African Centered Home Decoration

If you want to know the values of a people, look at the way in which they decorate and build their homes. When I visit the homes of self-professing Africans, only to discover almost nothing in their homes indicates that they are indeed proud of their heritage. All too often our architecture ( those on the continent ) screams, “I don’t know who I am!” Below are some ideas for and images of African-centered home decorations and architecture that tell African stories. This imagery is especially important for our children in their formative years. Afro-Affirming images and objects around the house remind us of our Pan-African past, present and future. Be intentional folks.


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Photo by Yoknyam Dabale

Photo by Yoknyam Dabale



House structure / architecture

Ndebele Woman Painting a Wall

Ndebele of Southern Africa, House painting..

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©Omar Diaw Chimere

©Omar Diaw Chimere


 ©Augustin Kassi

©Augustin Kassi

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 ©Karen Seneferu

©Karen Seneferu

© karen Seneferu

© karen Seneferu


Please note, I do not hold copyrights to these images.

11 thoughts on “African Centered Home Decoration

  1. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I genuinely enjoyed reading it,
    you will end up a great author. I am going to make sure to bookmark your site and
    will often come back in the future. I do want to encourage you to keep
    on your best wishes, have a good week-end!

  2. G wiz. Appreciate the effort you put into this post
    often, when I go to family functions, or have them attend, I tend to wonder how I might “imprint” these ideas, and discussions on them…maybe this is the way forward

    • Yem yo (greetings) fam Omalone1, yes, many times family members are the toughest crown but the good news is that, you could simply decorate your home without saying anything to them. When they are confronted by the arts, images, high possibility they will ask questions and that could spark a conversation.

      Njika ( thank you) for the shout out and bless up.

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