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

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House structure / architecture

Ndebele Woman Painting a Wall

Ndebele of Southern Africa, House painting..

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

Why Do Africans (People of African Descent ) Bleach Their Beautiful Dark Skin,

Perm Their Natural Kinky Hair,


Have “Pointed Nose” Operations?







Africans’ early encounters with Arabs and Europeans were mostly catastrophic; these foreigners colonized and enslaved millions of African people. They deemed African aesthetics as ugly. African contributions to world civilization: medicine, traditional religions, arts, science, fashion, etc were labelled inferior. As a result many Africans today are still trying to deal with the psychological impact of these encounters: “internalized self-hate.”

African men and women bleach their skin, perm their hair and wear fake wigs that don’t look like their natural hair, have “pointed nose” surgeries in order to look like their former oppressors. It is their way of fighting for recognition. Mainstream media both in the Middle East and the Western world promote and feature white or lighter complexioned people.

For example, most of the black people that work for CNN are either light skinned or mixed race. They are regarded as the mouthpiece for all black people. An African (black) person with stereotypically kinky hair, dark skin, broad nose, and thick lips, no matter how intelligent and attractive, are rarely allowed to express themselves and represent blackness. When you watch movies from around the world, dark skinned black people are often cast in subservient roles; they are rarely the “good guy.”

As Steve Biko said, “the most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” Unfortunately, even though Africans are no longer colonized and physically enslaved, we are still mentally imprisoned. Africans on the continent and in the diaspora have internalized racist ideas about themselves. Dark skinned black children are often bullied or simply ignored because they look “too African,” “too dark” or “their nose are too wide” etc. “Internalization” is constantly reinforced by an anti-dark skin bias in the social world.

In music videos on the continent and in the diaspora be it in Congo (Kofi Olumide), Nigeria ( Kcee, Olu Maintain), Jamaica (Sean Paul) black people with lighter skin are the main characters. Media outlets that are supposed to have wholistic representations of black people such as BET mostly feature mixed race and light skinned blacks who have stereotypically white features. In fact, these media seem to encourage disrespectful remarks about dark skinned black people. For example, a number of black entertainers such as Asap Rocky, Kenya West, Lil Wayne, Ne-yo and Dl Hughley publicly endorsed light skinned supremacy and there was little outcry from the black “community” to their tasteless, self-hating remarks.

What is the Way Forward?

Nuul Kukk ( Black is Beautiful) in Senegal

  • Black people need mental healing. Seek the counsel of your elders and be part of a sister and brotherhood, where you can have honest conversations
  • Promote a wholistic representation of blackness and include dark-skinned black people in every aspect of society, especially in the media
  • There should be a public outcry whenever darker skinned blacks are disrespected
  • Do not buy or play music of self-hating and disrespectful artists
  • Stop reproducing divisive phrases such as: “team light-skin” and “team dark-skin,” or  “you are pretty for a dark skinned girl,”  “you have good hair,” etc.
  • Support anti-bleaching campaigns such as Nuul Kukk (Black is Beautiful) in Senegal not only to decolonize our minds but to save lives. Bleaching creams are dangerous they cause illnesses such as  skin cancer and liver damage.
  • Recent research suggests hair perm causes hair loss and fibroid tumors.Start and/or support campaigns in your community against hair perming, skin bleaching and “pointed nose” operations.

Racist portrayal of Africans/ black / people of African descent in US and other parts of the world, past and present (  books, advertisements, movies, etc).




This black doll is currently ( in 2000s) being sold in the US, labeled “lil monkey”


U.S universal picture racist cartoon “scrum me mama with a boogie beat” depicting Africans/blacks as lazy monkeys, that need white people to teach them work ethic


In Ukrainian Africans  depicted in a newspaper as monkeys
Christmas racist tradition in the Netherlands, white people paint their faces black and dress in bright colors ( being Africans/slaves)


Ota Benga ( 1906 ), 24 year old African- Congolese young man that was taken by white people and brought to the US. He was placed in the Bronx “human” zoo, treated as a freak and an animal.


Tintin Au Congo/ Tintin in the Congo by Hergé (aka Georges Prosper Remi) Belgium cartoonist . This book is about Congolese and how they are lazy, stupid, servants etc.


Belgium 1958, a little African/black girl was put into a human zoo and white people are feeding her banana like a monkey.


