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Robert Baden-Powell
(1857 - 1941)

Robert Stephenson Smith Baden-Powell
Robert Stephenson Smith Baden-Powell was a British general and founder of the scouting movement. He was born in 1857 and died in 1941. He took part in the operations in Zululand in 1888 and in 1895 was sent on special service to Ashanti. In the expedition against King Prempeh, conducted by Sir Francis Scott, he was given command of the native levies, whom he turned into excellent soldiers. During 1896 to 1897 he was chief staff-officer in South africa, and took part in the campaign against the Matabili. On the outbreak of the Boer war in 1899 he was given command of the small force in Mafeking, and held the the position against assaults and a siege from October 1899 until relieved by Mahon and Plumer in May 1900. Promoted to Major-general he served on the staff, organised South Africa's constabulary and from 1900 to 1903 was inspector of the Transvaal police. Later in 1806 he sailed downstream to the Bussa rapids, where he drowned, trying to escape an attack by the Africans.
Josephine Baker
(1906 - 1975)

Josephine Baker
Josephine Baker was born June 3, 1906 in St. Louis. Her birth name was Freda J. McDonald. At the age of eight she was "rented" to a family of traveling musicians, the Jones. At the age of 15, Josephine or "Tumpy" as she was still called left her hometown of St. Louis with the Bob Russell company. She had become the special protege of Clara Smith, the famous blues singer. From now on she would be known as Josephine Baker. In 1921, Josephine was a chorus girl in the Broadway hit, Shuffle Along. A show produced for Black audiences, it quickly became a strong draw for whites, and continued to be a huge Broadway influence for over a year. By the summer of 1925, Josephine was lured away to Paris, France with the promise of the grand salary of $250 per week. In Paris, Josephine performed at the Folie Bergere. Parisian audiences were enchanted with Josephine and the little cross-eyed black girl from St. Louis became the first modern sex symbol. The French referred to her as 'La Perle Noire", "Our Fifine" and "La Bakhair". Josephine opened her own nightclub on the rue Fontaine. For the next fifty years Ms. Baker continued to perform in films, concerts, revues and television programs. Her participation in the French underground during World War II earned her the Legion of Honor medal. Josephine adopted twelve children from different races and creeds to live with her at Les Milandes, her 600-acre Dordogne chateau. Josephine Baker died in Paris on April 12, 1975.

logo bakra is a new site featuring biting, hard-hitting articles by Kwesi Bacchra and other leading authors and historians about current affairs in Britain, Europe and the World with a particular emphasis on Africa, the Caribbean, Carnival and other Black issues and history.


African Bamboo Association
Mr. Abdou Rahmane CISSÉ Latgana
P. O. BOX / B. P. 421

Introducing, Africa's first and only Association dedicated to the advancement and utilization of the Earth's most renewable, fastest growing, most versatile and useful plant: Bamboo. The African Bamboo Association is based in Senegal, West Africa, founded by Mr. Abdou Rahmane CISSÉ Latgana in 1998, and has a strong desire to expand the use of bamboo throughout Africa, stimulating and securing a sustainably developed future for Africans. ABA asks to promote the use of bamboo throughout Africa, and encourage the Industrial Development Sector to channel funds into this endeavor. Remember, there are several major Empires througout the history of the East that have built their entire infrastructures with bamboo. We can learn from these successful cultures. Bamboo is the building material of the future. Colombia and Mexico are pushing forward with government funded initiatives and Africa can benefit from these experiences.
Ban Landmines

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International Campaign to Ban Landmines

The ICBL calls for:
An international ban on the use, production, stockpiling, and sale, transfer, or export of antipersonnel landmines.

The 1997 treaty banning the use, production, stockpiling, and transfer of antipersonnel landmines has been ratified by 118 countries and signed by 140 . Since the treaty became law, countries may no longer sign it, they must accede. Those countries which have already signed, must still ratify in order to be fully bound by the ban provisions.


Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American supermodel, television personality, Emmy Award-winning talk show host, actress, and businessperson.She became famous first as a model in Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, and New York, but television appearances were her commercial breakthrough. She is known best as hostess/judge of the reality television show America's Next Top Model since its 2003 debut, and is currently hosting her own Daytime Emmy Award- winning talk show, The Tyra Banks Show. Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine.

