History

Turning over Belgian colonial archives wins the day

It was quite an eventful week; when the whole world’s attention and leadership was in New York, it was definitely not a good time for President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. He was in the glare of the world’s scrutiny for possible sexual misconduct in his youth that has...

Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 1:35am

Cape Coast Castle: Why you need to visit this historical sight

Cape Coast is a remarkably conserved historical site situated on Ghana’s southern coast. It is a beautiful castle that attracts masses of tourists every year. Underneath its beauty however lies a dark history that is worth preserving and understanding such that whatever happened back then...

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 11:38pm

The history of itorero

Itorero was started by King Gihanga Ngomijana. He was the first King of Rwanda. It dates back to pre-colonial times, and started with the aim of teaching Rwandans their values. It would promote peace and unity among Rwandans. It would teach boys above 14 years of age how to hunt, protect their...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 10:00pm

New technology tells us which animal bones were used to make ancient tools

Animals played an important role in prehistoric societies. They were a source of food, raw material, and, sometimes, reverence. Their bones were also used to create tools – for instance, arrowheads. The use of animal bone as raw material for tools dates back at least 1.8 million years. In...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 10:38pm

Africa’s ancient practices are being digitised for the future

The digital revolution, often described as “leapfrogging,” has brought real change to Africa. In finance, communication, and entertainment, technology has allowed African innovators to skip a step, bypassing the West in significant ways as the continent tries to catch up to more...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:06am

Origins of Ordinary Things: Keys

People all over the world keep their property locked up to avoid falling victim to theft. According to ThoughtCo, a knowledge platform, archeological discoveries in the ruins of ancient Assyria estimate that the practice of using locks and keys began four to six thousand years ago in ancient...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 10:39pm