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Culture August 2018

Herbs & People. Momordica charantia. A unique anti-diabetic plant.

Commonly known as bitter melon or bitter gourd, it is a climbing vine whose leaves and green fruits have been used in traditional medicine to fight cancer, diabetes and many infectious diseases despite its being very bitter. It is a widely distributed plant especially in Africa, Asia, and South America.  This herbaceous, slender climber has…

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Cinema. The Black Star Of Hollywood.

‘The Black Panther’ by Ryan Coogler, the first superhero movie, is the greatest cultural moment of the year. The struggle for black self-determination in the American country. The Church of Christ Trinity of Chicago did it. The Virginia Baptist Church also did it. And even in Memphis’s New Direction Christian Church and Hill City Church…

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Uganda/Kakwa. Marriage. Writing A Letter.

The Kakwa people are a small minority group living in north-western Uganda.  The bride-price for a blessing to the newly married.  Among the Kakwa tribe in Uganda, many girls dream of a rich man who will be able to give her parents the highest bride price before asking for their hands in marriage. This will…

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Peru. Weaving by the sea.

The arts of crocheting and fishing narrate the stories of the beaches of northern Peru. Peru has always been a land of weavers since pre-Inca times. The finest varieties of cotton such as tanguis, pima and native cotton are cultivated in the north of the country. But Peru is also a land of fishermen, who…

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Advocacy

Silencing the Guns in Africa.

On 27 February 2019, the Security Council welcomed the African Union’s “determination to rid Africa of conflicts and create conditions favorable for the growth, development…

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Baobab

How the Dogs Came.

A long time ago there were no domestic animals, all were wild, and all were the enemy of man. They feared him, and he feared them,…

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Youth & Mission

Pan-African Youth Leadership Development.

The Leadership Development and Mentorship program has an ambitious agenda for training tomorrow’s leaders across Africa. Africa is by far the world’s youngest continent, with a median…

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