From Ethiopia To Yemen

Ethiopia’s Historic Ties with Yemen

By Richard Pankhurst

Ethiopia and Yemen, two historic countries on either side of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, have been in contact since almost the dawn of time. This is scarcely surprising. The intervening strip of sea between South Arabia and the Ethiopian Horn of Africa is at its closest little more than fifty miles wide, and is believed ten thousand years ago to have been only eleven miles wide. This narrow stretch of water could be crossed, throughout the historic period, by the simplest of vessels, including rafts, within little more than a day. read more

African-Ethiopian Suzeranity over Arabia

Aksum and Yemen in Ancient and Medieval Times

By Richard Pankhurst

Aksum Stelae, and Sabaean and Ge‘ez Inscriptions

The close cultural connection between Aksum and Yemen in ancient times may be surmised from the three largest stalae of Aksum. These remarkable monolithic obelisks, cut from the living rock, are thought to have been erected in the late third or early fourth century A.D. They depict or represent multi-storied buildings, complete with doors and windows. This decorative device is reminiscent of the tall traditional structures found in Yemen, and may have been inspired by their predecessors, on which side of the Red Sea we cannot, however, tell. read more

South/South Cooperation: Jamaica Wants More Nigerian Experts

Jamaica wants more Nigerian TAC volunteers

From Oghogho Obayuwana, Abuja

JAMAICAN government at the weekend declared that it would not mind having more of Nigerian volunteers under the aegis of the Technical Aids Corps (TAC)
While receiving 26 TAC nurses for the 2006/2008 biennium lately, the Jamaican Health Minister, Horace Dalley, said Nigeria was kind in the spirit of a rekindled southern hemisphere co-operation by helping to address the current shortage of nurses in Jamaican hospitals. read more

The Original Black African Arabs of Arabia (Part 2) — Ogu Eji-Ofo Annu

The Original Black Arabs of Arabia – Part 2


Ogu Eji-Ofo Annu

Arabia the Daughter of Kush

The classical Greek and Roman writers commonly accepted the division of Arabia into Deserta (desert), Felix (happy), and Petraea (stony). Not much is known today about the exact configuration of those divisions. Later day Islamic Arabic geographers know nothing of this division, and this is not surprising since many of those later day Arabs are actually immigrants that later acculturated and assimilated into the culture of the original Black Arabs. read more