The African Magazine

Soumanou Salifou
Founder, Publisher and CEO

American women’s double standard

By Soumanou Salifou The student advisor at the American embassy back home in Africa had warned me that I would have to adjust to American culture on and off campus. And I tried to...

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"The African" Magazine

Cultural gap

My 13-year old son came home from school at 3 o’clock one rainy afternoon and realized that he had left his key in his locker at school. He called me up in the office...

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"The African" Magazine

An African in Paris

By Soumanou Salifou An airline employee’s incompetence (or ignorance) caused me to spend one day and one night in Paris during my latest trip back from Africa to the United States, instead of the...

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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...

Bororo woman

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...

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...