African culture

The Ultimate List of African Wise Proverbs and Inspiring Quotes

If you close your eyes to facts, you will learn through accidents. ~ African proverb He who learns, teaches. ~ Ethiopian proverb

African Lip Plates: Culture, History and Symbolism — In Pictures

The lip plate, also known as a lip plug or lip disc, is a form of body modification common in some parts of Africa. The procedure, which involves knocking out the bottom two teeth (sometimes all four), is done at the age of 15-18 and it signifies womanhood.

Egypt Detains Photographer after Private Shoot With Dancer at Pyramid

Egyptian police have detained a photographer for breaking the rules set by the antiquities ministry for photo shoots after he shot images of a dancer in ancient costume at the Pyramid of Djoser outside Cairo, a security source has...

Hadza: The Tanzanian Tribe That Survive Purely From Hunting and Gathering — In Pictures

The Hadza are an an indigenous ethnic group located near Lake Eyasi in the Rift Valley. They are descendants of Tanzania’s aboriginal hunter-gatherers and have occupied their land unchanged for thousands of years. The Hadza are one of the last...

Sudan Vows to End Child Marriage and Enforce Ban on Female Genital Mutilation

Sudanese authorities have announced they will end child marriage and enforce the country’s ban on female genital mutilation (FGM), in a major step forward for the rights of women and girls. Police officers were told on Wednesday they must inform...

Netherlands Returns Smuggled 600-year-old Ife Terracotta to Nigeria

The Kingdom of Netherlands on Thursday officially presented a smuggled Ife Terracotta antiquity dated to be at least 600 years old to Nigeria.

Woold Home: The Togolese Slave ‘House Of Horrors’ That Was Run By An African Royalty in the 19th century

Once captured, the people were taken into the woold home and thrown into the confinement under the house. They were crammed there for several weeks until the slave ships came back to take them off to the Americas.

British Museum Teams up With Nigeria to Dig for Royal Treasures in the Ancient City of Benin

The British Museum has announced plans to team up with Nigerian officials to help "investigate the history of the Kingdom of Benin", by digging for Royal treasures in the ancient city. The organisation will also work with Nigerian teams on...

Nana Buluku, the West African Goddess Who Created the Universe

Nana Buluku, also known as Nana Buruku is the female supreme being in the West African traditional religion of the Fon people (Benin, Dahomey) and the Ewe people (Togo). She is easily the most influential deity in West African theology, one shared by many ethnic groups other than the Fon and ewe people.

Surma People: The Ethiopian Tribe That Turns Nature Into Fashion

Inspired by the exotic flowers, trees and vegetation of the land bordering Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan, these designs are the creations of the Surma tribes of the Omo Valley in East Africa.

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The Heroro-Nama Genocide: Germany’s Brutal Genocide in Namibia in the early 20th Century

The Herero and Namaqua Genocide is considered to have been the first genocide of the 20th century. It took place between 1904 and 1907 in German South-West Africa(modern day Namibia), during the Herero Wars.

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s First President, and the Last African Independence Leader from the 1960s Dies at 97

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and one of Africa’s last surviving liberation leaders, has died at a military hospital in Lusaka, where he was being treated for pneumonia. He was 97.

Artefacts Looted From Ethiopia 150 Years Ago Withdrawn From Uk Auction After Ethiopia’s Appeal

Two artefacts that were stolen during colonial-era looting by British forces in Ethiopia have been withdrawn from auction after the Ethiopian government appealed in a letter.

World’s Third Largest Diamond Discovered in Botswana

The diamond firm Debswana has announced the discovery in Botswana of a 1,098-carat stone that it described as the third largest of its kind in the world.

The Earliest Obtainable Map of the Whole Continent of Africa

Mapped by Sebastian Münster, the map below is the earliest obtainable map of the whole continent of Africa. The map was published in the 1552 edition of Sebastian Münster’s Cosmographia.