The Oldest Name For Continent Africa Was ‘Afraka’ Meaning ‘First-Sun-Soul’

Beforetoday’sname ‘Africa’, our continent was called with different names by our forefathers. These names are explained below; Afrika: Similar to the native words, Kongo (Congo) and Akkra (Accra), it is reported that original Afrikan languages spelled Afrika with a...

Meet Nigerian Dr. Olurotimi Badero, The World’s Only ‘Combined Heart And Kidney Specialist’

Withhislaid-back demeanor, most wouldn’t guess that Dr. Olurotimi Badero, 43, is one of the most knowledgeable medical minds in Mississippi. As the only combined cardiologist and nephrologist in the United States, Badero is a coveted commodity in his field, yet...

Five Activists Were Arrested After Trying to Seize a 19th-Century Artifact From Paris’s Quai Branly Museum and Return It to Africa

Five protesters were arrested after attempting to seize an African funerary object from Paris’s Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac with the hopes of returning it to Africa. While the museum was open on Friday, the protesters made a 30-minute video documenting the...

To Truly Take Ownership of Its Heritage, Africa Needs a New Museum to House Its Returning Cultural Artifacts

The Nigerian architect Olajumoke Adenowo argues that building museums will be vital for the future of Africa where 60 percent of the population is under 25. There is perhaps no greater example of the horrors of colonialism than Leopold II of Belgium’s reign in the...

Is colonialism still alive in African museums?

MANY post-colonial African museums share a common history as derivative by-products of colonialism.In colonial times, local indigenous populations in pre-independent Africa were sidelined from museum activities, discouraged and prevented from visiting these...

First pregnant Egyptian mummy surprises researchers

 An Egyptian mummy previously believed to be a priest has turned out to be a pregnant woman. The surprise discovery, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, was made by Polish scientists at the Warsaw Mummy...

Woman dies during 14-day fasting session to save her troubled marriage

Joy Owoyele had sought spiritual help regarding her matrimonial challenges at the Christ Apostolic Church, Ori-Oke Gbogunmi, The family of a woman, Joy Owoyele, is in grief after she died during a 14-day fasting in the Isheri Olofin area of Lagos State in Nigeria....

Why Frederick Douglass Matters

Frederick Douglass sits in the pantheon of Black history figures: Born into slavery, he made a daring escape north, wrote best-selling autobiographies and went on to become one of the nation’s most powerful voices against human bondage. He stands as the most...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, an event that sent shock waves reverberating around the world. A Baptist minister and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King had led the civil rights...

Black History Facts

Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. Among prominent figures are Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first U.S. woman to become a self-made millionaire; George Washington Carver, who derived nearly 300 products from the peanut;...

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Why Frederick Douglass Matters

Why Frederick Douglass Matters

Frederick Douglass sits in the pantheon of Black history figures: Born into slavery, he made a daring escape north, wrote best-selling autobiographies and went on to become one of the nation’s most powerful voices against human bondage. He stands as the most...

Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination

Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968, an event that sent shock waves reverberating around the world. A Baptist minister and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King had led the civil rights...

Black History Facts

Black History Facts

Black History Month honors the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. Among prominent figures are Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first U.S. woman to become a self-made millionaire; George Washington Carver, who derived nearly 300 products from the peanut;...

Ancient Egyptians Were Blacks – Kemet History

Ancient Egyptians Were Blacks – Kemet History

Ancient Black Egyptians? They were African? Were they? This was a topic that was raised and discussed. It is true that other studies have been carried out which suggest the opposite. But the answer is there if you look closely at the enormous array. Here are the facts...

3,300-Year-Old Sandals of King Tutankhamun

3,300-Year-Old Sandals of King Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun was an ancient Egyptian pharaoh who, in the New Kingdom of Egyptian history, was the last of his royal family to rule at the end of the 18th Dynasty. His father was Pharaoh Akhenaten, who was believed to be the mummy found in the KV55 tomb. In ancient...

Did Skin Cream Kill Egypt’s Queen Hatshepsut?

Did Skin Cream Kill Egypt’s Queen Hatshepsut?

The female pharaoh Hatshepsut might have accidentally poisoned herself with a carcinogenic skin treatment, according to a new study. A flask of lotion believed to have belonged to the female pharaoh Hatshepsut contains a carcinogenic substance that might ultimately...

A New Female Pharaoh for Ancient Egypt?

A New Female Pharaoh for Ancient Egypt?

