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On May 14, 1939, at the age of five years, seven months, and three weeks, Lina Medina became the youngest mother in world history to have ever given birth to a child.

Afonja was the sixth Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land after Oku of Jabata. His term as Aare Ona Kakanfo signalled the surrender of Ilorin to Sokoto.

John XII preferred battles to Bible study, hunting to holiness, and was a notorious adulterer and liar. The prestige of the papacy was at its lowest ebb.

Among the ancient Egyptians, women were respected, birth control was used, and premarital sex was rampant.

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Sobhuza II is the longest-reigning monarch in recorded history at 82 years, 254 days. He married 70 wives, who bore him 210 children...

The October 2020 EndSARS Protest in Nigeria actively lasted for 17 days; from October 7, 2020, to October 24, 2020.

Athena also played a vital role at the beginning of the Trojan War, as she along with Hera and Aphrodite involved themselves in a feud.

The Romans would go on to rule Egypt for nearly 700 years before the Arabs, in December 639, conquered the ancient African kingdom.


A Luta Continua are Portuguese words that were made popular by Samora Machel, first president of Mozambique after its independence in 1975.


The Great Walls of the Benin Kingdom built by the Edo people c.1055, is one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient Africa.

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The Margaret Ekpo International Airport is the only airport in Africa to be named after a woman...

Every 31st day of July is celebrated as African Women’s Day to affirm the role of the African woman in the evolution of a strong Pan-African identity.

A majority of Nigeria's 36 states got their names from rivers, urban legends, and acronym of major cities...

The full story of how the political rivalry between Ladoke Akintola and Obafemi Awolowo led to Nigeria's First Coup D'Ă©tat in 1966...

While Bola Ige was shot and killed in Ibadan, Funsho Williams was stabbed and strangled to death at his home in Lagos.

Murtala Muhammed remains the youngest Nigerian Head-of-State to die in office at the age of 37, and the only one to die before the age of 40...

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Ota Benga's story exposes the ills of racism, white supremacy and the inhumane abilities of humans in privileged positions.

Sarah Baartman was an African woman whose prominent feminine features subjected her to a life of harassment, slavery and objectification in Europe.

The assassination of President William McKinley took place at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901.

The March on Washington remains an inspiration for activists and advocates fighting for equality and human rights in the present day, even 60 years after.

The United States has witnessed a plethora of Black Race Massacres over the years. Millions of Black people have lost their lives due to racism...

The June 16, 1976, Soweto Uprising, a protest against the imposition of Afrikaans in schools, was a pivotal moment in the fight against apartheid.

On June 6, 2018, Buhari declared that Nigeria’s Democracy Day would be celebrated as a national holiday every year on June 12 instead of May 29.

The African Moors had a lasting impact on Europe's intellectual development and brought the continent from the Dark Ages into the Renaissance.

The assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968, had a profound impact on the civil rights movement, the United States and the world.

Thomas Jefferson was 44 while Sally Hemings was only 14 when this sexual relationship started. Today, it would be considered statutory rape.

As the Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello is still venerated by millions of Nigerians, especially among his kinsmen in Northern Nigeria.

Obafemi Awolowo rose to become the first Premier of the Western Region of Nigeria and the leader of the Action Group Party in the First Republic.

Malcolm X was one of the most prophetic revolutionary voices of the 20th century who was assassinated on February 21, 1965. He was just 39.

Murtala Muhammed remains the youngest Nigerian Head-of-State to die in office and the only one to die before the age of 40.

Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu allegedly labelled incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari as an “ethnic bigot and a religious fanatic” in 2003.

On January 30, 1649, King Charles I of England was executed. It was an unprecedented trial and killing of a sovereign. It was a regicide.

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