#Blackhealth #BlackHistory
So true. Infact, before soap was made Africans had been using a special type of leaf to bath with which suds up on contact with water. The other side of the story was that Europeans didn’t bath because Most of Europe is cold and they were unaware that soap existed as well as undeveloped heating technology. The only people that bathed were the Japanese and Africans and eventually the Greeks.

Did you know that Africans don’t get head lice because Our hair follicle unlike Asian and European hair is shaped like a bean as opposed to a round circle or oval shape. Lice can’t attach to our odd shaped hair follicles.


Oke Idanre - Ondo, Nigeria

The location of these hills is about 24 kilometres southwest of Akure the Ondo state capital.

The town is divided into Viz, the new settlement which is at the foot of the hills and Oke-Idanre the old settlements on the top of the hills.

There is the hill top sanctuary of Idanre, which consists of about 640 steps. These necessitated the construction of five resting posts along the steps to the top. At the top of the hill, there is an intriguing footprint, which is widely believed to enlarge or contract to accommodate every foot. It is as well believed that anybody whose foot does not exactly fit into the footprint is considered to be a witch or a wizard.

The cultural relics in term of gods, goddesses and traditional arts can still be seen in addition to the old palace built around the 17th century. The panoramic view of the new Idanre never fails to fascinate first time visitors.

Source: Ondo State Web Portal

Images © Toyosi Faridah Kekere-Ekun 2012

In 1894, an all-black ice hockey league, known as the Coloured Hockey League was founded in Nova Scotia. Black players from Canada's Maritime provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island) participated in competition. The league began play 23 years before the National Hockey League was founded, and as such, it has been credited with some innovations which exist in the NHL today. Most notably, it is claimed that the first player to use the slapshot was Eddie Martin of the Halifax Eurekas. The league remained in operation until 1930.

#ColouredHockeyLeague #Hockey #NHL #Canada #TheMaritimes #CanadianHistory #BlackHistory #BlackCanadianHistory #BlackCanadian #AfroCanadians #BlackHockeyPlayers #AfricanHistory #AfricanDiaspora #NovaScotia #NewBrunswick #PrinceEdwardIsland #NationalHockeyLeague #BlackNovaScotians #Halifax #blackknowledge #Knowledge #didyouknow #icehockey

“You must write about your mothers with dignity. You do not use your modern feminism to measure their pride as women. Write about your mothers with dignity and do not let Westernization eat into your pride. So, let their feminism wear head wraps, let their feminism bow their head, let their feminism not be western educated, let their feminism not even speak english! That does not mean their choices as women during their time is not valid.” Ijeoma Umebinyuo
[photo: unknown source #turkana #tribe #northernkenya]
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Knowledge of who we are as a people is the best weapon we can have against the “system” of white supremacy. I do mean ALL our history the good the bad and the ugly. ALL of it teaches us something unique something that will give us a glimmer of hope something that will give us an insight something that will give us a revelation in uncovering, discovering our greatness as a culture of people. Even in our darkest hours there is something within those times that can give us the faith we need to unify ourselves together as one. WHEN WE LOVE OURSELVES SO DEEPLY, THEN THE WHITES WILL HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE BUT TO LOVE US! #SelfLove #africa #afrika #african #africanhistory #alkebulan #books #bkackhistory #dogons #kemet #DickGregory #Sirius #sękhmetkämäät #onelifecampaign #TheMissEducationOfTheNegro #DoOrDie #TheSiriusMystery #Nigger #InvisibleMan #BlackGenesis

Portrait of Thai and Naia

Pre- Ramessid period; beginning of

Dynasty XIX, fourteenth century B.C.

Limestone; height 35".

From the necropolis at Sakkara.

In type, this group statue of a married couple could belong to the end of the eighteenth Dynasty. That period could have produced the husband’s wig in two tiers, falling to his breast, as well as the wife’s, with its mass of braids. The same is true of the simplicity of the costumes, especially the woman’s. However a certain difficulty of expression and rusticity signify that the mechanical felicity of the Eighteenth Dynasty has been left behind. Some of the old modes reappear: the folds on  the belly of the man, to state anatomical demarcations; the indifference to the features of the faces, which are practically the same in both figures; and the geometric form of the volumes. A new and more modest beginning has been made. The old traditions have been investigated again, without the brashness of the artist who seeks to show himself superior to his teacher The interest is in rediscovering the tradition against which Tell el Amarna had rebelled.

