These are the Lydenburg heads found in the Transvaal region in South Africa. They are terra-cotta works. Many artworks such as these have been found in the Southern African region and are artifacts from Bantu civilization dating from the fifth to eighth century. At this time Southern African civilization was rapidly transforming. The Khosian peoples […]Read more "The Lydenburg Heads (400s – 700s CE)"
The year 1964 Kenneth Kaunda became the first president of Zambia. The federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland dissolved in 1963. The following year, Zambia was declared a republic. Many challenges faced the young country. It had to deal with remaining white minority ruled regimes in Southern Africa, economic development challenges, and the remaining white settlers […]Read more "KENNETH KAUNDA VISITS ETHIOPIA (1964)"
Algeria had with the Algiers Agreement of 1975 prevented war from breaking out between Iraq and Iran. Border disputes and Kurdish conflict had brought the two nations on a collision course. President Houri Boumediene wanted to prevent such a conflict, because he realized it would further fracture of the Arab world and the African continent […]Read more "The Shah, Saddam Hussein, and Houari Boumediene Meet for the Algiers Agreement (1975)"
This is an Canadian Broadcasting Corporation news clips discussing the state of Southern Africa. Zimbabwe was under white minority rule and still faced colonial domination. A young Robert Mugabe appears in the report explaining his objections to racialism and segregation. When Africans, Asians, and coloreds are separated from the rest of society, this automatically designates […]Read more "Robert Mugabe on Rhodesia (1960s)"
These are painted wood models of Nubian archers. They are from the 11th dynasty (2134-1991 B.C.E) found in the tomb of Mesehty who served as the governor of Asyut. During times of disorder and various forms of insurrection there were mass recruitment efforts. The Nubians were called upon to serve, because of their battle prowess. […]Read more "Nubian Archer Models"
President John F. Kennedy wanted to have friendly relations with emerging African nations. This was a period of anti-colonial independence movements and Cold War tensions were increasing to new heights. Kennedy’s African foreign policy may not have been completely altruistic. The Soviet Union was becoming a popular sponsor and ally to newly independent nations in […]Read more "President John F. Kennedy’s Remarks of Welcome to President Nkrumah of Ghana (1961)"
This manuscript is a Christian book dating back to the existence of Aksum.The artifact currently is on display at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon. The Aksumite Empire was located in what is now modern day Ethiopia. The fascinating part about this African empire was that it was one of the first […]Read more "Ethiopian Christian Manuscript"