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The African Roots of Carnival
3 years ago

The African Roots of Carnival

If there’s one party to top them all, it’s definitely Carnival. The public celebration brings the custom of thousands of people gathering on the streets for what feels like endless …
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The Ankara Revolution
3 years ago

The Ankara Revolution

The calm before the storm: it started during last year’s prom season when Kyemah McEntyre, an eighteen-year-old girl from New Jersey, boldly wore an Ankara print dress that she designed …
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Weaving History:  The Story of Kente Master
3 years ago

Weaving History: The Story of Kente Master

Traditionally worn by Ghanaian kings and chiefs, Kente fabric has long been a symbol of pride and greatness. Each pattern has a different meaning, and can range from …
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African Chefs Cooking Up A Storm
3 years ago

African Chefs Cooking Up A Storm

African cuisine has grown from home favorites to a culinary delight worldwide, thanks to the African chefs determined to highlight traditional spices and taste. From Nigerian jollof to South African …
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If you like Warsan Shire, Here are 6 Other African Poets You Should Know
3 years ago

If you like Warsan Shire, Here are 6 Other African Poets You Should Know

Critically acclaimed Somali-British poet Warsan Shire is the continent’s best known contemporary poet. Winner of the first Brunel University African Poetry Prize, Shire’s work, “the unbearable weight of staying — …
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The History of Henna in West Africa
3 years ago

The History of Henna in West Africa

Henna has been a part of West African culture for at least a thousand years. While it is likely that henna has been growing in North Africa as early as …
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My Beautiful Home Competition
4 years ago

My Beautiful Home Competition

In Matobo, a rural Zimbabwean village, women traditionally decorate their huts following each harvest. They use charcoal, soil, and ash to paint the exterior with designs like zigzags, …
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Summer in Igboland
4 years ago

Summer in Igboland

Born in Nigeria, Ifeanyi Awachie is a photographer who moved to the US when she was at eighteen months old. In 2013, she returned to Nigeria to re-discover …
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Free Events in Nairobi this Month
4 years ago

Free Events in Nairobi this Month

Nairobi holds a vibrant social scene that holds a lot to offer for art enthusiasts and entrepreneurs alike. There are several exhibitions, movie screenings, and networking events that …
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#BeingFemaleinNigeria sparks similar hashtags across Africa
4 years ago

#BeingFemaleinNigeria sparks similar hashtags across Africa

Recently, Nigerians, mostly the women, have taken over Twitter with the hashtag, #BeingFemaleinNigeria. These outspoken individuals have been painting a vivid picture of the realities and hardships of being a …
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