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Amilcar Cabral: Time for new Icons

Amilcar Cabral: Time for new Icons

Sergei Lavrov emerged from a meeting with Robert Mugabe at his home in Zvimba and declared to the world that Robert Mugabe was a legend. I understand what he meant. There is an old lefties club, as there is for the right wing, of struggle veterans and heroes. When they walk in to a pub, more…

Ali Mazrui: Friend, Scholar, Visionary

Ali Mazrui: Friend, Scholar, Visionary

Burjor Avari MBE studied Honours History at Manchester University. He taught the subject in Kenyan and British schools between 1962 and 1987, before joining the Manchester Metropolitan University as Principal Lecturer in Multicultural Studies. In this role he invited Ali Mazrui in 2002 to give two talks at his university. The talks – one on more…

Mansa Kankan Musa, King of Mali

Mansa Kankan Musa, King of Mali

Learning history at school in Zambia was very interesting. We learnt about exotic people and places like Kublai Khan, the Kingdom of Sundiata, Thaba Bosiu and our icon for the month of May, Mansa Kankan Musa. A list compiled by the website, Celebrity Net Worth, places him as the richest man of all time with more…

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

We start our Icon series with a distinguished African American. His life story will be familiar to most. The circumstances, his circumstances, will be more difficult, complex and challenging than the ones you and I face today. We do not shy away from history, and its far reaching and lingering consequences, at Black Diamonds magazine more…

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