Culture

Buud Yam

Buud Yam was, at some point, the most popular film from Burkina Faso. The movie is about an old village in Burkina Faso, and follows the life of a young man, Wend Kuuni, who is suspected of using witchcraft …

The Last of the Nuba

Late German photographer, Leni Riefenstahl, was one of the biggest photographers who showcased African rural life to the West. Her photography book, Last of the Nuba, was an international bestseller in the late 1970s. In it, she talked …

Proverbs from Things Fall Apart

I recently read Things Fall Apart by the celebrated late Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. The book was first published in 1958 but has since proved to be a priceless pieces of fiction. The book chronicles the life of Okonkwo, …

Farewell Madiba

The whole world was tuned in to the sad burial of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s Madiba, on the 13th of December 2013. Many around the world held their own memorials for him, and many more gathered in South Africa to …

RIP Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Madiba/ Africa’s father/ The people’s President/ Pioneer/ Fighter/ Negotiator/ Peace keeper/ anti-apartheid icon/ Leader/ Titan/ Legend/ …and South Africa’s first democratically elected and Black President “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela See Google’s beautiful …

Ballistic by OurOwnArea

The Nigerian funnymen/cartoonists/animators from OurOwnArea have done it again with a new video. I eagerly look forward to their short funny animations that take Nigerian and global events and turn them into satirical works of artwork and animation. This time, …

Felix The Movie

When the producers say Felix is a feel good South African movie, they’re not kidding. It’s easy going and funny in many unexpected places. Felix is a 13 year old dealing with life in a new elitist school where he …

The Art of Head Elongation

In the 1870s, the first European set foot in a corner of the Congo and met the Mangebtu people . The Mangebtu were a fierce nation, and well developed for the times and tribes of Africa. Their art also, was …

Body Painters

The people of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia are one of the most photographed tribes in Africa, mainly because of their body art! They use elaborate body paint, body scars and headdresses, crafted out of their available natural resources to …

Green Masquerades

I am fascinated by these masquerades from Nigeria and Burkina Faso shot by Phyllis Galembo. My interest lies in how they have used these communities have used nature so artistically to express their culture, beliefs, values and creativity. Below …