Africa The Motherland
Africa and its culture is incredibly interesting because it is so diverse. A lot of our culture centers around family and tradition.
Each and every African country is a mix of tribes each with their own unique language and traditions. Africa is the second largest continent and the second most-populous continent which includes 54 individual countries, with South Sudan as the continent’s newest country.
When Africa is featured in the news, the coverage usually focuses on only the negative.
We have all seen the pictures of poverty, the starving children, the run down houses and streets, the illnesses, the fighting.
Never are we shown the beautiful beaches, wealth, landscapes, traditional wear, churches, mosques, waterfalls, national parks……the list goes on and on!
Furthermore, some people have the bad habit of referring to Africa as one big country! *Grrrrr*
Usually, this is what you are shown – Most often not even huts as nice as this:
What you won’t see are homes like these:
Arts & Crafts
Africa has a wide selection of arts and crafts, commonly in the form of woodcarvings, brass, jewelry and leather.
There are regional, cultural and ethnic distinctions in the various traditional wear which helps express the tribe’s identity. The traditional dress always has it’s own name, and it’s colours are usually bright.
In West Africa, the caftan or boubou has also been widely adopted.
The Boubou can be worn both as formal or informal attire.
Africans love meat, chicken and spicy food. You can be sure that the dishes you eat are enriched with a base of tomatoes, onions and hot peppers.
A lot of the food also contains starch. I love RICE! Rice with Chicken! Jollof rice is the best thing in the world.
Starchy plants are plentiful and easy to grow, which makes them inexpensive. There is a wide choice of tropical fruit available such as avocado, mango, melons, coconuts, citrus, grapes and pineapple.
Don’t confuse plantains with bananas. Plantains are larger, have a thicker peel and are much less sweet than bananas.
African music is very captivating, with the drum at its’ center. Drums are played by hand in a loud manner, allowing it to be heard clearly as a solo instrument over a large percussion ensemble.
The roles of music and dance are tightly woven together.
Traditional music is used to help mark the important moments in life such as births, deaths, weddings, and other celebrations.
Many cultures use song and dance to ward off evil spirits, or even pay respects to good spirits, the dead, and ancestors.
There is so much to see, enjoy, and learn from Africa. Don’t rely on everything you see in the media or read on Google.
There are many people out there who can share their experiences with you (like me)!
give you advice and tips of what to expect, depending on what country in Africa you are travelling to.
Countries In Africa I Have Lived In Or Visited
- Ivory Coast
- Sierra Leone
- Burkina Faso
ONLY 14 OUT OF 54! LOL – I wonder if I will ever get to visit all of them.
In Africa you can enjoy modern development, African culture, and outdoor attractions.
Wildlife that you will find nowhere else in the world. Home to the River Nile, the longest river in Africa second longest in the world.
Africa The Motherland
Africa is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones.
The second largest continent in the world, Africa accounts for about 14.2 percent of the world’s human population and makes up about 22 per cent of the world’s total land area.
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