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Uganda. A Circus, the Art of Redemption.

The slums of Katwe have seen the birth of a new circus where the jugglers,…

01 Oct 2019

Nicaragua. Journey into myths and legend in the land of…

Every town and city has its own tales, myths, and legends that make up part…

01 Oct 2019

Papua New Guinea. The Asmat. Sculpture as Sacred Art.

The Asmat people are a tribe in Papua new Guinea. They draw inspiration for their…

01 Oct 2019

Music. Jain, Souldier of Soul.

At the famous Parc des Princes studio in Paris on 7 June of this year,…

01 Oct 2019

Music. Niger. Bombino, the rock in the desert.

He is considered one of the best living blues guitarists. He has succeeded in combining…

01 Sep 2019

Uganda. Akigat, the prayer to the God.

The people from Tapac are referred to as the tapeth. They live in the  mountain…

01 Sep 2019

North Africa. Recognition of Amazigh Culture.

Indigenous to North Africa, the Amazigh people, sometimes known as Berbers, have spent decades fighting…

01 Sep 2019

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: “Prison was a school to me”.

Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was imprisoned and exiled for his political beliefs. As he…

01 Sep 2019

New Zealand. In The Shade Of The Palms.

The Maori of New Zealand have a sacred vision of nature. Traditional patterns used in…

01 Aug 2019

Bolivia. The Yatiri, the one who reads the sacred coca…

The wise man of the Andean communities, who has the task to pass down the…

01 Aug 2019

Uganda/Buganda. The Twins a special children.

In Buganda, an ethnic group lives in the Central Region of Uganda; twins are imagined…

01 Aug 2019

Malawi. Rock Art and Biodiversity.

Lake Malawi, a unique habitat. One of the deepest water deposits in the world.  Distinctive…

01 Aug 2019

Bolivia. The ritual of potato planting.

Before planting, Quechua farmers ask Pachamama (mother-earth) for permission. Pachamama is the fertility goddess  who…

01 Jul 2019

Africa. The art of food. Ancient flavours and genuine ingredients.

From the Maghreb to Southern Africa, a myriad of flavours, aromas and colours. A journey…

01 Jul 2019

Herbs & Plants. Acalypha indica. A useful source of medicine.

It is a plant used as a medicine for several therapeutic treatments. The leaf decoction…

01 Jul 2019

Philippines. The Tattoo Practitioner of Kalinga.

In a remote village in Buscalan, Tinglayan Kalinga in northern Luzon, Whang-ud, a 90-year-old tattoo…

01 Jul 2019

Panama. Sombrero Pintao, a national heritage.

The Panama’s sombrero pintao (painted hat) is worn during dances, parties and by farmers working…

01 Jun 2019

The Power of Ubuntu against Racism and Oppression.

The concept of Ubuntu is deeply rooted in Africa and refers to human reality. It…

01 Jun 2019

Herbs & Plants. Funtumia elastic. A medicinal African rubber tree.

Highly valued in traditional medicine for treatment and management of a number of diseases and…

01 Jun 2019

Bolivia .The first hair cut.

The first haircut of a boy or a girl is a sacred act in the…

01 Jun 2019

Laura Mvula. A Gospel for the Third Millennium.

A voice that  radiates all the moods and colours of Africa. She is one of…

01 May 2019

Uganda. Naleyo dance where women choose their dancing partners.

The Tapeth are a small ethnic group living with the Karamojong in North Eastern Uganda.…

01 May 2019

Herbs & Plants. Xylopia aethiopica. A Spicy Herbal Medicinal Plant.

It possesses great nutritional and medicinal values. The plant is used in the treatment of…

01 May 2019

Bolivia. The sacrifice of the white lamb.

The ceremony of the offering to the Pachamama to restore balance in the family. A…

01 May 2019

Yasmine Hamdan. A Vagabond Spirit.

“With her powerful voice and unique style she succeeded in bringing together the treasures of…

01 Apr 2019

Belgium. The Museum of Africa, a revisited version of the…

The Museum of Africa aspires to be an open space for discussion of the sad…

01 Apr 2019

Herbs & Plants. Entada abyssinica. A resourceful herbal medicine.

It is used as medicine, source of fibre, and wood. But also in the treatment…

01 Apr 2019

Senegal. The Great House of African Art.

The Museum of African Civilisation was founded in Dakar: it contains African art from its…

01 Apr 2019

Uganda. Bobi Wine. Rapper and Opposer.

