Cote d’Ivore: The Chocolate Country
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by Jacques Gacheri
4M ago
It is human nature to ponder over philosophical questions. What is the meaning of life? Why is Ivory Coast named so? Can we really know everything? When French and Portuguese merchant-explorers landed on the West African coast in the 15th and 16th century, they divided the land into four coasts. These stretches of land and their names reflected the resources available from each coast. The area that encompasses the modern-day Ivory coast had an abundance of ivory, one of the most sought-after resources. Thus, the name Ivory Coast. The state changed its name from Ivory Coast to Cote d'Ivoire in ..read more
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The Gambia: The Footprint of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
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by Okunola Wemimo
4M ago
Source: CNN The Kunta Kinte Island, formerly the St Andrew Island (because Portuguese explorers buried one of their sailors on the Island), sits at the mouth of River Gambia and welcomes several visitors every year. However, this historic spot holds the darkest history in The Gambia. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to exploit the virtue of The Gambia in the 1400s. Their mission was to export gold, but they found slaves instead. The Mandinka mansas were also anxious to sell and exchange war captives for firearms, leading to the dawn of the cruel transatlantic slave trade in The Gambia ..read more
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Togo, Home of the Fire Dancers
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by Damilola Daramola
4M ago
Togo is the French-speaking nation right on the Gulf of Guinea, nestled between Ghana, Benin, and Burkina Faso. The country’s name, Togo, originates from the Ewe language, which means “house of the sea.” Between the 16th and 18th centuries, the Europeans scouted the region for enslaved people, which earned the country “the slave coast.” The voodoo religion is still a big part of the culture and traditions of the Togolese people, and Fetish markets and traditional remedies can be found in Lomé, the country’s capital. The country is known for its palm-lined villages, mountains, and plateaus. In ..read more
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28Black: Central African Republic
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by Jacques Gacheri
4M ago
If the name did not already give it away, the Central African Republic is a landlocked nation located at the center of the African continent. The country, roughly the size of Texas, is among the few countries globally with a long history of human settlement. The country had inhabitants as far back as 8,000 years ago. Despite years of settlement, societal relationships in the country have always been quite different from those of other African communities. Divisions between distinct groups were fluid even before the arrival of colonial powers. Many thought of themselves as members of a clan rat ..read more
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The European Dream: Shattered Hopes of African Immigrants
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by Jacques Gacheri
4M ago
Africa has been regarded as a continent of mass displacement and migration. This mass migration has always been driven by negative factors affecting the Black African. It started with the Arab slave trade, then the European slave trade. In 2022, Black Africans are still migrating out of Africa, running to the very countries that a century ago enslaved and sold their ancestors. Many migrants risk death or severe injury for what is now known as the European Dream. This dream offers political stability, better education, stable income, and human rights. Unofficial immigration into Europe from Afr ..read more
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Mozambique: Culture, People, Tourism
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by Damilola Daramola
4M ago
Mozambique – located on the southeastern coast of Africa – has a rich culture and tradition, as demonstrated in its art, music, and food. Portuguese is the country’s official language, as the Portuguese colonized Mozambique. The country regained its independence in 1975. The capital city, Maputo is the hub of commerce and cultural center of the country. With its wide range of beaches, urban nightlife scenes, and sidewalk cafes and bars, it is a tourist dream. Mozambique’s cultural traditions vary from province to province. Every culture in the country has a distinct feature that sets them apar ..read more
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The Inestimable Wealth of Zambia
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by Okunola Wemimo
4M ago
The mere mention of Zambia is bound to pop the image of the spectacular Victoria Falls into your mind. By Diego Delso, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73750660 Zambia has an abundance of natural resources. It is the land of the mythical African walking safari, boasts breathtaking water bodies – such as Lake Kariba, and the wild Zambezi River – and has ample wildlife. Did you know Zambia is the second-largest producer of copper in Africa? As we celebrate Black History Month, let us explore the natural wealth of Zambia. Tourism In 2019, Zambia made $849 million fro ..read more
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Angola, the Paris of Africa
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by Damilola Daramola
4M ago
Located in Southern Africa, Angola is a former Portuguese colony that gained its independence in 1975 and has been riddled with civil war from that point up until 2002. After years of civil war, Angola is recovering and now has one of the fastest-growing economies globally. The country is slowly but surely emerging as one of the major economic powerhouses in Africa. Portuguese is its official language, setting it apart from neighboring African countries. Music is a massive part of the country’s culture. Angola has a wide range of beautiful music, mainly folklore genres like Kuduro, Kizomba, an ..read more
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Burkina Faso: The Land of Honest Men
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by Okunola Wemimo
4M ago
Source: Quartz Africa Burkina Faso, home to some of the oldest human settlements in Africa, is a blend of multiple ethnic groups and languages. Although French is the lingua franca, Burkina Faso has over 60 ethnic groups spread across the country speaking Gur languages (related to the Mossi languages), Fulani, and Mande languages. The “Land of the honest men,” as the name Burkina Faso translates, is also home to the largest elephant population in West Africa. Burkina Faso is unarguably a welcoming country. In fact, the country’s capital, Ouagadougou means “You are welcome here at home with us ..read more
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The Rise of Nigeria's Fashion and Oil Mogul, Folorunsho Alakija
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by jobbeeacademy
4M ago
Folorunsho Alakija is a Nigerian billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist making waves in the fashion, oil, real estate, and printing industries! She's the Group Managing Director of The Rose of Sharon Group, which includes The Rose of Sharon Prints & Promotions Limited and Digital Reality Prints Limited. She also serves as the executive vice-chairman of Famfa Oil Limited. With An Estimated Net Worth Of $1 billion As Of 2020, Alakija Is Not Only The Richest Woman in Nigeria But Also Ranks Among The World's Most Powerful Women. According to Forbes, in 2015, she was listed as the second ..read more
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