Tag Archives: West Africa

The cradle of Amandla Sisters

Amandla sister: a woman so strong people beg her to take it easy. She is so bold, so determined to live in her power 24/7 that fear means nothing to her. The only thing that matters to an Amandla sister is victory: … Continue reading

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Beads make Ghana go round

It’s not just Ghana that is mad about beads. But only in Ghana will you find a bead market that has been going strong every Thursday since 1928.  

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Dan Tokpa Fetish market

It’s in Cotonou, Benin, and said to be the biggest fetish market in Africa. You can buy anything from monkey’s testicles and a lion’s tooth to snake skin and whatever else a portion called for.

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Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah turns 100

Place: Accra, Nkrumah Memorial. Occasion: Celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of one of Africa’s most historic figures, Kwame Nkrumah. Guest list: Everyone in Accra’s diplomatic community, Ghana’s royalty, artists, Rita Marley and the people. It was a … Continue reading

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Beloved Bamako

Bamako is one of the oldest looking places I have been to. I was fortunate to live in this city for four months. I found the city to be lively and vibrant. People are kind and generous. Bamako has an … Continue reading

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This Bead Market Is 86 Years Old

I’m standing at an empty parking lot, watching as dark human figures cart trolleys from the market across the street. Some people take boxes out of cars and taxis. When light falls on the town, the parking lot is filled … Continue reading

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Prince Of The Sahara

A Tuareg boy in Essakane. The camel is blinged up for the occasion of the festival of the desert.

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