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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.




Miriam Makeba: Freedom fighter and life lover #REPLAY

Zenzile Miriam Makeba, was born on March 4, 1932 in Jo'Burg, South Africa, and dead on November 10, 2008, was a famous South African Grammy award singer


Colonial Italy defeated by Ethiopia in 1896? How? #REPLAY

Wonderful Ethiopian Army defeated Italian army! Menelik and his wife, made history


How did Egypt become a free Nation? #REPLAY

Learn about the Egyptians' people fight against colonial powers and the coup against the King that revealed Gamal Abdel Nasser


From dictatorship to democracy: how did a National Conference change the fate and history of Benin Republic in 1990? #REPLAY

In 1990, Benin Republic was facing an economic and ideological and political crisis, after 27 years of a brutal dictatorship by Président Mathieu Kerekou. When the risk of civil war at a peak, the Benin people, despite the tension, arranged a national inclusive consultation that led to the negotiations of a peaceful resolution and transition. Benin then invented the principle of a national conference that would be replicated in multiple countries in the francophone region, with more or less...


How was the African pie divided by Europeans? #REPLAY

On this day in 1885, the final act of the Berlin Conference was signed by European countries. It divided Africa like an apple pie, with no African at the table. While many countries got their share, the biggest winner of the conference was Leopold II, king of Belgium. This day marks the start of the systematic exploitation of colonies by the European masters.


Why this podcast? #REPLAY

Introduction and justifications behind the podcast


40K downloads, 1 new channel, and See you in September!

Many thanks especially to all those who encouraged and helped me, from all over the world. My thanks go to you, Mattheus and your girlfriend in Brazil, to you also who shared this link in your networks, to you who reviewed this podcast on different listening platforms, and to you Emma, Dhashen, Ida, Amidou baba, Caitlin, Prudence, Beatrice, Salmane, Mercy, Patrick, Nidhee, Kerri and all of you who are listening right now, that i didnt mention. Huge thanks go also to all the historians, the...


16 university graduates, 600 priests and an explosive political situation ... The dowry of Belgium to the newly independent Congo

Hello to all of you ! Can you guess the country we are flying to ? here is a clue to help you : I am an African country, and was personal and private possession of a European king. My abundant natural wealth encouraged my owner and his companies to undertake the brutal exploitation of my population, which diminished by half between 1880 and 1926, to the point that some historians refer to this period as a "forgotten holocaust". When I became independent on June 30, 1960, unlike other French...


The Beauty (Madagascar) and the Beast (Poverty)!

In terms of national independence, the year 1960 is a downright champion. And June 26, 1960, was the turn of another country, an island actually. First called the Saint Lawrence Island by the Portuguese in 1500, it owes its current name to an error of former geographers, including Oronce Finé, who confused it with an imaginary island described by Marco Polo. With a surface of ​​almost 600,000 square meter, it is one of the largest islands in the world, located in eastern Africa and separated...


Why did Portuguese spend 40% of their national budget in the wars to keep their African colonies?

My African cliche of the day is a burden. The economic burden suffered by the African continent, because of all the struggles for independence. Historians often focus on the burden and impact that slavery imposed on Africa. What if we were to calculate the economic damage of all the independence fights and war ? what do you think should be taken into account ? What is the price of an African independence? It’s up to you to think about it, to think about your own willingness to pay for...


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,...