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If you wish to know more about scientist's work and research results in Madagascar, this is the place to be! SciTia highlights Malagasy scientists, and is designed especially for teens, high school students looking for inspiration for their future career. The SciTia podcast series, including Feon'Hay 2022 and Tafan'Hay 2023 - both funded by the National Geographic Society, is produced by ExplorerHome Madagascar, a local NGO working on STEM education and outreach for kids and youth.
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History of Africa

The History of Africa Podcast

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Take a deep dive deep into African history with this in-depth podcast. From Casablanca to Cape Town, tune in to this podcast to learn about the magnificent and oft-forgotten history of Africa. To access more free resources about African history, provide feedback, or support the show, check out our associated website at https://historyofafricapodcast.blogspot.com
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Bar Afrique

Sarah Masiyiwa & Line Talla

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These are the stories about African independence that you've never heard of, told over a drink... or five. Hosted by Sarah Masiyiwa & Line Talla. Get in touch with us at bar.afriquepod@gmail.com
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The Bantu Migration is one of the most important and seminal events in the history of the African continent. But what if this theory of Bantu origins, concocted by a European colonial administrator trying to understand the history of the continent he was colonizing, was entirely off base? What are some of the holes in the theory of Bantu expansion?…
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Bantu is a term which has become one of the most contentious in the study of African history. The name of a language family stretching across much of the southern half of the African continent, the term has been used in many distinct ways. In anthropology, it has often extended beyond mere linguistics into an idea of a larger shared culture and his…
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In a betrayal of previous commitments to Madagascar, Britain revoked its recognition of Malagasy sovereignty in a deal with France, in exchange for French recognition of a British protectorate over Zanzibar. Soon after this deal, the French invaded Madagascar, landing troops in Mahajanga and Toamasina. The final war to conquer Madagascar had begun.…
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As the French begin their invasion of Madagascar's major ports in 1883, the queen of Madagascar falls deathly ill. In this atmosphere of chaos, the prime minister Rainilaiarivony must mount a desperate attempt to protect Merina sovereignty with the help of an unexpected ally. Support the showBy The History of Africa Podcast
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As Malagasy prime minister Rainilaiarivony tries to distance his kingdom from French commercial interests, the French strike back. Eager to avenge his country's recent defeat in Europe, the French head of state becomes increasingly invested in colonial conquest. In an effort to drum up international support, Malagasy diplomats make a trip to London…
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In the aftermath of the controversial coup against Radama II, the new head of state, prime minister Rainivoninahitriniony, was in a tumultuous position. He and the fellow orchestrators of the coup had committed the unprecedented act of overthrowing the mpanjaka Imerina. He attempted to legitimize the bureaucratic takeover by marrying one of Radama'…
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Radama II had a short reign over Madagascar, and his legacy is heavily debated. Charitable accounts of his reign paint him as a forward-thinking and humanitarian reformer, the "Renaissance Prince of Madagascar." However, more critical accounts highlight his capitulation to foreign interests and unwillingness to adhere to Merina norms of power shari…
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Ranavalona reluctantly begins to thaw the relations between her island kingdom and her long-time French adversaries. However, when a French businessman immediately tries to take advantage of the thaw, and prepares a coup to overthrow Ranavalona, place her son in power, and create a company with a monopoly on the Malagasy economy. Support the show…
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Ranavalona has a reputation that precedes her as Madagascar's most unhinged and cruel despot. However, while this narrative is based in some truth, it severely lacks in an understanding of the nuances of her reign. This episode examines the truth and fiction behind Ranavalona's reputation as the "mad empress" of Madagascar Support the show…
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Due to sickness, I'm releasing a premium episode from the vault while I take the time to recover. This premium episode focused on Abraham Samuel, a mixed-race Caribbean man who joined a pirate crew seeking adventure, freedom, and riches, only to suddenly find himself king of his own small country in southern Madagascar. Support the show…
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The economic progress made under Ranavalona's early reign was seemingly awe-inspiring. The country had rapidly transformed from a feudal state pumping endless sums of cash into perpetually failing companies, into a more coherent system of state-run capitalism. However, this economic progress came at an enormous human price and was propped up by a s…
