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Sandton City, Johannesburg, South Africa

Sandton: Africa's richest square mile?

Sandton Central, without doubt, has become the most important business and financial node in South Africa, and plausibly sub-Saharan Africa.

Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: The coronation of a lifetime. Credit: punchng.com

Nigeria's new Oba of Benin: The coronation of a lifetime (Photos)

The rainy season is supposed to be over in Nigeria, but on Thursday just before midnight, torrential rain and crackling lightning let loose over Benin City.

The images of Igbo before: An interview with Chiadikobi Nwaubani, Founder of Ukpuru

The images of Igbo before: An interview with Chiadikobi Nwaubani, Founder of Ukpuru

Culture is always evolving and changing. Like Chimamanda Adichie said, “Culture does not make people, people make culture.”

Nelson Mandela's first interview

Watch short video of Nelson Mandela's just released first ever interview (Videos)

The Nelson Mandela Foundation recently released video footage which is believed to be Mandela‘s earliest recorded interview.

Agbogidi Obi James Ikechukwu Anyasi II

Kingdoms, thrones and crowns: Inside the lives of Nigeria's monarchs (Photos)

The country’s traditional rulers were stripped of their constitutional power in 1963, but their descendants still serve as the local custodians of law and order.

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (Audio)

In 1958, Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe, published his first book “Things Fall Apart”. It was set in pre-colonial rural Nigeria and examines how the arrival of foreigners led to tensions within the Igbo society.

Oba Esigie of Benin (1504-1550 BC) was the first King of Benin who ascended the throne with the title Esigie in about 1504.

Benin City: The mighty medieval capital now lost without trace (Photos)

With its mathematical layout and earthworks longer than the Great Wall of China, Benin City was one of the best planned cities in the world when London was a place of ‘thievery and murder’.

Scene from Nigerian civil war movie "The Encounter"

Watch snippet of Nigerian civil war movie "The Encounter" (Video)

In 1967, the Eastern Region of Nigeria seceded from the country. The declaration of the independent Biafra, announced by the then Governor of Nigeria’s Eastern Region Lieutenant Colonel Emeka Ojukwu, was in response to the genocide of people from the Eastern Region.

Mac Maharaj in Durban, June 2015

Full transcript: FT interview with Mac Maharaj on Mandela, Zuma and South Africa

The following is a transcript of a wide-ranging interview between Alec Russell, News Editor of the Financial Times, and Mac Maharaj, former confidant of Nelson Mandela and until recently the spin-doctor of President Jacob Zuma.

AFP/AFP/File - Undated photograph of Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra, giving a press conference in Enugu, Nigeria during the Biafran war

Biafra casts long shadow over Nigeria, nearly 50 years on

Radio Biafra. Its name is synonymous with the declaration of independence and updates on the brutal conflict that followed, but nearly 50 years after Nigeria’s civil war, Radio Biafra is again making headlines.

Josef Langerman, Standard Bank Group’s Head of Software Development and Maintenance

Africa's Standard Bank Seeks Speed Through Software Automation, DevOps

Standard Bank Group Ltd., Africa’s largest lender by assets, has offices all over the continent. While that might be good for business, it poses a problem for IT: all those systems communicate with the bank’s South African headquarters in a different way.

Traditional dance groups march in the carnival in Lagos last year. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Lagos locals fear annual carnival's links to Brazilian past are being lost

Before he died earlier this year, 86-year-old great-grandfather Mr Ibaru decided he had finally had enough of Lagos’ annual carnival. “It’s become boring,” grumbled the fine-boned man with a halo of white hair, tapping his cane impatiently.

HRM Alayeluwa Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe Aladesanmi III, the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, 2013. Credit: George Osodi/neh.gov

Life-sized portraits of the kings and queens of Nigeria: A photo exhibit at the Newark Museum (Photos)

The images are large and lush, startling in their near life-sized appearances. You feel as if you are in the same rooms as these elegantly dressed and somewhat mysterious men and women. Just who are these regal figures from what we know as the modern African nation of Nigeria?

Chris Hani was the leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Chief of Staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC)

South Africa's Rainbow Nation myth: Would Chris Hani have made a great president?

If you ask South Africans of my generation to name the most important political event of their lives, many will cite the assassination of Chris Hani.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Oba's words matter: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on the recent threat made by the Oba of Lagos

A few days ago, the Oba of Lagos threatened Igbo leaders. If they did not vote for his governorship candidate in Lagos, he said, they would be thrown into the lagoon. His entire speech was a flagrant performance of disregard.

Rhodes Must Fall: University of Cape Town students protesting against Cecil Rhodes statue on campus

University of Cape Town to remove Cecil Rhodes statue following student protests

South Africa’s University of Cape Town decided on Wednesday to remove a contentious statue of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes which has triggered protests from students over the past month.

#RhodesMustFall: A student wears a sticker calling for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes from the campus of the University of Cape Town March 20, 2015.

