Afritorial’s Facebook Timeline shows Africa’s history dating back to 1000AD

We’re happy to announce that Afritorial.com’s Facebook Timeline fan page now houses the ongoing history of Africa dating back to 1000AD.

Our aim is to give our Facebook fans a comprehensive look at the great moments in history (and the present) of this great continent.

From Queen Sheba and the early African kingdoms of Mali, Ashanti, Zimbabwe, and Kongo, to the widespread slave trade, the Scramble for and colonisation of Africa and the independence struggles of the 50s and 60s, Facebook users can now navigate Afritorial’s facebook page to learn more about Africa’s triumphs, its darkest moments and its kaleidoscope of tribes, language groups and people.

The timeline acknowledges the contributions of key African leaders, intellectuals and freedom fighters such as Nelson Mandela, Jomo Kenyatta, Kofi Annan, Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader executed by firing squad on the 17th of January 1961.

Also featured include the Kings and Queens of Madagascar (1861),  the legendary Zulu warrior Shaka Zulu, Kenya’s sprinting legend Kipchoge Keino and musicians Youssou N’Dour (Senegal), Sade and Femi Kuti (Nigeria).

While compiling the timeline, we were inspired by the distinct increase of female influencers in African politics, culture and art in recent times; such as Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, writers Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Dambisa Moyo, models Iman, Liya Kebede and  Alek Wek, singers Angelique Kidjo and Miriam Makeba, and the late Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and environmental activist.

Afritorial.com’s facebook timeline will be an ongoing project to document Africa’s key news and occasions in the years to come, and we’ll be adding more huge cultural, social and political landmarks as time goes by – keeping you up to date with the most important and influential moments and people of Africa.

Let us know what you think of Afritorial’s Facebook Timeline. What African moments have we missed out and which African history makers should we be including?

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