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When Radama I died without a clear heir, his wife, Ranavalona I, allied with a group of military officers to secure her place as the new queen of Madagascar. Almost immediately, she was faced with numerous challenges, including revolts from conquered peoples, criminal lynch mobs attacking Christians, growing resentment against missionary schools, a…
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"Tafan'Hay" is a podcast recorded live with malagasy students and hosting young malagasy scientists from various background. For today's episode, we are discussing with Marcel Ravelojaona, an hydrogeologist who is driven by the desire to bring drinking water to the malagasy people in need. The Tafan'Hay serie is funded by the National Geographic So…
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An industrial revolution in Southeast Africa? Following the abolition of the slave trade in 1817, the future of the economy of Imerina was in flux. Looking for a replacement for the system of slave trading, the Merina king Radama initiates a strategy of industrialization, one of the first intentional industrialization initiatives in history. Large …
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Prior to his coronation, the king of Imerina, Radama, promised to his father that he would expand the kingdom towards the coast. In 1817, he accomplished this goal, conquering the largest port on Madagascar's eastern coast, Toamasina. But this was only the beginning. With a new coastal possession, Imerina was launched into a global world of interna…
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If his father is the most remembered king in Madagascar, Radama is probably the best-known Malagasy king in the rest of the world. Radama is famous not only for leading the first major push to unify his home island but also for his later efforts to modernize and industrialize the Merina Empire. But how did this fascinating man come to power in the …
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"Tafan'Hay" is a podcast recorded live with malagasy students and hosting young malagasy scientists from various background. For today's episode, we are discussing with Andry Ramiharisoa, a "soon-to-be" engineer from the Ecole Polytechnique Vontovorona Antananarivo. the Tafan'Hay serie is funded by the National Geographic Society.…
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In our last episode, Andrianampoinimerina reunited the warring kingdoms of Imerina after seven decades of intermittent civil war. While this alone is a significant achievement, Andrianampoinimerina also had to shoulder the considerable burden of trying to repair his economically and socially devastated kingdom. Through smart and efficient use of th…
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Andrianampoinimerina is the most famous monarch in Malagasy history, and for good reason. At a young age, Andrianampoinimerina, still then known by his birth name Rambosalamarazaka, quickly emerged as the favorite to inherit the kingdom of Ambohimanga. However, the kingdom was instead inherited by his uncle Andrianjafy. Throughout his rule, the kin…
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When Charles de Gaulle became President of France, he offered the nations of Francophone Africa a choice. They could join the “French Community”, where they would receive aid and support, but no sovereignty. Or they could vote for total independence. Every country voted to remain in France… except for Guinea. Here’s what happened next.…
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After Andriamasinavalona's passing, his sons' feud will blossom into a 70-year long civil war. Communities will tear each other apart, slave raiding will reach new heights, and famine will re-emerge as a new threat. Meanwhile, Merina rulers will engage in some experimental policies, like the minting of the region's first local coins, but mostly jus…
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The 18th century will be a painful time for the people of Imerina. The once proud kingdom will devolve into a deadly multilateral civil war, splitting into dozens of smaller kingdoms, each suffering from intermittent famine and domination by foreign enemies. How could the kingdom of Andriamasinavalona, rapidly rising to become a major player in Mad…
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The class conflict of Imerina comes to a head, as the free peasants of central Madagascar overthrow the hated king Razakatsitakatrandria. In his place they elevate Andriamasinavalona, a king far more willing to listen and act on their concerns, ushering in a golden age of Merina history. Support the show…
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As Andrianjaka passes his stable but poor kingdom to his grandchildren, they undertake an enormous project to improve the agricultural output of Imerina. Their largest project, consisting of the miles of canals and terraces of Betsimitatra, would go on to transform the destiny of Imerina's history. This project, completed using the fanampoana syste…
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Despite being the younger of Ralambo's sons, Andrianjaka inherited the kingdom of Imerina due to his brother's board gaming addiction. He would make the most of this time, with some of the most important developments during his rule including: the foundation of Madagascar's most important city in Antananarivo, the canonization of religious practice…
