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Cultural Significance of the Medina of Marrakech

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Exploring the Timeless Charm and Cultural Significance of the Medina of Marrakech.  Medina of Marrakech was founded in 1062 by the Almoravid dynasty famous for its traditional markets. The Medina of Marrakech is the largest and most famous city in Morocco and contains many traditional markets in Jemaa el-Fnaa square.  With thousands of vendors selling everything from textiles to ceramics to food, The Medina of Marrakech is a historic walled city located in the heart of Marrakech, Morocco and is considered one of the most important cultural and historical landmarks in Morocco.  The Medina is surrounded by walls and is divided into a maze of narrow streets, alleys, and squared. It’s walls were built in the 12th century by the Almohad dynasty.  The wall is made of red sandstone and stretches for about 19 kilometers, enclosing an area of approximately 600 hectares. The wall has numerous gates, including the famous Bab Agnaou, Bab Doukkala, Bab el Khemis, Bab el Robb, Bab er-Raha, and Bab A

Bike Life in The Gambia

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Popular Bike riding routes in The Gambia Africa.  Bike riding is a popular activity in The Gambia, with many locals and tourists enjoying the experience of cycling through the country's beautiful scenery. The Gambia is a relatively small country in West Africa and its flat terrain makes it an ideal place for cycling. There are several routes in The Gambia that are popular with cyclists. One of the most scenic is the coastal road that runs from the capital city of Banjul to the Senegalese border. This road offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and passes through several fishing villages and towns. Abuko Nature Reserve is a popular destination for nature lovers, and a bike tour is a great way to explore the reserve's flora and fauna.  The reserve is home to many species of birds, monkeys, reptiles, and other wildlife. The tour takes you through the reserve's trails and provides an opportunity to see the wildlife up clo

Buried in Debt: The High Cost of Funerals In Liberia

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The average cost of a funeral in Liberia is approximately USD 500-1000.  The Gross National Income per person in Liberia is $680. This means that the average person in Liberia earns less than $700 per year but the cost of a funeral is around $500-$1000.  Funerals in Libera cost around $750 USD while the average yearly wage for Liberians is $680 USD.  Funerals are a significant part of Liberian culture, serving as an important opportunity for families and communities to honor and mourn their loved ones. However, the cost of funerals in Liberia is a cause for concern, particularly given the economic challenges faced by many Liberians. According to reports, the average cost of a funeral in Liberia is around $750 USD. This includes expenses such as coffin rental, transportation of the body, burial site fees, and funeral service arrangements.  While this may not seem like a significant amount, it is important to consider that the average yearly wage for Liberians is a

Party in Togo at Vibrant Festivals

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Togo is a small African country with seven major celebrations and festivals taking place throughout the year so the party never ends. TheEpe-Ekpe Ancestry festival,Evala wrestling tournament, Fetes des Tabaski sacrifice celebration, Fetes de Yennenga cultural festival, Fetes des Moissons Harvest festival, Fetes des Esprits voodoo festival, and the Togo Independence Day. Togo is a small country located in West Africa, learn about Togo's festivals and celebrations, The shape of the country and the land size compared to the US, and the five different environmental regions in Togo. Seven major festivals and celebrations that take place in Togo. Togo is a culturally rich country with a diverse mix of ethnic groups, and as such, it has seven festivals and celebrations that are unique to its people. Epe-Ekpe Festival. Epe-Ekpe is a traditional festival celebrated by the Guin ethnic group in the town of Glidji, Togo. It is a festival t

Important Highways in Senegal and The Gambia

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The Trans-Gambia Highway is a major road in West Africa that connects the countries of Senegal and The Gambia. The Trans-Gambia Highway: A Paved Road to Economic Good Health and Development The Trans-Gambia Highway is called so because it is a major highway that connects the two African countries of Senegal and The Gambia, running through the width of The Gambia.  The highway stretches for approximately 1,067 kilometers or 663 miles and is an important transportation link between the two countries, as well as with other parts of the region. Trans-Gambia Highway was completed in 2015, and consists of a two-lane paved road that crosses the Gambia River via the Senegambia Bridge.  The highway starts in the town of Farafenni in the North Bank Region of The Gambia and crosses the Gambia River via the Senegambia Bridge, which was complete

African Food Culture from Jollof to Injera

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From Jollof to Injera: A Journey Through African Food Culture Africa is a vast continent larger than Europe, Antarctica, and Australia combined. Africa is also larger than North and South America combined.  With a continent that large with a diverse range of cultures and food no most popular food is the favorite food throughout Africa.  The ingredients and recipes of the cuisine varies greatly from region to region in Africa. However, if we must choose, five of the most popular African dishes are Jollof rice, Tagine, Injera, Bobotie and NdolĂ©. Jollof Rice is a spicy and flavorful dish made with rice, tomatoes, onions, and a variety of spices. It is a staple dish in West Africa and is often served with chicken, beef, or fish. Tagine is a slow-cooked stew of meat, vegetables, and spices that is a popular dish in North Africa. It is typically served with couscous or bread. Injera is a sourdough flatbread that is a staple in Ethiopian cuisine. It is typically served with stews or curries

Rising Above the Dust the World of Evala Wrestling

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Rising Above the Dust Exploring the Grueling Traditional World of Evala Wrestling. Evala is traditional wrestling that is a physically demanding sport that requires strength, agility, and skill. The Evala Wrestling Festival is an annual cultural festival that takes place in the northern region of Togo, particularly among the Ewe tribes of the Agni and Kabye people. The Evala Festival is usually held during the months of June and July and is a celebration of strength, endurance, and bravery among young Agni and Kabye men. Wrestling is a popular sport in Togo, particularly among the Kabye people, who are known for their strength and physical prowess. There are many reasons why wrestling is so popular in Togo. Wrestling has been a part of the culture of many West African societies for centuries, and it is often seen as a rite of passage for young men. Basic rules of traditional Evala wrestling.

Exploring the Rich Waterways of Africa

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Around 5% of mainland Africa is covered by water, including lakes, rivers, estuaries, bays, straits, gulfs and other bodies of water.  Africa is home to some of the world's largest rivers and lakes, such as the Nile River and Lake Victoria. While up to 60% of Africa is classified as desert or drylands, a total volume of around 626.4 million cubic miles (2.616 billion cubic kilometers) of water surrounds Africa. The water resources of Africa play a vital role in supporting the continent's ecosystems, as well as the lives and livelihoods of millions of people who depend on them for drinking water, agriculture, energy generation, industry and commerce. Water is life Exploring the Rich Waterways of Africa: A Look at the Number and Diversity of Lakes and Rivers on the African Continent. Two oceans border Africa. The five major oceans of the world are the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean, and Arctic Ocean. There are two oceans that border Africa - the Atlan

Queen Mother Yaa War of the Golden Stool

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War of the Golden Stool: The Ashanti Fight for Independence and Cultural Sovereignty Queen Mother Yaa War of the Golden Stool When the British colonial government demanded that the Golden Stool, symbol of Ashanti sovereignty be surrendered to them in 1896 they did not recon on the strong will and bravery of Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa.  Queen Mother Yaa Asantewaa waged war against the British for the demand surrendering of the holy Ashanti Golden Stool.  Ejisu was one of the numerous city-states that made up the Ashanti Empire, a pre-colonial kingdom located in what is now modern-day Ghana. Ejisu was an important city-state in the Ashanti Empire and was the birthplace of Yaa Asantewaa, one of the most famous Ashanti queens. As a city-state, Ejisu had its own ruler known as the Ejisuhene, who held significant power and influence within the Ashanti Empire. The Ejisuhene was respo

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