Uganda’s first action film, Cameroon’s lake of death, the resurrection of the extinct quagga, and the war over the (literal and physical) throne of the Ashanti Empire.
Yaa Asantewaa, mother of an exiled Ashanti leader, led five thousand troops against the British Empire in a war over a ceremonial Golden Stool.
Isaac Nabwana, known as Uganda’s Tarantino, filmed a trio of hyper-violent action films on a three-figure budget.
August 21, 1986, Lake Nyos in Cameroon silently killed seventeen hundred people overnight.
The quagga went extinct in 1883. Now biologists are trying to bring it back.
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