Culture July 2014

Tanzania – Symbolism among the Maasai

Leeyo, the first Maasai had two wives. Each wife had her own house. The cattle of the first wife were all red and her house was known as the house of the red cattle, or simply as the ‘red house’. The cattle of the second wife were all black and her house was known as…

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Puerto Rico – ‘Bomba’ dancing

If you take a walk at sunset along the northeastern beach of Puerto Rico at the end of July, you can hear the sound of drums giving the welcome to nightfall. Groups of black people get together in front of their houses or under coconut trees ready to dance to the rhythm of the drums.…

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Music – Fatoumata Diawara

Being nominated one of the most listened-to people (in a broad sense) of an entire continent when you are just 31 is no easy thing. Succeeding in it when you are a pop singer with just one album released is even harder, but Fatoumata Diawara did it. Indeed, if she was included in the New…

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Book review – A Good African Story

Andrew Rugasira was a man with a dream, and he fulfilled it. A Good African Story is the account of how this Ugandan coffee entrepreneur managed to turn a small African-based company into an international brand with a promising vision, in less than ten years. Rugasira.s project, as his book does, started with a figure:…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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