Queen Arsinoë II ruled Egypt as a female pharaoh long before her more famous descendant, Cleopatra VII, according to a new study. Cleopatra VII has long been considered the only female pharaoh of the Ptolemaic dynasty, a Greek royal family that ruled Egypt from 305...

Unknown Pharaoh’s Remains Identified in Egypt

Unknown Pharaoh’s Remains Identified in Egypt

The remains of a previously unidentified pharaoh dating back some 3,600 years provides valuable new evidence of a forgotten Egyptian dynasty. Working in cooperation with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, lead archeologist Josef Wegner and his team from the...

Has Queen Nefertiti’s Tomb Been Found?

Has Queen Nefertiti’s Tomb Been Found?

A British archaeologist believes ancient Egypt’s Queen Nefertiti may be buried behind a secret door inside of King Tut’s tomb. Howard Carter’s discovery of King Tutankhamen’s nearly intact tomb in the Valley of Kings outside Luxor not only stunned the world, it...

Tomb of Ancient Egyptian Princess Unearthed

Tomb of Ancient Egyptian Princess Unearthed

Archaeologists have discovered the court and tomb of a previously unknown ancient Egyptian princess who lived some 4,500 years ago. Archaeologists have unearthed the court and tomb of a previously unknown ancient Egyptian princess who lived some 4,500 years ago. Led...

3,500-year-old Mummy Surprise Found in Egypt

3,500-year-old Mummy Surprise Found in Egypt

Egyptian archaeologists have made a remarkable discovery near the famed Valley of the Kings. Lead by Mostafa Waziri, the team discovered the tomb on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor. The tomb was likely built during the 18th Dynasty (1550–1298 B.C.), but the...

How old is the Great Sphinx?

How old is the Great Sphinx?

The Great Sphinx of Giza, a giant limestone figure with the body of a lion and the head of a man wearing a pharaoh’s headdress, is the national symbol of Egypt—both ancient and modern—and one of the world’s most famous monuments. Despite its iconic status, geologists,...

Sevens Wonders of the Ancient World

Sevens Wonders of the Ancient World

The amazing works of art and architecture known as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World serve as a testament to the ingenuity, imagination and sheer hard work of which human beings are capable. They are also, however, reminders of the human capacity for...

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt

For almost 30 centuries—from its unification around 3100 B.C. to its conquest by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C.—ancient Egypt was the preeminent civilization in the Mediterranean world. From the great pyramids of the Old Kingdom through the military conquests of the...

Egyptian Pyramids

Egyptian Pyramids

Built during a time when Egypt was one of the richest and most powerful civilizations in the world, the pyramids—especially the Great Pyramids of Giza—are some of the most magnificent man-made structures in history. Their massive scale reflects the unique role that...

Pyramids in Latin America

Pyramids in Latin America

Despite the towering reputation of Egypt’s Great Pyramids at Giza, the Americas actually contain more pyramid structures than the rest of the planet combined. Civilizations like the Olmec, Maya, Aztec and Inca all built pyramids to house their deities, as well as to...

Slave Rebellions

Slave Rebellions

Slave rebellions were a continuous source of fear in the American South, especially since black slaves accounted for more than one-third of the region’s population in the 18th century. Laws dictating when, where and how slaves could congregate were enacted to prevent...

The Most Damaging Myths About Slavery, Debunked

The Most Damaging Myths About Slavery, Debunked

Why couldn't the slaves have resisted—or pulled themselves up from their bootstraps after emancipation? Were U.S. slaves in any way responsible for their own misery? Were there any silver linings to forced bondage? These questions surface from time to time in the...

5 Myths About Slavery

5 Myths About Slavery

Find out the truth behind five common myths or misunderstandings about slavery in the United States. 1. Myth #1: There were enslaved Irish people in the American colonies. As historian and public librarian Liam Hogan has written: “There is unanimous agreement,...

7 Influential African Empires

7 Influential African Empires

From ancient Sudan to medieval Zimbabwe, get the facts on seven African kingdoms that made their mark on history. 1. The Kingdom of Kush Meroë is an ancient city on the east bank of the Nile app. 200 km north-east of Khartoum, Sudan. (Credit: Yannick Tylle/Getty...

100 things that you did not know about Africa

100 things that you did not know about Africa

1. The human race is of African origin. The oldest known skeletal remains of anatomically modern humans (or homo sapiens sapiens) were excavated at sites in East Africa. Human remains were discovered at Omo in Ethiopia that were dated at 195,000 years old, the oldest...

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