Culture

The Creation

Every tradition in the world has their stories to help them understand how and why man lives and man dies. Creation stories vary across lands, but most of them feature a deity who gave life to man. I find this …

London Life, Lagos Living

Bobo Omotayo is the author of the popular book of short stories titled London Life, Lagos Living. He brings his insightful observations about life in Lagos, Nigeria, and breathes life into his illustrations. He has achieved this even more …

Masquerades, e.g.

Earlier, I wrote about Masquerades in Africa. I didn’t have many examples though, so I thought I’d share some popular masquerades from around Africa. Enjoy. See more examples here.…

Masquerades

Masquerades are a popular cultural expression in Africa. They vary from tribe to tribe and are for specific purposes – ceremonies, initiations, rites, celebrations, thanksgiving, spiritual events, etc. In essence, masquerades represent the ideals and beliefs of the community. Some …

Natural Beauty

When was the last time you felt the warm scalp of a woman Run your fingers through her hair Twisted her natural locks through your fingers Or walked your fingers through the rows of braids Just like walking through fields …

Classic Nollywood

Nollywod is now one of the biggest film industries in the world. Its tendrils have travelled far and wide, all over the African continent and beyond. This is an amazing feat considering that the industry is relatively young – just …

The African Proverbs Project Edition #1

The African Proverbs Project Edition #1 See all here…

An Introduction To The African Proverbs Project Edition

A Proverb is a ‘short pithy saying in frequent and widespread use that expresses a basic truth or practical precept.’ Most Nigerians who grew up with the Grandparents can boost of hearing quite a number of proverbs while they were …

Do You Have To Stick To Just One Thing?

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers, reports that to be qualified as an expert in anything, you have to do that same thing for not less than 10,000 hours. Such focus. He had numerous examples of people who practiced …

Ukpuru

I found this amazing blog while I was researching for a post. The blog, Ukpuru, is focused on the Igbo (of Nigeria) culture – their community, art and way of living. I love the site cause it’s like a …