2018 in Review December 28, 2018 at 02:00 pm

Here are the stories you read the most in 2018

Francis Akhalbey | Content Manager

Francis Akhalbey December 28, 2018 at 02:00 pm

December 28, 2018 at 02:00 pm | 2018 in Review

First of all, we would like to thank our awesome readers for making the Premier Pan-African Voice, Face2Face Africa, your go-to place for Africa and diaspora related news across all categories!

As the year comes to an end, Face2Face Africa shares with you our 15 most read stories for 2018.

Take a look at them below and make sure you catch up with the ones you may have missed:

The tragic yet resilient story of Igbo slaves who committed mass suicide off U.S. coast in 1803.
The stories of slave resistance, many of us know, have to do with bloodshed, violence, and destruction. But there are other acts of resistance whose stories are worth being told. Take that of ‘The Igbo Landing’ also called the Ibo Landing, Ebo Landing, or Ebos Landing.

Remembering the first Queen of England of African descent.
Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, originally named Sophie Charlotte was born on May 19, 1744. Queen Charlotte also held the titles of Electress of Hanover and Queen Consort of Hanover.

First wife feeding second wife at her wedding reception. Photocredit: Khalifa Photography

Modern day polygamy in Africa: first wife feeding second wife goes viral.
When Yakaka Mandara tweeted a picture of a first wife feeding her husband’s second wife at a wedding reception, she did not expect that the photo would go outside of her country, Nigeria. But that’s exactly what it did, reigniting an age-old debate about polygamy in Africa.

How cornrows were used as an escape map from slavery across South America.
Many do not know the deep and rich history of the hairstyle that saved the lives of many. Moreover, they do not know of its role in the freedom struggles which have led to the liberties we now enjoy.

Silas Adekunle created the world’s first gaming robot — African Entrepreneur Startup Project

This 26-year-old Nigerian is now the highest paid robotics engineer in the world.
A 26-year-old Nigerian, credited for building the world’s first gaming robot, has just become the highest paid in the field of Robotic engineering.

The legendary Dahomey Amazons are the real-life all-women’s army in Black Panther.
In the 1800s, there was an all-female army in modern-day Benin that pledged a similar loyalty to the throne. They were known as the Dahomey Warriors and were praised for their bravery and strength by local leaders and European colonizers alike who encountered them. Their role in preserving the mighty Dahomey kingdom cannot be overstated.

A Jarawa male — IBTimes UK

Why the endangered African tribesmen in India shot dead an American missionary with arrow.
Here’s what more you need to know about the endangered tribesmen of the Andaman Islands who made headlines in 2004 right after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami which they survived.

Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Sierra Leone rejects $318m Chinese airport project launched in March.
The Sierra Leonean government has cancelled all contracts with a Chinese construction firm that was tasked to build a new $318 million airport facility in March expected to be completed in 2022.

The Reppie project in Ethiopia — cambridge-industries.com

Ethiopia builds Africa’s first energy plant that converts trash into electricity.
Ethiopia has turned the site into a new waste-to-energy plant via the Reppie Waste-to-Energy Project which is the first of its kind in Africa. This forms part of efforts to revolutionise waste management practices in the country.

The story of Takyi, the Ghanaian king who led a slave rebellion in Jamaica in 1760.
Before finding himself as a slave, working hours on end and living in hard conditions on the Frontier plantation in Jamaica, Takyi was a Fanti king from Gold Coast, now modern Ghana.

Tignon, 2016…photo credit: Ayana V Jackson courtesy Mariane Ibrahim Gallery

Tignon Laws: The dreadful rule that banned black women from displaying their hair.
There was a time when black women weren’t allowed to display their hair in public. Keep reading to learn about the Tignon Laws and how it was used to fuel racial tensions in the United States.

Tiffany Haddish with her father Tsihaye Reda Haddish on her wedding day.

Emotional Eritrea homecoming for comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish [Video].
In a very emotional visit to Eritrea, Tiffany met with her father’s extended family. She described the encounter in a very tearful interview.

Outrage in South Africa as principal is caught on video having sex with schoolgirls.
A South African school principal resigned after videos and pictures of him engaging in sexual acts with high school pupils were leaked on social media.

Babies: Unwanted seeds sown in African women by fleeting Chinese workers.
The relations have gone beyond governments as the Chinese workers, who are temporary migrants, sow their seeds in African soil by fathering unwanted children with young African women and girls who have no means to fend for them.

Meet the gallant all-black American female battalion that served in Europe during World War II.
The success of the formation of the all black female battalion was thanks to Mary McLeod Bethune, an African American civil rights activist who at the time, appealed to the then-first lady of America, Eleanor Roosevelt, to create more meaningful roles for black women in the army to help balance out the shortage of soldiers.


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