Society and Culture

Life of a Blind Somali Child

Life of a Blind Somali Child

“Sometimes my eyes hurt really bad and I can’t see well. It usually happens when I do some strenuous work so I get a big headache. I run to my quiet place and do and think of nothing. My headache usually goes away after that. I’ve seen it happen with my uncle and he became(…)

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Being an Adult can be quite Boring.

Being an Adult can be quite Boring.

  Remember what your childhood was like before you adopted the sedentary lifestyle with your ‘super fast’ wi-fi and HD television? Remember when you had endless energy? I remember playing football/soccer for 4 hours and then more, getting upset when my aunt called me back inside the house. “Haven’t you had enough? Don’t you get(…)

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Reconnecting with African culture on screen – Beyonce Lemonade

Reconnecting with African culture on screen – Beyonce Lemonade

From my perspective over the last decade it seems like there has been a recent wave of ‘reconnection’ between African American Artists and their African Roots. In recent cases, Afro beat Artists  (especially from Nigeria) have been provided a platform to work with popular African American artists on hit songs. The most recent example is(…)

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Girl with Ocean Eyes

Girl with Ocean Eyes

Location: Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo We met this young girl while travelling in the city of Kananga, Democratic Republic of Congo. Her piercing blue eyes immediately caught my attention and I had to capture them with a picture. I later learned that she most likely has Waardenburg syndrome, a condition often characterized by piercing blue eyes and(…)

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The Brain Drain problem in Africa.

The Brain Drain problem in Africa.

                    The widening gap in science and technology between Africa and other continents is worrying.  Data from the International Organisation for Migration states that over 300,000 highly qualified professionals reside outside Africa, meaning that their skills are currently utilised for the benefit of foreign countries. This(…)

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16th Century Ivory Carved Art from the Kingdom of Benin Depicting Portugese Explorers and their Ships

16th Century Ivory Carved Art from the Kingdom of Benin Depicting Portugese Explorers and their Ships

  The beauty of African Art, here is a 16th century Ivory carved Salt cellar art from the Benin Kingdom in present day Nigeria. This carving represents the Portugese explorers who came to the region to trade commodities such as Ivory, Pepper and Palm Oil for European Guns. I am quite amazed by the intricate(…)

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Rebellion is Good – The Maroon People

Rebellion is Good – The Maroon People

The word “Maroon” actually has its birthplace in Latin vocabulary and it primarily means run-away or Fugitive. Today Maroons are scattered all over the globe depending on the circumstances surrounding the escape from slavery by their ancestors.  There are Maroons in Jamaica, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, Suriname, Haiti, Puerto Rico e.t.c. These group of people were(…)

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African Culture Insight – Ethnic Toposa women

Ethnic Toposa women in goat skins, sleeping cloths, and rosaries in Namorupus village, southern Sudan (now South Sudan). (Photographer: George Steinmetz – ASA). Fun Fact: They have traditionally lived by herding cattle, sheep and goats, and in the past were involved in the ivory trade. They have a tradition of constant low-level warfare, usually cattle(…)

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New Slaves : A word of advice.

New Slaves : A word of advice.

  Slavery is physical, slavery is psychological, slavery is financial. Institutional racism promotes financial slavery. Occupational stagnation and lower wages keeps us in our place, literally. You can’t move out the hood if you can’t afford to live in the white areas. If you want better then you will have to take a huge student(…)

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