There’s Nothing Dark About This Kenyan Town

Lodwar is a special place. The capital of Turkana County, which is also known as the cradle of humankind, it is the warmest town in Kenya with a temperature average of 29 degrees Celsius per year. It is one of the sunniest places in the world, receiving an average of 3,600 hours of sunshine annually. It’s not easy to journey to the town located approximately 700 kilometers from the capital, Nairobi. No bus company services that route, so one has to travel to the town of Kitale to get a…

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From The Ngemba People, Achu Soup

Achu Soup. Image: Taste Atlas Original article published at TasteAtlas. Traditionally prepared and consumed by the Ngemba people from the Northwest Region of Cameroon, achu soup consists of boiled and pounded cocoyams, canwa (lime stone), water, spices, and palm oil. The palm oil changes the color of the soup to yellow, which is the reason why achu soup is also known as yellow soup.When served, it is typically paired with beef or fish, which can be boiled, fried, or smoked. TasteAtlas is a world atlas of food and drinks, an encyclopedia of flavors dedicated…

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Joy, despair and determination: photographs from Kibera

Despite its poverty, Kibera is a vibrant place where people survive in testing conditions, both physical and mental. These images by four photographers born and bred there capture the spirit of Africa’s largest slum. An exhibition, ‘Kibera: Living in the slum’, is on show at the Guardian’s London offices until 31 August source: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2019/aug/13/joy-despair-and-determination-photographs-from-kibera

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Why the Aka pygmy people of central Africa have the ‘best dads in the world’

No father spends more time alone with their children than the average Aka. Holding the title “best dads in the world” after a recent study, the men from the Aka pygmy tribe, who live in the border forests of Congo Brazzaville and the Central African Republic, dedicate the most time of all the world’s peoples to active fathering. They even usually offer their nipple to their crying babies to suck, just to soothe them when their mothers are not around. Professor Barry Hewlett, an American anthropologist was the first person…

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How two slave ancestors from the U.S. and Jamaica started the emancipation journey to Ghana in 1998

To speak of Black Emancipation is to know and appreciate the historical events that led to the near loss of the Afrikan pride, and to pay respect to the intellectual and physical wars waged by our ancestors in their fight to liberate the hearts and minds of our race. To speak of Black Emancipation is to understand the need to remove the Afrikan and persons of Afrikan descent from that environment within which can be found systems and regulations created to further dampen the flames of Black fire, and of…

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The long-suffering of East Africa’s Anuak people who were persecuted by Ethiopia

December 13, 2003, is a day that the long-suffering Anuak people from the fertile Gambella forest region of south-western Ethiopia would never forget. A shocking massacre, led by the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) soldiers, had claimed the lives of about 424 people, including children, largely being Anuak. Some victims were burned alive while women were raped and homes were burned to the ground. What sparked this brutal attack against the Anuak people in Gambella, a region with abundant natural resources, including gold and oil? More about this Accounts say…

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Is This Town South Africa’s Largest Rastafarian Community?

In the heart of the Garden Route, just outside of Knysna, you’ll find a bustling and sustainable Rastafarian community. Members are committed to conserving the surrounding area and living an overall better way of life, while staying true to their Rastafarian ideals. History of Judah Square Judah Square was established in 1993 in Knysna’s Khayalethu Township and is the largest working Rastafarian community in South Africa. After being granted title deeds to the land, the community established Judah Square into a formal settlement which houses a variety of different organisations, within the…

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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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