.



Origins of the trans-Atlantic slave trade

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Portuguese exploration and trade: 1450-1500.



A Brief History of Botswana

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A brief introduction to the history of Botswana from the time of early humans to the present day.






How Stephen Bantu Biko Became an Anti-Apartheid...

2017-01-18T11:10:29Z

A short biography of Steve Biko, founder and martyr of the Black Consciousness movement in South Africa.



What Caused the Sharpeville Massacre in South...

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The Sharpeville Massacre signaled the start of armed resistance in South Africa, & prompted worldwide condemnation of South Africa's Apartheid policies.



11 Greatest African Explorers

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Over the centuries, explorers have found the allure of the unknown reaches of Africa irresistible. Find out who was who, where they went, and when.



The Basic Facts You Should Know About South...

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What was Apartheid? Find the answers to your questions in this FAQ.



Key Moments in the History of Liberia

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A brief, pictorial history of Liberia, the only African country to have been founded by African-American colonists.



A Historical Look at the Mfecane in Africa

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A explanation of the term Mfecane, its history and reasons why the subject is controversial.



Who Was Nelson Mandela?

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A biography of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.



What was the Kingdom of Kush?

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The Kingdom of Kush was a powerful ancient African state that lasted for 2400 years and once ruled over Egypt, .



Socialism in Africa and African Socialism

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At independence, socialism was very appealing, but African socialism soon failed, and the turn to Marxist socialism in the 1970s fared little better.



Former President of Uganda Idi Amin Dada Quotes

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A selection of quotes by Idi Amin Dada, president of Uganda from 25 January 1971 to 13 April 1979.



Colors in Ancient Egypt: Appearance, Aharacter,...

2017-01-18T11:10:29Z

A discussion of colors in ancient Egypt and the way in which they were an integral part of items and people's natures.



Dusé Mohamed Ali

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Dusé Mohamed Ali was an influential Pan-Africanist, a supporter of Islam, and traveled widely throughout the African Diaspora. He founded the 'African Times and Orient Review' in 1911, which spread the call for African nationalism, and later founded 'The Comet' in Lagos, Nigeria.



Afrikaner Broederbond

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What was the Afrikaner Broederbond?



The Science and Madness of African Exploration

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Explorers like Livingstone and Stanley became household names in the 19th century, but the exploration of Africa was centuries in the making.



Selection of Quotes by Seretse Khama

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A selection of quotes by Seretse Khama, first president of Botswana.



The Gukurahundi Massacres of Zimbabwe

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What was the Gukurahundi? A discussion of the history of the killings and Robert Mugabe's responsbility.






African Slave Traders

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African slave traders were important participants in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Why were these traders willing to sell slaves into the horrors of Atlantic slavery?



Read the General Act of the Berlin Conference...

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Read the General Act of the Berlin Conference on West Africa from 1885.



Women's Anti-Pass Law Campaigns in South Africa

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What happened when the South African government tried to force women to carry passes.



Africa and the Commonwealth of Nations

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18 countries in Africa are currently part of the Commonwealth of Nations (with Zimbabwe having departed in 2003).



African Commonwealth Nations A to Z

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A list of when various African countries joined the Commonwealth of Nations.



Inspiring Quotes from Jomo Kenyatta

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Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya, lived a fascinating life. Read a selection of his most famous quotes.



The Population Registration Act No 30. of 1950...

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Learn about the Population Registration Act--South Africans had to be identified and registered as belonging to one of four distinct racial groups.



Use This Timeline to Understand the Algerian...

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A timeline of the Algerian War of Independence from French colonization to the end of the 'Battle of Algiers'.



A Brief History of Zambia

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A brief introduction to the history of Zambia from the time of early humans to the present day.



A Brief History of Cameroon

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A brief introduction to the history of Cameroon from the time of early humans to the present day.



Biography of South African Leader Hendrik...

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National Party Prime Minister of South Africa from 1958 until his assassination on 6 September 1966, Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd was the chief architect of 'Grand Apartheid', which called for the separation of races in South Africa.



When Did Apartheid Start in South Africa?

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Unsure when Apartheid started in South Africa? Find the answer in this Apartheid FAQ.



Plans of Slave Decks, Slave Ship Brookes

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Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Plans of Slave Decks, Slave Ship Brookes. Page 12.



5 Things You Didn't Know About Africa

2017-01-18T11:10:29Z

One fact that many people get wrong about Africa and four they will find surprising.



What You Should Know About the History of Kenya

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A brief introduction to the history of Kenya from the time of early humans to the present day.



Ahmed Sékou Touré

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Sékou Touré was one of the foremost figures in the struggle for West African independence, the first President of Guinea, and a leading Pan-African. He was initially considered a moderate Islamic African leader, but became one of Africa's most oppressive Big Men.



The Role of Islam in African Slavery

2017-01-18T11:10:29Z

When Africans talk of slavery they inevitably mean the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Is this a true representation of the practice in Africa?



Sharpeville Massacre

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World Condemnation and Political Aftermath



Biography: Mungo Park

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Mungo Park, a Scottish surgeon and explorer, was sent out by the 'Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior of Africa' to discover the course of the River Niger. Having achieved a degree of fame from his first trip, carried out alone and on foot, he returned to Africa with a party of 40 Europeans, all of whom lost their lives in the adventure.



Julius Kambarage Nyerere

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A Biography of Julius Kambarage Nyerere, the father of Tanzania.



Union Of South Africa

2017-01-18T11:10:29Z

The politicking behind the scenes for the formation of the Union of South Africa allowed the foundations of Apartheid to be laid.



What Was the Federation of Rhodesia and...

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The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland lasted for 10 years, part of Britain's approach to independence in Africa. Find out more about the federation and why it ended.









Nok Culture: Sub-Saharan Africa's earliest...

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There are many unknowns about the ancient, West African culture of Nok, but what we know from its superb terracotta sculptures and iron working is enticing.



Indigenous African Slavery

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Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Indigenous African Slavery



Donald Woods -- Death of an Activist

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Brief biography of South African newspaper editor and anti-apartheid activist Donald Woods.



Ancient Egypt: Predynastic Period

2017-01-18T11:10:29Z

The Predynastic Period of Ancient Egypt saw the development of grouped communities, the worlds first written language, institutionalised religion, and the development of the plough. Archaeologists have divided the Period into four relatively distinct phases to aid their understanding of the social, scientific, and political developments in Egypt at that time.









Inspection of an African Slave

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Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Inspection of an African Slave. Page 9.



Quotes: Rwandan Genocide

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A Selection of Quotes About The Rwandan Genocide.



Exercising Slaves on a Trans-Atlantic Slave Ship

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Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Exercising Slaves on a Trans-Atlantic Slave Ship. Page 14.



How Racial Categories Were Recorded in...

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An explanation of how the Apartheid Era Identity Number recorded racial categories in South Africa.



Testing an African Slave For Sickness

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Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Testing an African Slave For Sickness. Page 10.



Do You Know What Events Led Up to the Suez...

2017-01-18T11:10:29Z

Unclear on what happened with the Suez Canal Crisis? Here is a complete timeline of events leading up to the Tripartite Invasion.



Slave Decks on the Slave Bark Wildfire

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Image of African Slavery and the Slave Trade: Slave Decks on the Slave Bark Wildfire. Page 13.



John Garang de Mabior

2017-01-18T11:10:29Z

Colonel John Garang de Mabior was a Sudanese rebel leader and founder of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) which fought a 22 year civil war against the northern dominated, Islamist Sudanese Government. Was made vice president of Sudan on the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, shortly before his death.