African Head Wraps or Scarfs is popularly worn by Africans, most Africans wear heard wraps, scarf with a complete ensemble, outfit or on its own.

 

They are called Duku in the Ghanaian language,  Gele by Nigerians… 

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African Head Wraps are always very colourful and look very pretty on all women. We love head wraps how about you?

Even though head gears like Gele are often worn during wedding and special occasion, one can wear head wrap any time with any African print. Read more:- article, blog

In other words, no particular skills is needed for head wrap as there’s no wrong or right way. It just has to be decent and nice.

 

Accra Fashion Week / Ghana
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The mission of TheAfricanDream.net to tell the stories of Africa and Africans from an African perspective led to the initiation of the ‘Heroes of COVID-19’ writing series in April 2020.

The series celebrates individuals and organizations in defiance of the Coronavirus Pandemic carrying out their functions to fight the deadly virus, like Mr. Emmanuel Kulu Jnr. who is our January 2021 COVID-19 hero.

Mr. Emmanuel Kulu Jnr., an African Historian and Author of Cameroon’s Zulu/Bantu Tribe is also a career social worker deeply passionate about history and creative arts. Kulu began his professional creative career in 2015 with film writing and acting. Some of his early roles were in films like The Rize & Fall of Tephlon Ent., Bug Love, and The First Purge.

Emmanuel Kulu Jnr. (right) with his father Emmanuel Kulu Snr (left) in file photo

In more recent years, Kulu turned his focus to his African lineage. After several years of deep study and research of great African kingdoms, he drew his attention to ancient Egypt, which serves as the monarch of African Studies and Antiquities.

What made Kulu a great fit for our ‘Heroes of COVID-19‘ January 2021 pick was his deep questioning of the validity of prior novel and film depictions of ancient Egyptians who were, in fact, African people.

As an African Historian, Kulu has traveled around for lectures, seminars, and conferences on the miseducation of African history at various high schools, colleges, and universities, a great service TheAfricanDream.net feels is badly needed, especially for the youths who might be distracted by prolonged exposure to the wrong kinds of media owing to the pandemic lockdown.

See both sides of the spectrum, and bridge the gaps between

Based on his thorough research, Kulu created a historical fiction based on true events in writing. These works were “I, Black Pharaoh: Rise to Power (2020)” and “I, Black Pharaoh: Golden Age of Triumph (2021)“. Both novels restore the true African imagery of Ancient Egypt, which is known as Kemet.

TheAfricanDream.net recognized Kulu’s nonprofits engagements in the development of African history and asked him what was the inspiration behind what he did.

Beginning with a faint pride smile in his voice, he said “As an African living in America, I was subjected to a Eurocentric Curriculum, but thankfully my African father, Emmanuel Kulu, Sr. raised me in line with the glorious achievements of ancient Africa.”

That upbringing with a heavy devotion to who I am as an African led me to pursue the need to educate those that have been misled on their African history in the western world. Yes it was going to be a Herculean task, but all big tasks have small beginnings, and I saw my opportunity to begin in my small way through my writings,” Kulu said.

The need to correct the many misinformation in African history has been a major concern to teachers of African history in America, indeed.

Kulu saw a responsibility there to contribute his bit to fixing this error by being an ambassador of Africa in the Diaspora. What better person for this all-important task than a man whose father is a Bantu descent of Zulu extraction. and a mother (Betty Kulu) who is African-American.

I was able to see both sides of the spectrum, and bridge the gaps between the two,” Kulu told TheAfricanDream.net of his parents’ influence on him – his father played for the Indomitable Lions in the early ’70s — national football team of Cameroon.

Lets all now go back to Kemet amidst COVID-19 and teach the love of Africa

This history adventurer needs to leave their comfort zone to do best what he does because he wants to impact the African diaspora in ways that will make them look at themselves with pride and no longer see themselves as slaves or people of poverty. He does this by telling his followers and listeners that “to know where you are going, you must know where you came from. Wake up Africa, you are royalty!

