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Why was Queen Mary I of England called ‘Bloody Mary’?

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During Queen Mary's reign, 227 men and 56 women were executed, including Bishops Nicholas Ridley, Hugh Latimer, and Thomas Cranmer...
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Werner Forssmann: The Nobel Prize winner who “touched his own heart”

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In 1956, Werner Forssmann shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine (with Andre Cournand and Dickinson Richards) to develop a heart catheterization technique...
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10 Strange Facts about the Love Life of Ancient Egyptians

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

The Tragic Story of Patrice Lumumba, Congo’s First Prime Minister

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Patrice Lumumba became Congo's first prime minister just as Belgium, the colonial ruler of the region, was preparing to grant her independence on June 30, 1960.
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The Seven Wonders of Ancient Africa

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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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Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi: Did the General deserve to die?

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Ironsi's proclamation of Decree 34 on May 24, 1966, marked the beginning of the end for him. The decree strengthened the centre, thereby removing the powers granted to the regions.
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The Forgotten Arab Slave Trade of East Africa

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The Arab slave trade in East Africa is one of the oldest, stretching back 700 years before the European transatlantic slave trade.
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The Nigerian Naira (₦): A History of its Rise and Fall

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On January 1, 1973, the Nigerian Naira replaced the Nigerian pound with an exchange rate of ₦2 to £1 in the UK and ₦1 to $0.6 in the U.S.
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Why Lord Lugard joined Northern and Southern Nigeria in 1914

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In 1912, Lord Frederick Lugard was appointed Governor-General of both Northern and Southern Nigeria with the mandate to unite the two Protectorates.
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Top 5 African Cities that are most vulnerable to Climate Change

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According to the Africa Growth Initiative, Africa...has 7 out of the 10 countries that are considered the most threatened by climate change all over the world.
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Did the Almoravids sack the Ghana Empire in 1240?

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Some modern historians argued that the notion of any Almoravid military conquest is...derived from a misinterpretation of or limited reliance on Arabic scripts.
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Was Calabar ever the capital of Nigeria?

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Although Calabar was the capital of this new Protectorate of Southern Nigeria, however, most of the colonial, diplomatic activities and high-level official businesses were carried out in Lagos.
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Who are the Real Founding Fathers of Nigeria?

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Nnamdi Azikiwe, Obafemi Awolowo, Ahmadu Bello, and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa are commonly mentioned when Nigerians discuss their founding fathers...
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Top 5 Looted Treasures from Africa

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Reports say 80-90% of Africa’s looted treasures are currently held abroad – mostly in European nations.
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Why Nigeria, 27 African Countries boycotted the 1976 Montréal Olympic Games

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Montréal was the first Canadian city to hold an Olympic Games in 1976. The 21st Olympiad took place between July 17 and August 1, 1976.
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Isaac Adaka Boro (1938-1968): Nigeria’s First Secessionist

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Before Emeka Ojukwu declared the Republic of Biafra in May 1967, Isaac Adaka Boro had declared the Niger Delta Republic in February 1966.
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Why Africans don’t celebrate Black History Month

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In the United States of America, where Black History Month originated, it is also known as African American History Month.
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How Evans Monsignac Spent 27 Days Under the 2010 Haiti Earthquake

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Everyone thought Evans Monsignac had died in the earthquake, but, 27 days after the deadly tragedy, the man believed to be one of the longest-ever earthquake survivors, was found alive by rescue workers.
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Ernest Shonekan (1936-2022): A Child of Circumstance

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At around 3:30 p.m. on August 26, 1993, Ernest Shonekan was sworn in as Nigeria’s new Head of State by Chief Justice Mohammed Bello.
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Is Lagos a No Man’s Land?

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Lagos was the capital city of Nigeria for 77 years until the seat of government was moved to Abuja, which was planned and built specifically for that purpose.
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A Short History of Onitsha

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Onitsha became part of the British protectorate in 1884 which made the British colonial government and Christian missionaries penetrate most of Igboland...
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How 5-Year-Old Lina Medina Became the Youngest Mother in History

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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.
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