By Jim Haskins
Meet the best heroes of africa--from historical to trendy times"The books within the Black Stars sequence are the kinds of books that may have fairly captivated me as a kid."--Earl G. Graves, Black company magazineKofi AnnanAskia the GreatBambaataBehanzin Hossu BowelleStephen BikoCetewayoConstance Cummings-JohnImhotepKenneth KaundaJomo KenyattaKhamaSir Seretse KhamaPatrice LumumbaAlbert John LuthuliNelson MandelaMenelik IIMosheshMansa MusaKwame NkrumahJulius NyerereNzinghaPiankhyRabahHaile SelassieAlbertina SisuluOsei TutuYoussef I
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In 1626, France had sought to establish a sphere of influence in Dahomey. Louis XIII, the king of France, had sent Admiral D’Elbee to visit the king to negotiate a trade agreement. As a result, France was allowed to establish a trading post on the coast of Dahomey. The relationship between Dahomey and France had 55 56 remained close and mutually beneficial for more than two centuries. In 1868, Behanzin’s father, Gli-Gli, made a treaty that gave France the Dahomean port of Cotonou. Although Dahomey grew wealthy from its trade with France, Behanzin was concerned that France was getting the better deal.
This time he arrested both Khamana and his father. ✦ KHAMA ✦ 53 Khama then set about driving out the old traditions and superstitions, putting an end to rainmaking ceremonies and substituting Christian services for pagan rites. He banished the whiskey traders, built schools, established a mounted police force, and introduced scientific improvements in agriculture. He ordered that the old and the sick be cared for and took the weaker tribes under his protection. To show that he meant business, he married one of his own daughters to the chief of the lowliest tribe, the Makalala.
In fact, he was a very skilled and feared sorcerer. Young Khama grew tall and strong, becoming a fast runner and a skilled and fearless hunter. The Bamangwato people were pleased that Khama was heir to the throne and would rule Bechuanaland one day. But while still a young man, Khama began to have strong differences with his father. He rejected his father’s religion and adopted Christianity. He criticized his father for welcoming white traders, who brought whiskey and chaos into the territory. Whereas his father had killed one of his own brothers and tried to kill another of his own sons, Khama was against violence and bloodshed.
African Heroes (Black Stars) by Jim Haskins