Friday, February 23, 2018

EP 23 - AFRICA BEFORE THE SLAVERY PT. 3 "THE BENIN EMPIRE"


In This Episode:

As the Black History Month Celebration comes to an end, we have decided to share with you, the oldest surviving kingdom in the world, The Great Benin Empire which is located in Nigeria, Africa.

This year, our aim during Black History Month was to educate and remind people about African history before the slavery. Even though this month is coming to an end, we must not forget to continue celebrating Black History and the beauty of Africa and Africans.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Edo State: http://www.edostate.gov.ng  
2. Benin Empire: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin_Empire
3. Oba Ewuare: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ewuare
4. Harlem: https://www.nycgo.com/boroughs-neighborhoods/manhattan/harlem
5. The Great Wall of China: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Wall_of_China
6. James Robert Phillips: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Robert_Phillips
7. Queen Idia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idia
8. Queen Iden: http://www.edoworld.net/Queen_Iden_of_Benin_Kingdom.html

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Friday, February 9, 2018

EP 22 - Africa Before The Slavery PT. 2 "Queen Amina"


In This Episode:

Still, in the spirit of celebrating Black History Month, we are going to take you on a journey through the life of one of the greatest and most courageous African Queen's to walk this earth, Queen Amina of Zazzau.

This month, we are celebrating the history of the times before slavery, the Black History we should never forget to celebrate.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Queen Amina: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amina  
2. Zazzau (Zaria): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zazzau
3. Queen Bakwa: http://www.whenweruled.com/?p=84
4. Turunku: http://allafrica.com/stories/200607170777.html
5. Amina Walls: http://digest.bellafricana.com/tourist-attractions-in-nigeria-part-2/

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Friday, February 2, 2018

EP 21 - Africa Before The Slavery

In This Episode: 

Welcome to Black History Month!

Usually what people celebrate during this period are the achievements of African-Americans after the slave trade, or how they persevered through the slavery. 

However, a lot of people do not know about the great things and great people that lived in Africa before the slave trade. 

So in honor of this year's celebration, we have decided to take you back in time to the days before slavery. The days of the African Kings and Queens, the Black History we should never forget  to celebrate as well. 

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Black History Month: http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month   
  2. Kush: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Kush  
  3. Axum: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axum 
  4. Black Panther Movie: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1825683/
  5. Hollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_the_United_States  
  6. King Mansa Musa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musa_I_of_Mali
  7. Niger City: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niger
  8. Timbuktu: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbuktu
  9. Goa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Goa
  10. Djenne: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djenn%C3%A9
  11. Google : https://www.google.com
  12. Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/
  13. Times Magazine: http://time.com/
  14. Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/ 
  15. Jeff Bezos : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Bezos 
  16. Jacob Davidson: http://time.com/money/author/jacob-davidson/
  17. Mecca: https://www.britannica.com/place/Mecca
  18. Chimamanda Adichie: https://www.chimamanda.com/
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Friday, January 26, 2018

EP 20 - Unsung African Heroes: "Abebech Gobena"


In This Episode:

When you speak of ‘Heroes’ in Africa, you immediately think of people like Nelson Mandela, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Desmond Tutu and others. However, Africa has a lot of other Unsung Heroes.

Today, I will introduce you to Africa’s Mother Teresa; Abebech Gobena.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Abebech Gobena : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abebech_Gobena  
2. Agohelma : http://agohelma.org 
3. Ethiopia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia
4. Mother Teresa : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Teresa
5. Africa : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa
6. Google : https://www.google.com
7. Addis Ababa : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addis_Ababa

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Friday, January 19, 2018

EP 19 - "S***hole" Africa



In This Episode:

I woke up a few days ago to hear that some certain individual, had referred to my beautiful continent Africa and Haiti as a s***hole continent and country.

Instead of getting angry, I decided to respond with positivity. Which is what I have decided to do all of 2018. I will not give power to people who try to bring me down, and that’s exactly what we African’s need to do too.

I’m proudly African, and I love my s***hole continent!

