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, […]

How H. Rap Brown Forecast the Future of Black Power

by  Dr. Matthew Quest From 1967-1971, H Rap Brown (now Imam Jamil Al-Amin ), native of Baton Rouge Louisiana, distinguished himself in how he foretold the future of the Black Power movement and clarified the questions we should be asking about where African American politics and anti-racist politics were headed. His deeper contributions to politics are obscure to most perhaps as […]

Profundity vs Profanity

                                                                                                      From The Ramparts   […]

 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 […]

Interesting facts about the Great Walls of Benin in Nigeria, one of the world’s largest man-made earth structures

The Great Walls of Benin It may not be as famous as the Great Wall of China, but it was at one time in history the largest man-made structure in the world. Constructed over a period of 600 years, the Great Walls of Benin was located at the southern border of the defunct Benin Kingdom, […]

Togolese protest government pawns of colonizers

By Abayomi Azikiwe Editor’s note: U.S. military presence and intervention continue to ramp up on the African continent, with reverberating consequences. Bourgeois news sources trumpet the devastating bombing deaths of more than 300 people in Somalia on Oct. 14, but neglect to reveal the instigator’s hometown was attacked by U.S. Special Forces two months ago, […]

These Chefz and Farmerz are Preserving Gullah Food Culture

Food is central to the Gullah way of life. The keepers of Black Southern coastal communities share their insights about retaining their culture in the face of significant change. Nicole Taylor Civil Eats Chefs and Farmers Preserving Gullah Food Culture Benjamin “B.J.” Dennis Civil Eats Food is central to the Gullah way of life. For […]


There were many African grown crops that traveled along the slave ship with slaves. Most often foods such as okra, rice and kidney and lima beans accompanied them. The food was to ensure that the slaves were able to eat while traveling to their new way of life. There were also many other crops that […]

The Art of Dambe: West Afrikan Boxing

Photo Essay by Nigerian photographer, August Udoh. Dambe, also known as Kokawa is a form of boxing associated with the Hausa people of West Africa. Historically, Dambe included a wrestling component, known as Kokawa, but today it is essentially a striking art. The tradition is dominated by Hausa butcher caste groups, and over the last […]

History (our story) of the California Blackz Nation Califianz (Khalifianz) The First Amerikanz

“…They manipulate our history books; the history books are not true; it’s a lie. The history books are lying, you need to know that, you must know that.’  — Michael Jackson by  Diane Blackmon Photo of Indigenous Americans – black native Americans *According to, author James W. Loewen in his best selling book “Lies My Teacher Told […]