University of Cape Town boards up statue of Cecil Rhodes

A colonial-era statue of Cecil Rhodes on a South African university campus has been boarded up after student protesters demanded its removal.

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe: After Empire - An interview with The New Yorker from 2008

In a myth told by the Igbo people of Nigeria, men once decided to send a messenger to ask Chuku, the supreme god, if the dead could be permitted to come back to life.

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe: An African Voice - An interview with The Atlantic from 2000

Chinua Achebe’s emergence as "the founding father of African literature … in the English language," in the words of the Harvard University philosopher K. Anthony Appiah, could very well be traced to his encounter in the early fifties with Joyce Cary’s novel Mister Johnson, set in Achebe’s native Nigeria.

A student passes the statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town. Last week, students threw a bucket of excrement over the statue. Photograph: Schalk van Zuydam/AP

Race and South Africa: The size of an apartheid leader's statue tells you everything you need to know

What is the significance of a former statesman’s statue? This a question that has been doing the rounds in Cape Town in the last couple of weeks.

Eugene de Kock

Apartheid's legacy: Dr Death and Prime Evil. When to forgive, when not to forget

Two decades into South Africa’s democracy, several of its most notorious apartheid-era killers are bidding for freedom.

HRM Agbogidi Obi James Ikechukwu Anyasi II, Obi of Idumuje Unor, 2012

The many modern-day kings and queens of Nigeria: A photo exhibit by George Osodi (Photos)

Up until the 1960s, kings and queens controlled hundreds of ethnic groups in Nigeria. Today, the descendants of those rulers still play important roles as intermediaries between politicians and the people in their communities and as custodians of the cultural heritage.

Emperor Mansa Musa of Mali

Fact of the Day: With a jaw-dropping net worth of $400B, Emperor Mansa Musa of Mali was the world's richest man. Ever

Emperor Mansa Musa of Mali amassed a jaw-dropping $400B during his reign from 1312 to 1337, making him the wealthiest man ever, outranking the Rothschilds ($350B), the Rockefellers ($340B), and Bill Gates ($81.2B).

Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

Game Changers Africa: Wole Soyinka (Video)

In 1986, Nigerian author and playwright Wole Soyinka, became the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

New 100 Naira note design to commemorate 100 years of the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates to form Nigeria

Nigeria unveils new 100 Naira note design commemorating 100 years of Nigeria's amalgamation

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, formally unveiled the new 100 Naira note design commemorating 100 years of the amalgamation of Nigeria.

Behind the scenes of the royal court of Benin

Behind the scenes of the royal court of the former Benin Empire

The secret ceremonies and intimate details of an ancient African empire are revealed in an exhibition of rare photographs in Washington.

Maitama Sule, Nigeria's former Federal Commissioner of Public Complaints

History of Nigeria: WePictureNigeria Documentary - Episode 1 (Video)

Interviews with Maitama Sule, Chidi Odinkalu, Inuwa Wada and Tanko Yakasai.

Left - Right: General Joseph Ankrah (Chairman, Ghana National Liberation Council), Lieutenant Colonel Yakubu Gowon (Head of State, Nigeria), and Lt. Colonel Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Governor, Eastern Region, Nigeria) at Aburi, Ghana

Naij - A History of Nigeria by Jide Olanrewaju - An Actualize Production (Video)

An excellent, in-depth video of Nigeria’s history by Jide Olanrewaju

Colonel Emeka Ojukwu, Military Governor of Biafra

Nigeria's history problem needs the light from "Half of a Yellow Sun"

We Nigerians must deal with our fear of examining the civil war and the wrongs of the past. Biyi Bandele’s new film is a step forward.

'Half of a Yellow Sun' Movie

'Half of a Yellow Sun' Movie: A Review by the Chicago Sun-Times

Writer-director Biyi Bandele has taken Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s engrossing 2006 novel “Half of a Yellow Sun,” a story of epic proportions, and adapted it into a well-acted and ambitious film.

Nok Sculpture from Nigeria

Boston museum returns looted African art to Nigeria

Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts has returned eight pieces of ancient African art to Nigeria after discovering they were likely looted from the West African nation, museum officials said on Thursday.

Pray for Portugal

Portugal indebted to Angola after economic reversal of fortune

The cash-strapped European nation is coming to terms with effects of heavy investment from its oil-rich former colony.

Alara, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Redefining African Luxury in Lagos, Nigeria

Businesswoman Reni Folawiyo is building a concept store with celebrated architect David Adjaye on Victoria Island in Lagos. The mission? To redefine African luxury for Nigerians—and for the rest of the world.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Hiding From Our Past by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

On the margins of my happy childhood, there was a shadow: the Biafran war. I was born seven years after it ended, and did not experience any material deprivations—I had a bicycle, dolls, books—but my family was scarred by it.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Nigeria's Nollywood Reaches Mainstream with 'Half of a Yellow Sun'

Nigeria’s bustling film industry is about to take a giant leap forward with the upcoming U.S. release of “Half of a Yellow Sun.”