Coronavirus has affected everyone in many negative ways. It impeded many of Kulu’s planned book tours, conferences, and seminars. He told TheAfricanDream.net that he has lost associates and friends to the icy grips of COVID-19. This pandemic has been tough for many small businesses in the United States and across the world, especially African and African-American business owners.

But the virus in a way presents a fine example for us all to return to our African cultural roots and maintain the healthy life habits of our forefathers and foremothers from generations past. To practice cleanliness on the level they did and train our children and family in this practice. To learn patience, faith in God, kindness, and begin to appreciate more the value of family and the little things we have — just like in the days of Kemet,” Kulu explained.

Despite the pandemic Kulu has nevertheless not stopped educating the masses in the diaspora about the true African history, he is using online platforms and making the most of the Internet to reach the world, which is how we found him.

This 2021, Kulu plans on releasing his second book to I, Black Pharaoh Golden age of Triumph, and a children’s book as well. The Buffalo New York-based historian advises other African historians to not “teach with resentment to oppressors, with hateful, racist, and unjust speech. However, continue to spread the remarkable history of Africa with love because Africa is where all humanity began.

The truth Cannot be hidden forever

For years, the Western world through mediums like film, novels, and educational literature has continued to perpetuate the perspective of the “European/Middle Eastern” depiction of Ancient Egypt. But is this depiction accurate based on how the Ancient Egyptians depicted themselves? Well, the answer is, No!

By unanimous testimony from Greek historians and philosophers including Aristotle, Herodias, Pythagoras, Hippocrates and many more including African kings like Mansa Musa (Musa I) the richest human to have ever lived, and even ancient Egyptians themselves, the people of Kemet were no different than other black Africans in physical appearance and features,” — Emmanuel Kulu.

This kind of knowledge emboldens me as a person with African descent,” Kulu disclosed to TheAfricanDream.net as he recounted how onetime upon posting his book cover via social media, he had to overcome racism from commenters. “I was constantly called monkey, nigger, slave, and was even accused of black-washing Ancient Egypt. This happened so often that it made him want to give up,” but he kept pushing on, letting his knowledge and history of his past drive him into his light.

It is his quest to share his light and his father’s advice to continue the path of truth and understanding that kept him going and to ignore “those who oppose the African truth as they have been miseducated,” he said, concluding that “it is not their fault that they have been miseducated, but it could be my fault for not sharing my knowledge amidst opposition, the truth cannot be hidden forever.”

Follow TheAfricanDream.net ‘Heroes of COVID-19’ person for January 2021 as @iblackpharaoh on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Written by Oral Ofori

Despite the common double standard and sexual abuse executed on women in Africa, there are a few figures that can be considered the pioneers of feminism in the continent.

Meet Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah: Symbol Of Feminism In African

She is the author of the blog Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, is definitely on top of the list. Female sexuality in Africa had never been explicitly mentioned until Nana Darkoa started writing on it.

So, it’s safe to say that she opened the gate to a more gender-equal Africa.

 

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
Photo Credit: Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

CAREER & EDUCATION

The Ghanaian born writer went to London at a young age to study at the University of North London. 

And has a bachelor in communications and cultural studies and masters in gender studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

At a time when blogging and social media were still new concepts, she put her passion for women empowerment into writing with her blog Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women.

The central theme of the blog was female sexuality and the freedom of its expression. The platform she created made it possible for African women to discuss sexual matters for the first time openly.

 

Bedroom adventure
How comfortable are you in bed with your partner?

 

The inspiring blog received two awards as the best overall blog and the best activist blog at Ghana Blogging and Social Media Awards in 2013.

As a writer, she also worked for established newspapers like the Guardian. This Is Africa and Open Democracy. Her articles put a strong emphasis on violence and inequality as well as female activism.

