Category Archives for Southern Africa

The Herero and Nama Genocide in Namibia

Bismarck assembled leaders of Europe countries and the USA in 1884-5 for what is now known as the Berlin Conference, to settle disputes about the colonies. Ironically, there were no African people invited.

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Mandela’s Azania: A Celebration of Freedom Day in South Africa

We are commemorating Freedom Day with the launch of Global Black History’s book; Mandela’s Azania: A Brief Analysis of Precolonial, Colonial and Postcolonial South Africa. HISTORY Freedom Day,

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Zimbabwe: 36 Years of Trials and Triumphs

Zimbabwe officially became Independent on April 18, 1980. Despite various economic setbacks, the people have been resilient and continue to make progress in education, in agriculture and in even in promoting

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The Nkomati Agreement- Mozambique & South Africa

On March 16, 1984, Mozambique was forced to sign a special treaty with the apartheid government of South Africa known as the Nkomati Agreement. Mozambique promised not to allow the ANC (African National

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The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland

The white settlers in Southern Rhodesia conducted a referendum in 1923 to end British rule and established a new constitution under a system called ‘Responsible Government’. Under this new government

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The Nguni State Under Dingiswayo

In 18th century South Africa, there were mainly two groups of people who were readily identified by the languages they spoke: the Sotho and Nguni. The Sotho language was spoken by the northern Sotho or

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The State of Black Women Around the World

Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society and corresponds with International Women’s Day on

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Mozambique’s Economic & Political History II

During the period after independence there was a mass exodus of Portuguese nationals coupled with weak infrastructure, nationalization, and economic mismanagement. In addition, during most of the civil

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Mozambique’s Economic & Political History I

Mozambique is a country on the south-eastern seaboard of Africa, and a tropical paradise with a somewhat turbulent history.  Given its geography Mozambique is the gateway to Southern Africa and a major

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Why Do White People Despise Blacks by Julius Malema

This article was originally published in South Africa’s Sunday Times on January 10, 2016 There is no doubt that the recent social media posts by white supremacists referring to black people as animals

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Tanzania’s President John ‘bulldozer’ Magufuli’s New Leadership

Tanzania’s President John Magufuli was recently elected in October and already he is setting a new tone for the direction of the country and its leadership. His brand of leadership opens a new chapter

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Malema Honestly Evaluates Mandela & Mugabe Legacy

Recently, South African Member of Parliament and opposition EFF leader, Julius Malema addressed the Oxford Union and was very candid about his approach to issues in his country. He has become the voice

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Is Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe Mania A Distraction?

OPINION- Is ZANU-PF using First Lady Grace Mugabe to hide the true power brokers in the party and the crumbling economy? Much has been said about Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe and her telegraphed

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Forgotten History: The Gaza State, 1821- 1895

In 1821, Soshangane who had been a part of Shaka’s army led a small group of the Ndwandwe to the North. Eventually, they settled in the lands of the Tsonga, in what is now present day Mozambique.

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Early Boer & British Settlements in South Africa

The early history of Dutch and British settlers in South Africa might help to explain the inequality and problems of present day South Africa. The history of colonialism begins with the Dutch in 1652 followed

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Zimbabwe’s Historymaker Maponga Learns the Power of Social Media

Stansly Maponga made history when he became the first Zimbabwean American to play in the American National Football League (NFL). Zimbabwe is the small Southern African country with the highest literacy

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The Role of Missionaries In African Society

Missionaries saw the voyages to Africa by their governments as an opportunity for them to spread the teaching of the Christian faith. They used some of the British Empire’s resources and then in

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Zimbabwean Inventor: Sangulani Max Chikumbutso

Sangulani Chikumbutso has become the first Zimbabwean to design and make a hybrid engine-powered helicopter, an electric car, a magnetic converter, a ‘green’ power generator and a special drone. His

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Tribute to Zimbabwe’s Chenjerai Hove

Chenjerai Hove was born February 9, 1956 in Zimbabwe and died July 12, 2015 in Norway. He was a celebrated Zimbabwean poet, novelist and essayist whose work was often studied in schools and universities.

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Celebrating African Love Through Poetry

THE CHRONICLES OF BENEVOLENT AFFECTION: A DECLARATION OF LOVE, TRIBULATIONS AND HOPE Most African writers write about war, famine, hunger and politics so it is refreshing to read love poems written by

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