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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Samori Touré, Resistance Leader

Samori Touré, Resistance Leader

Samori Touré was a great warrior, a natural leader and an empire builder. But he is perhaps best remembered, and honored, for his role in…

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Ethiopia’s First Modern Ruler Tewodros II

Ethiopia’s First Modern Ruler Tewodros II

When Emperor Tewodros II came to power in Ethiopia in 1855, the country had been fragmented for nearly a century. The central government had been…

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An Honest Man

An Honest Man

In the short history of Burkina Faso, one name towers above the rest: Thomas Sankara. Born into a working-class Catholic family in the northern town…

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Abebe Bikila, Marathon Runner

Abebe Bikila, Marathon Runner

ADF STAFF Abebe Bikila’s run to international fame started by accident. Abebe had wanted to run the marathon for Ethiopia in the 1960 Summer Olympics…

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