African Architecture

Architectural Design The triangular majesty of Egyptian pyramids is the image that first emerges into modern minds when African architecture is mentioned although as someone suggested, it is often forgotten that Egypt is on the African continent. However, there is...
Sona Jobarteh (Gambia)

Sona Jobarteh (Gambia)

Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a prestigious West African Griot family. Breaking away from tradition, she is a modern day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son...

Does it snow in Africa?

“Does it snow in Africa?” is a common question regarding the perceived climate of the continent and the tall tales associating it mostly if not completely with jungle and desert. The short answer to the question is “yes”. It does snow in...

Taro aka cocoyam, macabo or dasheen

Taro aka Cocoyam or Macabo is a crop cultivated in many regions including Africa and the West Indies/Caribbean. The crop is a staple food in Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana where it is eaten boiled, ‘milled’, grated and steamed, fried or roasted to make taro...