Kunda Kids, focused on educating children about African history and culture

11th January 2021 BY checkoutafrica

Meet Louisa and Dele, founders of @KundaKids a publisher, and team of writers, illustrators, editors, musicians and animators. Kunda Kids has a single purpose to inspire the next generation of young people about ancient and modern African history and culture. Kunda Kids recently released 4 beautifully illustrated children’s books titled Africa’s Little Kings & Queens, a collection of four beautifully…

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France return African treasures looted during the colonial period

19th December 2020 BY checkoutafrica

French MPs have back a move to return looted historical artifacts to Benin and Senegal, completing the legislative process needed to give back the objects Benin will receive 26 artifacts taken from the Palace of Behanzin in the late 19th century, including a royal throne, which are currently exhibited at the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac museum in Paris.  Senegal will get back a…

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7 Things You Should Know About Burundi

15th July 2020 BY Ivor Moyo

1) Location  It is bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.  It’s capital city Shifted From Bujumbura to Gitega o In January 2019, the Parliament of Burundi voted to move the capital city from Bujumbura to Gitega to promote urbanization and infrastructural development.…

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10 African Kings You Need To Know

2nd July 2020 BY checkoutafrica

  1. King Shaka Kasenzangakhona of Zulu (South Africa) 2. Emperor Asika the Great of Songhai (Mali) 3. King Mansa Musa of Mali 4. Empreror Menelik of Ethiopia 5. Menes first Pharaoh of Kemet (Egypt) 6. Tutankhamun of Kemet (Egypt) 7. King Affonso I of Kongo (Congo) 8. Sunni Ali Ber King of Songhai (Mali) 9. King Shamba Bolongongo of…

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Kru People: African Tribe that Refused to be Captured into Slavery

15th January 2020 BY checkoutafrica

The Kru people are indigenous to Liberia and the Ivory Coast. Kru were most known for seafaring and their strong resistance to capture by European enslavers in the Transatlantic slave trade. The Kru would fight vehemently and even take their own lives before surrendering to enslavement. Because of their tenacity, they were labeled as difficult and less valuable in the slave…

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Malik Ambar, The Ethiopian Slave Who Later Became King In India

16th December 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Malik Ambar was among the tens of thousands of men, women, and children captured in Africa and sold into slavery in the Middle East and India over nearly nine centuries.  His story is also an indication of the ability of some in the predominantly Muslim Indian Ocean world to rise far above their initial servile status. Born Chapu in 1548 in Harar Province, Ethiopia, Ambar…

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5 Ways African Fashion Has Inspired Mainstream Fashion

27th June 2019 BY Ivis Ngwenya

For decades, if not centuries African fashion has been the root of inspiration for numerous Western brands and fashion trends. I mean it’s pretty evident considering the topic of cultural appropriation vs cultural appreciation on African fashion has been a hot subject for the last couple of years now. When you take a look at African fashion over the years,…

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Timestamp – A Poem By Lola Oh – A Film By Abu B. Yillah

29th April 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Living in a society where most second and third generation children of immigrant struggle with finding a place to call home, we find our solitude sharing our truths in communities of ‘home’ that we’ve had to create in spaces where a few decades ago we had no voices in. Lola Oh, is a Brit(ish) poet and writer, born to a…

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Yes, Africans Live in Mud Huts

8th April 2019 BY Fatmata Kamara

I came across the meme below a few years ago and decided to share it on my Facebook page. I left the continent at the age of 5, so at the time I shared this meme I only knew that yes there were probably “mud huts” in Africa and that I didn’t actually remember what an African city looked like.…

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