One of her most thought-provoking articles in the Guardian was about feminism, where the cover photo was a nude selfie taken with her partner in the bed. This was in response to the backlash on Emma Watson for showing partial nudity in a Vanity Fair cover.

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
Photo Credit: Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

Nana Darkoa wrote that embracing and expressing one’s sexuality is necessary and essential in a world, where beauty has been squeezed into standards, and those outside the rules are judged harshly.

In addition to blogging and journalism, she wrote a book called the Communications Handbook for Women’s Rights Organizations.

 

She writes short stories about the sexuality of African women, which got published across the world. Bringing together the interviews she has with female figures of Africa, she published a collection called Women Leading Africa: Conversations with Inspirational African Women.

Women’s Rights

 

Activism is not limited to her writing, she has always partaken in non-profit organizations and contributed to the establishment of forums.

She is currently the Director of Communications at the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), and a member of the Black Feminism Forum Working Group.

Occasionally, she gives speeches at international festivals in Africa such as the Writivism Festival in Uganda and the Ake Arts, Book Festival in Nigeria and More

Her blog also put her on the top ranks of magazine lists of inspirational women.

Follow Nana Darkoa on Instagram @dfordarkoa

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International Multi-Award Winning AfroBeats Artist Davido’s 30 Billion Concert UK 2018. Check Out The Dates And Cities  below:

 

👉 14Feb   LEICESTER – Athena

👉 15Feb  DUBLIN – The Academy Dublin

👉 16Feb MANCHESTER – Cokobar Manchester

👉 17Feb  BIRMINGHAM

👉 18Feb  LONDON – O2 Academy Brixton

 

Tickets  www.ticketmaster.co.uk / www.smade.shoobs.com / 07949806892

Lineup looking crazzzy Celebs/Stars includes:

DID YOU KNOW?

Nigerian Afrobeats artists, Davido is known for selling out concerts all around the world

What’s your favourite Davido songs?

 

 

Davido 30BillionConcert UPDATE:

Davido has Landed London Ahead Of His Upcoming Tour! Check out the exclusive photos/videos below credit: @smadeevents

 

 

Davido has Landed London: Davido with Smadeevents promoter
Davido has Landed London: Davido with Smadeevents promoter

 

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BRAZIL HOUSETBT: Taboms are descendants of former African slaves who returned after gaining their freedom.

It is estimated that they arrived in Ghana 70 families in all. When they arrived in Accra they could only speak Portuguese, so they greeted each other with “Como esta?” (How are you?) to which the reply was “Ta bom”(it is ok/well),

so the Ga-Adangbes started to call them ‘Tabom’ People.

They have now fully integrated within the Ga community. One way to identify them is based on their names such as De Souza, Wellington, Benson, Palmares, Nelson, Azumah, Amorin, Da Costa, Santos.


The Taboms brought businesses to the Gas, First Scissors House in Accra (First tailoring shop in the nation’s capital).

The story of the name of famous Tudu market area in Accra is also marked by Portuguese influence.

In the 40’s the Portuguese established there some shops and started to rival with the traders of the Makola Market, explaining to people that only in their shops the costumers were able to find “tudo” (it means “everything” in Portuguese).

Later the area was abandoned by the Portuguese, however the heritage of the Portuguese name of the place still lives on.

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There are some possible influences of the Portuguese Language in the everyday life of Ghanaians. Some common expression such as
“palaver” (gossip, to chat), comes from “palavra”
“paano” is for bread, comes from “pão”.
“tabua” (board, wood) appears in Ghana as “tabo/tabu” or “tabua” (Twi).
Akan “safe” (key) comes from “chave”
“fononoo” and “flonoo” from “forno” (oven),


“prego” (nail) was integrated into Fanti (“pregow”), Ga (“plekoo”) and Akan (“prekoo”).
The word “agua” (water) generated the Akan words “aguaree” (bath, wash – noun), “aguare” (bathe)
The word “akontaa” comes from “a conta”.
“pretse”, which comes from “prato” (plate)
“koopoo/kopoo”, from the Portuguese “copo” (glass, cup).
“aspaatere”, also used as “asopaatsee” (Fanti) or “asapatere” (Akan) from “sapato” (shoe).

