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AFRICAN CULTURE

Africa is a continent, very rich in cultures and traditions. A land which flows with milk and honey. She is blessed with lovely people, nourishing food, fertile lands, animal diversity as well as the individual customs and traditions that set the people apart from the rest of the world.  African culture is expressed in different ways be it in religion, clothing, cuisine, music and languages. So I will be looking at each of these one by one .

Religion.

Africa has a vast variety of religions and beliefs. Majority are very religious people who believe that there is just but a single God worthy of worship but in a diverse way. Some believe that sacrifices to the spirits of their ancestors can protect them from any harm, there are some who believe in voodoos, shrines and other sacred objects. And then there are of course others who are Christians and the Muslims and have a strong belief in God.

Clothing.

African clothing is the traditional wear worn by both men, women and children it comes in different prints, for east Africans they call it kitenge, the Swahili speaking men wear the kanzu, where as the west Africans call it Ankara. This African wears are mostly worn in matching, meaning the shirts match the trousers for men and women either have theirs as a dresses, matching skirts-and-blouse or trousers too.The dashiki is also popularly associated with Africans and it is recognizable as an African look. In Nigeria and other African countries dashikis are worn for comfort in the hot climate, dashiki is a colorful garment that covers the top half of the body.

Cuisine.

When it comes to African food, well they are so yummy, they use a combination of cereal grains, fruits and vegetables, not forgetting meat and dairy products. African food are very spicy. For example, the west Africans must add pepper to their food and most of them can’t miss pepper in their food. As for east Africans, the pepper is prepared separately and added to the food while eating. They do that in consideration of the young children who are not old enough to bear the hotness of the spice and others who might be allergic to pepper.

fufu and egusi
Fufu and egusi soup with assorted meat

 

African delicacies are prepared with the spirit of love, I bet you will surely change your dietary preference after a taste of any African delicacy. To mention a few of these delicacies: Pounded yam and Egusi soup, Jollof rice, fufu and okra soup (from Nigeria), Pilau, Biriani, Matoke, Chapati and Mbaazi (from Kenya), Banku, Kenkey and Kelewele (from Ghana), Injera (from Ethiopia), Braai, Chakalaka and Boerewors (from South Africa) just to mention a few.

This is a summary on African cultures, watch out for more stories on the customs and traditions of African.