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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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Advocacy

Emigration and the Young African.

Advocacy is about politics and change, values and beliefs, consciousness and knowledge. It is about building democratic organizations and expanding citizens’ skills to understand how…

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Baobab

Hare and the Corn Bins.

In the old days, all the animals used to make farms like men do today. They hoed the ground, planted the seed, harvested the grain and…

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Youth & Mission

Five Ways To Reduce Our Reliance On Plastic.

Plastic is so prevalent in our lives that we don’t even notice it anymore. It is convenient. It is cheap. It is ubiquitous. The unfortunate truth…

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