 

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Although many cultural remnants from Brazil have disappeared, there are still certain traces that remain within the community, such as the presence of ‘ Brazil House’ located in Jamestown, which emphasize Brazilian roots in Ghana and serves as a reference to the Tabom community.
Up to now it is not very clear, if they really bought their freedom and decided to immediately come back or if they were at that time free workers in Brazil, but were deported
To find out more get the book “Tabom. The Afro-Brazilian Community In Ghana” by Marco Aurelio Schaumloeffel

Source: Ghana articles/ Cape coast

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Books for Zimbabwe.Bisila Bokoko has been hard at work, doing one of the things she loves,helping children grow into well educated adults, opening the world to them
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Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project:Construction of the library
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Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project: completed library

Bisila Bokoko Meet Bisila Bokoko, International Brands Ambassador & Founder of Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project.

She is the only woman of African descent to serve as the Executive Director of the Spain–US Chamber of Commerce.

Bisila Bokoko is the founder and chairperson of “The Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project” (BBALP), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote literacy among the African people.

Bisila focuses her efforts on organising people and resources to build modern libraries in Africa. She is the  former Executive Director of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce in New York, a bi-lateral private U.S. non-profit organisation dedicated to fostering trade, investment and institutional relations between Spain and the United States. “Her ability to develop and cultivate relationships with foreign Heads of State, Ministries of Commerce / Economy and International business leaders has made her one of the ten most influential Spanish women in the American business.”

Bisila also runs a non-profit organization, she is a consultant for private companies in Europe and Africa. “I work as a Spokesperson/International Brand Ambassador and Business Developer for companies where I help to create pathways and opportunities.”…“I am the Global Ambassador and strategist for Pikolinos and I contribute to promote the Maasai Project, a line of shoes and bags designed in Kenya by over 1000 women from the Maasai Tribe.” Bisila Bokoko…

What an inspiration! Keep up the good work Bisila!

Photos Credit: Bisila Bokoko/Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project

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A HUGE congratulations to all the Ghanaian students traveling to Rwanda during summer 2015 for a 3-week (July 25-August 15, 2015) science and technology camp for girls. 

Girls STEAM CampThe lucky students were selected based on their record of community leadership and their interest in “STEAM” fields (science, technology, engineering, art and design, and mathematics).

Girls STEAM Camp vision is to bring together 120 students, a blend of both African and American citizens, at the camp get to share their Ghanaian culture with the their fellow campers, they also learn computer coding, robotics, and design amongst other things

To find out more details about how you can be part of this Educational yet fun WiSci camp, please visit:  www.africa.co/wisci/ or  contact partnerships@state.gov .

Credit: US Embassy Ghana

When an old man dies a library burns to the ground’! Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian writer who was one of Africa’s most widely read novelists and one of the continent’s towering men of letters, Achebe died two years ago, in 2013 he was 82. 

Besides novels, Mr. Achebe’s works included powerful essays and poignant short stories and poems rooted in the countryside and cities of his native Nigeria, before and after independence from British colonial rule. His most memorable fictional characters were buffeted and bewildered by the conflicting pulls of traditional African culture and invasive Western values.

For inspiration, Mr. Achebe drew on his own family history as part of the Ibo nation of southeastern Nigeria, a people victimized by the racism of British colonial administrators and then by the brutality of military dictators from other Nigerian ethnic groups.

Mr. Achebe burst onto the world literary scene with the publication in 1958 of his first novel, “Things Fall Apart,” which has sold more than 10 million copies and been translated into 45 different languages.

