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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beautiful Rain | Rainmakers in Malawi Africa

Beautiful Rain | Rainmakers in Malawi Africa
Beautiful Rain | Rainmakers in Malawi Africa

By Chic African Culture Press Writer

Rwanda, Africa
Thursday July 31 2014 7:45 ET



Rainmakers Africa

Mbona Rainmaker worshipers in Africa sacred rainmaking ceremonies bring relief in times of drought, floods and troubles. Even though there is doubt with modern scientists toward rainmaking ceremonies, the practice remains popular in Malawi Africa. The rainmaker is an important person in the African community, performing rituals and wielding great power.


Oh Rain Oh Rain Oh Beautiful Rain



Rainmakers Khulibvi shrine is a symbol of authority to Rainmakers in Malawi Africa.




Rain making ceremonies were controlled by the Mbona Tribe.Rainmakers Mang'anja Tribe, Mbona worshipers offer sacrifices to their God in times of drought and troubles. Rain is essential for life. All living things need water to live. 

If you control water you control the very essence of life. The Khulibvi shrine is a symbol of authority, if you were in control of the shine you controlled the lives of the people who are spiritually united with the religious shrine.

Mbona rainmaker history has several versions of rainmaking powers however, two versions are widespread -

First Mbona Rainmaker History

Flooding African village

Mbona was not a legible heir of chief Lundu and therefore he was never supposed to perform rain ritual dance. The entire legible heir performed the dance but rain did not fall. The elders of the village suggested that Mbona should perform the ritual dance and the chief agreed. In the process of Mbona's dance heavy rain felled and one of chief Lundu's son was killed by the lightning. 

Chief Lundu was angry with the death of his son, therefore he sent his men to kill Mbona. Mbona was killed by Lundu's men at a mountain and his blood turned into a river. Before he died he ordered the men to construct a shrine on the mountain. Every chief sent his regular offerings to the shrine to ask for rains.



Second Mbona Rainmaker History


Mbona was a renowned figure with unworldly powers who lived in Malawi during the rise of the Lundu Kingdom. Mbona is said to have magic powers of bringing rain, creating wells of water on sandy lands, creating forests where they did not exist and hiding from enemies by turning into many types of living things. 
Failed rains and rising temperatures,  by Neil Palmer CIAT

Mbona's uncle Mlauli, who also had unworldly powers became jealous of his nephew and wanted to kill him. No matter how hard Mlauli tired, he could not kill Mbona. One day Mbona finally was ready to die and told Mlauli and his enemies how to kill him; they cut his throat with a leaf of a tall reed. Mbona's head was cut off by the reed and placed at Khulubvi now located in the lower Shire Valley in Southern Region of Malawi.

No matter the version of the story, the Mang'anja tribe pay tribute to the sacred Shine of Mbona's head at Khulubvi. The Khulubvi Shrine is a small hut located in the interior of thick under bush and trees of the Lundu, Malawi. Followers of Mbona worship at Khulubvi still to this day maintaining the scared ground as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.


Did You Know?

Mang'anja are Chewas from the Southern region of Malawi. Chewa or Nyanja people are the largest ethnic group in Malawi with four historical groupings.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Barbarossa brothers, a Hebrew trading post and an Islamic City

Algiers Casbah


Casbah from the Arabic word for fortified place, were commonly built across North Africa. A Casbah is a large multi building fort with high walls usually made without windows built on high ground.  The Casbah was designed to provide protection during a battle with twisting alleys that wind between dilapidated mud-brick and stucco houses. In Algeria, the Casbah is both the fortress and the old city itself.
Casbah means fortified place in Arabic



When people speak of the Casbah, they are talking about the cramped living quarters on the hillside between the fort and the sea on the Mediterranean coast. The Islamic retreat Casbah of Algeria, was founded on the ruins of an ancient Hebrew civilization trading post named Ikosim.


In the 10th century a Berber man named Buluggin bin Ziri called the new city El Djazair, which means "the islands" in Arabic. From El Djazair derived the name Algiers and later Algeria. The Casbah’s nickname is La Blanche, meaning the white one.
Algiers Casbah

In 1516, the three Barbarossa brothers ruthlessly overtook the Casbah. Having been invited to Algiers by the high ranking official Selim al-Toumi at-Thabiti to help with the Spanish, the Barbary pirate Aruj al-Din Barbarossa captures the city instead, and orders Selim's killed. Algiers is attacked from 1520-1524 is attacked and the leader of the Barbary pirates, Khayr al-Din Barbarossa, retreats to  Jijelli in Algeria. Barbarossa re-conquers Algiers in 1525 and retains the post until his death. Algiers Casbah eventually became a stronghold of Barbary pirates who plundered ships and towns throughout the Mediterranean, along West Africa's Atlantic seaboard, to South America, and even all the way to Iceland.



