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On the back of the bird Sankofa, this mythical bird that flies forward, head turned back, carrying in its beak an egg that symbolizes the future, this podcast takes you to every episode in the glorious history of African continent. Develop your knowledge of African history to better understand the continent today.

On the back of the bird Sankofa, this mythical bird that flies forward, head turned back, carrying in its beak an egg that symbolizes the future, this podcast takes you to every episode in the glorious history of African continent. Develop your knowledge of African history to better understand the continent today.
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On the back of the bird Sankofa, this mythical bird that flies forward, head turned back, carrying in its beak an egg that symbolizes the future, this podcast takes you to every episode in the glorious history of African continent. Develop your knowledge of African history to better understand the continent today.




How the Togolese independence became a nightmare!

I take you today into the mazes of the abrasive history of Togo, this German colony that gained independence from France on April 27, 1960. Two days later, Sylvanus Olympio was elected as the first president of the Republic. However, on January 13, 1963, he was assassinated during a military coup. Many saw the hand of French imperialism, that wanted to get rid of a president who wanted his total freedom from France, including his own national currency. But we may never know why and who has...


Welcome to the First Ever World Negro Arts Festival!

The flight of Sankofa this day lands so in Dakar, Senegal, where we arrive on this 22 April, in the middle of the first ever World Negro Arts Festival. Neighborhoods have been cleaned, hotels have been built, a dynamic museum has even been set up to accommodate what must be the pan-African meeting. So welcome, take your pass and follow me in the alleys of the festival, which wants the reconquest of the dignity of black people. Quite a program !


One country, Two independences, Four baptisms...and Bob Marley!

What if you were asked to rename certain African countries? thoseAfrican cities that still carry, their colonial names.. It is as if France was to bear a name chosen under German occupation during the second World war. The small village of N'Tamo for example, renamed Brazzaville by explorer Savorgnan de Brazza, has never recovered its original name. Fortunately, its twin city on the other side of the river, recovered its real name Kinshasa (originally Nshasha) erasing from the maps,...


Come and marvel at Shona people genius:

It took quite some time for Western researchers to finally accept evidence that these monumental ruins are of, and constitute a unique testimony to the highly developed Shona civilization in the african Middle Age. My African cliché of the day is an exhortation, for all African tourists and the diaspora, so they take the same pleasure to visit and marvel at sites like that of Great Zimbabwe, as well as the Palace of Versailles or the wonders of the British Museum, or the Aztec ruins.


We're back baby!

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Big up to the 6000 passengers who already boarded the Sankofa flight

This episode is a special episode to check on how the Sankofa is doing and respond to comments sent by you. With 6000 people who listened in one month, it is a great adventure already. Success looks like the faces of all of you who listened and shared the link , who proposed to accompany us in the writing and supported translation, who encouraged us THANK YOU!!


They killed Dulcie September ; and they are still free!

My African cliché of the day is a huge frustration. That of Dulcie's families and companions, for whom it must be so difficult to believe that no one on this planet will have managed to condemn even one evil person in this affair! I confess that I hesitate to believe that everything has been done in order to render justice to Dulcie the courageous, whose life even after being taken, has managed to thwart the interests of those who have slaughtered her cowardly.


And what if Queen Nzinga had beaten the Portuguese?

Welcome to a new Sankofa flight that lands in the Ndongo kingdom, roughly 16th century Angola. We are going on an official visit to her Excellency, Queen Nzinga Mbandi Queen of Ndongo and Matamba, a fine diplomat, a skilled negotiator and formidable strategist, a remarkable example of women's governance, who opposed tenacious resistance to the Portuguese colonial projects and until his death in 1663, marking the history of 17th century Angola.


1960, The Sharpeville Massacre, or the birth of Mandela's armed fight ( with ANC)

We are landing here in Sharpeville on a bad day, one of those days when it's not so good to be black around here. So, I advise all black-skinned people on board, to check their Pass, these identity documents, these kinds of passports used within the South African territory, which are imposed by the apartheid regime, to limit and control the movements of black people. On this day of March 21, 1960, there is a demonstration against the Pass system, an event that got brutally repressed by the...


Who owns the discovery of America?

