African Food Recipe of the Week

This video is by Juka who is a model and actress who is trying to become a celebrity chef. I thought the recipe looked good. Not sure if it is the same ingredients my mother uses, but it still seemed delicious. Food is one major way that people are able to keep their culture alive. There are some things like the language, traditions, and especially recipes that makes one have pride for their culture. Every culture no matter where or what they do is rich in history and it is important to make sure  that culture lasts and is never forgotten.

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A Days Work

When we think of a days work, many of us imagine sitting at a  desk in nine to five job or possibly working part-time at a less than comfortable wage. But how many of us think of waking up at 3am or 4am to do a days worth of physical work. Labor… something that actually took physical strength and skill. I don’t know about you, but I know that I haven’t seen the inside of a gym in over a year. As I educate myself on worldwide cultures, I have gained a greater respect for the way of life that I have. Some of the boys in the picture do not look a day over twelves years old. Think back on the things you did at twelve. Myself…I did not even have to consider working to provide for my family.

These were our beginnings. Don’t sit there and think that we have evolved. Instead think about what we have forgotten. Think about our surplus. Despite this financial crisis think about how much we actually have. The luxury of not having to labor. The conveniences that are available to us. The beauty in simplicity. These things we no longer appreciate. I think of the feeling of accomplishment that these young men must feel after a big catch and I wonder how many times in my life will I be able to have that same feeling.

SIERRA LEONE – THE WORLD IS AWFUL, MAKE A DRESS


The United Nations considers Sierra Leone the world’s least developed state. In the ten-year civil war that started in 1991, machete-wielding, drug-taking child soldiers were its specialty. Frankly, there is no way of linking that to these pretty pictures, except they all occurred within the same borders.

These were shot by 29-year-old Katrina Manson, the first person ever to write a guide book on the country. When we saw these yesterday, our shallow fashion reflex was all “Wow, hmmm, fresh, the sort of thing that Paris Vogue would do but cheaper.” The outfits were designed by 25-year-old Adama Kai, whose Aschobi Designs label is the first Western-style imprint to set up in the country. Kai was born in New Jersey, moved to Sierra Leone at four, then later trained in New York and Paris. But she has now moved back to Sierra Leone and declared in a recent interview: “In the same way that Ralph Lauren stands for America, Chanel for France, and Versace for Italy, I want Aschobi to stand for African fashion.”

Article Source: Vice Magazine
Authors: DARYOUSH HAJ-NAJAFI (photos Katrina Manson)

Bi-weekly Videopress: African agricultural group heads meet at UN – Press TV News

This video is a presstvmobile youtube upload. This meeting took place this past Friday, October 7th in New York. In this video they discuss “the continents rampant poverty and desperation for food.” This is no new idea. However, these members seem very determined to create farming that will help the continent become self-sufficient while keeping food and medical aid out of terrorist hands.

Since I am just beginning this blog, it may look a bit disorganized until I figure out exactly how I am going to set everything up. With that statement, I think I would like to put up at least two videos per week about current African news or events. I hope you enjoy the variety of selections.

I have found many different tribal reminiscent items in the House of Harlow brand. Am I  the only one who is noticing this new trend towards all things ethnic and tribal. It is a great thing in my opinion. But I can’t help but wonder why now this obsession with ambiguous shapes and colors. I am reminded of the history that once said that that these foreign designs were that of savages–of course aside from the countries in which these fashions came. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful thing to see the mainstream fashion industry adapting to and glorifying the beauty of tribal fashion.

Freetown, Sierra Leone

My roots. My far removed history that I am trying to reclaim. It is important to know your history. Not to perpetuate the abhorrent practice of ethnocentrism, but to know  from where your ancestors came. It teaches one to be grateful as well as to understand the struggles and or blessings in your family history.