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Hamar Tribe Beauty and Cattle Leaping

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Hamar Tribe Beauty and Cattle Leaping

The Hamar tribe of the Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia is an ancient tribe with a unique cattle leaping ritual.

Cattle and other livestock are at the heart of Hamar life. 

Hamar men come of age by leaping over a line of about 15 cows and castrated the bull. In order to come of age, the man must leap across the line four times. 


At the end of the leap, he is blessed and sent off with the Maza who shaves his head and make him one of their alumni. It is an important ritual that qualifies him to marry, own cattle and have children.

There is usually several days of nonstop dancing, eating grilled meats and drinking beer. Hamar tribe women and men want to look beautiful so they use red-ochre clay and animal fat to braid and color their hair. 




On the afternoon of the leap, fellow pledgees’ female relatives make loud pleas to be whipped as part of the ceremony cattle leaping ceremony to show physical and emotional support.

One outcome of the cattle jumping rit…

African Proverb - To get lost is to learn the way

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To get lost is to learn the way
Five reasons getting lost can be a good thing. Getting lost is an uncommon opportunity to benefit from hands-on learning of the practical real-world lessons. Being lost can teach you more than what you can learn in a classroom.

Five reasons getting lost can be a good thing
1. You will learn to trust a higher power as well as yourself and find what was lost inside you.
2. You will become more resourceful by letting people inside learning it is never too late to find your way out.
3. You will have a new perspective on your life and the lives of others.
4. You will learn to truly listen to your inner voice, your internal spirit and other people.
5. You will find a new adventure, a good story and learn an important lesson. 



To get lost is to learn the way


Search



Wander



Get lost




Find yourself in the end




Getting lost is just another way of saying going exploring. To get lost is to learn the way to find yourself in the end then you will understand how to hear an…

Facts about the Slave Trade in Africa

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Facts about the Slave Trade in Africa

Nearly 40% of Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Gabon were imprisoned Africans were enslaved on bights and were sold to the present day US State of Virginia. Many of these captives were Igbo, a people living in the area north what is now Nigeria.



Western Africa's Bight of Bonny African Slave Trade

The Bight of Bonny is a bay in the warm waters of the Gulf of Guinea. The Gulf of Guinea is the bay the northeastern most part of the tropical Atlantic Ocean off the Western African coast. Bight is an Old English word for the Modern English word bay or bends. The Bight of Biafra was renamed the Bight of Bonny after the Biafra War in 1972. 
Between the 16th and the 19th century, nearly one fifth of the enslaved Africans brought to colonial America were from African regions based mainly on the ports of Brass, Bonny, Opobo and Calabar in Nigeria. 
The Slave Coast in the 18th and 19th century transatlantic slave trade was the section of the coast of th…

You Can't Make an Ungrateful Person Happy

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You Can't Make an Ungrateful Person Happy
Better to not try to make an ungrateful person happy
The African proverb, When a person is carrying someone on his back, the one being carried gets tired before he does teaches you can not make an ungrateful person happy because they don't care about all the good things you've done for them.



Ungrateful People

You Can't Make an Ungrateful Person Happy“When a person is carrying someone on his back, the one being carried gets tired before he does” – African Proverb



Five signs of an ungrateful person


Never feel satisfied Nothing fills them up, even if they achieve a goal or get something they want. It seems like they have an insatiable appetite. They just never feel full.

Feel entitled Ungrateful people expect to be given everything from everyone no matter how trivial or absurd. They feel a sense that the world owes them something. The person is likely to blame others for the disappointment, which reinforces their sense of entitlement.

Bit…

Yoruba village communities, art, religion and Yoruba civil wars

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Yoruba village communities, art, religion and Yoruba civil wars
Let’s learn about the people, religion and Yoruba civil wars of Nigeria role in the slave trade for a well-round view of the Yoruba people of Nigeria. But first a short true false quiz.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa? True or False True

False

The brass and bronze used by Yoruba artisans was a significant item of trade? True or False True

False

Eastern Yorubaland in Nigeria Africa bore the most important African sculptor of the 20th century, Olowe of Ise? True or False True

False

Oduduwa, was regarded as the creator of the earth and the ancestor of the Yoruba kings? True or False True

False

Nigeria became an independent nation in 1960? True or False True

False

Ife remains the religious center of Yoruba people? True or False True

False


Yoruba village communities, art, religion and Yoruba civil wars of Nigeria.
Who are the Yoruba?