Southern African Language

Bantu is a language group that belongs to the Niger-Congo group. Bantu languages are spoken in South Cameroon, in Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. Bantu is now the generally accepted name for those natives of South Africa (the great majority) who are neither Hottentots nor Bushmen-that is to say, mainly, the Zulus, Xosas (Kafirs), Basuto, and Bechuana -to whom may be added the Thongas (Shangaans) of the Delagoa Bay region and the people of Southern Rhodesia, commonly, though incorrectly, called Mashona. Abantu is the Zulu word for 'people' (in Sesuto batho, and in Herero ovandu) which was adopted as the name for the great family of languages now known to cover practically the whole southern half of Africa.
Baobab Tree
Monkey Bread Tree

Baobab Tree Monkey Bread
The fruit of the Baobab Tree is cucumber shaped and is called monkey bread. It is eaten as is or to make a drink, it's flesh is dried and ground into flour, and the leaves dried and crushed for flavoring. Even the pulp of the tree is sometimes eaten. It is also used by the natives for fishing net floats and as water vessels. Other parts of the tree are used as remedies for dysentery and diarrhea, and to control excessive perspiration.
Barcelona 2004

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The First Universal Forum of Cultures will be held in Barcelona in the year 2004. It is to be a new type of world event, of spirit and scale similar to the Olympic Games and International Expositions, but based on the cultures of the world. The premiere adventure in a new sort of international encounter for the 21st century. The Forum will turn Barcelona into a great festival, a stage open to the creativity of all nations and a space in which dialogue among the citizens of the world is possible.

Dr Christiaan Barnard
(1923 - 2001)

Dr Christiaan Barnard
The world's most famous cardiac surgeon Dr Christiaan Barnard is renowned as the first surgeon to perform a human heart transplant in 1967. A giant step for medicine performed in the Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. Dr Christiaan Barnard, age 78, died of a heart attack in Paphos/Cyprus on September 2nd 2001.

Flag Barotseland website is dedicated to the land and peoples of the Upper Zambezi Valley in central southern Africa. Since 1965 the heart of this land land has been known first as Barotse Province and more recently as Western Province, Zambia. Before 1965, Western Province was known as Barotseland, home of the Lozi nation, consisting of over 25 different peoples. This site aims to provide the widest range of access to knowledge and information about the lands and peoples of the Upper Zambezi Valley anywhere on the Internet. In the modern era, the region in which Lozi influence historically extended is largely part of the modern state of Zambia but also includes parts of Angola, Namibia and Botswana.


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Africa news update from the BBC desk in London.


Behind the Masks
A website on gay and lesbian affairs in Africa.
Carol Bellamy
(Born: 1942)

Carol Bellamy

Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund since 1995, Carol Bellamy is a respected voice in the international community. Ms. Bellamy was born on 14 January 1942. Ms. Bellamy has focused the world's leading children's organization on five major priorities: immunizing every child; getting all girls and boys into school, and getting all schools to offer quality basic education; reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS and its impact on young people; fighting for the protection of children from violence and exploitation; and introducing early childhood programs in every country. Prior to her UNICEF appointment, Ms. Bellamy had been serving as Director of the Peace Corps since 1993. She was the first volunteer to have returned to direct the agency, which has some 6,500 volunteers in more than 90 countries. During her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala from 1963 to 1965, Ms. Bellamy ran a school lunch programme and produced a radio show on health and nutrition in Spanish, which was broadcast in rural areas.


Flag Benin

Benin is situated in West Africa and is bounded to the east by Nigeria, to the north by Niger and Burkina Faso, and to the west by Togo. Benin stretches 700km (435 miles) from the Bight of Benin to the Niger River.

Chuck Berry
(Born: 1926)

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry (born 1926), creator of the "duck walk" and known as the "father of rock and roll," has been a major influence on popular music. Even though his career and life reached great peaks and declined to low valleys, he still prevails in music while his contemporaries have vanished. Chuck Berry's music has transcended generations. He earns respect to this day because he is truly an entertainer. Berry gained success by watching the audience's reaction and playing accordingly, putting his listeners' amusement above all else. For this reason, tunes like "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene" and "Memphis" have become anthems to an integrated American youth and popular culture. Berry is a musical icon who established rock and roll as a musical form and brought the worlds of black and white together in song. Born in St. Louis on October 18, 1926, Berry emulated the smooth vocal clarity of his idol, Nat King Cole, while playing blues songs from bands like Muddy Waters.

Halle Berry
(Born: 1966)

Halle Berry

Born August 14, 1966, in Cleveland, Ohio, Halle Maria Berry. Halle won many high-profile competitions, including Miss Teen All American, Miss USA and Miss World. Once she was done raking in points by winning pageant after pageant, Halle continued her education at Cleveland's Cuyahoga Community College in 1986, studying broadcast journalism. Halle got her first big break in 1989, when Spike Lee cast her as a crack-addicted woman in Jungle Fever, starring opposite Samuel L. Jackson. She was the first black American in the Miss World Competition. She didn't win a prize but her dress did, but is the second "Bond Girl" to win an Oscar.