Mentioned In This Episode:
1. Africa : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Africa 
2. Haiti : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti
3. Michelle Obama : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Obama
4. Excuse My African : http://www.excusemyafrican.com/
5. David Oyelowo : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Oyelowo
6. Lupita Nyong’o : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupita_Nyong%27o
7. Uzo Aduba : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzo_Aduba
8. Chiwetel Ejiofor : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiwetel_Ejiofor
9. O.T. Fagbenle : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._T._Fagbenle
10. Nigeria : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria
11. Texas : https://texas.gov/
12. Obafemi Awolowo University : http://www.oauife.edu.ng/
13. Ile-Ife : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ife
14. The Virginia Commonwealth University : https://www.vcu.edu/
15. Richmond, Virginia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richmond,_Virginia
16. Medical College of Virginia Hospitals : https://www.vcuhealth.org/
17. Pediatric Surgery : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pediatric_surgery
18. General Surgery : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_surgery
19. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia : http://www.chop.edu/
20. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine : https://www.med.upenn.edu/
21. Texas Children Fetal Centre : http://women.texaschildrens.org/program/texas-childrens-fetal-center

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Friday, January 5, 2018

EP 18 - AFRICA IN 2017


In This Episode:

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018!

Before we continue to take you on a journey through Africa and tell you about all her amazing countries and people. We decided that for our first episode of 2018, we will take you back in time and tell you about 5 amazing and historic things that happened in 2017.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  George Weah  - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Weah
2.  Liberia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberia
3.  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Johnson_Sirleaf
4.  Wizkid - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizkid_(musician)
5.  Afrobeats - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afrobeat
6. Royal Albert Hall - https://www.royalalberthall.com
7.  Coachella- https://www.coachella.com
8. Hello Rain- http://www.okayafrica.com/hello-rain-is-an-afrofuturistic-short-film-based-on-nnedi-okorafors-hello-moto/   
9. Nnedi Okorafor - http://nnedi.com
10. Hello Moto - https://www.tor.com/2011/11/02/hello-moto/
11. CJ Obasi - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._J._Obasi
12. Wedding Party 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU6pkGpUOiQ 
13. Mo Abudu - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo_Abudu
14. Ebony Life TV - http://ebonylifetv.com
15. Nollywood- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nollywood
16. Hollywood - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_the_United_States
17. Awa BaldĂ© - http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-africa-42089547/africa-s-first-roller-skating-world-champion 
18. World Roller Games - http://www.rollersports.org/rg-2017
19. China - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China

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Friday, December 22, 2017

EP 17 - STOP BEING IGNORANT


In This Episode:

For a long time there have been so many myths about the beautiful continent of Africa, and till this day there are people that still believe these outrageous stories.

Today I am going to debunk all these crazy myths and beliefs. People need to stop being ignorant.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  Kenya  - http://www.magicalkenya.com
2.  Safari - http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/triptypes/safaris
3.  Nigeria - http://www.nigeria.gov.ng
4.  Lamborghini - https://www.lamborghini.com/en-en/
5.  Ferrari - https://www.ferrari.com/en-US
6. Land Rover - https://www.landroverusa.com/index.html
7.  Range Rover- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Range_Rover
8. Limousine- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limousine  
9. Cadillac - http://www.cadillac.com
10. Wole Soyinka - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wole_Soyinka
11. Professor Chinua Achebe - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinua_Achebe
12. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - https://www.chimamanda.com
13. New York - http://www1.nyc.gov
14. Boko Haram - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boko_Haram
15. Lagos- https://lagosstate.gov.ng
16. Abuja - http://www.abujacity.com
17. Benin - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin_City
18. Port Harcourt - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Harcourt
19. Ibadan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibadan
20. Ghana - http://www.ghana.gov.gh 
21. South Africa - http://country.southafrica.net/country/us/en
22. Taste Makers Africa - https://www.instagram.com/tstmkrsafrica/?hl=en
23. Ethiopia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia
24. The gods Must Be Crazy - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080801/
25. Swahili - http://www.glcom.com/hassan/swahili_history.html
26. Twi -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twi
27. Libya - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libya
28. Sudan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudan
29. The Mediterranean Sea - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean_Sea
30. The Red Sea - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Sea
31. Israel - http://israel.travel
32. Gaza Strip - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_Strip

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Friday, December 15, 2017

EP 16 - MY AFRICA


In This Episode:

Africa has a very rich History, that goes way beyond slavery and poverty. Civilization, Education, and even one of the wealthiest Kings in all of history can be linked back to Africa, but unfortunately, people do not know this.

