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Account of the Slave Trade on the Coast of Africa

Account of the Slave Trade on the Coast of Africa

Alexander Falconbridge

Written by an abolitionist, this book is very interesting in the sense of the account it gives us, no matter how appalling we think those times were. The author tells us of things like the proceedings during the voyages, how the slaves were procured in the first place, their subsequent treatment, and how they were sold.

Africa: Volume I North Africa

A. H. Keane

This is Volume I of Stanford’s Compendium of Geography and Travel. Apart from an Introductory section, the book covers Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, the Sahara, Sudan, North-East Africa, and Egypt.

African Camp Fires

African Camp Fires

Stewart Edward White

African Camp Fires is a first hand account of a foot safari in Africa. The book describes various hunts and kills. White tells of the day-to-day experiences and difficulties of life in the African bush.

At the Back of the Black Man’s Mind

At the Back of the Black Man's Mind

R. E. Dennett

Fully illustrated. Published in 1906, this book looks at Bantu and Yoruba spiritual practices and philosophy, including nature worship, sacred kingship, and shamanism. R. E. Dennett spent many years studying West African folklore, culture, and religion at the turn of the 19th century. Chapters include Sacred Lands And Rivers, Measures, Signs, And

The Ban of the Bori, Demons and Demon-Dancing in West and North Africa

The Ban of the Bori, Demons and Demon-Dancing in West and North Africa

A. J. N. Tremearne

Fully illustrated. Chapters include: The Origin of the Hausa Colonies in North Africa; Totemism and King-killing; Personal Enhancement and Dress; Habitations and Domestic Life; Birth and Puberty; Death and the After-Life; Magic. The Saints and the Magicians; Magic in the House—Love Charms; Magic in the House—Self-Preservation; Magic in the…

The Black Man’s Place in South Africa

The Black Man's Place in South Africa

Peter Nielsen

A surprisingly sympathetic account of the South African people here. The author sets out a question; can the natives of South Africa be assimilated into Western culture. He then goes on to detail a few things such as the mind of the native, their achievements, etc. He eventually comes to the conclusion that despite white people being…

The Crime of the Congo

The Crime of the Congo

Arthur Conan Doyle

The Crime of the Congo is a 1909 book about human rights abuses in the Congo Free State, a private state established and controlled by the King of the Belgians, Leopold II. The book was intended as an exposé of the situation in the so-called Congo Free State, an area occupied and designated as the personal property of Leopold II of Belgium…

Fetichism in West Africa

Fetichism in West Africa

Robert Hamill Nassau

Subtitled ‘Forty Years of Observation Of Native Customs and Superstitions’. The author goes into incredible detail in the book, giving information on such things as the judicial system, spiritual beings, fetichism and it’s relation to a wide variety of daily activities, as well as the whole idea of God in West Africa. It has a lot of personal…

Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria

Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria

Elphinstone Dayrell

Published in 1910 and with an introduction by Andrew Lang, this book contains 40 stories about animals and people, including Why The Moon Waxes And Wanes, Why The Cat Kills Rats, The Woman, The Ape, And The Child, The Disobedient Daughter Who Married A Skull, The King’s Magic Drum, The Tortoise With A Pretty Daughter, Concerning…

Folk Tales of Angola

Heli Chatelain

First published in 1894, this book contains 50 folk tales with the Ki-Mbundu text and the literal English translation. Tales include The Children and the Widow, Man and Turtle, The Woman who Longed for Fish, The Blacksmith and the Blackbirds, The Lions and Kimona-Ngombe, and the Frog and His Two Wives.

Great African Travellers

Great African Travellers

William H. G. Kingston

An account of some of the best known African explorers of the 19th Century, including Livingstone and Stanley. Fully illustrated, this is a detailed account of the people they came across, their way of life, snippets of the slave trade, and of course hunting ‘vicious’ animals. An interesting glimpse into the era of colonial…

Great Explorations in Africa

J. T. Headley

The full title of this 1886 book is ‘Great Explorations in the Wilds of Africa including Sir Samuel Baker’s expedition with a force of nearly two thousand men to suppress the slave trade; Lieut. Cameron’s ‘Across Africa’, with these travelers marvelous accounts of fighting the natives, hunting the hippopotamus, elephant and…

Hausa Folklore

Hausa Folklore

Maalam Shaihu

Published in 1913, this is a delightful collection of 21 folk tales. The book has an introductory section which details the history of the Hausa people and their relation to Islam. The tales themselves are collected directly from a Hausa Storyteller.

The Holy Piby

The Holy Piby

Robert Athlyi Rogers

The Holy Piby was written by Robert Athlyi Rogers, who founded an Afrocentric religion in the US and West Indies in the 1920s. Rogers’ religious movement, the Afro Athlican Constructive Church, saw Ethiopians (in the Biblical sense of Black Africans) as the chosen people of God, and proclaimed Marcus Garvey, the prominent Black Nationalist…

Human Leopards

K. J. Beatty

Subtitled, ‘An Account Of The Trials Of Human Leopards Before The Special Commission Court; With A Note On Sierra Leone Past And Present’, this book, first published in 1915 seems like it’s going to be an awesome account of mutant humans with leopard like powers. Unfortunately, this is not the case. It is about the Human Leopard Society…

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