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Find your true life work in Africa. Africa is home to more unknown history than known. A map of Africa does not begin to show the vastness of people, culture, food, living and ancient history of the African continent. Established 2008 Chic African Culture is a learning tool to meet the demand for better education about the entire continent of Africa.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Africa Hunting Safari Tourism | Around 600 Lions Killed Each Year

Cecil the lion, hunting the African Big 5. Tourist hunters kill around 105,000 animals per year in Africa. The question remains if hunting safari tourism generates income for Africa or does it pay for itself.


Cecil the lion, hunting the African Big 5.
Cecil the lion, hunting the African Big 5.
Palmer allegedly lured Cecil out of Hwange National Park which is a protective reserve in Zimbabwe; shot Cecil the lion with a bow, tracked Cecil the lion for 20-40 hours, killed him then skinned and beheaded the 13-year-old lion pride master, Cecil. The lion was collared and part of a study, after the kill the tracking collar was destroyed. Palmer allegedly paid $50,000 to hunt the lion with a crossbow near Hwange National Park in western Zimbabwe.

Eleven countries in Africa allow big game hunting in the wild

·        Benin
·        Botswana
·        Burkina Faso
·        Cameroon
·        Central African Republic
·        Ethiopia
·        Namibia
·        South Africa
·        Tanzania
·        Zambia
·        Zimbabwe


According to Wildlife Extra, around 18,500 tourist hunters go big game hunting in Africa every year. Hunts are organized by approximately 1,300 organizations that employ around 3,400 guides and 15,000 local staff. On average, a hunting safari organization will only have an average of 14.5 hunt clients per year and each guide will only take 5.5 hunters out annually. The question remains if hunting safari tourism generates income for Africa or does it pay for itself.


“Big Five” mammals are the elephant, lion, leopard, water buffalo, and rhino. According to Wildlife, Extra Tourist hunters kill around 105,000 animals per year, including around 640 elephants, 3,800 buffalo, 600 lions, and 800 leopards. 

Such quantities are not necessarily reasonable. It can be noted for example, that killing 600 lions out of a total population of around 25,000 which is 2.4%of the population is not sustainable. A hunting trip usually lasts from one to three weeks, during which time each hunter kills an average of two to ten animals, depending on the country. 

Zimbabwe started extradition proceedings and hopes the U.S. will cooperate, said Oppah Muchinguri, the African nation's environment minister. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are also investigating the circumstances of Cecil the lion's death.


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When the World is Against You African Proverbs

Happy Life When the World is Against You African Proverbs

African proverbs to help remember that a happy life is up to you; and even when trouble comes your way, what is important is not the problem, but how you respond. 






African proverbs help to understand life, even when you don't

Don't expect the same results from the things that look alike.

A stranger cannot know the secret paths of the village.

Around a flowering tree are many insects.

Tomorrow is pregnant and no one knows what she will give birth to.

A fool is a wise man's ladder.

The frog enjoys himself in water but not in hot water.

Although the grass looks even, there are paths in between.

A clear conscience is more valuable than wealth.


African proverbs for the soul, just remember when you think the world is against you, a positive response is a sign of courage; you can go the distance in a bumpy life with unity, strength, and wisdom. Trouble doesn't last always.

Don't put the key to happiness in someone else's pocket.

A buffalo that is tied up will hate the one that is free.

Happiness is like palm-wine: if you mix it with too much water, it loses its taste.

Doubt is the beginning of a disease.

Better a piece of bread in happiness than gold bars in sorrow.

Even though the tortoise would die for it, she will never be able to scratch her own back.

Happiness does not arrive at the front door.

Jealousy is poison's brother.

Don't hurry to love someone, they may hate you; don't hurry to hate someone, they may love you.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

About Chinua Achebe Book Things Fall Apart Proverbs

About Chinua Achebe Book Things Fall Apart Proverbs

About Things Fall Apart



Chinua Achebe was christened at birth Albert Chinualumogu Achebe in an Igbo village in the African country of Nigeria. Things Fall Apart is written in Proverbs intertwined between two tragic stories. 


Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart Proverbs
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart Proverbs

About Chinua Achebe Book Things Fall Apart Proverbs


The Igbo are the second largest group of people in Igboland Nigeria living mainly in the southeastern area of the country. Proverbs are important to people of Africa and the world. African proverbs communicate timeless wisdom and insight about truth and sincerity, kindness and wickedness and wisdom and foolishness. 





Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born November 16, 1930, in the Igbo town of Ogidi, Nigeria and died March 21, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. He was a Nigerian novelist acclaimed for his unsentimental depictions of the social and psychological disorientation accompanying the imposition of Western customs and values upon traditional African society.

His particular concern was with emergent Africa at its moments of crisis; his novels range in subject matter from the first contact of an African village with the white man to the educated African’s attempt to create a firm moral order out of the changing values in a large city. 

Things Fall Apart was Achebe’s first novel, concerns traditional Igbo life at the time of the advent of missionaries and colonial government in his homeland. His principal character cannot accept the new order, even though the old has already collapsed.

Achebe’s books of essays include Morning Yet on Creation Day (1975), Hopes and Impediments (1988), Home and Exile (2000), The Education of a British-Protected Child (2009), and the autobiographical There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra (2012). In 2007 he won the Man Booker International Prize.



About Chinua Achebe characters in his Book Things Fall Apart


Okonkwo (Oh-kawn-kwoh) The central character of Things Fall Apart. A young leader of the African Igbo community of Umuofia (Oo-moo-oh-fee-ah), he is known as a fierce warrior as well as a successful farmer. He is determined to overcome the stigma left by his father's laziness and wastefulness. 



Unoka (Ooh-no-kah) Okonkwo's father, known for his debts, laziness, many weakness and lack of responsibility. 

Nwoye (Nuh-woh-yeh) Okonkwo's oldest son who is sensitive and nothing like his father. 

Ikemefuna (Ee-keh-meh-foo-nah) is a boy of fourteen when he is given to Umuofia by a neighboring village to avoid war. He is a smart trusting boy who forms a bond with Okonkwo's son. Poor Ikemefuna. 

Ekwefi (Eh-kweh-fee) Okonkwo's second wife; the mother of Ezinma, her only living child. 

Ezinma (Eh-zeen-mah) Daughter of Ekwefi and Okonkwo; Ekwefi's only surviving child who should have been a boy.

Ojiubo (Oh-jee-ooh-boh) Okonkwo's third wife; the mother of several of Okonkwo's male children. 

Obierika (Oh-bee-air-ee-kah) Okonkwo's best friend, who often represents the voice of reason. 

Chielo (Chee-eh-loh) is the village widow and friend of Ekwefi. Chielo is the priestess of Agbala. 

Agbala (Ahg-bah-lah) is the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves, who influences all aspects of Umuofian life. She is based on the real Oracle at Awka, who controlled Igbo life for centuries. 

Mr. Brown is the first white Christian missionary in Umuofia and Mbanta who was more interested in numbers than saving souls. 

Mr. Kiaga (Kee-ah-gah) is a despised indigenous interpreter for the white missionaries. 

The Reverend James Smith is a strict, stereotypical white Christian missionary, he takes over the church after Mr. Brown's departure. 

The District Commissioner is a heartless, stereotypical white colonial male administrator of Umuofia. 


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Seven Natural Wonders of Africa

Seven Natural Wonders of Africa

Africa Natural Wonders

The seven Natural Wonders of Africa are Mount Kilimanjaro, The Red Sea Reef, Okavango Delta, Sahara Desert, The Nile River, Serengeti Migration and Ngorongoro Crater. Three of the seven natural wonders of Africa are in Tanzania.

Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro

Seven Natural Wonders of Africa


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Three of the seven natural wonders of Africa are in Tanzania. The New Seven Natural Wonders of Africa were announced in Arusha, Tanzania in February 2013.

Seven Natural Wonders of Africa
Lioness roars in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania 
Votes were cast from around the world for the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa by photographers, conservation experts, museums, authors, researchers, environmentalists, travel tourism experts, and government, NGO's and private specialists. 

The President and the founder of the Texas US-based not for profit New Seven Wonders is Dr. Philip Imler. According to Natural Wonders Website, votes were based on statistical and traditional significance along with uniqueness and pure splendor.

Seven Natural Wonders of Africa


Serengeti Plains

The Serengeti Plains great migration
The Serengeti Plains great migration
The Serengeti Plains is home to the largest land migration in the world. Tanzania and Kenya Serengeti Migration received the most votes making it the most recognized wonder of nature. It is the longest and largest overland migration in the world.


