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Africa’s rich written history begins during the Egyptian Civilization. The challenge of documenting Africa’s history is that there are periods of time that were not written down. African History will help you understand Africa and get to know it as we do. There is much to love there and of course so much to learn.

Beatrice Kimpa Vita

Beatrice Kimpa Vita, often called Dona Beatrice, was burned at the stake as a heretic in 1706 for attempting to create a uniquely African...

Sundiata: A Slightly Irreverent Version of Mali’s Last Conqueror

The truth is that Sundiata was never a twinkle in his father's eye. No, King Maghan Kon Fatta only married Sundiata's mother because a...

Greeks in South Africa

Even though Greeks have not been in South Africa long they have played an important role in the freedom struggle. The horror of facing...

Queen Ranavalona I: The Intensely Cruel Monarch of Madagascar

Madagascar is an island that is located off the south-east side of Africa. Due to many civil wars in the country and European invaders,...

The Cattle Killings: The Dead Will Arise by Jeff Peires

The Dead Will Arise by Jeff Peires tells the story of how a female Xhosa prophet, an adolescent named Nongqawuse, and her uncle Mhlakaza...

The Sphere of Influence Theory in Colonial Africa

The concept of sphere of influence was the direct outcome of European partition of Africa in Berlin in 1884. In the years leading to...

Apocalypse and Resistance

In the West in the 20th Century, many people may consider religious leaders to be nuts, but they are rarely committed to mental institutions,...

Menelik II: Solomon’s Regal Heir and King of Ethiopia

Born on August 19, 1844, Menelik II was born Sahle Mariam in Ankober, a capital in the autonomous Ethiopian province of Shoa. His paternal...

The Shortest War In History: The Anglo-Zanzibar War

The Anglo-Zanzibar War that took place on the 27th of August 1896 is the world's shortest war, lasting about 40 minutes. On August 25th...

An Overview of the Covert Airlifts of Ethiopian Jews to Israel

In 1984, 1985 and again in 1991 Israel covertly arranged for hundreds of Ethiopian Jews to be brought to Israel. Israel, in 1984, 1985...