His songs criticise the government and corrupt politics. Young people listen to him and have…

01 Mar 2019

Ghana. The great Mosque of Accra.

Financed by Istanbul, it also contains other structures: a congress hall, administration offices and a…

01 Mar 2019

Herbs & Plants. Acacia sieberiana. To relieve back pain.

It is an important plant for medical use. But it is also used to make…

01 Mar 2019

Bolivia Textiles. Symbolism of the Andean Wisdom.

The original handcrafted clothes made with sheep, llama, alpaca, vicuña and other animals’ wool are…

01 Mar 2019

Mexico. Poblano Chili here we come.

When most people think of Mexican food, the first thing that comes to mind may…

01 Feb 2019

The Trinidad Carnival. Under the fantasy banner.

A moment of exuberant celebrations, which are traditionally associated with thrilling music that leads to…

01 Feb 2019

Souad Massi. The voice of North Africa.

“Her songs speak of love, altruism and courage; they are messages against intolerance and of…

01 Feb 2019

The Queen of Calypso.

Calypso is a genre of Afro-Caribbean music that comes primarily from the island of Trinidad.…

01 Feb 2019

South Africa. The True Legend of the Black Swan.

Kitty Phetla, ballerina and choreographer with Joburg Ballet, grew up among the tin-roofed rows of…

01 Jan 2019

African Musicians. License For Transformation.

With the catchy rhythms of Afro-Pop, African artists are increasingly singing about young Africans’ frustrations.…

01 Jan 2019

Bolivia. Rituals for a Qechua Marriage.

Marriage involves a series of rituals, and four essential stages among the Quechua people of…

01 Jan 2019

Music and Dance. Tango, African Rhythm.

Music and dance in Latin America has much of what is African. An example: the…

01 Jan 2019

Wax, the Pan African Cloth.

Now popular in many countries, African wax cloth owes its creative and commercial success to…

01 Dec 2018

Bolivia. Birth rituals. The meeting with nature.

The ancestral rituals that accompany the birth of a Quechua and Aymara child. The role…

01 Dec 2018

Music. Imany, Africa in her heart.

Of African descent, with a voice that is elegant, smooth, sensually melancholic. Imany overpowers and…

01 Dec 2018

Western Africa.The confraternity of Knowledge.The mysterious world of the Donso…

They are seers and traditional healers with a vast knowledge of medicinal plants, spells and…

01 Dec 2018

Music. A marvel called Oud. The Joubran Trio.

A pre-Islamic instrument. Three brothers. Music that is a poetry, the heart and the patrimony…

01 Nov 2018

The Sahara. The Kel Air and Kel Ahaggar Tuareg. There…

The desert is not a no man’s land but the land of nomads. The best…

01 Nov 2018

Madagascar. Feast of Life and Death.

In the south of Madagascar live the Bara, a cluster of 18 ethnic groups that…

01 Nov 2018

Plants & People. Cowpeas, Essential In The Management Of Diabetes.

It is an herbaceous food legume belonging to the plant family Fabaceae. It can either…

01 Nov 2018

Morocco / The Ancient City Of Tétouan. The Embrace Of…

A beauty now, the patrimony of humanity. Most of all a place of relations and…

01 Oct 2018

Ethiopia. The Sidama People. “Magano”, The First Ancestor.

The Sidama people are a deeply religious ethnic group that lives in southern Ethiopia. They…

01 Oct 2018

The Quitapenas. The Dolls From Guatemala

The indigenous  created the quitapenas many generations ago as a remedy for worrying and sadness. Guatemalan…

01 Oct 2018

Plant & People. Vitex doniana. Multipurpose Tree.

Vitex doniana (Family Verbenaceae) is a useful, multi-purpose tree providing food, medicines and timber to…

01 Oct 2018

Uganda/Teso. Ajon, The beginning And The End Of Every Celebration.

The Teso (or Iteso, people of Teso) are an ethnic group in eastern Uganda and…

01 Sep 2018

Senegal. Ina Thiam: “Photographers put their soul in each image”.

Young Senegalese artist Ina Tiam takes fashion shoots in places covered with rubbish and plastic…

01 Sep 2018

Kenya. Maasai. The Course Of Life.

Exact rites mark the passage to an age group or becoming a member of a…

01 Sep 2018

Herbs & People. Pseudocedrela kotschyi. Fracture Healing Plant.

It is a medicinal plant whose therapeutic values undoubtedly have a folkloric background as it…

01 Sep 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…

01 Aug 2018

Cinema. The Black Star Of Hollywood.