Examples of Bleached Skinned, Pointed Nose Operation and Fake Hair
South Africa-Mshoza

USA – LaToya Jackson ( before = top, after = below )


Nigeria- Pele Okiemute

Nigerian bleaching expert Pele Okiemute

Jamaica- Vybz kartel


Women in Senegal
Senegal Skin Lightening / Zed Nelson

Woman and her bleached skin

Kenya- Vera Sidika 


Vera Sidika today as a bleached woman

African/Black man in the diaspora 




 Dominican Republic-Sammy Sosa ( Bleached Skin)


African Woman


Nigeria – Governor Alao Akala of Oyo State

Governor Alao Akala of Oyo State

Rwanda, Beatrice Munyenyezi
Beatrice Munyenyezi bleaching her skin

USA-Lil’ Kim


African Woman in the diaspora 


 Virgin Islands/USA -Karrine Steffans ( aka superhead )


Women in SeneGambia 




Nigeria- Royal Family of Bleachers 


Nigerian-Cameroonian, Dencia

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Tonto talks about the fact that she bleaches her skin and that she has no “problems with skin bleaching.” She believes if you do not like your skin, you should change it. ( video below)



Trinidad and Tobago/ USA -Nicki Minaj (Onika Tanya Maraj )


African American – Tamar Braxton before and after nose surgery 

Tamar Broxton before and after nose operation

African American- Nene Leakes had nose operation to make it pointed!

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Skin Peeling


 Skin Cancer and Burn






Stretch Marks


Uneven Skin Tone





Pimples Breakout


Hair loss / Track Alopecia



Additional Information

1.”Study Links Hair Relaxers To Fibroid Tumors and Early Puberty In African American Females”...

2. ” Skin Bleaching and Lightening as Psychological Misorientation Mental Disorder”

3. “Skin Bleaching and Global White Supremacy“...

4.”Mercury in Skin Lightening Cosmetics”…

5.”Nigeria’s Booming Skin Bleaching Market”

6. Mshoza’s interview on Motswako in South Africa, talks about her desire to look “white, white.”

7. “Africa Where Black is Really Not Beautiful”…

8. “Confessions of a Hair Weave Addict.” A story of an African (black) woman who had self-esteem problems linked to her hair and how she dealt with it

9. “Black Women Lightened Skin and Straightened Hair”

10. This is where “human hair wigs/weaves” come from. Poor Indians donate their hair to god and the temple priests sell them to brokers. And from poor white Europeans.





11. Unfortunately, black people don’t even have control over their haircare.The African/black haircare industry is dominated by Koreans.Black people spend billions of dollars each year to buy other people’s discarded hair that looks nothing like their real hair.


12.Mr. Vegas sings “Black and Proud” (Nah Bleach)

13. Vybz Kartel sings about light skin supremacy and how it gives one access to women, job etc.. “Cake Soap”

14. Kendrick Lamar  explains the importance of casting dark skinned black women in music videos. He took it further by asking for a dark skinned woman to be the lead character in his music video ” Poetic Justice”.

Kendrick Lamar

15. Fela on Skin Bleaching “Yellow Fever”

16. Watch Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry’s documentary “Dark Girls” It would help you have a better understanding of the plight of dark skinned black people especially women in the US, and it is also applicable to Africa/Black people worldwide.


17. Yellow Fever  a documentary on skin bleaching in Africa

10. This is an example of psychological  violence of white power on African American men and women. Maxwell needs healing.

Maxwell, white power!

Please note: I do not hold copyright to any of the pictures and videos.

Blacks/Africans need their indigenous Methods of Education: Islamic or Western Educational Models are not Enough


Many Africans on the continent and in the diaspora are setting themselves aback. They believe that the only form of education that they need is Islamic or European.Anything indigenous is considered backwards and worthless. For example, in Nigeria, Christians often seek European forms of education and English is their primary language. While for Muslims, they insist that  their children must attend Qur’anic school.



The problem with this approach is that, African children from an early age are conditioned to believe they are inferior and nothing good can come from their place of origin.These schools often rely heavily on colonial models, books that are outdated and profoundly racist. As a result many African students upon graduation they are convinced that :

  •  Africans were in the dark until Christianity and Islam brought light to the continent. African indigenous spirituality that predates both religions are satanic, pagan and simply superstitious beliefs.
  •  It is African to be violent especially towards women. I have read and debated with both African men and women who expressed such sentiments.
  •  Ethnic languages are useless. i.e I noticed for many years and it became  apparent the last time I was in my home village, Bawagarik in Middle  Belt, Nigeria.Young people who spend time in the city, working or getting their “Education,” upon their arrival to the village they exhale air of arrogance that is toxic for many of us concern “uncivilized” people. When relatives speak to them in Yotti/Bali our language, they replied in Hausa or English,even though they were aware that those relatives do not speak English.
  • That Africans did not resist slavery and colonialism, because it brought civilization to them.
  •  Africans do not have the intelligence to build or invent anything.
  •  Dignified careers are “office” jobs, handy work are inferior, etc.

