The forgotten groundnut pyramids of Nigeria, the one-time pride of the West Afrikan nation

The Groundnut Pyramids of Nigeria. Pic credit: AgroNigeria You can call them Nigerians’ first love. Built in northern cities such as Kano, Malam Madori and Bebeji from the 1910s, they were pyramid-like structures made from groundnut sacks that towered up towards the sky, offering splendour similar to the Egyptian pyramids. In the 1960s and 70s, […]

SALIF KEITA’S FIGHTS FOR FELLOW ALBINOS WITH HIS MUSIC

By ZamaMdoda     We all know how lethal unfounded beliefs can be. On the African continent, a person with albinism has to contend with the dangers associated with attitudes around albinism. Superstition is a powerful yet tainted force in a way that endangers the lives of those with the albino gene. Malian singer, songwriter and albino […]

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 […]

The Thiaroye massacre, 1944

by Steven Johns A short history of the mass killing of black soldiers in the Free French Forces who were protesting against non-payment of wages towards the end of World War II. It is an often-neglected fact that the majority of General De Gaulle’s Free French Forces were not white Frenchmen but were predominantly troops from […]

The Dashiki: The History of a Radical Garment

by DAMOLA DUROSOMO DIASPORA—The dashiki is clothing as politics. It might not exactly seem that way in its present state—a revived, streetwear trend largely associated with the intricate and highly recognizable ‘Angelina print,’ but its story is one of African innovation and Black resistance. The word “dashiki” comes from the Yoruba word danshiki, used to refer […]

Everywhere is war: European warlords strike again – this time in Mali

By Gerald A. Perreira Until the philosophy / that holds one race superior / and another inferior / is finally and permanently / discredited and abandoned / Everywhere is war. The National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), largely made up of Tuaregs forced out of Libya, claim land in Northern Mali they call Azawad as […]

Disaster Capitalism in the Maghreb: War, Refugees and Profit in West Africa

Ramzy Baroud   French troops in Mali The British security firm G4S is set to rake in massive profits thanks to crises in Mali, Libya and Algeria. Recognized as the world’s biggest security firm, the group’s brand plummeted during the London Olympics last year due to its failure to satisfy conditions of a government contract. […]