The African Magazine

Soumanou Salifou

About The African

  Just as John H. Johnson in November 1942 founded Negro Digest (which later became Ebony) to fill the information vacuum about Afro-Americans in the United States, Soumanou Salifou, who came from Benin, West Africa to the United...


Polygamy in Africa

  Polygamy is still part of the African cultural environment today. It is openly practiced in countries such as Senegal where it is legal. Men find a way to practice it in one form...


African proverbs

Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe wrote in his famous novel Things Fall Apart that “proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.” Palm oil is the main companion of yams, a common food staple in...


The Bororo of Northern Nigeria

BY USMAN TANIMU The Bororo are the cattle-rearing mobile tribe of Fulani stock who live in the outskirts of virtually all the major towns and cities of the Hausa-dominated Northern Nigeria. They are a...

Sofia, left, is counseled by one of her aunts.

A dowry ceremony in Benin

By Amina Sidiki Sofia Aly (maiden name Salifou), 33, an accountant, got legally married a couple of years ago to Osséni Aly, a bank employee. Soon thereafter, they had a baby-girl. The couple got...

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Evala initiation wrestling in Togo

  BY JEAN-BAPTISTE BAT Evala, an initiation ritual, is a crucial stage in the growth of the young man in the Kabye ethnic group in Togo, West Africa.  In the Kozah province, 260 miles...

Djimon Hounsou signs the book after receiving a distinction in his home country Benin

Movie star Djimon Hounsou’s homecoming

BY LOU SIFA Djimon Hounsou, the American movie star originally from Benin, West Africa who rose to fame thanks to his role in Steven Spielberg’s 1997 film Amistad, and later gained increased popularity with his critically-acclaimed......

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And they return home to Africa

And they return home to Africa

BY USMAN MAMA Jah Eliajah Adanjah and his wife, Jah Evejah, are descendants of slaves from Guadeloupe who settled in Benin, West Africa, several years ago. They are the founders of a Service Corps...