Did you know that Italy still has African territory under its control? I didn’t, I had thought all its possessions were re-possessed after World War II. But the Pelagie Islands, three islands covering eight square miles off the coast of northern Africa, are still part of Italy.

The Elephant Slabs of Flora Vista: Enigmatic Artifacts with Ancient African Origins

The Elephant Slabs were discovered in 1910 in Native American ruins, by a boy at Flora Vista, New Mexico, and the mysterious artifacts with images of elephants have puzzled researchers ever since. Are the inscribed slabs evidence that the earliest peoples of the Four Corners region in America were in fact Africans? 

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Beauvol

The Beauvol is a small creature found in Algeria. Known for the soft radiance of its feathers, and its ability to change the colour of its feathers with the seasons, the Beauvol’s small size, dainty form and sheer beauty have made it a popular pet in the French-speaking magical world. Generally, however, wild Beauvol tend to stay in large flocks, not dissimilarly to the common Starling, their murmurations providing a bright and beautiful array. Thus it is that they were given their name - the combined French for Beautiful Flight, for, as a group, that is precisely what they are.

Beauvols are not terribly magical, by and large, however their ability to co-ordinate in flight is much greater than that of many birds, even Starlings and it is believed it might be to due to a native ability the birds have with mind magic. While this is not proven it is known that some French Legilmencers in possession of a Beauvol find their birds responding with surprising rapidity to their ideas, while Occlumens in possession of Beauvols are known to often have to deal with a degree of irritability from the birds, especially when their mental defences are especially strong.


Night Light by Owhl

(I hate that I have to include this but PLEASE DO NOT DELETE THE IMAGE SOURCE OR MY CAPTION.) 

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Mbuji Mayi (formerly Bakwanga) serves as the capital city of Kasai-Oriental Province in the south-central Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mbuji Mayi lies in Luba country (land) on the Sankuru River. The Baluba (Luba) Kingdom: The building (construction) of Mbuji Mayi by Luba artist Tshibumba Kanda Matulu (1947 in Élisabethville (Lubumbashi), Belgian Congo – c.1981 in Zaire) illustrates the beginnings and the importance of the Luba people. 

Tshibumba:The Katanga affair was over, finished. But, my story is set in the Kasai as well as in Katanga. In the Kasai, too, things were happening. What went on there was this: At that time–you have one picture where you see the Lulua and Luuba were fighting each other–when the fighting was over, the Luba were chased away to their own country [Luba land]. “Go home” they were told. They left Kananga, which was then called Luluabroug, an went home to Bakwanga. So they got to Bakwanga, You see some women carrying loads on their heads and also some men over there. You see the elephant I painted, which is to say the place was right in the bush, it was bus, there was nothing. So, those people got there and settled. They began cutting trees and building a town. Today this town is called Mbuji-Mayi

T: So when the Baluba were chase away from Kananga, they went back to their home country. But the point is that the whites did not build Mbuji-Mayi. They constructed Bakwanga, a town for the Forminière mining company. And all they built there were those tiny little houses for their workers…So the Baluba gathered from all directions: the ones from Kananga and those who were expelled from Shaba [what is now called Katanga – ethnic discrimination of the Luba-Kasai lead to the expulsion of thousands (and some say up to a million) of the Luba and ethnic cleansing of the Luba in Katanga]. They all came, as did those from Bukavu, from Kisangani, from Mbandaka, from Kinshasa; they all came to this one place. There they found themselves in the middle of the bush. So they cleared the bush, cut down the trees, and said “Let’s build” And if you go there today you will see a big city.
F: I see the Victory flag flying
T It’s Kalonji’s flag, the flag of the Baluba kingdom
F: People are busy with the construction work. The women carry loads
T: On their heads
F: I also see houses of different type. There are some huts, like in a village
T: Ah, those they built when they first arrived, huts like those our ancestors used to build. Then they got some money gathered together and began to buy bricks.
F: I see. And there were even cars?
T: There were cars, everything. There was even television. Anything that money could buy…
F: And there’s a monkey on a leash
T: People had monkeys that they kept on leashes.
F: What for?
T: It’s an animal you can walk around with. Some people like that sort of thing
F: Really? They like to walk around with a money?
T: Even I myself have one
F: Is that so?
T: Yes, in my house in Likasi
F: So, it’s on a chain, and this thing, what is it?
It’s a pole, and the monkey has his little house on top
F: His little house where he lives. Well, well, a monkey. So it all goes to say that people had everything
T: They had everything