Red Sea Reef


The Red Sea Reef of Egypt and Sudan are over 5,000 years old, extending along 1,240 miles of shoreline. The reefs of the Red Sea are some of the most understudied of those found anywhere on Earth. The Red Sea is the world's northernmost tropical sea; ancient Egyptians conducted the earliest known exploration of the Red Sea, as they attempted to establish commercial routes to Punt. Reef systems are better developed along the Red Sea mainly because of its greater depths and an efficient water circulation pattern. 

The Red Sea water mass-exchanges its water with the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean via the Gulf of Aden. The Red Sea was formed by the Arabian Peninsula being split from the Horn of Africa by movement of the Red Sea Rift. This split started in the Eocene and accelerated during the Oligocene. The rich diversity is in part due to the 2,000 km (1,240 mi) of coral reef extending along its coastline; these fringing reefs are 5000–7000 years old and are largely formed of stony corpora and Porites corals. The reefs form platforms and sometimes lagoons along the coast and occasional other features such as cylinders such as the Blue Hole Red Sea at Dahab. These coastal reefs are also visited by pelagic species of Red Sea fish, including some of the 44 species of shark.


Nile River


Nile River the grandfather of all African rivers is the longest river in the world flowing into more than 10 countries in Africa. The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile River in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt. Egypt is one of the oldest agricultural civilizations; the River Nile allowed a sedentary agricultural society to develop thousands of years ago. 

More than 90 percent of Egypt is desert; it has only one main source of water supply, the Nile River. Egyptian agriculture is almost entirely dependent on irrigation. The shortage of Nile waters is a major factor due to Egypt’s agriculture uses around 85 percent of the freshwater resources. Growing water demand, driven by population growth and foreign land and water acquisitions, are straining the Nile’s natural limits.


Sahara Desert


The Sahara Desert encompassing nearly 10 counties high gusting winds are capable of forming sand dunes more than 100 feet high. The world’s largest hot desert and the third largest desert in the world, the Sahara is one of the most unforgiving locations on the planet, covering 8.5 million square kilometers or 3.3 million square miles, about the size of the South American country of Brazil. 

The Sahara makes up 25 percent of the continent of Africa. However, the Sahara is by no means an empty wasteland, desert dwellers work, love and dream on the Sahara’s sand and gravel for a thousand years living with hurricane-force sandstorms and annual rainfall that averages less than an inch a year. The average daytime temperatures can top 130 degrees, by night; however, temperatures can drop to the 40 degrees and plummet below freezing in the mountain areas.


Okavango Delta


The around 68,000 sq km or 17 million acre Okavango Delta marshlands and plains are home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large animals, such as lions and cheetahs, white and black rhinoceros, and the endangered African wild dog. The Okavango swamps form the world's largest inland delta. Mekoro are dugouts made of the trunks and large roots of the sausage trees. These canoes have been used for thousands of years as transportation in the Okavango River delta in Botswana.


The Ngorongoro Crater


Ngorongoro Crater is a natural wonder due to the great variety of Wildlife. Ngorongoro Crater is referred to as Africa's Garden of Eden. The 2009 Ngorogoro Wildlife Conservation Act placed new restrictions on human settlement and subsistence farming in the Crater, displacing Maasai pastoralists, most of whom had been relocated to Ngorongoro from their ancestral lands to the north when the British colonial government established Serengeti National Park in 1959. 

Ngorongoro crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The crater, together with the Olmoti and Empakaai craters are part of the eastern Rift Valley, whose volcanism dates back to the late Mesozoic / early Tertiary periods and is famous for its geology. The property also includes Laetoli and Olduvai Gorge, which contains an important paleontological record related to human evolution.

Mount Kilimanjaro



Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest Mountain
The roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest Mountain. 
The roof of Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest Mountain. Nearly every climber who has summited Uhuru Peak, the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim, has recorded his or her thoughts about the accomplishment in a book stored in a wooden box at the top. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the continent. It towers over 19,300 feet, which is so tall that glaciers can be found at its summit even though the mountain is near the equator.

Mount Kilimanjaro



Other Seven Natural Wonders lists


World Heritage site Victoria Falls in Zambia Africa is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World but, it did not make the list for the New Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

The seven ancient wonders are The Great Pyramid of Giza, which can still be seen today; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; the Statue of Zeus at Olympia; the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus; the Colossus of Rhodes; and the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

The Seven Wonders of the Modern World are the Channel Tunnel, CN Tower, Empire State Building, Golden Gate Bridge, Itaipu Dam, Netherlands North Sea Protection Works and the Panama Canal. All Seven Wonders of the Modern World are man-made structures.

