Top 13 Most Powerful African Queens

Top 13 Most Powerful African Queens

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These African queens and warriors led men to war, ruled kingdoms and called the shots. Some even resisted European domination and colonialism.
A History of Great Zimbabwe - The Rise and Fall

A History of Great Zimbabwe: The Rise and Fall

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Great Zimbabwe was the capital city of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, which controlled trade along a large part of the East African coast between 1200 and 1600...
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The Difference Between French and British Colonialism in Africa

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Before European colonialism in Africa, the continent had wider flexibility of movement as national borders were almost nonexistent.
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Shishak: The African King Who Sacked Jerusalem in 10th Century B.C.

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There is a high probability that Shishak sacked Jerusalem by taking their gold, silver, and other precious treasures to Egypt while simultaneously making Jerusalem subordinate to Egypt.
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Amílcar Cabral: Who killed Guinea-Bissau’s Revolutionary Leader in 1973?

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On January 20, 1973, Amílcar Cabral was shot and killed outside his home in Conakry, where his political party had established its headquarters. He was just 48.
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Ngwenyama Sobhuza II: The African King Who Ruled for 82 Years

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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...
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Imhotep: The Real Father of Medicine is from Africa

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What made Imhotep stand out, particularly in the world of Egyptian medicine at the time, was that his medical discoveries were not based on magic.
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Samora Machel: A Luta Continua!

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A Luta Continua are Portuguese words that were made popular by Samora Machel, first president of Mozambique after its independence in 1975.
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What led to the Fall of the Ghana Empire in 1240?

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The Ghana Empire was situated in the western Sudan region, present-day Mauritania and Mali; crammed between the north and south of the Empire are the Sahara and the rainforests respectively.
Did Sultan Moulay Ismail of Morocco father 1000 Children

Did Sultan Moulay Ismail of Morocco father 1000 Children?

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Sultan Moulay Ismail was so protective of his four wives and 500 concubines that any man who just looked at any one of them was punished by death.
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Idris Alooma, the Mai of Bornu

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Idris Alooma was known by the Kanuri title of Mai for a king...
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Top 13 Interesting Facts About Thomas Sankara

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Sankara renamed Burkina Faso, or "land of the upright people", and introduce progressist policies that distanced his regime from other former French colonies.
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Top 13 Most Powerful African Kings

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Africa has an amazingly rich and complex history and there have been hundreds of important African kings, queens...and emperors throughout the millennia.
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Thomas Sankara: Who killed ‘Africa’s Che Guevara’?

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Thomas Sankara's body, riddled with bullets, was quickly buried in an unmarked grave while his widow, Mariam, and their two children fled the country...
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A History of Christianity in Africa

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The spread of Christianity in Africa is mostly attributed to Mark the Evangelist who is reported to have brought the religion to Alexandria, Egypt.
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Mansa Musa: The Financial Recklessness of the Richest Man in History

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Mansa Musa amassed so much wealth that he has been described by historians as the richest man in history...
Top 5 looted treasures from Africa

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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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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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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1884 Berlin Conference: How Europe “shared” Africa Like a Piece of Cake

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For 14 weeks and 5 days, European countries cooked their plans on how to share Africa like a piece of cake. They called it the...Berlin Conference.
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Aare Ona Kakanfo Afonja: The Rise and Fall of the Oyo Empire

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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.
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10 Powerful African Women Who Shook the 20th Century

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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.
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