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Arawelo (Somali: Caraweelo), also known as Araweelo, Araweilo, and Arraweelo, was a Somali Queen in 15 AD. Like many female rulers, Arawelo fought for women’s liberation; she believed society should be based on a matriarchy. She was one of the earliest female rulers in the world, and she was known to castrate males, because then they would be incapable of being a threat to women. The queen was also well known for defying sex roles and during her reign, Arawelo’s husband objected to her self-ascribed role as the breadwinner to all of society, he thought that that kind of work belonged to men and that women were better left to do what they did best, housework and childcare. In response, Arawelo demanded that all women across the land abandon their womanly role in society, and started hanging men by their testicles. Arawelo thought this role reversal was necessary since she saw women as natural peacekeepers. Growing up she noticed that men were more often instigators, participators and conductors of war. She did not only fight for the liberation of women in society but for the dominance of women as she saw them as better, more efficient leaders.
It is supposed that the grave of Araweelo is somewhere in Sanaag. People say that men throw stones on it while women put green leaves and flowers on it for the respect of her memory.
With a booming economy in Nigeria and more black children than anywhere else in the world, Taofick Okoya was dismayed when he could not find a black doll for his niece.
The 43-year-old spotted a gap in the market and, with little competition from foreign firms such as Mattel Inc, the maker of Barbie, he set up his own business. He outsourced manufacturing of doll parts to low-cost China, assembled them onshore and added a twist – traditional Nigerian costumes.
The dolls represent Nigeria’s three largest Ethnic Groups; Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba so far.
Seven years on, Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 of his Queens of Africa and Naija Princesses a month, and reckons he has 10-15% of a small but fast-growing market.
"I like it," says Ifunanya Odiah, five, struggling to contain her excitement as she inspects one of Okoya’s dolls in a Lagos shopping mall. "It’s black, like me.”
Like Barbies, Okoya’s dolls are slim, despite the fact that much of Africa abhors the western ideal of stick-thin models. Okoya says his early templates were larger bodied, and the kids did not like them.
But he hopes to change that. “For now, we have to hide behind the ‘normal’ doll. Once we’ve built the brand, we can make dolls with bigger bodies.”
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"Some are born with busts, some are born with butts, but whatever makes you feel confident and like loving yourself more, be proud. I’m all for it. ”
"Curing AIDS? Shit, that’s like Cadillac making a car that lasts for 50 years. And you know they can do it, but they ain’t going to do nothing that fucking dumb. Shit, they got metal on the Space Shuttle that can go around the Moon and withstand temperatures of up to 20,000 degrees, you mean to tell me you don’t think they can make an El Dorado with a fuckin’ bumper that don’t fall off?"
- Chris Rock (“Bigger and Blacker”, 1999)
Polio was the last disease we cured…….back in the 50’s that was. Let that sink in for a moment.
where was aids before colonialism? It just magically appeared, despite Africans living,interacting, and thriving on the continent for millenia
I bet everyone in that audience laughed but this is some real shit
black girls are from the future
Let us pray.
Lawdddd. This is the Remus Lupin of my fantasies and he is foine
LOL man.never forget white people did nothing first neither the best, they sleep and eat false propaganda,
Ugh, why the shit does that have to turn into a race thing? Why does EVERYTHING have to turn into a race thing?
because white people have made sure that everything is about race
as proved by the fact that when you say explorer, you think of a bunch of white guys walking the world and discovering it ~exotic wonders~ even though Zheng He travelled through Asia, to the Middle East, and even East Africa. But you’d likely never heard of him before.
Same reason you never heard of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, an Arab traveller who, as early as the 10th century, went to the Volga area for diplomatic reasons. He wrote about it, much as Marco Polo would do later for his own travels, and is one of our sources on what viking were like (and by all accounts, he wrote about them more accurately than western scholars of the same period did)
Oh, or Ibn Battuta who travelled throughout Africa long before europeans did, and even went to Europe himself.
And that’s just some example of Muslim medieval travel writers
Everything is about race because white people keep telling everyone that their race is the only one who every got anything done.