My African cliché of the day is a reproach. To my history teacher, at whom I might be a little upset, for not having printed in my child's head, the need, the power and the importance of dreams and pursuing them. I am convinced that talking to schoolchildren about this ancestor who renounced the wealth and prestige of a king, to pursue his dream, can only do good to them especially at that young age. Would it prevent these schoolchildren, once they became heads of state, from clinging to...


From the genocide of Hereros to freedom in 1990

My African cliché of the day is a mark of admiration, for the people of Namibia, this beautiful country, which suffered from an unknown genocide but which enjoys a good stability as much political as economic. My admiration for being the first in the world to put the protection of the environment in its constitution, and to have the involvement of local tribes, one of the major axes of its policy, through a system fair distribution of profits from tourism


From Beylicat to modern Tunisia: The long road to freedom

My African cliché of the day is a sentence, which repeats that X y Z colonial power has given independence to a particular colony". In the light of the history of independence, this group of words makes no sense, and without the courageous fight dof the colonized peoples, no colonial power would have left by itself. It's time to ban this type of sentence that continue to silently deny History. What do you think of this almost definitive cliché of mine? Yes, I'm waiting for yours, on our...


Mansa Musa, King of Gold; Richest man in history, was an African King!

My African cliche of the day is a perplexed look. In the 14th century, Mansa Musa had already understood the importance of education, and worked to make his empire a world reference point in education. Is it not terible that nowadays, African governments seem so little concerned about the quality of programs and schools? Many African capitals shine by the growing number of illegal private schools and poorly funded public schools, trapping smart but desperate students’s futures. I am really...


Mabanckou/Baldwin/Iweala: same battle?

My African cliche of today is a challenge on some of your books, prof. Your novel title "Letter to Jimmy" dedicated in 2007 to the American writer James Baldwin, and then your translation from English to French, of the book "Beasts of no nation " written by the young prodigy of Nigerian-American literature, Uzodinma Iweala These 2 works where you made the link between what I would call "the two types of blacks, not two nuances of black, but the two ways to be black in the eyes of the...


Soundiata Keita's history, oral tradition? Yes, partly, then so what?!

My African cliche of the day is a word, the word controversy, which comes up very often, too often, when it comes to African history, on the pretext that it has been transmitted by oral tradition. This often disqualifies whole sections of the history of the continent. Controversy? Listen, When Francisco Pizarro in 1532 massacred Atahualpa and 20.000 Inca the 13th and last Inca emperor, to seize their gold on behalf of Spain, he is said to have needed exactly 180 men and 37 horses. Not 200...


First declaration of human rights in 1948? Not at all! 1222, In Mali Empire!

The Manden Charter (also called the Charter of Kouroukan Foura) is a declaration of human rights with universal value that was proclaimed in 1222. It is attributed to a group of malinke hunters, that used to be a traditional and initiatory African society. It was passed on by oral tradition and transcribed by the anthropologist and historian Youssouf Tata Cissé in the 1960s. The declaration is said to have officially been proclaimed in Mali in 1236, coinciding with the accession to power of...


Africa was in total Darkness until colonization... REALLY?

It is common to hear that Africa emerged from darkness thanks to colonization. So, the question for us, is “What exactly was there in Africa before the Berlin Conference covered in episode 1? To answer this question, The Sankofa, announces today a long, yet exceptional journey, over several centuries with regular stops, from ancient Sudan to medieval Zimbabwe, to visit great empires, big cities and great cultures. We will go on a diplomatic mission to visit proud and powerful stateswomen...


Mauritius: an African Miracle. An inspiration for the United States?

"There was no miracle, just good economic policies". This sentence from a former minister of finance, sums up this success, which sweeps the pessimism displayed by English economist James Meade before independence, who then thought that the absence of natural resources apart from sugar, combined with a galloping population and unemployment, fueling communal tensions in an unequal society, condemned the British colony to failure. Fifty years later, another Economy Nobel Prize winner, Joseph...


When will Moroccan territory be totally free from colonization?

In the fight for Freedom, many countries had to compromise with the colonization powers on parts of their territories; For Morocco, independence was never total; since 2 islands remain with Spain until today. And those " Exiled" islands are now facing the tragic destiny of watching their own kids die trying to reach the same Spain.... Drama


Wangari Mathai: Woman, Ecologist, Feminist, Peace Nobel Prize

Extraordinary woman. Probably one of the most known kenyan women. Her name rimes with number 1 in every aspect of her life. Won peace Nobel prize several other prizes and recognitions.