The Richest Man That Ever Lived

Kankan Musa is reputed to be one of the richest men that ever lived whose value in today’s terms is estimated at 400 billion dollars. He threw the economy of the Middle East and North Africa into pandemonium on his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1324 because he gave out so much gold that he devalued… Continue reading The Richest Man That Ever Lived

Accra CIA Espionage Scandal

In 1985, CIA clerk Sharon Scranage sparked off an espionage scandal after it was revealed that she had shared classified secrets of the agency's operations in Ghana. Scranage, who joined the CIA in 1976 as a clerk-stenographer, was assigned to work in Accra, Ghana. Between 1983 and 1984, she formed a romantic attachment with Michael… Continue reading Accra CIA Espionage Scandal

The Most Powerful Yoruba Woman of the Nineteenth Century

Efunsetan Aniwura is acknowledged as one of the most powerful Yoruba women who has ever lived. She lived in Ibadan, which was the garrison city of the Oyo Empire (located in present-day southwestern Nigeria), in the nineteenth century where she owned many farms and was a wealthy trader in arms and ammunition. Efunsetan was born… Continue reading The Most Powerful Yoruba Woman of the Nineteenth Century

Françafrique: 1979-Present (Part 3)

Continued from Part 2 1979 [Central African Republic]: ‘Operation Barracuda’ – French troops overthrow Bokassa after over a decade of military and economic support 1979-1992; 1997-present [Republic of Congo]: Despite being a self-proclaimed Marxist, President Nguesso remains under the control of French oil giant Total (previously Elf Aquitane) 1983 [Chad]: ‘Operation Manta’ – 4,000 French… Continue reading Françafrique: 1979-Present (Part 3)

Françafrique: 1954-1978 (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1 Below is a timeline of some (but definitely not all) Françafrique events: 1954-1962 [Algeria]: Over 1 million Algerians killed by French forces in War of Independence 1957 [France]: French Prime Minister François Mitterrand says, “Without Africa, France will have no history in the 21st century.” 1958 [Guinea]: After Guinean leader Sekou… Continue reading Françafrique: 1954-1978 (Part 2)

Françafrique: France’s Relationship with Its Former African Colonies (Part 1)

France is often heralded around the world as a bastion of liberty and democratic ideals, and yet France’s record in Africa speaks otherwise, even up to the current day. The relationship between France and its former colonies is referred to as ‘Françafrique’ (a portmanteau of ‘France’ and ‘Africa’ in the French language), a term coined… Continue reading Françafrique: France’s Relationship with Its Former African Colonies (Part 1)