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The African is the premier African magazine published in the US. Founded by veteran African reporter in the US, Soumanou Salifou, it’s the best African magazine online and the best African magazine in print about Africa-Black America relations, U.S.-Africa relations and the African Diaspora.

Gen. Colin Powell and former Virginia governor Doug Wilder admire the maiden issue of The African at a function honoring then-South Africa’s president, Nelson Mandela, in Washington on Oct. 6, 1994 while founder, Soumanou Salifou (left, with eyes closed) savors the historic moment.

The African turns twenty-one

BY SOUMANOU SALIFOU Before I took advantage of a high-profile, glamorous event held at the Washington, D.C. Sheraton hotel on October 6, 1994 to launch The African magazine, a publication committed to providing balanced...

Soumanou Salifou

About the Editor

Soumanou Salifou, a former award-winning reporter at the Washington-based Voice of America (the U.S. Government radio station that broadcasts to the rest of the world), made history by founding The African, the premier African magazine...


Hail to “The African”

Hail to The African Just as Afro-Americans in the early forties cheered Negro Digest, The African was hailed by Africans and Americans cutting across socio-professional and racial backgrounds both in the United States and Africa,...

Soumanou Salifou

About The African

  Just as John H. Johnson in November 1942 founded Negro Digest (which later became Ebony) to fill the information vacuum about Afro-Americans in the United States, Soumanou Salifou, who came from Benin, West Africa to the United...