Culture

Africa Yoga Project

Yoga is most definitely not a typical African pastime. So I found it quite intriguing when I found the Africa Yoga Project. Yoga has generally been hailed as a good way to unite your mind, body and spirit, to …

Uganda: God Loves Uganda

The documentary, God Loves Uganda, has touched on a sour topic to say the least. In a country that has a ‘kill the gays’ bill, anti-gay laws and attitudes in Uganda, like most African countries, are highly welcome. This …

Swaziland: The Reed Dance

The Reed Dance is a traditional Swazi dance where all the young, eligible female virgins of Swaziland gather, and most importantly, dance in celebration of the Royal Family. This event has been taking place for centuries! Although the festival is …

South Sudan: Obakki’s Faces of Change

The Canadian label, Obakki, is proud to be 100% Humanitarian! They pride themselves in sustainable business, growth and giving back, and they are doing an awesome job of it. They have focused a lot on the young and hopeful …

Sudan: Refugee to Supermodel

The Sudanese Supermodel, Alek Wek, has one of the most recognisable faces in the world of modelling. She honestly doesn’t look like anyone else. She stands out, whenever, whereever. She has walked on the runways of Paris, Milan, New …

Niger: The Beauty Contest

The Wodaabe of Niger has fascinated Western media for years! They are a nomadic culture, but periodically, they gather from kilometres apart for the amazing and eventful gathering that is the Gerewol. The Gerewol is a beauty contest for the …

Mauritania: The Art of Henna

The tradition of Henna Art is alive and well in Mauritania. To us that don’t understand, it just looks nice. But did you know that there are symbolic meanings ascribed to the art? There are symbols for love, beauty, protection, …

Guinea: Namsa’s Art of Deconstruction

Guinean-Helvetian photographer, Namsa Leuba, takes inspiration from her native land of Guinea in her photography series Ya Kala Ben. Here, she examines the cultures, traditions and rituals of Guinea that may seem ‘weird’ to the West. She photographs ceremonies, …

DRC: War Witch

War Witch is the critically acclaimed movie by Director, Kim Nguyen. The film is set in Sub-Saharan Africa, but even though there is no mention of which country the story takes place in, the whole thing was actually shot in …

Congo: The Fire of Origins

Congolese author, Emmanuel Dongala, should be in any list of acclaimed African authors. He Grew up in Congo, but left for a western education in the US and France to get, amazingly, a degree in Chemistry. Even now, he …