Best Kids

Best Kids
Our aim is to use the Internet to enable the youth to inspire and learn from each other. Through twinning schools and projects, perceptions will change and barriers will fall. Opportunities will be created. Yes, funding projects is a goal; but forging friendships are as important. Individuals and communities can adopt projects. We believe that this could become an important new generator of tourism for a better world. The concept for this project was initiated by CapeInfo, a small private company that strives to be a useful world citizen. The Centre was appointed as a contributing partner to the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2000. The Centre was awarded the Presidential Award for Education Excellence in the Early Childhood Development category in 1998. The Centre received a merit award from the National Productivity Institute in 2001. The Centre is a founding member of Proudly South African.
Big Step Foundation

Big Step Foundation
The BigStep Foundation has been established since September 2004 and its office is in Purmerend in Holland. BigStep helps the youth in deprived areas in Ghana. The Foundation does this through starting, implementation and coaching of projects in the fields of education and job opportunities in deprived areas.
Steve Biko

Drawing Steve Biko

Drawing Steve Biko

Biko, Stephen (1946-1977), South African political leader of the late 1960s, who became known as a martyr for black nationalism upon his death in prison. Biko was born in King William's Town, in what is now the province of Eastern Cape. He entered the University of Natal in 1966 to study medicine. In 1972 Biko was expelled for his political activities, which were directed at the white-minority government of South Africa and its restrictive racial policies, known as apartheid. Biko sought to liberate the minds of Africans, arguing that liberation grows out of "the realization by the Blacks that the most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." He was one of the founders of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) in the late 1960s. Students were in the forefront of the BCM and in 1968 they also founded the South African Students' Organization, which operated as a black group separate from the white-run National Union of South African Students. Biko served as the black organizations's first president. He also was instrumental in starting other black groups. In 1972 a coalition of more than 70 black organizations established the Black People's Convention, and Biko was named the honorary president. The South African government initially tolerated the BCM and some of the other black organizations, but it began cracking down on them in the early 1970s. Biko was banned from many activities in 1973 and arrested several times. In August 1977 Biko was arrested again and was severely beaten by the police while in custody. He lapsed into a coma and died within a month of his arrest.
Black Renaissance

Black Renaissance

SIM Mi NSONKON from Cameroon, living in London, wrote "Panafricanisme", a book (in the French language) and created the new bilingual website regarding Black Renaissance.

BlackMen in America

Black Men In's Black Interest News and Electronic Newsstand consists of current news and events of interest to black folks and also includes news feeds on sports, entertainment, personal finance, gossip and technology. The Black Links page has one of the largest collections of "black oriented" web sites on the Internet with information on black history, culture, sports, health & fitness, money & investing and entertainment.
Blackworld Today

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The Blackworld Today is a collective of journalists, writers, artists, communicators and entrepreneurs who have banded together to use the information revolution as one means towards the overall empowerment of Black people in the United States and around the world.
Blackworld Today Chat
Rooms, Personals & Oldies is an Interactive Community of Resources for African-Americans Worldwide with free Email, Chat Rooms & Personals. It claims it has put all of the BEST African American resources available on the web into one easy to navigate community. Its primary goal is " Uplifting the Black People". Think about how they struggled, for over 400 years, trying to gain equality in this world. Their ancestors embarked upon their journey here, most in the holds of slave ships, after being promised a better life!

Karin Blixen

Karin Blixen

Karen Blixen, one of Denmark`s most famous writers, always maintained that she was a storyteller, and that she much preferred to tell a story than to write it. It was in Africa, to take her mind off the problems of the farm, that Karen Blixen created some of the stories for which she is world famous today. Her second book, Out of Africa (1937), was published almost simultaneously in America, England and Denmark. This is the best known of all Karen Blixen`s books and it describes her life in Africa. It was adapted into a major motion picture in 1985.

Jean-Bédel Bokassa
(1921 - 1996)

Jean Bédel Bokassa

Jean Bédel Bokassa (zhäN-bedel´ bokäs´sä), president of Central African Republic (1966-79). He served (1939-61) in the French army, then organized his country's army, becoming commander in chief in 1963. In 1966 he led an army coup against President David Dacko, becoming president and prime minister of the republic. Declared president for life in 1972, he crowned himself “emperor” of the so-called Central African Empire in 1977. Erratic and violent, he was overthrown by a French-supported coup (1979) that reinstated Dacko as president. Bokassa lived in exile in France and Côte d'Ivoire, returning to the Central African Republic in 1987. He was arrested and charged with torture, murder, and cannibalism. Convicted of murdering several political opponents, Bokassa was sentenced to death, but that was later commuted to life in prison. He was released in 1993.


