Why the Kingdom of Dahomey gave up the fight against slavery in 1730

King Behanzin of Dahomey and his household — Photo: New World Encyclopedia The Kingdom of Dahomey (present-day Benin) has a rich yet complicated history. It had kings and princes who made decisions that had a huge impact on the natives of the once prosperous kingdom. One of these kings is Agadja Trudo, the third ruler […]

Book Review: The Afrikan, The European, And The Underground Whispers That Spurred Revolution

By Todd Steven Burroughs    Julius S. Scott’s classic work reveals that in the 18th century, Africans both free and enslaved by the European powers were in constant, underground communication with each other in the Caribbean as Revolution in France turned to the Americans.   The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian […]

Akua, the influential slave healer who became queen in Jamaica but was executed by the British

The Queen of Kingston in Jamaica or Cubah Cornwallis, as she is popularly known, is lost in history due to the improper documentation that makes it hard to follow or believe in her existence. In trying to read about the adventurous life of this woman who took the unwilling journey into slavery from Africa and […]

Dual War and Repression: Domestic and Foreign Policy on Black People

By Netfa Freeman Parallel tracks of US government policy against the Black working class in the US and on the African continent expose much more than incidental similarity but a concerted fatal conspiracy. For the US, African people globally have no economic value short of being unwitting consumers whose labor-use has expired, and whose resistance […]

DRC: The boy soldiers and girl brides of war-torn North Kivu

DRC is one of the most complex humanitarian crises on the planet, but has less than 30 percent of the funding it needs Anita,16, was kidnapped and forced to marry a fighter when she was 15. Despite his promise of a dowry, she and her family received nothing. She was given little food and was […]

“The Burial of Slavery”: August 1, 1838

A Funeral Scene at the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York by Meserette Kentake Few acts of collective forgetting have been as thorough and as successful as the erasing of slavery from the Britain’s “island story”. ~David Olusoga On August 1, 1838, the British ended the Maafa (Atlantic slavery) in the territories, they had […]

Profundity vs Profanity

                                                                                                      From The Ramparts   […]

The United Afrikan State :-what if Afrika was one country?

by tinashe  Africa is a continent and as many of us know the continent is not a single country. Africa is currently divided between 54 different independent countries but what would happen if all of these countries United to form the United African States. What would Africa the country look like in the world and […]

The Ethiopian empress and master strategist behind the battle that humiliated the Italians in 1896

The Battle of Adwa is known to have stopped the colonial aggression of Europeans in Africa after Ethiopian forces surprised the world by defeating heavily-armed Italian troops that attempted to conquer the Empire in 1896. Behind this victory that maintained Ethiopia as the only African nation that was never colonized, lies a brilliant military strategist […]

Stono Rebellion: The largest slave revolt in Amerika led by slaves from Kongo in 1739

  By the 1700s, slavery had become a lucrative business with over 500,000 slaves spread across America. Despite not having privileges which gave them opportunities to utilise their spare time well by the 1720’s,  slaves often met to educate themselves, discuss social issues or connect with others in neighbouring plantations and colonies. Slave communities had grown, […]