'The Black Panther’ by Ryan Coogler, the first superhero movie, is the greatest cultural moment…

01 Aug 2018

Uganda/Kakwa. Marriage. Writing A Letter.

The Kakwa people are a small minority group living in north-western Uganda.  The bride-price for…

01 Aug 2018

Peru. Weaving by the sea.

The arts of crocheting and fishing narrate the stories of the beaches of northern Peru. Peru…

01 Aug 2018

Mexico. Mazahua Weavings.

The history of these indigenous people of Mexico, who have survived modernity and changes, is…

01 Jul 2018

Central America. The Garinagu, The art of drum-making.

Garifuna music relies heavily on their drums. We look at how they are made. The…

01 Jul 2018

Ekebergia Capensis. Highly valued plant.

This plant plays important role in various communities for the treatment of numerous diseases and…

01 Jul 2018

African Cuisine. Variety and Flavours.

African cuisine offers a wide range of dishes of great flavour and variety. Food is…

01 Jul 2018

Missionary botanist. Camellia Tea.

Pharmacist, botanist and missionary, the Moravian Jesuit Brother Josef Kamel (1661-1706) left the Hapsburg Empire…

01 Jun 2018

Erythrina abysynica. The Anti-Helminthic Plant.

It is one of the well-known popular plants which is often used in traditional medicine.…

01 Jun 2018

Music. Afro Trap.

A young Frenchman of African descent has invented a new type of rap to set…

01 Jun 2018

Uganda. Lugbara. The Name-Giving Ceremony.

When a child is born among the Lugbara people in the north-western part of Uganda…

01 Jun 2018

African Myths. A door to the Mysteries of Creation.

In Africa, there are thousands of myths to explain what reason cannot explain. In a…

01 May 2018

Togo/Benin. Tata Somba.

In the north of Togo and the north-east of Benin in the Atacora Range live…

01 May 2018

Uganda. The Karamojong. The Sky: The Final, Immense Savannah.

This ethnic group of agro-pastoral herders live in arid or semi-arid territories where they graze…

01 May 2018

Herbs & Plants. Syzygium cumini. An anti-diabetic plant.

It is commonly known as Jamun or Jambul. It is a multipurpose tree which is…

01 May 2018

Africa. Amulets For Luck And Protection ...

Amulets are an important part of an African's life, from birth to death. They are…

01 Apr 2018

Herbs & People. Aspilia Africana: The Unique Anti-Haemorrhage Plant.

The plant is commonly found distributed in the Sub-Saharan Africa. It is widely gathered from the…

01 Apr 2018

The 'African Mona Lisa' Rediscovered ...

It took almost four decades for the people of Nigeria to rediscover one of three…

01 Apr 2018

Nidia Góngora. Singing The Memories Of Her People.

This singer from the South Pacific of Colombia has liberated from ostracism the lullabies of…

01 Apr 2018

Africa. Puppet Theatre.

The roots of puppet shows in Africa are as old as the myths and legends.…

01 Mar 2018

Mesoamerica. Pizza With Savour Of Aztec Cuisine.

Along the centuries, food and plants coming from America, and in particular from Mexico have…

01 Mar 2018

Mexico. Maya Civilization: Between Corn and Cacao.

Ancient Mayan cuisine was varied and extensive. Mayan raised-field systems and the fertilization techniques of…

01 Mar 2018

Kenya/Tharaka. Cries Of Joy.

The Tharaka are one of the nine ethnic groups that make up the Meru of…

01 Mar 2018

Colombia. The Art Of Weaving Of The Wayuu People.

An indigenous group proud of its craft tradition. They have survived through preserving their language…

01 Feb 2018

Uganda. The Ganda Tradition.

The Baganda or Ganda are the largest single ethnic group in Uganda representing approximately 20%…

01 Feb 2018

Burkina Faso. 'The Ants Can Carry An Elephant'.

The Mossi are the most numerous ethnic group in Burkina Faso with 6.2 million members…

01 Feb 2018

Carnival In Mexico. The Great 'Colourful Fiesta'.

Celebrations vary depending on the local indigenous cultures. A journey through the several carnivals of…

01 Feb 2018

Mexico. The Tarahumara. The pillars Of The World.

Dance and healing are strongly linked to the culture of the Tarahumara, an ethnic group…

01 Jan 2018

Pelargonium sidoides. An Effective Medicinal Plant Against Respiratory Diseases.