"The abject poverty makes people very susceptible to the likes of al Qaeda and ... so I think, if you look at Africa, there's potentially another 10 Afghanistans in Africa. Are we going to leave them the way we left Afghanistan? And is it cheaper to actually prevent the fires from happening than putting them out? I can tell you by a factor of a hundred it is" (source: Bono)

In 1999, the U2 lead-singer got involved with Jubilee 2000, now known as Drop the Debt, a London-based coalition of academics and activists who equated Third World debt with slavery. In the course of his work with the campaign Bono has met with Presidents, Prime Ministers and the Pope to get attention for the issue. He relishes the incongruity of a rock star talking about world policy, but he backs it up by knowing his stuff. He reads economics tomes and did some unofficial studying at Harvard. "I think that politicians are attracted at first by the celebrity," says Harvard economics guru Jeffrey Sachs, who has huddled with Bono and the Pope on the debt issue. "But once they meet him, they find that he is an outstandingly capable interlocutor." Senator Jesse Helms met with Bono to talk about starving children in Africa and ended up weeping—marking the first time a rocker has inspired an emotion in the Senator from North Carolina other than perhaps outrage.


Flag Botswana

Botswana, a land of staggering beauty, is ideally located in the heart of Southern Africa. This is the country where the river ends in the sands of the Kalahari. Its natural beauty lies in its land constellation, its wilderness, wildlife and cultural diversity.

Robert Burch

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For many pictures from a "Wonderful World with Beautiful People", with albums from Benin, Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, South Africa, and Zanzibar, we recommend to visit the Internet Site "Robert Burch Communications", and get surprised.
Bureau of
African Affairs

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The Bureau of African Affairs advises the Secretary of State and guides the operation of the U.S. diplomatic establishment in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. For additional assistance relating to U.S. foreign policy toward Sub-Saharan Africa, please contact the Bureau of African Affairs' Office of Public Affairs at (202) 647-6609. For Congressional inquiries, please contact the Bureau of African Affairs' Congressional Affairs Officer at (202) 647-6480.


Flag Burkina Faso

Situated in the Sahel region south of the Sahara, Burkina Faso is 500 Km from the Atlantic Ocean. Three main great rivers run through the country: The Mouhoun in the west and the Nazinon and the Nakembe which cut across the flat relief at the centre of the country.

Richard Burton

Richard Burton Explorer
Richard Burton was one of the most famous explorers in Africa, and one of the most extraordinary 19th-century adventurers, scholar, linguist and diplomat. Notorious for his visit to Mecca (although he was not a Muslim), famous for his search with Speke for the source of the Nile, Burton also made a name for himself for his ethnographic descriptions of West African tribal life and his unsurpassed translation of the Thousand and one Nights. In 1854 he went to Harar in Ethiopia where capture meant death. Burton and his companion John Speke were the first Europeans to visit Somalialand. In 1856, again with John Speke, Burton returned to East Africa to look for the source of the Nile River. The trip was dangerous from Zanzibar. In 1858 they came upon Lake Tanganika but it wasn't the source of the NIle either. Burton returned home. But Speake had gone with James Grant to find the source of the Nile. Six months later they saw a lake as large as a sea. Then they were convinced that Victoria Lake was the source of the Nile River.

Flag Burundi

Burundi is a small mountainous country with a long history of tribal wars. The majority of the population are Hutus, while Tutsis, originally from Ethiopia and Uganda, and the original inhabitants Twa Pygmies form minorities. During colonial times the country came under the control of Belgium.

Bushmeat Project

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to preserve humanity's living wildlife heritage


  • to achieve worldwide recognition of the devastating effects of the commercial bushmeat trade,
  • to encourage and organize long-term programs and urgent pilot projects that will stop the slaughter of great apes and other endangered animals,
  • to establish viable alternatives to bushmeat commerce that serve people, wildlife, and diverse natural and cultural heritage.
Buy USA Com

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The U.S. Department of Commerce Regional Office for Central and West Africa is a starting point for doing business in sub-Saharan Africa. Its staff is at your service to assist you in making individual business connections and alerting you to market opportunities. They work closely with the Economic/Commercial Sections in the U.S. Embassies throughout the region, and can work with you to coordinate your customized business development program in West and Central Africa. You are encouraged to take a serious look at doing business in this most exciting and emerging market. The U.S. Commercial Service in Cote d’Ivoire is part of a global network of trade specialists dedicated to supporting U.S. commercial interests around the world. It offers comprehensive, export promotion assistance through a variety of programs and services. They also cover Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo.

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