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Feon'Hay highlights malagasy scientists hosted by Voninala, a high school student, dreaming about a future career in STEM. For this 24th episode, Voninala is hosting Raharivololona Brigitte , a malagasy Primatologist! Feon'Hay is produced by ExplorerHome Madagascar, a Malagasy NGO working on STEM education and outreach for kids and youth, and is fu…
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In the early 17th century, a raiding party of Sakalava soldiers entered Imerina. King Ralambo, faced with an existential threat, was forced to rely only on a combination of his own wit and divine assistance from the idol Kelimalaza. According to the Tantara, Kelimalaza assisted Ralambo in all of his shocking victories over his larger and better-equ…
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Feon'Hay highlights malagasy scientists hosted by Voninala, a high school student, dreaming about a future career in STEM. For this 23rd episode, Voninala is hosting Ranaivosoa Jean Freddy, a malagasy Primatologist! Feon'Hay is produced by ExplorerHome Madagascar, a Malagasy NGO working on STEM education and outreach for kids and youth, and is fund…
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While Imerina is our primary focus this season, they were far from the pre-eminent power in 18th Century Madagascar. In today's show, let's learn about the first empire to truly dominate Madagascar, the equally fascinating and enigmatic kingdom known as Sakalava. Since our show is primarily told from the Merina perspective, they will be the primary…
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Feon'Hay highlights malagasy scientists hosted by Voninala, a high school student, dreaming about a future career in STEM. For this 22nd episode, Voninala is hosting Tolotra Niaina Ramihangihajason , a malagasy Micropaleontologist! Feon'Hay is produced by ExplorerHome Madagascar, a Malagasy NGO working on STEM education and outreach for kids and yo…
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Feon'Hay highlights malagasy scientists hosted by Voninala, a high school student, dreaming about a future career in STEM. For this 21st episode, Voninala is hosting Rasolofonirina Safidy Manankaja , a malagasy Agronomist! Feon'Hay is produced by ExplorerHome Madagascar, a Malagasy NGO working on STEM education and outreach for kids and youth, and …
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Of all seven of the king's children, Ralambo was the only son to survive into adulthood. Emerging into a world through a miraculous birth, Ralambo's rule would be miraculous in its own right. From transforming his country's views on marriage, completely rewriting its system of religious worship, and setting up the foundations of its future class sy…
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Feon'Hay highlights malagasy scientists hosted by Voninala, a high school student, dreaming about a future career in STEM. For this 19th episode, Voninala is hosting Tsiory Andrianavalona , a malagasy Paleontologist! Feon'Hay is produced by ExplorerHome Madagascar, a Malagasy NGO working on STEM education and outreach for kids and youth, and is fun…
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Feon'Hay highlights malagasy scientists hosted by Voninala, a high school student, dreaming about a future career in STEM. For this 18th episode, Voninala is hosting Tsiravanonja José Model , a malagasy Agronomist! Feon'Hay is produced by ExplorerHome Madagascar, a local NGO working on STEM education and outreach for kids and youth, and is funded b…
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With Rangita deceased, it is now time for her sons to live up to her promise to cooperate and share power. Which lasts about as long as you'd expect. With his brother dead, Andriamanelo now has to decide the direction of his rule. He will certainly make a lasting impact. Support the showBy The History of Africa Podcast
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Feon'Hay highlights malagasy scientists hosted by Voninala, a high school student, dreaming about a future career in STEM. For this 17th episode, Voninala is hosting Tanjona Ramiadantsoa, a malagasy mathematician working on theoritical ecology. Feon'Hay is produced by ExplorerHome Madagascar, a local NGO working on STEM education and outreach for k…
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Feon'Hay highlights malagasy scientists hosted by Voninala, a high school student, dreaming about a future career in STEM. For this 16th, Voninala is hosting Kanto Rakotondravelo, a malagasy geoscientist working on volcanoes! Feon'Hay is produced by ExplorerHome Madagascar, a local NGO working on STEM education and outreach for kids and youth, and …
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Feon'Hay highlights Malagasy scientists hosted by Voninala, a high school student dreaming about a future career in STEM. For this 15th episode, Voninala is hosting Jean Louis Randrianirina, a malagasy Agronomist ! Feon'Hay is produced by ExplorerHome Madagascar, a local NGO working on STEM education and outreach for kids and youth, and is funded b…
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By the 1810s, the militant stage of the Sokoto Revolution was coming to an end. The Commander of the Believers, Usman Dan Fodio, had vanquished his enemies. What had started as a small social movement led by a charismatic iterant teacher had conquered the largest contiguous territory in the entirety of Africa. And, according to Fodio, this new stat…
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