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Facts about Ghana

The name Ghana was adopted from the ancient West African kingdom of Ghana which flourished between 750 and 1068AD and was located in what is now southern Mauritania and western Mali. It is believed that the Akan of modern day Ghana originally came from the area of this ancient empire. 

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8 Ancient Secrets for Long Healthy Hair

It is often said that with slavery came a depletion in knowledge of hair maintenance. However, traditional African techniques of hair maintenance are actually being used as we speak! Here are some new and old favourites.

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African Inspired Wedding Invitations

I am Absolutely in Love with Bibi Invitations…

Bibi Invitations, a Winnipeg, Canada based African Wedding Invitation Company, is the brain child of 2 female Nigerian entrepreneurs that made a decision to create a collection of wedding invitations that was a reflection of their bold an effervescent nature as Africans.

Ify, a multimedia designer whose love for sumptuous African fabrics such as Aso Oke, Kente, Akwete, Ankara, Bogolanfini (Mud cloth) has evolved to the creation of their exquisite collection of invitations.

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Famous African Proverbs by Neva (Afritorial)

Wisdom is wealth! One thing I respect deeply about Africa is the treasure of wisdom our ancestors have handed down to us. While some of our leaders may have forgotten them, the rest of us don’t need to. From prudent sayings on wisdom itself, to judicious encouragements, warnings and even quirky advice on learning, patience, unity, wealth, poverty, community, family, love and marriage, these quotes will inspire you to be the best you can possibly be. – Neva

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Lilie Design From Gabon

Lisianne design

Lisiane, the founder, draws her inspiration from her multicultural background; born in Gabon (Central Africa), and growing up in South of France, Lisiane now finds herself living in London, having moved to England in 2006.  These three countries have defined who she is today and, inspired by her background and experience of these very different cultures, Lilie Design was brought to life.  

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A Typical Yoruba Wedding Attire

Bride and Groom Attire

In a typical Yoruba marriage, Aso-Oke is fabric of choice. It is the Yoruba ceremonial cloth. It is considered the pinnacle of all fabrics for Yoruba people on occasions like weddings, birthdays, celebrations of life of deceased parents, chieftaincy title ceremonies, and any other important commemorations.

This Aso-Oke is hand woven with special thread that has been soaked in home-made dye. That was before this age of new technology. The three main colours of Aso-Oke fabrics are:

  • Al’aari: rich maroon
  • Etu: navy blue
  • Sanyan: very light brown with strips of cream

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Nigeria: Home Away From Home by Brian Botts

I’m an American and I love the United States of America. I’m proud of where I was born and raised. But this post isn’t going to be about that. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to many places throughout the world. I have fond memories of so many people I’ve met and so many instances I’ve been a part of.

Nigeria isn’t just a place I’ve traveled to. This has become a home away from home to me. I lived there off and on for many years and it is a Country that I not only care about, but a place where I want to see it’s potential reached. And I have committed myself to being a part of that solution in the years to come. (more…)

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Afro Juju by Sir Shina Peters

If you have never heard of Sir Shina Peters, then you are definitely not Nigerian. Let me tell you a little something about him.

Oluwashina Akanbi Peters, popularly known as ‘Sir Shina Peters’ is a Nigeria Afro-juju musician. He was born in Ogun State on the 30th of May, 1958. He started his career in collaboration with General Prince Adekunle, playing the guitar, then formed his group with Segun Adewale. Sir Shina Peters later went on to form his own band called “Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars” through the 1980s after releasing various albums with Segun Adewale. Sir Shina Peters is a well-recognised symbol of music evolution in Nigeria. Popularizing one of Africa’s most important genres, he is seen as a force for great musical movements. (more…)

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