I will take you on a journey back in time to My Africa, the Africa that the whole world should know.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  Ethiopia  - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia
2.  Harpoon Points - http://alligator-hunting-equipment.com/harpoonpoles.html
3.  Katanga, Zaire (Republic of Congo) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Katanga
4.  Hematite Mine - http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5421/
5.  Swaziland - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaziland
6. Adrian Boshier - http://africanicons.co.za/blog/tag/adrian-boshier/#sthash.B2lb5Lmb.dpbs
7.  Ishango Bone- http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/Ancient-Africa/ishango.html
8. The Great sphinx of Giza- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Sphinx_of_Giza  
9. The Ancient Egyptian city of Kahun - https://www.britannica.com/place/Kahun
10. Sudan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudan
11. El kurru - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El-Kurru
12. Nuri - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuri
13. IBN HAUKAL - http://www.yourarticlelibrary.com/biographies/ibn-hawqal-biography-of-ibn-hawqal/24504
14. Mansa Musa I (The King of Ghana) - https://www.cnbcafrica.com/news/west-africa/2016/01/27/the-african-king-who-is-the-wealthiest-person-ever/
15. The Yoruba Metal Art - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoruba_art
16. National Geographic - https://www.nationalgeographic.com/
17. Timbuktu - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timbuktu
18. Paris - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris
19. Henry Louis Gates - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Louis_Gates_Jr.
20. The Yoruba Empire - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oyo_Empire
21. The Benin Empire - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin_Empire
22. The Ghanaian Empire - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana_Empire
23. The Great Wall of China - https://www.chinahighlights.com/greatwall/
24. Guinness Book of Records - http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/

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Friday, December 8, 2017

EP 15 - WELCOME TO LIBERIA


In This Episode:

I will take you on an interesting journey through the beautiful West African Country called ‘Liberia’

Usually, when you speak of Liberia, all people think of immediately is the war that really destroyed the country or the fact that they have a female president; but Liberia is so much more!
From their food to their amazing Museums and National Parks, Liberia has so many wonderful destinations and sights to see.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  American Colonization Society - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Colonization_Society 
2.  Monkey Island - https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/znwwb3/the-lab-apes-of-liberia
3.  Sapo National Park - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapo_National_Park
4.  Liberian National Museum - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberian_National_Museum
5.  Mt Nimba - https://www.lonelyplanet.com/liberia/attractions/mt-nimba/a/poi-sig/1556607/355353
6. Buchanan - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchanan,_Liberia
7.  Royal Grand Hotel- http://www.royalgrandhotel.com/
8.  Mamba Point Hotel- http://mambapointhotel.biz/  
9. Krystal Ocean View Hotel

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Friday, December 1, 2017

EP 14 - THE AFRICAN SKIN

 In This Episode:

Growing up, we were made to believe that the lighter skinned women were more beautiful than the darker skinned women. Today, that is no longer the case. We have seen a rise in the appreciation of Dark Skin. Women are proud of their black skin and their amazing melanin.

However, we have once again lost the narrative because now, dark skin is the only acceptable form of African skin. According to today's standards, if you aren't dark then you aren't truly African. Wrong!
Some Africans are very light, some are extremely dark. We have blonde hair and colored eyes too.

You cannot put Africans in a box. We are a diverse people.

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  Skin Bleaching/Whitening  -https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_whitening
2.  Hollywood
3.  Lupita Nyong’o - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupita_Nyong%27o
4.  Miss Universe Pageant - https://www.missuniverse.com
5.  Miss Jamaica 2017 (Davina Bennett) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davina_Bennett
6. Miss South Africa 2017 (Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demi-Leigh_Nel-Peters

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Friday, November 24, 2017

EP 13 - THE AFRICAN INSTINCT


In This Episode:

Many thousands of years ago, the Egyptians created Pyramids, Statues and other amazing architectural structures that still leave archaeologists in awe.

Have you ever wondered how they were able to do all of this, without any formal or advanced training?

It’s something that I like to call 'The African Instinct'

Mentioned In This Episode:
1.  Passbook - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passbook
2.  Ledger - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ledger  

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