 
 

 
 

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

True Cost of Boko Haram: Education, Voting and Human Rights

Voting in Nigeria's presidential electionOfficial Arabic name, Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad, means People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad. The group was initially focused on opposing Western education gaining the nickname Boko Haram, which means Western education is forbidden in the Hausa language. Boko Haram regards the Nigerian state as being run by non-believers. Its followers are said to be influenced by the Quran, Surah Al-Maida 5:47 which says: " Let the followers of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed therein, and those who do not judge by what Allah has revealed are the transgressors.".

Surah Al-Maida 5:47 Let the followers of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed therein, and those who do not judge by what Allah has revealed are the transgressors.

Bring back our girls
Boko Haram promotes a version of Islam which makes it "haram", or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with Western society. This includes voting in elections, wearing shirts and pants or receiving a secular education.

Nigeria's Gombe and Bauchi cities on December 22, 2014 were hit by explosions; Boko Haram has been waging an insurgency in the areas for some time. Gombe state shares a border with Bauchi state as well as Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, the three Nigerian states worst-affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and which have been under emergency rule since 2013. Around 11 people were killed Saturday March 28, 2015 and two more injured in attacks apparently by Boko Haram in voting stations in the northeastern state of Gombe Nigeria.


Boko Haram History

·        Founded in 2002

·        Official Arabic name, Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad, 
means "People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's 
Teachings and Jihad"

·        Initially focused on opposing Western education earning the nickname Boko Haram, which means 
"Western education is forbidden" in the Hausa language

·        Launched military operations in 2009 to create Islamic state

·        Thousands killed, mostly in northeastern Nigeria, attacked 
police and UN headquarters in capital, Abuja

·        Some three million people affected by violence and kidnapping 
of nearly 300 girls in Chibok Borno
“Bring back our girls”

Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are the three Nigerian states worst-affected by Boko Haram.

·        Declared terrorist group by US in 2013

Towards Understanding the Quran, Surah Al-Maida 5:47 has published an explanation of “Let the followers of the Gospel judge by what Allah has revealed therein, and those who do not judge by what Allah has revealed are the transgressors” Which you may read the interpretation below:
"Here three judgments are issued against those who do not judge in accordance with the Law revealed by God. The first is that they are kafir (unbelievers); the second, that they are zalim (wrong-doers); and the third, that they are fasiq (transgressors). 
Learning is a crime in some parts of the worldThis means that one who, in disregard of God's commandments and of the Laws revealed by Him, pronounces judgments according to man-made laws (whether made by himself or by others) is guilty of three major offences. First, his act amounts to rejecting the commandment of God, and this rejection is equivalent to kufr (infidelity, unbelief). Second, his act is contrary to justice, for only the laws made by God are in complete accord with the dictates of justice. Any judgment in contravention of God's injunctions amounts, therefore, to committing injustice (zulm). Third, when he enforces either his own or anyone else's law in disregard of the Laws of his Lord he steps out of the fold of subjection and obedience, and this constitutes fisq (transgression). 

Kufr, zulm and fisq are essential elements in deviation from God's commandments. One finds them wherever there is deviation from the commandment of God. There is variation in the degree of deviation and hence in the degree of these three offences. Whoever passes judgment on something in opposition to an injunction of God, believing that injunction to be false, and holds either his own or anyone else's judgement to be sound is an unbeliever (kafir), wrong-doer (zalim) and transgressor (fasiq). 

A man who is convinced that the injunctions of God are right but makes judgments contrary to them in practice is not an unbeliever in the sense that he ceases to remain a member of the Islamic community, but he is guilty of adulterating his faith by blending it with kufr, zulm and fisq. In the same manner, those who deviate from the injunctions of God in all matters are unbelievers, wrong-doers and transgressors. For those who are obedient in some respects and disobedient in others, the blending of faith and submission to God with the opposite attributes of unbelief, wrong-doing and transgression in their lives will be exactly in proportion to the mixture of their obedience to and their deviation from God's commands."

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Serenity Prayer translated into the 10 most popular African languages



Prayer in Africa


Serenity Prayer translated into the 10 most popular African languages

Christianity Serenity Prayer in Africa
Serenity Prayer is a popular verse in Africa. Christianity has deep roots in Africa and infuses itself into many sectors of African life. Serenity Prayer in Zulu, Swahili, Yoruba, French, Portuguese, English, Igbo, Arabic, Hausa and Afrikaans, Africa 10 most popular languages.
In the Christian Church the religious rite of sprinkling water onto a person's forehead or of immersion in water, symbolizing purification or regeneration and admission to the Christian Church.

The Serenity Prayer translated into the 10 most popular African languages


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The Serenity Prayer is brilliant in its simplicity. Just as it is on every continent, there is passion and tension about religious life. There are thousands of languages spoken in Africa; over 2,000 in fact. The top 10 most spoken languages in Africa in order are; Arabic, Kiswahili (Swahili), Hausa, English, Amharic, French, Oromo, Yoruba, Igbo and Zulu. Below is the Serenity Prayer written by Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr translated into 10 widely spoken African languages.



