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Queen Nzinga Mbande was a ruthless and powerful 17th century African ruler of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms (modern-day Angola). Nzinga fearlessly and cleverly fought for the freedom and stature of her kingdoms against the Portuguese, who were colonizing the area at the time. Around the turn of the 17th century, the independent kingdoms and …

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Josina Muthemba Machel (1945-1971) is a major heroine in the history of Mozambique & 2nd wife of Samora Machel. Her grandfather was a Presbyterian who preached nationalism & cultural identity against European assimilation. Her family was jailed as a result of their participation in opposition to Portuguese colonial administration. She is a key figure in the Mozambican struggle for independence, promoted the emancipation of African women & married the man who became the country’s 1st…

My hero: Jane Ellen Harrison

Scholar, Teacher & Writer Jane Ellen Harrison, featured on 17th July 2013:

This painting from 1590 shows an Indian prince eating in the land of Ethiopians (Habshi) or East Africans (Zangis).

Artist & Designer Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova, featured on 17th April, 2013 (

The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa (Paperback) by Precision Series

Precision Series The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana Mali and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa


Africa | Duchess of Kent dancing with the Ghanaian Prime Minister, Kwame Nkrumah, at the Ghana independence ceremonies. Accra, Ghana. March 1957 | ©Mark Kauffman / LIFE Photo Collection