Ali Bilow

Independent Historian

Ali Bilow is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington where she studies history, anthropology, and African studies. She is currently a program intern at the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, a non-profit organization in Seattle which presents and produces African-American cultural programs. In the future she hopes to go on to graduate school to study African history.

Tirailleurs Senegalais (1857– )

The Tirailleurs Senegalais were West African Colonial Army troops who fought for the French during World War I, World War II, and in numerous conquest, police, and colonial counterinsurgency operations. Despite the name, the Tirailleurs Senegalais were composed of soldiers recruited and conscripted from throughout … Read MoreTirailleurs Senegalais (1857– )

Empire of Kanem-Bornu (ca. 9th century-1900)

The Kanem-Bornu Empire was a large African state which existed from the 9th century through the end of the 19th century and which spanned a region which today includes the modern-day countries of Niger, Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria. The empire was founded by the Zaghawa … Read MoreEmpire of Kanem-Bornu (ca. 9th century-1900)