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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

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Akodessewa Fetish Market – The Largest Voodoo Market in the World is Located in Togo

Akodessewa Fetish Market in Lome, Togo is recognized as the largest fetish market in the world, a place where Voodoo practitioners can find anything they need for their rituals. The market features monkey heads, skulls, dead birds, crocodiles, skins,...

Nigerian Statues Looted During The Civil War Sell in Paris Auction for £200,000

A pair of sacred statues that a Nigerian museum commission and protesters claimed were looted during the country's 1960s civil war have been sold for €212,500 (£194,183) at auction in Paris. The Igbo statues were sold by the Christie's auction...

Auction of Nigeria’s ‘Looted’ Statues to go Ahead in Paris Despite Opposition

A planned auction of two sacred Igbo objects alongside others at the Paris salesroom of the British auction house Christie’s are heading for sales in Paris, France, despite several efforts to stop the auction. They are simply identified as “Paire...

The Creation Story of the Maasai People of East Africa

The Maasai are an indigenous ethnic group in Africa of semi-nomadic people settled in Kenya and northern Tanzania. The Maasai are among the best known local populations internationally due to their residence near the many game parks of the...

Bijago Tribe: The Matriarchal Society in Guinea Bissau Where Women Propose to the Men

On the islands of Bijago archipelago off the coast of Guinea-Bissau, there is a matriarchal society where women in the tribe manage the household, the economy, law, as well as initiating courtship. Located in the Atlantic Ocean, The Bijago archipelago...

Sudan Bans Female Genital Mutilation, Imposes 3-year Jail Sentence for Offenders

Sudan has criminalised female genital mutilation (FGM) and imposed a three-year prison sentence for offenders, according to a newly amended law. The amendment to the criminal law was approved on 22 April, the Reuters news agency reports. Sudan is one of...

Mwaka Kogwa, the Tanzanian Festival where Men Fight to Settle Grudges of the Previous Year

Mwaka Kogwa is a four-day festival held in Makunduchi, usually in late July. It is a celebration of the New Year and some of the events include huge bonfires and mock fights. The festival has its origins in Zoroastrian religion...

Kusasa Fumbi: The Sexual Rite Of Passage Practiced in Parts of Africa

Kusasa Fumbi “Sexual cleansing” is a common practice in several African countries where a woman is expected to have sex after her first period, after becoming widowed, or after an abortion, as a cleansing ritual. For young girls Kusasa Fumbi...

Benin Museum ‘Petit Musee de la Recade’ Receives Over 20 Looted Artifacts from France

Artifacts including but not limited to scepter, and objects of worship that were stolen by France during its colonial occupation of Benin have been returned to the West African nation of cotonou. The Artifacts were Looted from the Kingdom of...

Nuba Wrestling: A Look into Sudan’s Nuba People and their Traditional Wrestling Culture

The Nuba people have been wrestling for centuries and like other forms of Wrestling in Africa, the purpose of Nuba wrestling is to build group identity and display the prowess of the group's young men. The Nuba peoples are various...
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Akodessewa Fetish Market – The Largest Voodoo Market in the World is Located in Togo

Akodessewa Fetish Market in Lome, Togo is recognized as the largest fetish market in the world, a place where Voodoo practitioners can find anything...

Dust Pollution Linked to Infant Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers at Stanford and University of California San Diego have collaborated on a new study, published recently in Nature Sustainability, that explores how dust...

World Bank to Lend 50 Billion USD to Sub-Saharan Africa in 2020

The World Bank said Wednesday it will lend 50 billion U.S. dollars to 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa this year. The Bank said the loan...

Algeria Buries Skulls Of Resistance Fighters Beheaded by French Forces During the 1800’s

The skulls of 24 Algerian anti-colonial soldiers, beheaded by French forces during colonial France's conquest of the North African country that had been lying...