Chic African Culture Africa Factbook

Did you know?

1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. The Republic of the Congo is one of the most urbanized countries in Africa.

Death By Honey African Folklore

Folklore story of Koelle who has two wives, one wife brought him honey and the other wife was selfish is the traditional beliefs and story of a home where honey caused the death of a wife.

Dying Over Honey African Folklore.

Koelle had two wives. One day both went to fetch firewood together.

The younger discovered some honey.

The wives harvested the honey and when they had finished, both sat down and ate heartily.

The older wife paused eating the honey after a while and set some aside.

When they both were done eating, they went to finish collecting their firewood. When they rose up, the younger wife saw the elder one had some honey in her hand; she said, "Why did you not ask my permission to eat and set aside?

"The elder said," You have given birth to no children, and have only a husband to take care of, and you ask why I did not seek your permission? You should have remembered your husband. As for me, I am saving honey for my husband."

The younger wife looked hard at the older wife but did not say a word, and went on collecting and bundling up the firewood.

The elder wife stored the honey in large leaves and also collected and bundled up her firewood.

Both wives started for home.

On reaching home, the elder went to her house and the younger to hers. The elder went indoors, and found the husband there and gave him the honey. He ate and said, "Thank you my thoughtful wife." He went on eating until he had finished eating all of the honey.

He immediately went out and ran quickly to the house of the younger wife. He was full of hope, saying in his heart, “Since this woman brought me honey, she will have brought much more; for she knows I love her best.”

He went in and sat down. He remained sitting a long time; but his second wife did not bring forth any honey.

At length he asked, "Where is the honey?

"She answered, "I have not brought any.

He was hurt that the wife he loved best did not think to bring him any honey and said “You thoughtless, selfish woman! He stood up and pushed her hard against the fireplace where she stuck her head on a stone and died.

He buried her with her favorite necklace made of beads and feathers thinking this kind act would satisfy the earth gods and forgive him for the life he took.

When he had buried her, a few feathers fell from her necklace and turned into a bird.

The bird flew around the village saying, “I am the wife of Koelle, I have not run away, I was killed by his hands when he was asking me about the honey. “

The husband was perplexed how this little bird knew the truth of his evil deed saying, “What can I do to the bird? It constantly annoys me and is telling the entire village what I did!" He thought in his heart, and said, “I will kill it now and put it in my bag." He threw at it and killed it, and put it in his bag, and fastened it firmly with the string, and went on his way.

At length he reached his second wife's village. When he arrived, they were dancing.

He was tired, wanted to rest awhile before joining in on the dance, and untied his bag.

He had forgotten the bird, which he had placed in it. As soon as he untied it, the bird came out, flew around the village saying, “I am the wife of Koelle, I have not run away, I was killed by his hands when he was asking me about the honey. “

The dancing stopped and asked Koelle, "What does the bird say?”

He nervously replied, "I do not know, the bird lies! Besides she was a selfish wife who did not bring me honey!"

They killed Koelle for he admitted the bird spoke the truth.

Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet=
Folklore storytelling is the most ancient art form of the African Community.
Time and effort must be given to becoming an African folklore storyteller, just as any artist must give time and effort to developing their skill.
African folklore is as old as Africa herself with a deep appreciation for antiquity expressed in artistic form.

Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

This Week’s Best Posts and Pages

Exploring the Rich Waterways of Africa

What is the difference between ugali and fufu

Rising Above the Dust the World of Evala Wrestling

Using Amen and Ashe or Ase

African cultures express, encourage, and communicate energy

Support African History and Culture

Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet are dedicated to discovering, collecting and sharing African history and heritage celebrating 14 years of service in 2021. Share and support in the pride of being part of an important cultural and educational resource.

Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My father and mother are historians of African culture and history and their influence expanded my activities to several best-selling cookbooks, magazine columns, self-branded products, and a popular African culture and food blog.

Chic African Culture

Be better than average and support African history and culture. Since 2008 Chic African Culture and The African Gourmet highlight Africa through her food and culture. Contact us

More LOVE from Africa to Read About