I am not suggesting that Western or Islamic education are bad. As a people who have for centuries interacted, exchanged ideas with foreigners ( i.e Africans were early innovators of smelting steel, c-section, agricultural  techniques etc), traded ( ink, gold, fabric ) and later were violently enslaved and colonized. It is important for us to introduce our students to Islamic and European education. As a people on the continent and in the diaspora we cannot move forward without knowing about our past. Additionally, those that  enslaved and colonized us are still benefiting from their acts of violence (i.e.FranceBritain,Belgium, U.S. etc), as a result they control majority of the world’s monetary wealth. We must learn their craft combine with our indigenous ideas to protect our lands, create a truly liberated independent African world on the continent and in the diaspora that does not depend on its “former” enslaver and colonizer for “aid” but on African intellect and innovation.

What is the way forward?


We must reorient ourselves by learning African indigenous/village ideas and skills. Below are few ideas:

  • Doing things with our hands. We must encourage our youth to be innovative instead of teaching them to memorize exam questions and after graduation they seat at home waiting for a savior. Africa has many “graduates” looking for work instead of them creating work for themselves.555209_328890327160980_135207673195914_791181_1453615157_n© Yoknyam Dabale
  •  Group work, we need to teach our youth the value of collaborating with their peers to produce something. A community cannot survival without the participation of everybody. I.e The great wall of Zimbabwe was built by community participation.
  • Teach our youth their history at home and in school. This can happen using oral history ( great  way to keep their brains sharp ) or written history ( for those whose memory is not that great ). A people that know nothing about their past are setting themselves up for failure and elimination. Here are three examples of how we have failed our youth by not teaching them our history.Genevieve Nnaji a nigerian actress during her interview on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight in Canada, she was asked about her thoughts on Biafara since she was on the movie cast of Half of a Yellow Sun based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book.To the audience dismay Genevieve told the interviewer that she is young and does not know anything about that history, and she added that even though she is from the  Igbo “tribe” a group that was central to the conflict she was not informed about that period ( watch the interview below)

    Black british of Nigerian Igbo origin, actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, was asked by Woopi Goldberg on The View ( U.S talk show) along side his cast mate Lupita Nyong’o for their roles in Steven McQueen’s movie 12 years a slave, wether they were “aware” of the breath of slavery in America, given they are not African Americans. Ejiofor staggered through the interview, highlighting that to him the storyline is a human story. One can clearly tell that he knows little about his history.
    Porsha Stewart (Williams), cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta (RHOA) and granddaughter of Hosea Lorenzo Williams one of the well known civil rights leaders. Porsha often brags about her family name, evidently she does not  know much about slavery and what her (our) ancestors had to endured. In one  of the  RHOA episode Porsha insisted to her cast mates ( who are more knowledgable of the history ) that the underground railroad, enslaved Africans used to escape oppression was a real train. ( video clip below)

5. Rites of passage through gender based secret society. Where young people are taught about their sexuality and the importance of leadership in their community. For example Dipo in South Eastern Ghana.

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 6. Do away with colonial ideas and things. For example, the outrageous blond wigs that African lawyers in Kenya, Nigeria, and Ghana wear. Stop defecating on our ancestors who fought for our freedom.


Additional Information

Listen to Mmatshilo Motsei a renowned writer,poet, gender activist & spiritual healer on how village knowledge is important for African development. She talks about finding strength and new meaning in life from rural South African communities.

Saki Mafundikwa founder of Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts and author of African alphabets. Below he talks about little known fact that Africans had writing systems. He teaches this information to his students.

Dr. Ben (Yosef Alfredo Antonio Ben-Jochannan) talks about how African knowledge provides foundation for what we know today as  Western Civilization

Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina encourages Africans to ” Free Our Imaginations.”  Wainaina is convinced that many Africans especially the “middle class” are limiting themselves, their children and the continent more generally because they believe that success is only possible if Africans approximate white people’s culture.

Listening to Africa Through its Music

After my best-friend (partner) and I presented our papers at World History Conference in Beijing, we took the time to visit historical landmarks. One of the places we had the opportunity to visit was the Great Wall of China. As we ascended to the breathtaking 7th century ancient construction, a fellow tourist noticed that we were black in the sea of hundreds of Chinese people he introduced himself and we got into a conversation about our research and culture. Before we went our separate ways, the fellow traveler asked us to suggest African musicians that we think represent the continent in its “true” sense. That conversation inspired me to compile a Pan-African sampling of musicians. African music flows from ancient wells of wisdom and pure entertainment. These musicians give us a wonderful representation of the Black world: past, present and future.

So how, you might ask, did I select the artists?

