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 masquerades are used to transition adolescents to adulthood. There are many other reasons such as…

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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 of corn When did you see the true beauty of your African Woman? Or saw…

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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 under 20 years. I remember watching my first Nigerian movie around 1997 or so and…

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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 practiced practiced…and made it. So many books talk about the power of focus. It really does…

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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 literary museum. Date: 1880 – 1905 | Credit: Jonathan A. Green Date: 1880 – 1939 |…

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