African Tales and Folklore

African History: The Yoruba Numerical system

African History: The Yoruba Numerical system

  The Yoruba people;  predominantly found in present day South-west Nigeria developed a complex numeral system that is vigesimal in nature. What is Vigesimal?  Vigesimal is a numerical system based on twenty (20) , it is the opposite of what we have today – which is  the decimal based system, a numerical system that is(…)

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African History Lesson : Yasuke [The African Samurai]

African History Lesson : Yasuke [The African Samurai]

    He was the  first Black Japanese Samurai in history and he was essentially one of the ‘Right Hand Men’ of the war lord of 16th century Japan:  Oda Nobunaga. Yasuke (彌介)  is what they called him, we are not too sure of his actual name but a recent discovery in a 2013 investigation by Discovery of(…)

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  1. Tiffany Birch: If that's not Yasuke in the picture above the article then who is it? Great read.

    • Mr Africa: Hello Tiffany,There are no known photographs of Yasuke, but we decided to use a photograph of one of the earliest…

  2. Historia de África | Yasuke un Samurái negro en el período del Japón feudal.: […] Yasuke [The African Samurai] : http://www.africapublic.com/african-history-lesson-yasuke-the-african-samurai/ […]

  3. Taurus Bailey: Thats not him because there was no photography in the 16th century

  4. Roman Cruz: So there are _two_ black samurai of note?

African Myth’s and Folktale : The Story of the Yoruba Goddess of River – Obba

African Myth’s and Folktale : The Story of the Yoruba Goddess of River – Obba

Ọba [Obba], is the Nigerian and Santarian Goddess of the River, Daughter of Yemaja[Mother Goddess] ; She was Married to Sango [God of Thunder]. The thing is both her sisters were also married to Sango – Oya and Oshun. So a little bit of rivalry existed between the three of them. According to Legend, Oba was(…)

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  1. Ra'sheen Turpin: Santarian, Not Santeria. Read much?

  2. Stormy: In Nigeria, Oya and Oba are also riverine Orisha. There are rivers in Nigeria named after them. So, no, he…

  3. tom: that's wahats wrong wit niggas ...all yall do is argue bout some shit waaaay in the past that somebodu told…

Book Preview – Yrsa Daley-Ward’s Short Story Collection

Book Preview – Yrsa Daley-Ward’s Short Story Collection

She is Half-Nigerian, Half-Jamaican: Isn’t she Lovely? British Based Model/Actress/Poet/Singer Yrsa Daley-Ward is set to release her New Book next Month  titled “On Snakes and Other Stories“. It is a Wonderful Collection of Short Stories, and by the looks of the preview version which i read this morning, you all will Love it. With Bursting(…)

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Send us your Stories or anything that you find interesting!!

Send us your Stories or anything that you find interesting!!

Countdown to christmas; A lot of readers have been asking us when we are going to start accepting content from y’all .. well the time starts now So if you wrote an article or seen one that you like, then email it to us If you also have any funny or interesting story or experience(…)

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Brief History of the Ethopian Empire

Brief History of the Ethopian Empire

    When I run in Ethiopia, I look out and see eucalyptus trees and rivers. – Haile Gebrselassie   The Ethiopian Empire, at one time known as Abyssinia, has been considered to have been in existence from 980 B.C. until 1974, when it was overthrown.  Since that time, the area has been referred to(…)

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African Myth – The Yoruba Creation Story (Nigeria)

African Myth – The Yoruba Creation Story (Nigeria)

Short note – The Yoruba tribe is one of the 3 major tribes in Nigeria, the others being Hausa and Ibo (Igbo). Their creation story is well known in Nigeria and Africa; so read and enjoy. In the beginning was only the sky above, water and marshland below. The chief god Olorun ruled the sky,(…)

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African Titles – Book Spotlight

African Titles – Book Spotlight

Book Spotlight. Akata Witch is about Sunny, who lives in Nigeria, but was born in New York City. She looks West African, but is so sensitive to the sun that she can’t play soccer during the day. She doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. Then she learns why.Her classmate Orlu and his friend ChiChi reveal(…)

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