#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


Tiye - The Nubian Queen of Egypt (ca. 1415-1340 B.C.)

Now it came to pass that in the 14th century B.C., a wise and beautiful woman from Nubia so captured the heart of the pharaoh, she changed the course of history.

Although often invaded for their gold, labor and cattle, and despite being a colonial dominion of Egypt, the Nubians were a proud black people who maintained a strong cultural and political identity for the best part of 5,000 years. So from an early age, Tiye was taught by her parents never to accept second-class status.

Apparently, she learned those lessons well, for the young Egyptian ruler, Amenhotep III, was so taken by her beauty, intellect and will, he defied his nation’s priests and custom by proclaiming this Nubian commoner his Great Royal Spouse. Thus, her future offspring (one of whom was to be the pharaoh Tutankamen) became full heirs to Egypt’s throne, with fully royal and divine inheritances.

Pharaoh Amenhotep III publicly expressed his love for his beautiful black queen in many ways, making her a celebrated and wealthy person in her own right. And he took her counsel in matters political and military much to heart.

As a final gesture of the great regard in which he held Tiye, Amenhotep declared that, as he had treated her in life, so should she be depicted in death…as his equal. And so the colossal sculpture ordered for their joint funerary temple thus portrays them, as a pair of majestic monarchs. Both proud, both noble, both serene.

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#Tiye #Nubia #Nubian #queen #queens #kween #kweens #king #kings #royal #royalty #pharaoh #black #africanhistory #africa #afrika #african #afrikan #gaia #worldhistory #history #Egypt #Egyptian #amenhotep #tutankamen #hotep

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

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

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.

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

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.

Addis Ababa is the capital city and largest city in Ethiopia, with a population of 3,384,569 according to the 2007 population census. Addis Ababa has the status of both a city and a state. It is where the  African Union is based. It also hosts the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and numerous other continental and international organizations. Addis Ababa is therefore often referred to as “the political capital of Africa” due to its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. The city is populated by people from different regions of Ethiopia – the country has as many as 80 nationalities speaking 80 languages and belonging to a wide variety of religious communities. ) and Horn of Africa Press Institute (HAPI) are also headquartered in Addis Ababa. The site of Addis Ababa was the chosen by Empress Taytu Betul and the city was founded in 1886 by Emperor Menelik II.

#Addis #AddisAbaba #AddisAbabaEthiopia #Africa #EastAfrica #HornOfAfrica #Ethiopia #AfricanUnion #Africa #AfricanHistory #knowledge #blackknowledge #habesha #UNECA #therealAfrica #EthiopianHistory #theafricatheydontshowyou #Afrika #alkebulan #EasternAfrica #theRiftValley #home #BlackHistory365 #home #blackhistoryalldayeveryday #BlackHistory

Getting my weekend read on! It’s important to look at our history from a wide spectrum and different viewpoints all of it has such great meaning and purpose! #JamesBaldwin #TheFireNextTime #EldridgeCleaver #SoulOnIce #JamesLowen #SunDownTowns #GeorgeG.M.James #StolenLegacy #books #africanhistory #alkebulan #black #BlackPanthers #kemet #onelifecampaign #revdanni #sękhmetkämäät #reverenddanni #KnowledgeIsPower #newyork #losangeles #Reading

The Republic of Zaïre ( /zɑːˈɪər/; French: République du Zaïre; was the name of the present Democratic Republic of the Congo between 27 October 1971 and 17 May 1997. The name of Zaïre derives from the Portuguese: Zaïre, itself an adaptation of the Kongo word nzere or nzadi, or “the river that swallows all rivers”.