African History

Benin Punitive Expedition 1897

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2HHWsr3A2M This short video explains in brief detail the Benin Punitive Expedition of 1897 and the resultant pillage of the kingdom by the British. But then one important issue must be attended to in this narrative. Towards then end of this video the narrator undoubtedly acknowledge the technical sophistication of the works of arts of… Continue reading Benin Punitive Expedition 1897

African History

Selected Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Africa II

31. West Africa had bling culture in 1067 AD. One source mentions that when the Emperor of Ghana gives audience to his people: “he sits in a pavilion around which stand his horses caparisoned in cloth of gold: behind him stand ten pages holding shields and gold-mounted swords: and on his right hand are the… Continue reading Selected Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Africa II

Africa, African History, European, History

African View of Early Europeans

  Since the 15th century when the Europeans established permanent contact with Africa, so much has been written about the various divergent accounts of earliest European contact with different parts of Africa. On the contrary, little has been written and lend credence to concerning how Africans perceived the Europeans on their arrival or first European… Continue reading African View of Early Europeans

African History, History, Imperialism

Book of the Month: King Leopold’s Ghost

King Leopold's Ghost By Adam Hochschild “A village which refused to provide rubber would be completely swept clean. As a young man, I saw [Fiévez's] soldier Molili, then guarding the village of Boyeka, take a big net, put ten arrested natives in it, attach big stones to the net, and make it tumble into the… Continue reading Book of the Month: King Leopold’s Ghost

African History

Selected Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Africa…

1. The human race is of African origin. The oldest known skeletal remains of anatomically modern humans (or homo sapiens sapiens) were excavated at sites in East Africa. Human remains were discovered at Omo in Ethiopia that were dated at 195,000 years old, the oldest known in the world. 2. Skeletons of pre-humans have been… Continue reading Selected Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Africa…

African Americans, African History, History, Leadership, Politics

The Souls of Black Folk

The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois To Burghardt and Yolande The Lost and the Found Of Our Spiritual Strivings O water, voice of my heart, crying in the sand, All night long crying with a mournful cry, As I lie and listen, and cannot understand The voice of my heart… Continue reading The Souls of Black Folk

African History

Oduduwa

Oduduwa: Odu (Womb) Dudu (Black) Iwa (Character) Odu to dudu to da iwa (Odu/du/wa). 'Odua,' simply stand for Oduduwa, when abbreviated. Oduduwa people are Yoruba's from Ile Ife, the cradle of all Yoruba people. Hidden mystery of creation. Which some of us called the "myth." The black in relationship to the womb, Simply signifies, 'mysteries… Continue reading Oduduwa