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The earliest fossil of the homo sapiens family (human beings) was found in Ethiopia, dating back more than 200,000 years. Compared to this length of time, even the "ancient Sumerians" from 6000 B.C. are drooling toddlers.

Let's mention a few African heroes you may have heard of, for inspiration in the face of the continued economic inequality and violence which plague Africa today: Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of South Africa, who fought against apartheid and served 27 years in prison while advocating freedom and peace. Haile Salassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, who resisted Mussolini and the fascist Italian invasion of WWII, and who is worshipped as an incarnation of God by the Rastafari movement. Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister of Ghana, advocate of uniting Africa in Pan-Africanism. Fela Kuti, inventor of Afrobeat music, who declared his home to be an independent state, ran for president of Nigeria, and to whose funeral ONE MILLION PEOPLE came to pay their respects.

In June 2001 the African Union was formed, consisting of 53 African States organized, like in the EU, around common economic and political development.

Text by Steve Smith.

Salma ElDardiry
Philae marina afterglow 2
Mohamed Attef
Small Nubian house over the Nile
Mohamed Attef
Heissa Island tree
Mohamed Attef
Sunrise at Heissa island dock
Mohamed Attef
Heissa island anchorage
Mohamed Attef
Zikr Circle at Tengar Mosque
Mohamed Attef
Greek Chruch of Alexandria and of all Africa
Mohamed Attef
Monastery of St. Mary - Deir Dronka
Mohamed Attef
Horus Temple at Edfu
Sergej Esnault
Front of the mosque in Saint Louis
Dune Wadi Themshaa2
Lake Is Far
Stefan Geens
Restored mosque in Cairo
Uwe Buecher
Salinas de Fuencaliente
John Gore
Inside the Port Shepstone Lighthouse
Thomas Krueger
Spice Shop in the Souq, Aswan
John Gore
Pool Hall in Gamalakhe Tintown
John Gore
Tin House in Gamalakhe Tintown
Yvan van Hoorickx
The Grantecan Telescope
Michel du Chesne
Albert Market Banjul first Entrance