Pelargonium sidoides is a small geranium-like plant which is commonly referred to as 'South African…

01 Jan 2018

Angola. 'The Thinker'.

When we visited the Anthropological Museum of Luanda we were fascinated by a small statue…

01 Jan 2018

Uganda. The Bwola, The Royal Dance.

Among the many cultural dances of the Acholi people, who live in the northern region…

01 Jan 2018

Black Beauty. An African Perspective.

Africans have a big and rich diversity of cultures, beliefs, languages and ways of life.…

01 Dec 2017

Harpagophytum procumbens. An Anti-inflammatory Desert Plant.

It belongs to the Pedaliaceae plant family and is commonly referred to as devil’s…

01 Dec 2017

Bolivia.Textiles That Tell Stories.

The people of Jalq'a and Tarabuco narrate their legends through their clothes that speak of…

01 Dec 2017

Kenya. The Borana People: The Naming Ceremony.

Gubissa, the naming ceremony for the eldest son, is an important moment of the social…

01 Dec 2017

Kenya/Borana. Restore Peace.

Among the Borana, an ethnic group that lives in northern Kenya, there are three funeral…

01 Nov 2017

Mexico. The Dance of the Devils.

The Dance of the Devils is performed on the occasion of Mexico’s most traditional festivities…

01 Nov 2017

Uganda. Life Is Celebrated During The Last Funeral Rite.

Last funeral rites in many Ugandan tribes and cultures is marked as a way of…

01 Nov 2017

Acacia senegal. An Anti-inflammatory Medicinal Plant.

It is a multi-purpose tree that has been used for more than 4,000 years as…

01 Nov 2017

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Culture Archive – summaries

South Sudan. The Nuer.The Traditional Marriage

The Nuer are a tribe of South Sudan numbering about two million people. It comprises four…

01 Oct 2017, Culture October 2017

Catharanthus roseus. An Anti-Cancer Plant.

It is one of the well-known medicinal plants that has its origin from the continent of…

01 Oct 2017, Culture October 2017

The Andes. The Wool Of The Gods.

Alpacas, vicuñas, guanacos and llamas are essential to life for Andean peoples. These animals are used…

01 Oct 2017, Culture October 2017

Uganda. The Runyege Dance Would Earn You A Wife In…

Tooro Kingdom which is one of the four traditional Kingdoms in Uganda is located in the…

01 Oct 2017, Culture October 2017

Kenya. The Borana People. Getting Married.

Marriage among the Borana people, an ethnic group living in northern Kenya, requires a long period…

01 Sep 2017, Culture September 2017

Centella Asiatica. A 'Fountain of Life' Herb.

It is one of the unique medicinal plants that has been in used since prehistoric times.…

01 Sep 2017, Culture September 2017

Mexico. Huicholes. Maize, the circle of life.

The Huicholese ethnic group lives in the Sierra Madre Occidental range in the Mexican states of…

01 Sep 2017, Culture September 2017

Latin America. The Ancestral Wisdom Of Sumak Kawsay.

The millennial experience of indigenous peoples can help to give concrete answers to the current crisis…

01 Sep 2017, Culture September 2017

Book review. The Chibok Girls

Chibok is perhaps the poorest and most neglected of all the twenty-seven local government areas in…

01 Aug 2017, Culture August 2017

Uganda. Marriage As A Clan Affair Among The Buganda

Marriage is one of the important aspects in the life of Buganda. The role of the…

01 Aug 2017, Culture August 2017

African Music. The Sounds Of Soul.

African music is strictly linked to the cultural, economic, social, and magical-religious aspects of the society…

01 Aug 2017, Culture August 2017

Kigelia Africana. A Medicinal Plant With A Cosmetic Potential.

Kigelia africana (Lam), Benth (Bignoniaceae family), is a highly valuable medicinal plant that is native to…

01 Aug 2017, Culture August 2017

Ecuador. Ancient culture and tradition in a hat.

The 'toquilla' straw hat is a fine example of the history, skill and identity of the…

01 Jul 2017, Culture July 2017

Kenya/Maasai. The Enkipaata Ceremony

There are two types of enkipaata, a ceremony before circumcision, one for boys and one for…

01 Jul 2017, Culture July 2017

Mexico. The Mesoamerican Ball Game.

Archaeologists have identified more than 1,500 ball courts to date. These prehistoric buildings that were specifically…

01 Jul 2017, Culture July 2017

Guatemala. Walking in Antique History.