As conditions for Black people became unbearable in Jamaica, Paul Bogle, the leader of the 1865 Morant Bay Uprising, started an initiative to fight the white colonial British government for justice and fair treatment.
The seeds for the Morant Bay Uprising were sown on Oct. 7, 1865, when Bogle and his supporters attended a trial for a Black man who was imprisoned for trespassing on a long-abandoned plantation. At the court, one member of Bogle’s group protested the unjust trial and he was immediately arrested, angering the crowd further. He was rescued moments later, when Bogle and his men took to the market square and retaliated, severely beating the police and forcing them to retreat.
On Oct. 11, Bogle and his followers decided not to wait for the police to return but armed themselves and went to the Court House in Morant Bay. The authorities were shaken, and fired into the crowd, killing seven people. Bogle and his men retaliated, by setting fire to the Court House and nearby buildings. As several white officials and militia tried to leave the burning buildings, Bogle and his followers killed them and took control of the town. In the days that followed as many as 2,000 of Bogle’s men roamed the countryside, killing white farm owners and forcing others to flee for their lives. #Jamaica #WorldHistory #CarribeanHistory #AfricanHistory #AmericanHistory #BlackHistory #DigThat

A History of Pan-African Revolt by C. L. R. James:

Originally published in England in 1938 and expanded in 1969, this work remains the classic account of global Black resistance. This concise, accessible history of revolts by African peoples worldwide explores the wide range of methods used by Africans to resist oppression and the negative effects of imperialism and colonization as viewed in the 20th century. Written from a radical perspective with a substantial new introduction that contextualizes the work in the ferment of the times, A History of Pan-African Revolt is essential to understanding liberation movements in Africa and the diaspora and continues to reveal new insights, lessons, and visions to successive generations



#knowthyself #knowledgeofself #blackbusiness#blackbooks #knowyourHistory #ReadMore#HiddenColors #africanhistory #Melanin #ebooks#selfeducate #BlackPower #readbooks#BlackConsciousness #BlackHistory #truthseeker#ancestors #ancientknowledge#higherconsciousness #BlackHistoryMonth#nationbuilder #AfrikanConsciousness #panafrican #panafrikan #afrocentric

We hope to see you at Part 2: Help Restore the Baton Rouge Community

Saturday, January 31@ 10:00
448 South Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 #BlackHistoryMatter #BlackLivesMatter #BatonRouge #BRO #brorganizing #VolunteerLouisiana #Volunteer #volunteerbatonrouge #AAMBatonRouge #AfricanAmericanMuseum #africanhistory #americanhistory #BatonRouge #BatonRougeOrganizing

Don’t Be Blind This Time
This story was historically the same all over the continent for example “Ivory coast” originally got its name from the immense Elephant herds that once existed there reflecting the major trade that occurred on that particular stretch of the coast: the export of ivory (Now there are approximately only 800 Elephants left in the Ivory Coast). Similarly you had the Gold coast and slave coast all names awarded to these places by Europe. However the current instability and situation in some parts of the DRC Conflict is fueled by the need for its resources.
It makes me think of a quote from Cheikh Anta Diop:
“Belgian-American interests preparing for the political instability that would prevail in the colonies following World War II, working at maximum rate and beyond, mined all the uranium of the then Belgian Congo in less than ten years and stockpiled it at Oolen in Belgium. The Shinkolobwe mines in Zaire today are emptied having supplied the major part of the uranium that went into the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombs. Until 1952, Zaire was the world’s leading uranium producer; now it ranks sixteenth in reserves and has ceased to be counted among the producers. This one example shows how fast our continent can have its nonrenewable treasures sucked away while we sleep.”

Cheikh Anta Diop. (The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State)

Thanks to justkeepdoing for letting me share this list publicly. She asked me to list a couple of books that will help with learning Nigerian history. 

Book 1: A History of Nigeria by Toyin Falola and Matthew Heaton. Cambridge Press, 2008. Covers history from 1500 AD.

Book 2: Nigerian Perspectives: An Historical Anthology by Thomas Hodgkin. Oxford University Press, 1960.

Book 3: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Heineman. 1958.

Book 4: Groundwork of Nigerian History by Obaro Ikime. Africa Books Collective. 1999.

Book 5: The West and the rest of us by Chinweizu. Random House. 1976.

I hope this list helps as many people as possible. 

Ijeoma Umebinyuo.