How the Ashanti game of Oware was used by slaves in the Caribbean to plan their escape from plantations

Oware is considered the oldest Mancala board game in the world. Dating back centuries to ancient Africa, specifically the Ashanti tribe in Ghana, Mancala is one of the most commonly known board games in Africa, among others. The worldwide spread is noted to be because of the slave trade Carribean that saw many Africans sold to […]

Ghanaian Visionary Samia Nkrumah Foresees Revolution, Then United States Of Afrika

 by Ann Brown Kwame Nkrumah was once the hope of not only Ghana, where he was the country’s first president after its independence, but also for all of Africa. The legendary Pan-African leader pushed for a thriving, united, and truly independent Africa. Nkrumah’s hopes and dreams for Africa live on in his only daughter, Samia […]

The story of Takyi, the Ghanaian king who led a slave rebellion in Jamaica in 1760

Before finding himself as a slave, working hours on end and living in hard conditions on the Frontier plantation in Jamaica, Takyi was a Fanti king from Gold Coast, now modern Ghana. There are no records of which group of Fantis he ruled over before becoming a slave but research indicates that he might have […]

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 […]