Tanzania’s ‘Black Mamba’

Tanzania’s ‘Black Mamba’

Reading Time: 3 minutes ADF STAFF In 1978 during the war between Tanzania and Uganda, Tanzanian Brig. Gen. John Walden got on his army’s radio system to discuss the…

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A Journey to the Land of Punt

A Journey to the Land of Punt

Reading Time: 2 minutes The pharaohs of ancient Egypt were fascinated by a distant place known as the Land of Punt, or simply Punt. It was regarded as a…

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The Mutapa Empire

The Mutapa Empire

Reading Time: 2 minutes ADF STAFF The kingdom of Zimbabwe fell into decline in the early 15th century. Some historians say the region was starving. Others say that the…

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‘Respect Your Word of Honor’

‘Respect Your Word of Honor’

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Rules of the Manden Charter Echo Today ADF STAFF Photo by REUTERS When the warrior Keita Sundiata learned that his home tribe had been conquered…

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Sundiata Keita, the Lion King of Mali

Sundiata Keita, the Lion King of Mali

Reading Time: 3 minutes ADF STAFF I teach kings the history of their ancestors, so that the lives of the ancients might serve them as an example, for the…

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Bai Bureh, the Warrior of Sierra Leone

Bai Bureh, the Warrior of Sierra Leone

Reading Time: 2 minutes ADF STAFF Bai Bureh once earned the nickname Kebalai, which means “one who never tires of war.” In 1898, he took on one of the…

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Oliver Tambo: From Exile to Exalted

Oliver Tambo: From Exile to Exalted

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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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