5 contemporary African festivals to attend this summer

Festivals are a big deal all over the world, especially for the black community which has used festivals as a way of preserving and promoting their culture and way of life. The art of cultural festivals for the black community started in Africa and slowly spread throughout the world among black people especially in the Caribbean. In Africa, older festivals for a long time were the only ones that have been celebrated and honoured. However, the turn of the 20th century brought with it the birth of new festivals that…

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How women were allowed to marry women in Africa in the 1700s

Africa has been studied by scholars all over the world intrigued by the many cultural and traditional practices that have several meanings and significant impact on people. While some practices have gone extinct due to exposure to westernisation, others have been stopped for the dangers they pose to victims while many others have prevailed. One of the least spoken about cultural practices that dominated Africa remains the woman to woman marriage that functioned as a normal marriage rite in parts of the Dahomey Kingdom, Eastern Nigeria and parts of Southern…

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Meet the six famous polygamist leaders Africa has ever had

Until colonization and the introduction of Christianity by white missionaries in Africa, polygamy, the custom of marrying more than one spouse, was prevalent and culturally accepted by a majority of the tribes in the continent. There are two kinds of polygamy: polygyny and polyandry. The latter is the least popular custom which is when one woman marries more than one man. This was practiced in the Lake Region of Central Africa and among some Maasai people in Kenya. However, polygyny – which is when a man marries more than one…

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The African Woman Who Inspired Pablo Picasso

Born in Algeria in 1931, Baya’s life was far from easy. Orphaned at the age of five, she was raised by her grandmother. Unable to attend school, she worked as a servant for a French woman named Marguerite Camina, who would later be described by the artist as her adoptive mother. Camina noticed the talent that her young servant displayed in making figures from clay, and encouraged her to develop her craft. Instead of following the typically Western models of art production that were being taught at the time, the young Baya…

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See all the mystery and glamour at the 2019 Voodoo Festival in Benin

Africa is home to quite a number of religions. Even before Islam and Christianity arrived on the continent, the traditional religions reigned supreme. One of the most popular religions still practised even today is Voodoo. Countries like Benin, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria and the African diaspora including Haiti, The Dominican Republic, Cuba, Brazil and America consider voodoo a part of their spiritual existence. Widely regarded as the birthplace of voodoo, the tiny West African nation of Benin hosts the Voodoo Festival each year on January 10, a day also set aside…

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4 fascinating and thought-provoking African myths that would make you wonder

With about 1.2 billion people, the African continent houses more than a thousand ethnic groups with varied cultures. Even though these cultures maintain unique distinctions based on their community, there are subtle similarities that they share. Among such similarities is mythology. Myths are widely held beliefs which are usually communicated as traditional stories that tell the history of a people, explain natural phenomena and supernatural events. Myths tell us about the reality of the universe and all of its components. All cultures in Africa have mythology at the heart of…

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Gucci Announces $5 Million Community Fund and $20K Scholarship Program Promoting Racial Diversity

Following the release of the Gucci turtleneck that resembled blackface, the company was hit with controversy over the racial discrimination and blind spots that allowed the balaclava sweater to make it through production and into an ad. As other notable fashion houses like Prada and Burberry addressed the insensitive missteps they similarly promoted, all three brands… source: https://according2hiphop.com/gucci-announces-5-million-community-fund-and-20k-scholarship-program-promoting-racial-diversity/

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