On September 7, 2007, the official New Seven Wonders of the World were announced after more than 100 million votes were cast worldwide, they are the Great Wall of China, Petra, Chichén Itzá, the Statue of Christ Redeemer, the Colosseum, Machu Picchu, and the Taj Mahal. The Seven Natural Wonders of the world are the Aurora Borealis, the Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, Mount Everest, Paricutin and Victoria Falls.


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There are numerous Seven Natural Wonders lists; any list of the Seven Wonders of the World is subjective, based on the individual or group of individuals who developed the list. The mission of Seven Natural Wonders of Africa is to promote and protect the natural wonders of Africa.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Playing Baseball in Africa

Africa Baseball Facts

Africa Baseball Facts


Africa baseball facts begin with playing baseball in Uganda Africa. Lugazi Uganda Little League baseball team is bringing baseball in Africa to the World stage by competing in the 2015 Little League Baseball World Series. The fact that Africa earned a spot on one of baseball's highest stages is no surprise to Africa.




Playing Baseball in Africa


Lugazi Uganda Little League in action playing baseball Africa Baseball Facts
Lugazi Uganda Little League in action 
playing the game they love, baseball


Baseball among Americans more than any other sport is a national pastime; playing baseball in Africa is slowing becoming a Ugandan field of dreams. Competing in Little League baseball’s Middle East and Africa Region in 2012, Uganda became the first African country to travel and compete in the Little League World Series. 

In 2015 Lugazi Uganda Little League team played hard on the baseball field and made it to the World Series again. Lugazi Uganda Little League team won the Europe and Africa Region Championship (MEA), earning a right to compete in the 69th Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Over 10 days, playing 32 games, the Little League Baseball World Series Cinderella story Lugazi Uganda Little League team will hopefully compete and win the 2015 series.


In 2012, the Ugandan team from Lugazi Little League won the MEA Championship. The team made Little League Baseball World Series history, becoming the first team from Africa to compete in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. During the 2012 World Series, the team from Uganda won the Jack Losch World Series Team Sportsmanship Award and finished with one win and two losses. 

Uganda Little League World Series Pitcher Africa Baseball Facts
Uganda Little League World Series Pitcher 2012 



Playing Baseball in Uganda, Africa means a lot of things to a lot of people and to the Lugazi Little League team playing in the Little League Baseball World Series made dreams come true.

In 2012 The New York Yankees players and Manager Joe Girardi hosted the Ugandan Little League team with a private tour of Yankee Stadium. “I just tried to show them around a little bit and spend some time with them,” Girardi said. “It’s a wonderful story. 

It takes everyone back to your Little League days. To watch what these kids accomplished, talking to their coaches; none of them had ever even seen an airplane before or ever traveled before. For them to accomplish what they have is truly amazing.” Maybe in 2015 the Uganda Little League team will meet A-Rod and celebrate his 40th birthday with him in style. 


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Africa Solar Powered Internet Schools

At what point do you give up on a child? Sub-Saharan Africa has made big strides in education over the past two decades. Samsung's Solar Powered Internet Schools Program in Africa provides a technology-rich learning and teaching environment, prosperous countries depend on skilled and educated workers.


Samsung Solar Powered Internet School in Kenya, Africa
Samsung Solar Powered Internet School in Kenya, Africa
Sub-Saharan African governments have combined political will with positive action to get girls and boys into school and provide them with a quality education

The benefits of investing in education in the region are evident and the results are tangible. There is still a very long way to go, 30 million of the world's 58 million out-of-school, primary age children live in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Education is critical for development and helps lay the foundations for social well-being, economic growth and security, gender equality and peace. Prosperous countries depend on skilled and educated workers.

African Solar Powered Internet Schools
African Solar Powered 
Internet Schools ribbon cutting
Every child has the right to go to school. Samsung's Internet Schools Program makes use of mobile devices, e-boards, and educational software for K-12 education and the best part of the learning experience is the devices are solar powered.

Samsung's Solar Powered Internet Schools Program in Africa provides a technology rich learning and teaching environment to K-12 classrooms across five countries in Africa as a pilot program. 

