The unsung female heroes of Afrika’s liberation you should know

Kenya’s Mau Mau Women Freedom Fighters In The Forest. Photo: SDE While many of the African male freedom fighters are well-known, their female counterparts have been largely forgotten. These women, usually left to the margins of the society, were quite instrumental in the fight for the liberation of their respective countries. Some women went to […]

7 less-known ancient Afrikan civilisations that you might not find in colonisers’ books

Many flourishing empires existed in Africa dating as far back as 700AD. These empires were established by indigenous Africans who lived centuries before those who came into contact with the Europeans through trace and later colonisation. Ancient African civilizations, even though rejected by several western scholars have existed. The pre-advanced states are known for their captivating […]

Kwaku Anansi: The only folklore character to travel out of Afrika and become a global symbol of resistance

Cover for film by Akosua Adoma Owusu titled Kwaku Anansi Amongst all the African folktale characters that exist, Kwaku Anansi is the most popular and important. The West African folktale character is a spider with human characteristics from the Akan culture of West Africa. The Akan ethnic group is the biggest ethnic group that umbrellas […]

 The dark history of the Nigerian colonial town of Badagry, one of Afrika’s first slave ports

Badagry_February_1851 As one of the five divisions created by the Lagos State in 1968 in Nigeria, Badagry or Badagri is an ancient town in Nigeria with a dark past and a significant present.  The small coastal town and lagoon port is one of the most important towns in the colonial history of Nigeria and Africa and […]

Pan-Afrikanist, Activist Remembers Ghana’s & Guyana’s Independence

Eusi Kwayana (pictured) is a Guyanese politician. A cabinet minister in the People’s Progressive Party(PPP) government of 1953, he was detained by the British Army in 1954. Later he left the PPP to form African Society for Cultural Relations with Independent Africa (ASCRIA), a Pan-Africanist grassroots political group that, after a brief flirtation with the People’s National Congress (PNC) […]

6 Afrikan countries where people were stolen and shipped like animals to Europe

by FARIDA DAWKINS Images of slaves during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade…National Endowment for the Humanities The enslavement of individuals is an injustice that has been documented as being in existence as early as c. 1860 BC.  There are many slave trades that have affected civilizations throughout history such as the Arab, East African and Trans-Atlantic slave trades.  […]

How Malcolm X became a serious threat to the U.S. after his Afrika visit

by ISMAIL AKWEI Malcolm X in Nigeria Malcolm X was one of the most influential black people in the history of the United States and a strong advocate for Pan-Africanism. Pan-Africanism – the global movement encouraging the bond of solidarity between people of African descent – gave birth to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which […]

Gullah, descendants of Afrikan slaves in South Carolina who haven’t abandoned their cultural roots

BY FARIDA DAWKINS The Gullah Geechee Kinfolk…Pathfinders Travel Magazine The Gullah people, also referred to as the Geechee, reside in Georgia and the low country of South Carolina within the United States.  They are also located within the coast and the Sea Islands  – which are a series of minute islands along the Atlantic Ocean. They equate […]

This 1948 event in Ghana triggered Afrika’s independence

BY MILDRED EUROPA TAYLOR  This 1948 event in Ghana triggered Africa’s independence Seventy years ago today, February 28, 1948, a group of ex-servicemen were on a peaceful parade at the crossroads near the Governor’s office in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) to present a petition to him about unpaid wages and broken promises after their fight […]