 The Baluba (Luba people) had two pre-colonial kingdoms that never unified. One in Katanga (Luba-Katanga) and one in Kasai (Luba-Kasai). Swahili and Arab Zanzibari slavers penetrated the Luba kingdom (of Kasai) which lead to the collapse of the kingdom. Zanzibari slavers, with the help of the Batetela, Songye and other groups that lived in the surrounding areas of the Luba kingdom pillaged, burnt down Luba villages and captured Luba people in order to enslave them. Some of them remained enslaved in the Congo region serving Swahili and Arab Zanzibaris and some of them were taken to Zanzibar’s slave market with many being sold to to West, South Asia and North Africa. Many Luba people fled to different parts of Congo, and a large number of Luba people left their Southern/Southeast Kasai homes took refuge in Central/West Kasai. They settled in their new homes, living among the Lulua people. But, with the Belgians inciting tribalism, the relationship between the Luba and Lulua turned sour. The Lulua no longer wanted the Luba on their land and asked them to leave. The ethnic discrimination the Luba people faced, led to the Luba-Lulua war and the ethnic cleansing of the Luba people in Kasai. The Luba lost and was kicked out of Lulua (and a few remained) and some sought refuge in other parts of Congo, others went back to Luba land [Kananga today is different to the one back then, there are more Luba people  and Tshiluba (Luba-Kasai language) if the most spoken language there and one of Congo’s national languages along with Kikongo, Swahili and Lingala]

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ⴰⴹⵔⴰⵔ ⵏ ⵊⴻⵔⵊⴻⵔ, ⵜⴰⵎⵓⵔⵜ ⵏ ⵉⵇⴱⴰⵢⵍⵉⵢⴻⵏ (Adrar n Ǧerǧer, Tamurt n Iqbaylien)

Le Djurdjura (s-tamazight: ⴰⴹⵔⴰⵔ ⵏ ⵊⴻⵔⵊⴻⵔ, Adrar n Ǧerǧer) est un massif montagneux du nord de l'Algérie, sur la bordure méditerranéenne, constituant la plus longue chaîne montagneuse de la Kabylie. De forme lenticulaire, ses limites naturelles vont des environs de Draâ El Mizan jusqu’à Tazmalt, s'étalant donc sur une longueur de près de 60 km. Il appartient à la chaîne de l’Atlas.

On distingue deux parties du Djurdjura, à savoir le versant nord, qui englobe une partie de la wilaya de Tizi Ouzou (Draâ El Mizan, Boghni, Ouadhias, Ath Ouacif, Tassaft Ouguemoun, Ath Yenni, Ain El Hammam, Iferhounene), et le versant sud, comprenant les limites nord de la wilaya de Bouira, notamment M'chedallah, Haizer, Ath Laziz, Chorfa et les communes voisines dépendant de la wilaya de Béjaïa, en l'occurrence, Tazmalt, Boudjellil et Beni Mellikeche. C'est également sur ce versant sud que l'on retrouve la plaine ou vallée du Djurdjura, proprement dite, appelée notamment vallée du « Sahel-Djurdjura », s'étendant de la commune de Tazmalt jusqu'à Lakhdaria (ex-Palestro).

Le site est également une réserve de biosphère reconnue par l'UNESCO depuis 1997.

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 The following is an excerpt from I’m Not Here to Sell Peanuts

By: Wasiu Lawal

Even if you live on the African continent where infrastructure and opportunities on ground might be limited, globalization and widespread access to technology has ensured that opportunities which in the past may have been far fetched are now literally within reach.

So how exactly do we take advantage of these opportunities?

As individuals, we need to be strategic and deliberate and proactive about our careers. We need to free ourselves of the shackles of self doubt and allow ourselves to dream….Of course , upon waking up from such dreams, there is work to be done so they can become reality.

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Congolese drums

A few Congolese drums from Royal Museum for Central Africa

Kuba people (Bakuba)  Kasaï-occidental, Kasaï

Tetela people (Batetela) Lualaba

Yaka (Bayaka)  Kwango, Bandundu

Luba people (Baluba), Maniema

ethnic group/cultural group unknown, Tanganyika, Katanga  

Eso people, Cuvette centrale, Equateur 

Chokwe people (Tchokwe), Kasaï

Sakata people (Basakata/Lesa),  Mai-Ndombe, Bandundu