Set in the Ibo countryside in the late 19th century, the novel tells the story of Okonkwo, who rises from poverty to become an affluent farmer and village leader. But with the advent of British colonial rule and cultural values, Okonkwo’s life is thrown into turmoil. In the end, unable to adapt to the new status quo, he explodes in frustration, killing an African in the employ of the British and then committing suicide.

Chinua Achebe

The novel, which is also compelling for its descriptions of traditional Ibo society and rituals, went on to become a classic of world literature and was often listed as required reading in university courses in Europe and the United States.

But when it was first published,”Things Fall Apart”did not receive unanimous acclaim. Some British critics thought it idealized pre-colonial African culture at the expense of the former empire.

“An offended and highly critical English reviewer in a London Sunday paper titled her piece cleverly, I must admit, ‘Hurray to Mere Anarchy!’ ” Mr. Achebe wrote in “Home and Exile,” a collection of autobiographical essays that appeared in 2000. A few other novels by Mr. Achebe early in his career were occasionally criticized by reviewers as being stronger on ideology than on narrative interest.

But over the years, Mr. Achebe’s stature grew until he was considered a literary and political beacon.

“In all Achebe’s writing there is an intense moral energy,” observed Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of Afro-American studies and philosophy at Princeton, in a commentary published in 2000. “He speaks about the task of the writer in language that captures the sense of threat and loss that must have faced many Africans as empire invaded and disrupted their lives.”

In a 1998 book review in The New York Times, the South African novelist Nadine Gordimer, a Nobel laureate, hailed Mr. Achebe as “a novelist who makes you laugh and then catch your breath in horror — a writer who has no illusions but is not disillusioned.”

Mr. Achebe’s political thinking evolved from blaming colonial rule for Africa’s woes to frank criticism of African rulers and the African citizens who tolerated their corruption and violence.

Forced abroad by Nigeria’s civil war in the 1960s and then by military dictatorship in the 1980s and ‘90s, Mr. Achebe had lived for many years in the United States, where he was a university professor, most recently at Brown. He had previously taught for 19 years at Bard College in the Hudson River valley. .Read More here

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Meet Isaac O. Babu Boateng, named by Forbes Magazine as one of “Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs” under the age of 30, Isaac O. Babu-Boateng is an ambitious entrepreneur and one of the leading voices of the pan-African millennial generation. He is the founder and CEO of BABU Group, a pan-African conglomerate with interests and investments in media, technology, real estate, music and healthcare.

Isaac O. Babu Boateng,

With an ambition matched only by a grandeur vision, Babu-Boateng is at the forefront of the mission for this generation of Africans to control the image of Africa and the rest of the world’s perception. Babu-Boateng’s strong leadership and vision enabled him to establish Face2face Africa as one of the pan-African community’s leading voices, perpetrating the stories of success, hope, and promise that is untold about Africa in western media. Today, Face2face Africa is a multi-niche media company that has created several platforms to engage the pan-African community, including the annual Pan-African Weekend held in NYC.

Why you should listen to his talk?

As a young African boy taking a shot at the American dream, I lost track of the African dream. For a very long time, the world’s portrayal of Africa caused my disconnection with the continent, but I later on realized that I had the capacity to be apart of theanswer and help change the story of Africa. This generation of young Africans to me represent the best. There are indefinite possibilities when we begin to see ourselves as the solution to Africa’s problems. My vision is to build Africa-focused media powerhouse owned and operated by Africans that will control our stories and mitigate Africa’s representation by the rest.

Quote from Isaac: “Change does not come in a day, in a year, it may not even come in a decade. Change only comes with progress.”

TEDxAccra 2015 will take place on April 11 at the National Theatre from 7am to 7pm.

It is expected to be the biggest TEDx event in Ghana to date. The theme for this year is “The Next Chapter”.  TEDxAccra 2015 is sponsored by Vodafone Ghana..

For more information please visit www.tedxaccra.org  or send an email to Akpah Prince @ akpahprince@ymail.com

Credit: Akpah Prince