Habib Bourguiba Tunisia’s ‘Supreme Fighter’

Habib Bourguiba Tunisia’s ‘Supreme Fighter’

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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

Reading Time: 3 minutes 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

Reading Time: 2 minutes 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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