Tag Archives: Africa

170 AD: Memnon

Portrait of Memnon: Greek, c. 170 AD Memnon was the pupil, protégé, and adopted son of Herodes Atticus, a Greek aristocrat and sophist who served as a senator of the Roman Empire. He was named after the mythological Ethiopian king … Continue reading

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2017: How Dogs Vote

African wild dogs vote by sneezing: African wild dogs exhibit dominant-directed group living and take part in stereotyped social rallies: high energy greeting ceremonies that occur before collective movements. Not all rallies result in collective movements, for reasons that are … Continue reading

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1974: Author Awarded Avocado

The opening of Walter Abish’s 1974 novel, Alphabetical Africa: Ages ago, Alex, Allen and Alva arrived at Antibes, and Alva allowing all, allowing anyone, against Alex’s admonition, against Allen’s angry assertion: another African amusement . . . anyhow, as all … Continue reading

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2010: Johannesburg

Zanele Muholi: Mbala Zulu, KwaThema, Springs, Johannesburg, 2010

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1799: Nine Family Heads

In the late 18th century, a physician from northern Africa named Saidi Saeed Abdoul Naim assembled this book of practices for dealing with physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. It also includes sections on secret alphabets, divination by sand, magic, and … Continue reading

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1956: Portrait

Seydou Keïta: Untitled (1956)

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15th Century: Portrait

Bronze portrait: Nigeria, 15th Century; photo from this post on Where’s Malko.

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