Kneyans pass down traditions and beliefs in the form of stories, songs and poems. Story telling or reciting poems is an important part of every Kenya event, fromweddings to funerals. In the evenings, children gather to listen to supernatural or moral stories from their parent. Oral tradition is so ingrained in Kenyansthat they sing as they work on the farm, do housework and other daily activities.
Even though the country has had some western influences, paying lobola or bride price is still a common practice. When a man and woman decide to get married, several meetings are arranged between the bride to be parents and the potential groom’s go-between or Shibukombe. After several meetings, the go-between pays the family of the woman the lobola. In the olden days, cattle would be accepted but now families prefer that the lobola be cash. The lobola signifies that the man is grateful to the parents for growing the woman.
By law, vehicles are supposed to drive on the left-hand side of the road in Uganda. One would however, advise you to be careful as foreign motorists who have traveled on Ugandan road advise that Ugandans do not heed to this rule. The drive on the side which suits them the most or in the middle. The roads of the capital city especially can be very crazy so be extremely cautious if you plan to drive anywhere in Uganda.
A large per cent of the country’s earnings comes from its exportation of hydrocarbons. Algeria is the sixth largest exporter of natural gas and has the 10 largest natural gas reserve in the world. Algeria’s significant revenue from its fossil fuels export classifies the country as an upper middle income country.
Some persons collect dolls, others collect postcards but the former Gambian President collects titles. The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh ever since taking office gave to himself a number of titles. There is no explanation of the Sheikh title but it is alleged that the President bestowed upon himself Professorship after saying that he found the cure for AIDS and several other diseases. The Doctor title he assumed after being awarded an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws by the Canadian St Mary’s University in Halifax in 1999. Succeeding presidents also have to take on these titles therefore the official title of a Gambian president is Sheikh Professor Doctor President.
As early as the 1950s, Ghana had a national football team representing them in the international association of football. Governed by the Ghana Football Association, the oldest football association in Africa, the Ghana national football team is most popularly known as the Black Stars. They get their name from the Black Star of Africa in the Ghanaian flag.
Ghanaian Suleyman Ali “Sulley” Muntari currently plays as a central midfielder for Italian club Pescara. At the age of 16, Munatri was already a part of the Ghana under-20 team. This team finished in second place at the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship in Argentina, losing out to Argentina in the final. After this he joined the Italian team Udinese.
Shopping for African Clothing? Ready to walk into a room and turn heads? With eye catching designs from some of the best clothing brands in Africa, you’re bound to do just that! African style is unique, it’s traditional yet hip, it’s bold, it’s proud, and best of all, it’s super stylish! Here are Some of … Read more
Feast on the best novels about Africa. Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2006) “Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.” ― Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart Written by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun was published … Read more
Ghanaian writer Ayi Kwei Armah disrupted the African literary world with his first novel The Beautiful Ones are Not Yet Born in 1968. Initially published by Houghton Mifflin, literary giants, Heinemann African Writers Series republished it in 1969. The story gives us a unique perspective on the Ghana that emerged after independence.
Feeling bored? Here are ten of the most popular African TV Shows to keep you entertained. Look them up and join the conversation. Another Must Read: Top 10 African Movie Directors Most Popular African TV Shows – Top 10 The Wild – South Africa The Wild is one of Africa’s TV shows that gives viewers a … Read more
The African continent is home to the Nollywood, the third largest movie industry in the world, the South African and Kenyan cinemas and Gollywood. It is only fair that they will produce some of the best African movies of all time. Eat some popcorn as you peruse this list and hopefully check out a couple … Read more
Traveling to a country in Africa anytime soon? Make sure the following things are in your suitcase: Mosquito Repellents – Mosquito borne diseases are very common in Africa Prophylactics – HIV/AID prevalence on the the continent is no joke. Filter – Do not drink dirty water Vaccines – While these may not be able to … Read more
Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. – Vera Nazarian Here are some books that will offer much in sight in to the history of South Africa and its people. Books Every South African Should Read – Top 10 #10 – Selected Stories: Nadine … Read more
African fashion designers are making waves on the international fashion scene. They are choosing to put a modern spin on traditional African fabrics and accessories. Their well-crafted pieces are in demand all over the world and are favorites of celebrities like Michelle Obama and Lupita Nyong’o. Here are ten of Africa’s top designers who are … Read more
Countries in Africa have had good and bad leaders in their history. This list consists of ten of the greatest leaders that the continent has ever seen. Related: 10 African Heroes You Should Know About During their tenures, they fought for the freedom of their respective countries, they worked to boost the economy and improve the … Read more
The Yoruba language is spoken mainly throughout West Africa. However, no two regions speak the Yoruba language in the same manner. The language is tonal with nasal pronunciations. The development of this language is said to have had some Arabic influences. Its vocabulary consists of words borrowed from Arabic.