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Jomo Kenyatta is elected Prime Minister of Kenya

Monday, 27 May 1963
Jomo Kenyatta was elected Kenya’s first Prime Minister, in 1963, following that country’s independence from Britain. In 1964 he became the first President of the Republic of Kenya. A few years earlier, Kenyatta had been sentenced to hard labour and was restricted following his arrest in 1952 related to allegations of his complicity in the Mau Mau rebellion. He was released on 14 August 1961.  ..
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Africa: What’s in a name?

Africa is the world’s second largest continent, both by size and number, after Asia. Its landmass holds 54 countries and nine territories. A central tenet of over a billion humans is that of being African, but where does the name Africa originate from?

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Maps of Africa through the centuries

As Africa was largely unexplored by Europeans for many centuries the maps that were created were by and large grossly inaccurate. They are still a fascinating look into the past. Mountain ranges that did not exist, countries that are fables and, the incognita that is unknown litter these maps.

The Berlin Conference

The Berlin Conference can be best understood as the formalisation of the Scramble for Africa. This British coined the term sometime in 1884, and it has since been used to describe the twenty-plus years when the various European powers explored, divided, conquered and began to exploit virtually the entire African continent.

The African Union (AU)

Successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the African Union (AU) is a multilateral institution established in 2002 that attempts to address a broad variety of challenges facing the African continent, including regional integration, security and underdevelopment.

50 Facts on Africa

In the modern-day world the view people are given of Africa is often a narrow one. In this piece we present 50 facts about this continent that people may not readily know.

Kingdom of Kongo 1390 – 1914

The Kingdom of Kongo was a large kingdom in the western part of central Africa.

The Empire of Mali (1230-1600)

The Empire of Mali was one of the largest Empires in West African History, and at its height it spanned from the Atlantic Coast to central parts of the Saharan desert.

African Heritage Sites

Within 37 African countries, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has listed 135 World Heritage Sites within the continent. South Africa has eight designated official sites.

Culture & Resistance Conference (1982)

Several hundred artists and activists from South Africa both living in exile and within the country, as well as foreign nationals were hosted by the Botswana National Museum in July of 1982 in Gaborone.