Samsung's solar powered internet schools are located in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan. From 2012-2015 Samsung's goal was to reach 2.5 million children by addressing a common resource challenge faced by rural African communities, access to affordable and reliable electricity. Education helps protect workers from exploitation by increasing their opportunities. Education is a powerful tool.


“But still try, for who knows what is possible?”
-Michael Faraday

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Winter Time in Africa Let's Build a Snowman in Africa

Winter Time in Africa Let's Build a Snowman in Africa

Snowman weather in Africa
Africa has 14 ski resorts since snow falls regularly over parts of Africa. Frosty the snowman would happy in Africa.
Winter Time in Africa

Winter Time in Africa Let's Build a Snowman in Africa


Explore and Understand Africa Through Her Food and Culture




It is winter time in Africa. Skiing, snowboarding, and building a snowman in the South African winter months of June, July and August is a common event.


Frosty the snowman would happy in Africa.
Fashionable African Snowman
It is a common misconception that Africa is hot all the time. In the winter months of June, July and August, snowfall is common in towns in South Africa. 

There is a long standing African feud over snow and ice; Sutherland is considered to be the consistently coldest town in South Africa with temperatures going well below freezing throughout the winter. However, Buffelsfontein Farm in Cape Town South Africa holds the official lowest temperature record in the country of 0 °F. This feud is a long standing controversy to South African Sutherland and Buffelsfontein residents. The feud is on the same level as the US feud between Chicago and New York on who makes the best pizza. 

Sutherland is the coldest town in South Africa, with an average yearly temperature of 52°F. Lowest temperature in Sutherland averages 37 °F.  Buffelsfontein is actually a privately owned farm in Cape Town South Africa holding the official lowest temperature record in the country; it is on this farm where the official record for the coldest night ever in South Africa was recorded, a freezing 0°F. 

Buffelsfontein record was recorded on June 18, 1996 and because of this, the weather service officially calls Buffelsfontein the coldest town in Africa. The coldest temperature recorded in Sutherland was 2°F on July 12, 2003.
In the winter months of June, July and August, snowfall is common in in various towns in South Africa.
Walking to school in the South African snow

Averaging the lowest monthly temperatures from the years 2000-2012, the annual average low temperature in Buffelsfontein was 49°F while Sutherland's was 44°F. 

Sutherland is consistently colder; however, Buffelsfontein holds the record for the coldest day. The debate will continue for the claim to fame of the coldest town in Africa however one fact is clear, it does snow in Africa. 

Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. This tiny Kingdom of Lesotho has a ski resort high on the cold African snowcapped mountains. The ski resort, AfriSki has a ski run down a side of a mountain for snow skiing, snowboarding, and other cold weather mountain sports. 

The AfriSki Resort opened in 2002 and is the highest ski resort in Africa. AfriSki is located in the Eastern Free State of Southern Africa. Lesotho is known as the Kingdom in the Sky due to its highlands where many of the villages can be reached only on horseback, by foot or light aircraft. Frosty the snowman travels to Lesotho Africa each year to enjoy the South African winter snow. 
The tiny kingdom of Lesotho has a ski resort high in the cold snowcapped mountains.
Ready to build a snowman


Where else can you ski and make a snowman in Africa? Algeria, Egypt and Namibia have one ski resort, South Africa has three and Morocco has seven ski resorts in the Atlas Mountains; Oukaïmeden, Michlifen, Jbel Hebri, Azrou, Rif Gebirge, Djebel Bou Iblane, and Hoher Atlas. Regular snowfall has created ice-capped peaks on Kenya's Mount Kenya, Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro; Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains and Ethiopia's Semien Mountains. It's not enough to ski but frosty the snowman would still be happy.


Do you know?

The Dean Martin Let it Snow! Song translated the the South African language of Xhosa

Oo, imozulu ngaphandle iloyiko
Kodwa umlilo uyavuya kakhulu
Kwaye ekubeni asinayo indawo yokuya kuyo
Yeka iqhwa, likhe likhephu, livumele iqhwa
Umntu awubonakali iimpawu zokuyeka
Kwaye ndazisa ingqolowa yepoppin '
Izibane zijike ezantsi
Yeka iqhwa, likhe likhephu, livumele iqhwa
Xa ekugqibeleni sibanga ubusuku obuhle
Ndingayithanda njani ukuphuma kwisiqhwithi
Kodwa ukuba undibambelele
Yonke indlela eya ekhaya ndiya kufudumala
Kwaye umlilo uya kufa
Kwaye, ndithandekayo, sisesehla kakuhle
Kodwa ngokude nje undithandayo
Yeka iqhwa, likhephe iqhwa, nekhephu
Xa ekugqibeleni sibanga ubusuku obuhle
Ndingayithanda njani ukuphuma kwisiqhwithi
Kodwa ukuba undibamba kakuhle
Yonke indlela eya ekhaya ndiya kufudumala
Oo umlilo uya kufa ngokukhawuleza
Kwaye, ndithandekayo, sisesehla kakuhle
Kodwa ngokude nje undithandayo
Yeka iqhwa, likhe likhephu, livumele iqhwa

