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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.




Jacobus Eliza Kapitein: the African philosopher who defended slavery

In the 18th century, an African philosopher became a great advocate for slavery in Europe. For his doctorate degree in philosophy at the Univesity of Leiden in Holland, he defended a research titled "Political and theological dissertation about slavery, which is not contrary to Christian freedom". Here are the trajectory, and the wanderings of Jacobus Eliza Capitein, enslaved african boy, who became philosopher, slave seller, pastor, businessmen and teacher


From Slave to well-established philosopher in the 18th century Europe: Dr Anton Amo, Aka Amo "the Guinean"

The 18th century, or the age of lights, is certainly a great century, especially in terms of ideas and innovations. What has been the role of Africans in this century full of upheavals? The Sankofa attempts a response through the exploration of the life and works of Dr. Anton Wilhem Amo, aka, Amo "the Guinean", an African slave who became a great scholar in the 18th century Europe. His remarkable works are more relevant than ever.


Welcome to the First Major Black Empire: Ghana Empire

Welcome back in our series of trips to the ancient African states. Today, the flight of Sankofa lands in a territory limited to the North by the Sahara desert and to the south by the forest, between the upper Niger valley to Upper Senegal on the border with White Africa. The first major black empire to emerge in western Sudan, its hegemony lasted from the 4th to the 11th century AD. Welcome to the Ghana empire, which was very different, and much larger than today's Ghana, which Kwame...


The Meaning of Africa

My African cliché of the day is a number. 1 billion. This will be the number of young people under 18 years old, on the African continent by 2050 according to the projections by the United Nations. Africa will then own 40% of the children on earth. This number is described as a threat according to the chants of neo-Malthusianism such as the current French president. But this number is above all, an opportunity for Africa, because it represents the promise of millions of African fantastic...


Welcome in the first black independent republic in History: Palmares Republic

In the second half of the sixteenth century, with the expansion of highly profitable production of sugar cane in the large sugar cane plantations of North-East Brazil, the importation of slaves from Africa began. There will be several millions in the following three centuries to be subjected to inhuman conditions of life and work, the symbol of which is the flogging by a special whip, called the bacalhau; those who watched successful Brazilian TV series in Africa know what I am talking...



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.


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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.