Welcome to the highlands of Madagascar where the Betsileo men have to fight bulls to win the love of women [Video]

What would you do for love? The men among the Betsileo in Madagascar will fight to subdue a 1,000kg (more than 2,000) raging bull in order to advertise their masculinity for the purpose of attracting a woman or who knows, more. This is the tradition of a people whose name means “the many invincible ones”. The centuries-old bullfighting tradition seems perfectly on the invincibility brand, one may say. More about this According to Bethwell Ogot, the Betsileo are some of the oldest groups of people in Madagascar. Until the 18th…

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How African burial rites of leaving deceased toothbrushes, chains on graves to keep the spirit at bay influenced blacks in the U.S

Death is inevitable. Mortals die through natural and unnatural deaths. In times of death, rites are observed for the departed all over the world for different reasons. We are aware of the fine civilisation of the Nile Valley involving ancient Egypt and Sudan and the great attention they paid to the funerary rites, especially the sarcophagi. A look at some African-American customs in the United States regarding cemeteries and funerals show influences of African culture from the continent. More about this While European-American ideal of a burial landscape and that…

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Nshima : Zambia’s Staple Food

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Meet the eccentric Nigerian men who play with hyenas and snakes for show [Video]

Circus culture is not a thing in Africa. As far as post-colonial history is concerned, there is no story like that of P.T. Barnum nor a Cirque du Soleil-esque company. But what Nigeria has is a fascinating crew of young men who go from city to city with their band of three hyenas, four baboons and two rock pythons. And the Hyena Men, as they are called, have earned huge admiration for their showmanship. Across the country, the young men thrill teeming audiences, usually gathered in compounds and by streets.…

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A look at Abakua, the popular mysterious African secret society in Cuba

Secret societies, by their nature, breed curiosity. Often, the gap is filled with the most chill-inducing content that is sellable yet farthest from the truth it is intended to represent. Secret societies do not often tell their own stories; their mouthpieces are usually others. The Abakua in Cuba is no different but it seems there are fears as to what would endure if the society’s image is not defended. Writing for HavanaTimes.org, Jorge Milanes Despaigne noted: “Some young people have come to believe that being a member of the Abakua society is…

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Nollywood’s major animated film on Queen Amina set for festivals and major global studios

Nigeria’s film industry branded Nollywood, produces on average 1,500 films per year making it the largest film industry in Africa and globally, second only to India’s Bollywood. Nollywood, the third largest film industry in the world is Nigeria’s second main employer after agriculture, estimated at $50 billion annually. Some of its popular actors include Genevieve Nnaji, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Kanayo O. Kanayo, Mike Ezuruonye, Kenneth Okonkwo, Desmond Elliot, Ramsey Nouah, Van Vicker (from Ghana) and Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD) and Mercy Johnson Okojie. More about this The actors are notable…

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Five fascinating traditions you can only witness among the Zulu people

Formed in the early 17th century, the Zulu nation is a branch of the southern Bantu people and has close ethnic, linguistic and cultural ties with the Swazi and Xhosa. Commonly referred to as “The People of the Heavens” they are the largest single ethnic group in South Africa, with an estimated population of about 10-12 million people.  Their traditional language, isiZulu is spoken within the tribesmen. Uniting into a great Kingdom under the leadership of Shaka, they are traditionally grain farmers who venture into cattle herding when need be…

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Four popular Black Madonnas of Europe you need to know about

Portrayals of the Virgin Mary (usually statues or paintings) that have dark-colored skin are usually referred to as Black Madonna. An icon of the Catholic or Orthodox church, the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus appear to be dark skinned in these representations. There are about 500 Black Madonnas in Europe, alone, and these are the widely known ones. Others are around the world as well. What makes this fascinating is the fact that the Virgin is often depicted with fair skin. This, however, makes the Black Madonna different from the…

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Black like jet, that’s South Sudanese model Nyakim Gatwech who was bullied for her skin colour

You might have heard of the phrase, “black like jet” or the adjective “jet-black”, meaning as dark a black as possible. For South Sudanese model Nyakim Gatwech, people of African stock even get stunned by her dark hue. Although bullied, scorned and disparaged for her rare looks, the South Sudan native whose parents had to flee the civil war to Kenya and then to the U.S. is living her best life. This is a far cry from days she and her folks dwelt in refugee camps in the East African…

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