What was the Black Consciousness Movement?

Biko Family Defiant
September 23, 2015

The Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) was an influential student movement in the 1970s in Apartheid South Africa. The Black Consciousness Movement promoted a new identity and politics of racial solidarity, and became the voice and spirit of the anti-Apartheid movement at a time when both the African National Congress and the Pan-Africanist Congress had been banned in the wake of the Sharpeville Massacre. The BCM reached its zenith in the…


Black Americans Don’t ‘Appropriate’ African Culture

Participants at the Afropunk Festival 2015 in New York City CNN MONEY/YOUTUBE SCREENSHOT
September 15, 2015

Don’t divide the Diaspora. Interest in African cultures by people of African descent should be encouraged. Appropriation. The latest word every one wants to use, hurling it at one another with faux intellect. As soon as you see it in an article or headline, you sigh because it’s either, “I can’t believe they [as in white people] are pulling this stunt again [side eye],” or it’s a tiring and confusing…


West Africa before the Europeans

August 14, 2015

There were many forms of government in Africa before Europeans knew it, ranging from powerful empires to decentralised groups of pastoralists and hunters. In West Africa, archaeological excavations at Old Jenne (modern Djenné, in Mali) have uncovered a sophisticated urban settlement dating from the 3rd century BC. The ancient kingdom of Ghana was based on the gold trade and flourished from at least as early as the 8th century AD….


Bright future in commemorating African, Black culture

August 13, 2015

The African World Festival will mark its 33rd year this weekend, but the event will also help to celebrate an even bigger milestone for its home site and parent organization: the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The free festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, is one of several events this year commemorating the African-American history museum’s 50th anniversary. Festival director Njia Kai says the museum’s semi-centennial inspired…


Diaspora Africans Seek to Maintain Their Heritage

African diaspora
July 16, 2015

A Ghanaian teenager sports cowboy boots in Accra. A Kenyan woman surfs the web at an internet café in Nairobi. A Nigerian girl in Lagos wears the jersey of the Chelsea British soccer team. A South African athlete models stylish air Jordan boots. These are all too familiar scenes in many parts of Africa. They also show the all-pervasive western influence on the continent – especially among its youth. Nathan…



July 15, 2014

Sankofa Open House (SOH) is a summer youth programme developed by Our Afrikan Heritage magazine (OAH) that is geared towards educating young people aged 8 to 14 in the areas of organic agriculture, collective community consciousness, Afrikan history, arts and craft and academics.