Category Archives: Africa

French West Africa / Afrique occidentale française, (AOF) (PART 3)

French West Africa / Afrique occidentale française, (AOF) (PART 3) At the beginning of Napoleon III’s reign, the presence of France in Senegal was limited to a trading post on the island of Goree, a narrow strip on the coast, … Continue reading

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French West Africa / Afrique occidentale française, (AOF) (PART 2)

French West Africa / Afrique occidentale française, (AOF) (PART 2) Napoleon III doubled the area of the French overseas Empire; he established French rule in New Caledonia, and Cochinchina, established a protectorate in Cambodia (1863); and colonized parts of Africa. … Continue reading

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French West Africa / Afrique occidentale française, (AOF) (PART 1)

French West Africa / Afrique occidentale française, (AOF) (PART 1) This was a federation of eight French colonial territories in Africa: Mauritania, Senegal, French Sudan (now Mali), French Guinea, Ivory Coast, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), Dahomey (now Benin) and … Continue reading

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People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria

dePeople’s Democratic Republic of Algeria It is a country in the Maghreb region (the Arabic word means “place where the sun sets”) of North Africa. The capital and the most populous city is Algiers, located in the far north of … Continue reading

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South African President

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation address at On 18 December 2017, Cyril Ramaphosa was elected to succeed Zuma as President of the ANC at the ANC Conference at Nasrec, Johannesburg. Subsequent months saw growing … Continue reading

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Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Part (2)

Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Part (2) Backgrounder by Claire Felter Sudan. Omar al-Bashir came to power in a 1989 military coup that ousted the democratically elected prime minister. He has remained in office ever since despite allegations by international and … Continue reading

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Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Part (1)

Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Part (1) Backgrounder by Claire Felter Last updated March 4, 2019 Introduction Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state. Some postcolonial leaders in the 1960s and 1970s sought to become … Continue reading

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A new dimension for pan-African news launches on January 4th, 2016

A new dimension for pan-African news launches on January 4th, 2016. Africanews is a new pan-African media, pioneering multilingual and independent news telling expertise in Sub-Saharan Africa. On the ground, correspondents report from all corners of the continent on African … Continue reading

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“Melanchroes”

“Melanchroes”. You will find translations where ‘black skinned and woolly-haired’ are used, but the termme lanchroes, which was translated to mean black in some versions, was used to describe any skin tone from bronzed to black, and through usage translates … Continue reading

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Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley 1753-1784 age 31 She was the first published African-American female poet. Although the date and place of her birth are not documented, scholars believe that Phillis Wheatley was born in 1753 in West Africa most likely in present-day … Continue reading

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