The history of the peoples that constitute the present country of Nigeria dates back more …

Making African Food Vegetable Spicy Peanut Sauce

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Making African Food Vegetable Spicy Peanut Sauce

Peanuts are rich in oil and protein and are a nutrient-dense food. Especially in the developing regions of Zambia, the peanut plays an important role both as income and food crop.


Making African Food Vegetable Spicy Peanut Sauce
Ingredients
3 cups broccoli florets
1 thinly sliced red bell pepper
1 chopped hot pepper (optional)
¼ cup vegetable stock
¼ cup water
¼ cup smooth peanut butter
2 teaspoons minced garlic cloves

Directions
Whisk water, peanut butter, and garlic cloves together in bowl. Add broccoli, red bell pepper, and vegetable stock in large pot covered, over high heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add sauce to pot and simmer over medium-high heat until thickened, about 30 seconds. Return vegetables to pot and cook until well coated, about 30 seconds. Serve warm over rice.

About Peanuts in Africa


The African country of Zambia Growing Peanuts


Despite its beauty, the poverty rate in Zambia is around 27 percent, most people…

Organic Coconut Chips Recipe

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Organic Coconut Chips Recipe
Learn how to quickly and easily crack open a coconut and enjoy freshly made organic baked coconut chips.
Coconuts are not indigenous to Africa but have found the perfect home to grow in Africa’s Madagascar and coastal countries of east Africa.


Organic Coconut Chips Recipe


Ingredients 1 coconut 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar (optional) ½ teaspoon paprika (optional)

Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Then use a corkscrew or screwdriver and a hammer to pierce the eyes. Strain water through a fine sieve into a glass or bowl to allow the coconut water to drain out.
Place the coconut in a sturdy plastic bag and smash it on a hard surface like a floor or concrete driveway.
Separate coconut flesh from shell, rinse and dry coconut. Using a vegetable peeler, remove strips from edges.
Place the coconut strips on a baking sheet in a single layers, season with salt and paprika and bake until toasted, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and enjoy!


Did you know?
Coconut w…

Sautéed Chicken Wings with Shito Hot Sauce

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Sautéed Chicken Wings with Shito Hot Sauce
Sautéed Chicken Wings with Shito Ghanaian pepper sauce recipe. Shito is Ghana’s much-loved hot sauce.


Sautéed Chicken Wings with Shito Hot Sauce

Ingredients 2 pounds chicken wings 2 cups tomato puree 10 dried hot chilies 1 tablespoon shrimp paste 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 teaspoon ground ginger ½ teaspoon cumin 1/4 cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Season chicken wings with black pepper and salt, place in a large resealable plastic bag. Add remaining ingredients into a food processor and mix well. Add sauce into the bag with the chicken wings, seal and coat. Marinate at least 3 hours. In a large fry pan sauté wings on medium-low 30 minutes. Serve with a side salad or grilled vegetables.






Fumo Liyongo African Swahili Hero Poet

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Fumo Liyongo African Swahili Hero Poet
African Hero Poet.
Fumo Liyongo was an African Swahili supernatural mythological hero, the son of African royalty. The mighty African hero Liyongo was an invincible poet a standing over eight feet tall. The mystical powers and supernatural abilities of the African hero Liyongo are told in many African Swahili poems.

Fumo Liyongo African Swahili Hero Poet.



Fumo Liyongo means strong spear.At the heart of many of the world's most enduring myths and legends is a bigger than life hero who triumphs over obstacles. Fumo Liyongo was famous throughout the land. He was a strong young man, beautiful and tall, he was so special he could not be compared to any other human. Apart from the exaggerated physical features, Liyongo is also described as humble, respectful and obedient. Liyongo is similar to the tales told of the USA’s Paul Bunyan and John Henry. Liyongo and Paul Bunyan are larger than life mythical folk heroes who symbolize strength. Swahili hero …

African fathers deserve to be praised

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African fathers deserve to be praised

Every day, our culture transmits the message that African dads are not involved in their child's life. Black fathers tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to being appreciated.
African fathers deserve to be praised 365 days of the year.


Father's Day is a special day of celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood and the influence of fathers in the world. 


The idea for Father's Day originated in the United States and has been officially celebrated on the third Sunday in June since 1966.



The general perception in the world is that the African fathers does not exist however, many black African fathers play an active role in their children’s lives spending more time in their children's day-to-day lives than any other race.


A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.

Fatherhood Quotes
He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. -Clarence Budington Kellan…