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    • The Slave Trade in Africa: Follow-up

      The Slave Trade in Africa: Follow-upI will begin this post with a famous quote from the late Professor Chinua Achebe of Nigeria. According to the late professor, "Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter ”. History has not been fair to Africa at all and the reason is because, in the case of Africa, the “hunter” is the one recording the tales of the hunt. Even in the few cases where the lions have been able to produce a historian, the hunter decides how the tales of the...

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    • Christianity and Slavery: The role of the Church

      Christianity and Slavery: The role of the ChurchI received an email yesterday concerning an article I wrote some time ago. The person asked me so many interesting questions and I will try my best to answer some of those questions in this follow-up post. What role did the Church play in the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade? What exactly does the Bible say about slavery? Is Christianity a “slave religion”? Why so many Black people love the church and the Bible? Well, to begin, let's revisit this famous quote. According to Jomo Kenyatta the founding...

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    • Africans did NOT sell their own people into slavery

      Africans did NOT sell their own people into slaveryDid Africans "sell" their own people into slavery? Well, the simple answer is yes. Some Africans did indeed "sell" their own people into slavery the same way some Jewish people helped Adolf Hitler butcher their fellow Jews. I put "sell" in quote for a reason and we will see why. According to Jomo Kenyatta, the founding father and first president of Kenya, "when the missionaries first arrived, Africans had the land and the missionaries had the Bible. They (the European missionaries) taught us...

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    • Barter Trading and Taxation in Colonial Africa

      Barter Trading and Taxation in Colonial AfricaThis is also a follow-up to an article I wrote some time ago about the transatlantic slave trade that took place in Africa some centuries ago. I have received several emails and questions concerning the mode of trade and the taxation system that was in place in colonial Africa and I will try my best to answer some of those questions in this post. To begin with, yes there were some well-established market systems in Africa before the arrival of the Europeans with some regulations. It is also true...

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    • Genocide in Africa: The forgotten ones

      Genocide in Africa: The forgotten onesAnytime I remember what happened in Rwanda somewhere in 1994 (not long ago), tears flow down my cheek. I cry not just because of the untold number of innocent people who lost their lives but also because of the way the world reacted. Over 800,000 innocent people died within a period of just 100 days and the world did nothing to help. I cry for the innocent who lost their lives but I also cry for myself. I cry for being part of a very cruel world. I cry for being part of a world where nobody...

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