Oware                         OwareI was first introduced to the popular ‘two-player abstract’ strategy game called ‘Oware’ by a good Cape Verdean friend of mine. He told me about the cultural significance of the game in ‘Cape...

The Golden Age of Timbuktu - #inktober2019The city of Timbuktu began as a nomadic outpost that grew into a permanent settlement [around the 12th century]. With beneficial trade routes, the city quickly flourished into the cultural hub and center of learning that mystified the world.   The...

@nowhitesaviorsA while ago I discovered the Ugandan based force of nature that is 'No White Saviors'. Three women, operating from Africa for Africans, redefining the positive impact that social media can have. NWS is actively challenging the ideologies and institutions that have presented themselves as...

The Keita DynastyThe Keita Dynasty was a Muslim Dynasty that ruled pre-imperial and imperial Mali [West-Africa], roughly around the 12th century. The Keitas first ruled as Faamas [Kings] of the Mali region, and later as Mansas [Emperors] of the Mali Empire [12th - 13th century]....

The Freedom Fighters of SurinamSurinam has known a number of freedom fighters that posed a serious threat to the European colonialist and their slave trade. The Maroons that were able to successfully escape the plantations, did the improbable and organized themselves into settlements within the...

The Songhai Empire  During the West-African golden age [14th - 15th century] the Songhai Empire emerged, from the skeleton of the Mali Empire, to dominate the western region of the continent.    During the gradual decline of the Mali Empire [ca. 1230 - 1670], the ruling elite of...

The fall and Rise of RwandaThe Republic of Rwanda is a [small] country in eastern-Africa, bordering Congo-Kinshasa, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi.The region spent a while under different western rulers, who exhorted the rich environment at the cost of the Rwandan natives. The Belgian colonialists were...

Prolific ThinkersMalcolm X [Malik El-Shabazz] and Doctor King [Martin Luther King Jr.] were prominent leaders of the civil rights movement in America. Both serving within the same ecosystem of social justice. But how they wanted to achieve that social justice often marked them on opposite...

The Black ArchivesThe Black Archives [located at Vereniging Ons Suriname] is a historical archive, boasting books centered around often withheld topics such as racial issues, [de]colonization, [Trans-Atlantic] slavery, feminism, and more. The historical archive was initiated by Jessica de Abreu, Mitchell Esajas, Miguel Heilbron en...

Creolen and MarronsThe Creoles and Maroons are both direct descendants from kidnapped [west-] Africans forced to labor on the infamous plantations of Surinam. The two distinct cultures have shared much together. Yet the Maroons have known freedom before the Dutch abolition of the trans-Atlantic slavery...

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