Oliver Tambo: From Exile to Exalted

Oliver Tambo: From Exile to Exalted

ADF STAFF The world recognizes Nelson Mandela as the father of post-apartheid South Africa, but he always acknowledged he had help. One of his key…

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The Dark Star of the Enlightenment

The Dark Star of the Enlightenment

ADF STAFF In 1827, Russia’s greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin, began his first work of prose, a historical novel titled The Moor of Peter the Great….

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Thutmose III the Warrior Pharaoh

Thutmose III the Warrior Pharaoh

ADF STAFF In the course of more than 3,000 years, 170 pharaohs ruled Egypt. Of those, the greatest military leader was Thutmose III, the sixth…

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Archbishop Janani Luwum Martyr of Uganda

Archbishop Janani Luwum Martyr of Uganda

When Janani Luwum, Anglican archbishop of Uganda, stood up to President Idi Amin and his atrocities in 1977, he knew Amin would not tolerate it….

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Habib Bourguiba Tunisia’s ‘Supreme Fighter’

Habib Bourguiba Tunisia’s ‘Supreme Fighter’

ADF STAFF Habib Bourguiba was Tunisia’s first president and remains a towering figure in the country’s history. But like so many great leaders throughout world…

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QUEEN Nzingha of Ndongo

QUEEN Nzingha of Ndongo

The ruler of what is now Angola fought her would-be conquerors for decades ADF STAFF Southwest Africa never had a stronger advocate than Queen Nzingha of…

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A Captain’s Courage

A Captain’s Courage

He acted from his heart ADF STAFF In 1994, after the assassination of the president of Rwanda, soldiers of the presidential guard tortured and killed Prime…

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Remembering Africa’s 1st Independent Air Force

Remembering Africa’s 1st Independent Air Force

ADF STAFF In November 1922, Teferi Mekonen, an Ethiopian nobleman, visited a British Royal Air Force  show in Yemen’s coastal city of Aden. Airplanes were…

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King Jaja of Opobo

King Jaja of Opobo

Jubo Jubogha started out as a slave and ended up a king in what is now southern Nigeria. Along the way, he became one of…

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King Tenkamenin Ruler of Ancient Ghana

King Tenkamenin Ruler of Ancient Ghana

ADF STAFF King Tenkamenin ruled the Kingdom of Ghana with style. He insisted on good etiquette. His airy, windowed court was built with teak and…

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