African pop culture is an exclamation of the various ethnic groups in Africa, the diversity in every country, state, religion, tribe, community and language. I am bringing Africa to the screen of your computers, showing you all there is to know, (or at least ‘almost’ all there is to know). We will swerve through every country in Africa and elaborate on every tribe and its culture. This is going to be a free tourist train ride, and all you have to do is scroll.
You notice how artifacts and souvenirs from Africa speak Africa? I mean you literally don’t have to ask where it’s from! Huh. You might have heard countless negative stories about Africa, but I’m about to change your mind, I’m about to show you what the media won’t, I’m about to link you with young entrepreneurs from all over Africa with talents, skills and grave potentials and ability to turn CRAFT into ART.
Couldn’t be more sure that everyone copped a version of the African attire “DASHIKI” that swept through North America, South America and some parts of Europe. here are some pictures to refresh your memory
The dashiki is originally from Ghana but it was made popular by the western parts of the world. The name dashiki is derived from the Hausa word “Dan ciki”, which means shirt. It comes in different variants, from simple draped clothing to fully tailored suits we got em all, as seen above. However, the Dashiki is one of many other African made designs that crossed the borders of Africa, we also had Unique necklaces cut out from prehistoric beads, woofs and horns of animals and just a bunch of other weird stuffs that seem really attractive.
When I speak about African culture, I want you to bear in mind that Africa is one of the most diversified continents in the world, if not the most (haven’t conducted that research yet) so culture varies in Africa as the languages do, and there are well over 1,000 indigenous languages spoken round Africa, that should give you an estimate idea how broad this will get.
During my research on Africa I came across a very upsetting article that read “most African countries are also known to be exceedingly poor and underdeveloped, where a significant number of people, particularly children, suffer from malnutrition. The incidence of malaria and HIV cases is also extremely high in Africa”. Well, I beg to differ. You see, that’s what the media will tell you, but what they won’t tell you however is that Africa is actually one of the wealthiest continents in the world, in terms of natural resources. Many countries in Africa contain rich reserves of valuable minerals like Colton, diamonds, gold and bauxite, as well as other valuable commodities like oil, gas and timber. I do agree however that this wealth has not historically translated into better living conditions for the average African person and there are numerous reasons for this, including colonization, corruption, armed conflict or rebellion as well as policies of international financial institutions like world bank and the IMF, but huge emphasis on CORRUPTION. So if you tag Africa as a poor continent you might be sadly mistaken because chances are it is wealthier than yours. But just like I stated earlier, this wealth hasn’t translated into riches for Africa just yet, as a result of corruption among its own leaders. The average African leader will export the natural resources of his country to foreign states and use the revenue to feed his family. Tell me then, how development will come?
Luckily that’s not what this article is about. I’m about to expose you to the rich cultural endowments of Africa and link you to the artisans/entrepreneurs who make it happen. I’m about to start a chain of connection that will transcend borders, create relationships and business partnerships, promote cultures and expose young entrepreneurs from round the world. I’m about to make Earth our COUNTRY and each country a STATE (maybe that way we will see how alike we really are).
African pop culture is about everybody, with a sense of taste, ostentation and charisma. It’s about everything, the jewelries, the bags, the shoes, the clothes and the hats. And it’s going everywhere. It is also going to be centered on youth empowerment, entrepreneurship, handy works, arts and craft, production, exportation and friendship.
I’m taking this medium to call, beckon and summon anyone and everyone in and out of Africa with something rich and outstanding about your country and its cultural heritage, I’d love to work with amazing bloggers on this, let’s promote culture, lets link entrepreneurs and patronize them as well. This should be fun! Working and conversing with you all. So who’s in?