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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.





The episode earlier this week highlighted the numerous negative connotations that comes, in France with the word Noir, that translates into Black in French. One of the consequence maybe of that is that there is now a French tendency to avoid the word French "Noir" to designate a black skinned person in favor of the English term "black" This is well illustrated in a video put online in 2002 by the French association « Les Indivisibles » entitled "Do not be afraid of the Noir". For the purpose...


Black, History of a color in France

I wrote this short rap in french with french expressions that give a negative connotation to the word « Noir » which translate to Black or Dark in English depending on the context. I know in English, you have expressions such as black market, to blackmail, black sheep, but in French, there are so many of them that it becomes legitimate to ask whether they do not have a consequence on the perception of black skinned people in France. How did we get to such reality when it is well known that,...


The Amazing Tale of Yasuke , the African Samurai!

My African cliché of the day is like a fabric. A fabric made of gossips and lies, a fabric that wraps most Africans migrating to the West, into an insulting category of trying to abuse the social benefits system whereever they live. However, like Yasuke did before them, to surpass oneself in a foreign country, to defy isolation, xenophobia, prejudices, discrimination, and so and so , in order to reach their dreams, is a characteristic of the majority of the Africans scattered around the...


Marley THE African Icon

If today in Jamaica, the tornado of dance made in the USA, makes the legend Marley less alive, Africans still celebrate the one who defended and sung them so much. For African youth, Bob Marley has absolutely made it to the hall of fame of black icons such as Thomas Sankara, Nelson Mandela, or Malcom X. His African successors such as Alpha Blondy, Lucky Dube or Tiken Jah Fakoly, continue their way of fighting for peace and denouncing hypocrites governments from the North and the South.


African Literature and its triple heritage

My African cliche of the day is an answer to Thomas Jefferson. To you who thought that blacks are a people without poetry, I would have liked to be there in 1784 to tell you that black Ethiopians wrote poems before your ancestors, in the British islands, learned from the Romans the Latin alphabet. And poetic tradition is so deeply rooted today among Kiswahili-speaking peoples in East Africa that newspapers receive letters and poems from readers almost daily. You need to know Mr. Jefferson,...


Literature and War in post-colonial Africa

Many works of Western literature retrace the exploits of magnificent military heroes. Reading them, well, I often questioned myself on the existence of exploits of African military heroes. Although post-independence African literature has paid great attention to the military phenomenon, it has had relatively little interest in the war itself. And speaking of the military, African writers have evoked the wicked more than the heroes. It is as if antagonism has developed between writers and the...


Who are the Africans?

Do you know the "African Brother" syndrome? It often happens when an African, in a minority context, meets another African, (in reality, anyone black-skinned is enough). Very often, these two people at least look at each other a little longer; sometimes they make a discreet sign of recognition, or even outright, begin to call each other, my brother or my sister, just before asking the fateful question, "So where are you from? Welcome to a Sankofa journey to the heart of the provocative...


Kwame Nkrumah: The leader Africa never understood.

His country for which he took all the risks, stabbed him with a mortal wound in his heart, the most wicked wound. And he fought alone against death, until the last hour, in this infirmary of Bucharest in Romania. Such a death is a betrayal, a denial of which Ghana and Africa as a whole were guilty, as put by a local journalist , in an article entitled "Nkrumah, the leader we never understood."


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...