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beautiesofafrique:

Queen Anna Nzinga Ana de Sousa Nzinga Mbande, was a 17th-century queen of the Ndongo and Matamba Kingdoms of the Mbundu people in Angola 

Queen Nzinga was born to Ngola (King) Kiluanji and Kangela in 1583. According to tradition, she was named Nzinga because her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck (the Kimbundu verb kujinga means to twist or turn). It was said to be an indication that the person who had this characteristic would be proud and haughty (and a wise women said to her mother that Nzinga will become queen one day.) According to her recollections later in life, she was greatly favoured by her father, who allowed her to witness as he governed his kingdom, and who carried her with him to war. 

In 1626 Nzinga became Queen of the Mbundu when her brother committed suicide in the face of rising Portuguese demands for slave trade concessions.  Nzinga, however, refused to allow them to control her nation.  In 1627, after forming alliances with former rival states, she led her army against the Portuguese, initiating a thirty year war against them.  She exploited European rivalry by forging an alliance with the Dutch who had conquered Luanda in 1641. With their help, Nzinga defeated a Portuguese army in 1647.  When the Dutch were in turn defeated by the Portuguese the following year and withdrew from Central Africa, Nzinga continued her struggle against the Portuguese.  Now in her 60s she still personally led troops in battle.   She also orchestrated guerilla attacks on the Portuguese which would continue long after her death and inspire the ultimately successful 20th Century armed resistance against the Portuguese that resulted in independent Angola in 1975.Despite repeated attempts by the Portuguese and their allies to capture or kill Queen Nzinga, she died peacefully in her eighties on December 17, 1663.

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legrandcirque:

Twenty year old Honorine Kauanga (C), leaving the market. Photograph by Dmitri Kessel. Belgian Congo, April 1953.

legrandcirque:

Twenty year old Honorine Kauanga (C), leaving the market. Photograph by Dmitri Kessel. Belgian Congo, April 1953.

dynamicafrica:

Gwenn Dubourthoumieu photographs showing the abandoned ruins of former Congolese president Mobutu Sese Seko.

In Mobutu, the former billionaire dictator, Joseph Mobutu remains Maréchal Mobutu Sesse Seko, the ‘everlasting’.

In 1967, two years after his coup d’état, he transformed the small villages where he was raised into a city with great infrastructure. A dam, a hydroelectric factory, an airport and three opulent palaces all rose from the African bush.

Fourteen years after the President’s departure, nothing remains of these developments.

Destroyed by weather, overwhelmed by vegetation and devastated by robberies, the palaces of the supreme leader are little more than mere skeletons of their former selves, wholly devoid of their former splendor for the eyes of visitors. 

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vintageblackglamour:

Happy Birthday Iman! Can you believe this fashion legend is 59 years old today? This photo was taken by the great Francesco Scavullo in 1977.

vintageblackglamour:

Happy Birthday Iman! Can you believe this fashion legend is 59 years old today? This photo was taken by the great Francesco Scavullo in 1977.

msnbc:

Today marks 100 days since the Islamist militant group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls from their dormitories. 
#BringBackOurGirls
(Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP)

msnbc:

Today marks 100 days since the Islamist militant group Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls from their dormitories. 

#BringBackOurGirls

(Photo: Sunday Alamba/AP)

dynamicafrica:

NEW MUSIC: Patoranking ft Olamide - Bora (Freestyle 2014).

In this brand new freestyle by Nigerian reggae and dancehall artist Patoranking, he teams up with fellow artist Olamide to address something we haven’t seen a lot of Nigerian musicians do.

With reports naming Nigeria as the African country with the highest prevalence of skin bleaching on the continent, the growing demand in Kenya for harmful skin bleaching injections, the scandal caused in South Africa by singer Mshoza after she underwent a process to lighten her complexion, and after the controversial skin lightening product that Cameroonian singer Dencia released earlier this year, there’s no denying that skin bleaching is a major issue in Africa.

Using beats from Chris Brown’s ‘Loyal’ produced by Nic Nac, Patoranking’s take on the subject makes use of dark humour as he sings about some of the negatives of ‘Bora’ (the Yoruba term for skin bleaching).

Although a little odd lyrically in some areas, it’s still important in many ways to see artists use their platforms as a means of addressing societal issues.

fuckyeaheritrea:

Various Bilen singers took center stage during the opening ceremony of the 2014 6th Eritrean Sawa Festival this past weekend (July 18th - 20th)!

yagazieemezi:

Meet Your Photographer: Jjumba Martin

Meet Your Photographer, a short series that will be introducing you to the contributing photographers of yagazieemezi.com over the next couple of weeks. You will be seeing their work on here fairly often so this is an excellent way for you to get familiar with these talented folks. 

My name is Jjumba Martin and I am a freelance Ugandan photographer.

In 2009, I was inspired to do photography after learning that Uganda does a lot of importation with regards to photographers who do different kinds of documentation. I am a simple man who loves making photographs and spending time with my little god-son.

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Online Grocery Shopping Nigeria

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In the same way, For Food Only offers you some online food delivery in Nigeria. Whether its condiments in Nigeria or any healthy food recipes, we offer you only the best and superior quality products at highly discounted rates. Doing online grocery shopping help in saving your time and money & also keeps you away from the heavy crowd of various wholesale and super market. It also helps in lessen your tension of finding the parking area. But, there are many fake websites on the internet that sold such items. In these cases, either the items that they offer are not original or the website is fraud. So, there are many healthy food suppliers in Nigeria and For Food Only is counted in them.

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