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Abbe Alexis Kagame

Abbe Alexis Kagame  

Kagame, philosopher, linguist, and historian, was born in 1912 in Kiyanza, Rwanda. A member of the traditional Tutsi royalty, Kagame was educated in the local minor and major seminaries there ...
Abd Allah ibn Yasin

Abd Allah ibn Yasin  

Died 1059? Islamic scholar and one of the founders of the Almoravids movement; also known as Abdullah b. Yasin al-Gazuli and Abdallah ibn Rasin.The Almoravids movement of Abd Allah ...
Abdias Nascimento

Abdias Nascimento  

An Afro-Brazilian scholar and writer, Abdias do Nascimento was born on 14 March 1914 in Franca, in Sao Paulo State, Brazil. His grandparents were slaves from Africa. After slavery was ...
Abé

Abé  

Ethnic group of the Côte d’Ivoire, also known as the Abbe or Abbey.The Abé, numbering around 200,000, mostly live in the Agboville region of Côte d’Ivoire. One of some ...
Abeokuta, Nigeria

Abeokuta, Nigeria  

Capital of Ogun State, in southwestern Nigeria.The Egba leader Sodeke founded Abeokuta around 1830 as a settlement for a group of refugees from the collapse of the Oyo Kingdom. ...
Abid Mohamed Medoun Hondo

Abid Mohamed Medoun Hondo  

1936–Expatriate Mauritanian film director whose films focus on the experiences of Africans abroad.The son of farmers, Med Hondo was raised in the Atar region of Mauritania on the edge ...
Abidjan

Abidjan  

Largest city and chief seaport in Côte d’Ivoire, located in the southeastern part of the country.The cultural and economic center of the Côte d’Ivoire, Abidjan surrounds the Ébrié Lagoon ...
Abron

Abron  

Ethnic group of West Africa, also known as Abrong, Bron, Brong, Bono, and Tchaman.The Abron inhabit the borderlands of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Burkina Faso. They speak a Niger-Congo ...
Abuja

Abuja  

Official capital of Nigeria.The town of Abuja was founded by the Hausa Zazzua dynasty and conquered by the Fulani during their early-eighteenth-century jihad (holy war). Abuja is also home ...
Abusua

Abusua  

Abusua is an expression used by the Akan people of Ghana to denote the notion of clan or family. Within Akan society and culture, abusua basically refers to the concept ...
Accra

Accra  

Capital, transportation hub, and largest city of Ghana.The political, economic, and cultural center of Ghana, Accra occupies a flat, level plain on the Atlantic coast. Originally the site of ...
Acholi

Acholi  

Ethnic group living primarily along the border of Uganda and Sudan; also called Acoli, Gang, or Shuli.The Acholi people live mostly in the Acholi district of Uganda, an 18,000-sq-km ...
Adangbe

Adangbe  

Ethnic group of southeastern Ghana; also known as the Adangme, Adampa, Dangme, and Krobo.The Adangbe live primarily along Ghana's coast and in the hills of the Accra Plain. They ...
ad-Din Khayr

ad-Din Khayr  

?–1546 Sixteenth-century corsair and Ottoman regent of the Maghreb, also called Barbarossa or Red Beard.Though some histories remember the man whose birth name was Khidr as Khayr ad-Din, the ...
Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa  

Capital and largest city in Ethiopia.Addis Ababa is Ethiopia's political, commercial, manufacturing, and cultural center. Located at the approximate geographical center of Ethiopia, it is the hub of ...
Adinkra

Adinkra  

Adinkra are visual forms that first achieved prominence among the Akan linguistic group whose members are now part of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Its origin is uncertain but evidence ...
Adja

Adja  

Ethnic group of West Africa, also known as Aja.The Adja primarily inhabit southern Benin and Togo. They speak a Niger-Congo language. The western Adja belong to the Ewe cultural ...
Afikpo

Afikpo  

The Afikpo are a small subgroup of the Igbo, the largest ethnic group in southeastern Nigeria. The Afikpo account for around 672,000 of the approximately 25 million Igbo in Nigeria ...
Afonso I

Afonso I  

C. 1460–1543 King of the Kongo kingdom, the first Kongo king to embrace Catholicism and European trade relations.Born Nzinga Mbemba, Afonso I ascended the throne in 1506 after the ...
African art

African art  

This entry contains two subentries: An Overview; and Contemporary African Art.African art presents unique potentials and challenges in terms of art historical engagement. One of the many advantages ...

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