Monthly Archives: March 2014

MAKSI- Ghanaian Clothing label

By Francine Holmes      MAKSI is a Ghanaian clothing company created by two gifted siblings: Nana Darkoa and Abynnah Korantema Sekyiamah. MAKSI was launched in 2009 in Accra, Ghana.      The MAKSI brand has rapidly grown, and it is now … Continue reading

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Hausa – Koko porridge

By Francine Holmes Koko porridge is a popular breakfast food here in Ghana and in other parts of Africa. Overall the make up of the dish is standard, it is typically made with corn dough ( a paste made with … Continue reading

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Why is their such a huge disconnect between American Blacks and Africans?

by Amy Afua Smith    We’re not Americans, we’re Africans who happen to be in America. We were kidnapped and brought here against our will from Africa. We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock – that rock landed on us.” ~ … Continue reading

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Who owns what of Africa’s $2.7 trillion wealth?

By Trevor Analo In 2013 Credit Suisse estimated the continent’s wealth totaled $2.7 trillion, which is equivalent to $4,929 per adult in Africa. This is a decline of $300 billion from an all-time high of $3 trillion in 2007 after … Continue reading

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Okra Soup -Sauce Gombo

By Francine Holmes Okra (Hibiscus esculentus) is known as “Gombo” in the Ivory Coast.  However it is spelled and pronounced Gumbo in the U.S.  The word ‘Gombo’ is believed to be derivative of Portuguese quingombo of the word quillobo, native name for Okra  … Continue reading

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Women on the Rise in African Politics

by Ann Look Africa now has three female heads of state, after Catherine Samba-Panza of the Central African Republic took office in January. Though women leaders remain the exception in African politics, activists say things are looking up.  Women are … Continue reading

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Africa: Nurses Not Curses – Witchcraft Beliefs and Mental Health in Sierra Leone

By Amjata Bayoh Mental health is a serious problem in Sierra Leone, but there is still only one hospital equipped to deal with mental issues and there is a deep stigma around mental health By the time Sierra Leone’s decade-long … Continue reading

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12 Years A Symbol

By Patrick Gathara As the saying goes, success has many fathers. The meteoric rise of actress Lupita Nyong’o from relative obscurity to global sensation has spurred a bitter exchange within Kenya as to what her success means. Most have celebrated … Continue reading

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