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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...
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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.
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.
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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.
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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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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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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.

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.
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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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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Was Ancient Egypt a White Civilisation?

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Ancient Egypt lasted from 3100 B.C. when Narmer reigned as Egypt’s first king and ended in 30 B.C. when it fell to the Roman Empire and became a Roman province.
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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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What Africa Had Before European Colonization

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Long before European colonization, Africa had its own forms of trade, science, art, and other measures of civilization.
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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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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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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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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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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Nzinga Mbande: The African Queen Who Fought Portuguese Colonialism for 37 years

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Remembered for her intelligence...political and diplomatic wisdom, and her brilliant military tactics, Nzinga Mbande has become a historical figure in Angola.
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