Swahili 
Mungu, nipe neema ya kukubali na utulivu mambo ambayo hayawezi kubadilishwa, ujasiri wa kubadili mambo ambayo lazima iliyopita, na Wisdom kutofautisha moja kutoka nyingine.

Yoruba 
Ọlọrun, fun mi ore-ọfẹ lati gba pẹlu serenity ohun ti a ko le yipada, Ìgboyà lati yi awọn ohun eyi ti o yẹ ki o wa ni yipada, ati awọn Ọgbọn lati se iyato ọkan lati miiran.

French 
Dieu, donne-moi la grâce d'accepter avec sérénité les choses qui ne peuvent être modifiés, le courage de changer les choses qui doivent être changées, et la sagesse de distinguer l'un de l'autre.

Zulu 
Unkulunkulu, nginike grace ukwamukela nge nokuzola izinto ayikwazi ukushintshwa, Nesibindi ukushintsha izinto okuyinto okufanele washintsha, kanye Ukuhlakanipha ukuhlukanisa lo omunye nomunye.

Afrikaans 
God, gee my die genade van die dinge wat nie verander kan word nie, Courage met kalmte te aanvaar die dinge wat verander moet word om te verander, en die wysheid om die een te onderskei van die ander.

Hausa 
Allah, ka ba ni alherin yarda da ni'ima abubuwan da ba za a iya canja, Rashin tsoro don canja abubuwan da ya kamata a canza, da hikima na rarrabe daya daga wasu.

Portuguese 
Deus, dai-me a graça de aceitar com serenidade as coisas que não podem ser mudadas, coragem para mudar as coisas que devem ser mudadas, e sabedoria para distinguir um do outro.

Igbo 
Chineke, nye m amara na-anabata na ntụsara ihe a na-apụghị gbanwere, obi ike ịgbanwe ihe nke a ga-agbanwe, na amamihe ịmata onye si ọzọ.

Arabic 
الله، أعطني نعمة لقبول مع الصفاء الأشياء التي لا يمكن تغييرها والشجاعة لتغيير الأشياء التي ينبغي تغييرها، والحكمة للتمييز بين واحد من الآخر.

English 
God, give me grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, Courage to change the things which should be changed, and the Wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.



Did you know?
The Serenity Prayer is the name for a prayer written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. Niebuhr, who first wrote the prayer for a sermon at Heath Evangelical Union Church in Heath, Massachusetts, used it widely in sermons as early as 1934 and first published it in 1951. The prayer spread was later adopted and popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs.

The Serenity Prayer
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.

Living one day at a time,
Enjoying one moment at a time,
Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace,
Taking, as Jesus did,
This sinful world as it is,
Not as I would have it,
Trusting that You will make all things right,
If I surrender to Your will,
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life,
And supremely happy with You forever in the next.
Amen.

Serenity



God Bless Africa


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Saturday, July 12, 2014

A fly that does not heed advice follows the corpse to the grave

Toxic leadership

Wise is as wise does
Do not follow the wrong leader

A fly that does not heed advice follows the corpse to the grave - Igbo Proverb.

Toxic leadership; A fly that does not heed advice follows the corpse to the grave - Igbo Proverb.


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Emotional health depends heavily on whose advice we choose to follow.


A fly that does not heed advice follows the corpse to the grave  - Igbo Proverb


A fly that does not heed advice follows the corpse to the grave - Igbo Proverb

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Sweet Fig Chicken Recipe

Sweet Fig Chicken uses ripe sweet figs and sour cream to create a sweet delicious sauce. 


Figs like to grow in dry, sunny areas which make parts of South Africa the ideal place to grow figs. Figs are full of calcium and potassium and fiber, and help keep your body running on track. 

South Africa Sweet Fig Chicken Recipe


Sweet Fig Chicken uses ripe sweet figs and sour cream to create a sweet delicious sauce.
Sweet Fig Chicken uses ripe
sweet figs and sour cream
to create a sweet
 delicious sauce 
Ingredients:
2 skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup water
1 hot pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flake
1/2 cup fig preserves
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Season chicken with the spices and add chicken to pot. Add water and let sit for about 15 minutes or until juice runs clear. Meanwhile in a large bowl mix sour cream and preserves well. Add sour cream mixture to chicken and over low heat cook an additional 5 minutes.


Did you know?
Fig trees are known by many names throughout Africa; Mukuyu in the Shona language, Vyeboom in Afrikaans, Umkhiwa in Ndebele, شجرة التين in Arabic, and figueria in Portuguese. Fig trees grow in Africa from South Africa to Senegal and Egypt, Madagascar and the Union of Comoros.


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