English

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Man it doesn't show signs of stoppin'
And I brought some corn for poppin'
The lights are turned way down low
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
When we finally kiss good-night
How I'll hate going out in the storm
But if you really hold me tight
All the way home I'll be warm
And the fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we're still good-bye-ing
But as long as you love me so
Let it snow, let it snow, and snow
When we finally kiss good-night
How I'll hate going out in the storm
But if you really grab me tight
All the way home I'll be warm
Oh the fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we're still good-bye-ing
But as long as you love me so
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Traditional Wrestling in Africa

Traditional Wrestling in Africa

Mbeurkatt is the Wolof word for a wrestler, wrestling is a very popular national sport in Senegal.



The mighty Senegalese wrestler Tyson Tyson was the innovator of Senegalese bling bling rockstar wrestling from 1995 to 2002.



Senegalese wrestlers fight with bare hands and without any protection however in traditional wrestling there is no punching, kicking or striking. Senegalese wrestling does not traditionally allow striking blows with the hands but since the 1990’s it is standardized with the Lutte Traditionnelle Sans Frappe and Lutte Traditionnelle Avec Frappe for the striking version. Traditional Senegalese wrestling was designed to measure the strength of men and designate the champion of the village. 

Mbeurkatt is the Wolof word for wrestlers
Mbeurkatt is the Wolof
word for wrestler

Traditional Wrestling in Africa


Senegalese wrestling purists have issues with the Lutte Traditionnelle Avec Frappe striking version and advocate for Senegalese wrestling to return to the more conventional Greco-Roman style wrestling. Today Senegalese wrestling resembles the WWE and MMA rolled into one sport more popular than soccer in Senegal. 

However, Senegalese wrestling has evolved into a widely televised, money-making event and its champions have rock star status. Becoming a popular wrestler, king of the arena and making money is why so many young men enter the sport wrestling for hours a day. Sponsors and developers are willing to pay big money to athletes. 

Mouhamed Ndao alias Tyson Tyson was the star par excellence of Senegalese wrestling from 1995 to 2002. By itself, Tyson Tyson phenomenon is just like Hulk Hogan of the former WWE, he was the most popular fighter in the history of the sport. 

Early WWE superstar Kamala “The Ugandan Giant” was born and raised in the US State of Mississippi, not in Uganda Africa. Promoted as a cannibalistic headhunter from the African jungles, Kamala was one of the most terrifying villains of the WWE during the '80s and '90s, today Kamala who real name is James Harris is living life as a double amputee. 

Senegalese wrestling looks like a simple contest between two big strong men fighting in the sand dressed in loincloths but no wrestler regardless of his strength or technical abilities will enter the ring without his marabout. The marabout in Muslim Africa is believed to have supernatural power. The wrestling competition has many mystical rituals, which are supposed to instill bravery into the wrestler and fear into his opponent.


Mouhamed Ndao alias Tyson Tyson was the star par excellence of Senegalese wrestling
Mouhamed Ndao alias Tyson Tyson of  Senegalese wrestling
The mystical ritual ceremonies are to ward off bad luck before each fight. Before each confrontation the mbeurkatt engages in "Baccou" of singing prowess to intimidate the opponent and seduce the audience dancing to the rhythm of drums. 

Songs, also sung by griots and the appointed cherries, was then called "Ndawrabine". Under the watchful eye of three referees, a fight lasts a few minutes up to 45 minutes and can include a few 5-minute breaks. 

The wrestlers fight with bare hands and without any protection however in traditional lamb there is no striking. The winner is whoever puts his opponent on the ground, whether on his back, butt, stomach, or a combination of hands and knees.  




Did you know
WWE is very popular throughout the world. The WWE Network will be available in the Middle East and North Africa; there is a loyal following in South Africa. 


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