First published in 1930, Mhudi was finished in 1920.  The author, Sol Plaatje had trouble finding a publisher, and so the manuscript languished for a decade. Mhudi was a groundbreaking novel, approaching history from an Afro-Centric view rather than the more common European view. It was a radically different approach for the time, showing the …

  • October 16, 2020
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On 19 July 1956, Gamel Abdel Nasser was returning from the meeting that would lead to the creation of the Non-Aligned Nations Movement and a new Third World, when he received word that the United States and Great Britain had decided to withdraw their offers to fund the construction of the Aswan Dam. The de-funding …

  • September 28, 2020
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On 25 September 1926 the legal definition of a slave was finally made official for the entire world: Slavery is the status or condition of a person over whom any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised. The document that made the definition of slavery official, the 1926 Slavery …

  • September 25, 2020
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On 14 September 1960 Colonel Joseph-Désiré Mobutu seized power in the newly independent Congo in a bloodless coup.  Ostensibly, as Mobutu claimed on his radio broadcast explaining the event, the coup was undertaken to break the impasse the Congolese government had reached.  Mobutu characterized it as a “cooling off” period, in which the government would …

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On 12 September 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was deposed by the communist Derg.  Emperor Selassie was the last of the Solomonic Dynasty to rule Ethiopia, a reported 225 generations from his biblical ancestors the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. Selassie would last just less than two years before being murdered, and when …

  • September 11, 2020
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It is easy to assume the end of slavery as the end of the American Civil War.  Although, for true understanding, there is a much more nuanced discussion necessary of societal and personal reasons causing people to take up arms to free others not of their own ethnic group; the most basic and simple point …

  • September 4, 2020
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“Don’t compromise the future with hasty reforms, and don’t replace the structures that Belgium hands over to you until you are sure that you can do better.  Don’t be afraid to come to us.  We will remain by your side and give you advice.” With those most patronizing of words, King Baudouin I of Belgium …

  • August 30, 2020
  • Congo
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The movie Zulu was more than just the breakout vehicle for Michael Caine – it was an account, albeit the movie version, of a war that defined the British Scramble for Africa and yet was hidden behind the complete and overwhelming shadows of the two World Wars. Even the movie Zulu itself still obscures the …

  • August 28, 2020
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Samuel Maharero was born in 1856.  It was the beginning of a time of massive upheaval in South West Africa. His father, paramount chief of the Herero, had consolidated Herero rule in the area over the Nama and Orlam people by 1861.  The latter stages of that struggle was marked by the usage of much …

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