Culture

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 …

The Hair Style Project

Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojiekere is well known for his Hair Style project. At the end of the project, he had about 1,000 Nigerian elaborate hairstyles. It’s a little sad that the artistry of these hairstyles is lost and I …

The African Woman Project

The African Woman is simply inspiring. It’s no surprise that a lot of poetry has been dedicated to her! I don’t think there is any other race whose women have been so appreciated. Maybe it’s because her environment makes her …

The Origin of Ankara

“An image of ‘African fabric’ isn’t necessarily authentically [and wholly] African” – Yinka Shonibare. African print, popularly known as Ankara, has gained popularity in the global fashion scene since 2010. The material is primarily associated with Africa mainly …

Adebayo Jones

Adebayo Jones needs no introduction in the fashion industry. He specializes in coutoure (mainly evening/formal and wedding gowns), he is known for his creativity and craftsmanship. He has been nominated for various awards including the Beffta Awards and the Best …

You Know You’re African When…

No matter how diverse people in an area are, there is always something that brings them together. It might be because they live in similar environments and face similar challenges. Still, there is always a common ground. This blog compiles …

Fela Kuti

\Fela Anikulapo Kuti/ 15October – 2 August 1997/ Musician and composer/ Originates from Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria/ King of Afrobeat music/ player of many instruments/ Human rights activist, especially through his lyrics/ His father was a reverend and his mother …

The Dambe Arts

Dambe is a form of boxing commonly practiced by the Hausa people of West Africa. Initially, it was practiced exclusively by the Hausa Butcher caste who used to move from village to village during harvest periods. Dambe was also used …

Chimamanda Adichie

//Born in Septembe r1977// Home state Enugu in Nigeria// Fifth of Six Children// Her  father was Nigeria’s first statistics professor and her mother was Nigeria’s first female registrar/ Received numerous academic prizes/ Studied medicine and pharmacy for a year and …

Durbar Festival

“The Durbar festival is an annual festival celebrated in several cities of Nigeria. It is celebrated at the culmination of Muslim festivals Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. It begins with prayers, followed by a parade of the Emir and his …