Tikal, Guatemala’s archaeological heart, was home to the Mayans for 1700 years. It was as sophisticated…

01 Jul 2017, Culture July 2017

Brazil. Bumba Meu Boi. A Passionate and Rhythmic Folkloric Festival.

A very comic-dramatic dance and festival, particularly in Northern Brazil, Bumba-Meu-Boi tells the story of the…

01 Jun 2017, Culture June 2017

Combretum Collinum. Highly Valued Medicinal Plant.

The plant plays a fundamental role in treatment and management of numerous kinds of diseases. The…

01 Jun 2017, Culture June 2017

Panama. The Dance of the Macaws.

Every June, La Villa de los Santos celebrates the traditional Feast of Corpus Christi, mixing religion…

01 Jun 2017, Culture June 2017

Peru. The Inca woven rope bridge.

Q’eswachaka is the last surviving example of an Inca suspension woven rope bridge in the Andes.…

01 Jun 2017, Culture June 2017

Mexico. Cosmovision and colours

The purple, carmín (deep red) and blue were very popular colours among ancient inhabitants of Mexico…

01 May 2017, Culture May 2017

Ghana. Damba, a thanksgiving festival.

Each year, around May, the Gonjas people of Ghana's Northern Region celebrate  the Damba festival, where…

01 May 2017, Culture May 2017

Guatemala. Chichicastenango, an explosion of colours

This municipality of Maya heritage, which is located 140 km northwest of Guatemala city, is home…

01 May 2017, Culture May 2017

Balanites Aegyptiaca. A multi-purpose tree.

Balanites aegyptiaca is commonly known as desert date or Egyptian balsam. It is a small to…

01 May 2017, Culture May 2017

Latin America. The sacred symbolism of Jade

Jade was the cornerstone of the Mesoamerican people. Its economic, political and, above all, ritual importance…

01 Apr 2017, culture April 2017

Maytenus senegalensis - The magical plant.

It is used for the treatment of a number of diseases and disorders. In African traditional…

01 Apr 2017, culture April 2017

Nepal. Meet medicine men on the streets of Kathmandu.

Kathmandu is the capital and largest municipality of Nepal. There are a lot informal markets in…

01 Apr 2017, culture April 2017

Colombia. The Nasa a Proud People

In Colombia, indigenous people are but a small 2%, minority, subdivided into about a hundred peoples…

01 Apr 2017, culture April 2017

Pakistan. On the road.

Inscriptions on trucks offer a key to understanding the popular view on the ground and give…

01 Mar 2017, Culture March 2017

Uganda. Acholi, the rite of the birth of a child

Acholi is a Luo Nilotic ethnic group from Northern Uganda. They are approximately 1.2 million in…

01 Mar 2017, Culture March 2017

Sarcocephalus latifolius. A vital role in the healthcare.

The use of medicinal plants as a fundamental component of the African traditional healthcare system is…

01 Mar 2017, Culture March 2017

Guatemala. The Mayan noble art of weaving

The textiles of Guatemala are known throughout the world. Among their vivid colours, that of the…

01 Mar 2017, Culture March 2017

Jatropha curcas - A multipurpose African traditional medicinal plant.

Jatropha curcas (Linnaeus); commonly referred to as Barbados nut, it is a perennial shrub or small…

01 Feb 2017, Culture February 2017

Nicaragua. Ometepe Island. Between ancient legends and biodiversity.

Formed by two green volcanoes; sanctuary of flora and fauna species. Ometepe is the largest fresh…

01 Feb 2017, Culture February 2017

Zambia. Ncwala: a traditional ritual of thanksgiving.

The Ngoni people are one of the many ethnic groups living in Zambia. Just before spring,…

01 Feb 2017, Culture February 2017

Mexico. The Tlaxcala Carnival. A colourful feast

Carnival in the state of Tlaxcala, in central Mexico, includes different dances whose names and themes…

01 Feb 2017, Culture February 2017

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Advocacy

Advocating For Intelligent And Sustainable Earnings.

There is no consistent and successful advocacy but the one founded in strong credibility. Credibility is the quality or power of inspiring belief; it can…

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Baobab

The Ambitious Ants.

Ants are the busiest creatures in the world. Every ant has a full time job, with no holidays and no half-days off Ants like to work,…

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Youth & Mission

Pope Francis: “Our young people are our foremost mission”.

In his fourth apostolic journey to the African continent, visiting Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius Pope Francis said to young people: “keep dreaming and moving forward”. In…

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