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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...

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...

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...

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...

Pilgrimage to Goree

By Soumanou Salifou Gorée is a small island two miles away from Senegal’s capital, Dakar. The uninhabited island was discovered by the Portuguese in 1444 while en route to the Indies. The Portuguese later...