  • Respect for musical predecessors (Ancestors) and local traditions
  • They do not restrict themselves to the language of their colonizers (e.g English, Spanish etc) instead they speak and make good music in their native African language
  • For those in the diaspora they have always look to the motherland (Africa) for inspiration (Afrocentric)
  • They promote unity amongst Africans and people of African descent globally
  • They are deep thinkers, and have maintained pro-Black consciousness in their work over the years.
  • Entertainment at its best!

I hope they inspire us all to not give up on our dreams, to not forget where we come from, and to always pay respect to our Ancestors who made the way for us. Enjoy!

1.Thandiswa Mazwai ( South Africa )

2. Sorie Kondi (Sierra Leone) url


3. Rokia Traore (Mali ) url-1

4. Salam Diallo ( Senegal)


5. Simphiwe Dana (South Africa)


6.King Ayisoba (Ghana)


7.Fatoumata Diawara (Mali)

8.Lonnie Plaxico ( African America)

9. Sherifa Gunu (Ghana)

10.Chiwoniso Maraire ( Zimbabwe)


11. Wally Badarou (Benin)


12.Suzanna Owíyo (Kenya)

13.Teddy Afro (Ethiopia)

14.Cheikh Lô ( Burkina Faso)

15.Sona Tata Condé (Guinean Conakry)


16.Geoffrey Oryema (Uganda)

17.King Sunny Ade (Nigeria)

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18.Doussou Bagayogo (Mali)

19.Khadja Nin (Burundi)

20.Tunde Jegede (Gambia)

21.Ngoné Ndiaye Guéwel (Senegal)

22. Dobet Gnahore (Ivory Coast)
Dobet GNahore at the Pritzker Pavillion on July 8, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.

23.Joaquin “Joe” Claussell ( Cuba)


24.Kasai Allstars ( Congo)

25.Mamou Sidibe (Mali)

26.Konono No.1 ( Congo)

27. Jill Scott ( African America)


28. Semini aka Batman ( Ghana)

29. Baloji (Congo)


30.Erykah badu (African America)

31.Saida Karoli (Tanzania)

32. Lupe Fiasco ( African American)


33.Ndiolé (Senegal)
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34.Estelle ( Afro British)

35.Lauryn Hill (African American)

36.Coumba Gawlo (Senegal)

37. Nas ( African American )

38. Seun Kuti (Nigeria)

39.India Arie (African American )

40. Natalie Stewart aka the floacist ( Afro British)

41. Obour (Ghana)

42. Mestre Gildo Valu ( Afro Brazil )

43.Oliver Mtukudzi aka Tuku ( Zimbabwe)


44. Ringo Madlingozi ( South Africa)

45.Pibo Marquez ( Afro Venezuelan )
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46. Orquesta Baobab (Afro Cuban )


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47.Jimmy Cliff ( Jamaica)

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48.Patience Dabany aka Josephine Bongo aka Marie Joséphine Kama ( Gabon)

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49. 2face aka Innocent Ujah Idibia (Nigeria)



50. Idylle Mamba ( Central African Republic )

51. R.Kelly (African American)

52.kojo antwi ( Ghana)

53.Kareyce Fotso (Cameroon)


54.Richard Bona aka Bona Pinder Yayumayalolo ( Cameroon )
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55.Mounira Mitchala (Chad)

56.Alexio Kawara (Zimbabwe)


57.Stevy Mahy (Guadeloupe)

58.Lokua Kanza ( Congo )

59.Blitz The Ambassador aka Samuel Bazawule ( Ghana/ African American )

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60.Aida Samb (Senegal)


61.Lopango Ya Banka  aka “House of the ancestors ” ( Congo)



62.  Elivava  aka Tina Mensah  (Ghana)



63.Akua Naru ( African American )



64.Tiken Jah Fakoly  ( Ivory Coast )


Giving thanks to Mwari/Kwap Luh (Shona and Yotti/Bali for “Creator”) for blessing Africa with so many wise and gifted voices.

Amenrah! Ashe!

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Words Of Wisdom From The Bush For Those That Are Interested In Growing…


 African Proverbs (Yap wale) are part of my early formative years and as an adult they still play a role in my life. Like most indigenous people on the continent of Africa, the people of my ethnic group the Yotti of Middle Belt, Nigeria have unique glasses through which they read the world.Below I provide you/us with four amongst many words of wisdom that provide commentary on life and living. I hope they help you/us all in our day to day activities.

1. Advice on how to handle insults and back biting from others.
(In English) One rainfall cannot destroy the granary.
(In Yotti ) Li Ya nak bini wam binim.


2. Advice/ warning to make plans before jumping to any project.

(In English ) Before a dog barks, it knows the way to escape .

(In Yotti) A zaa sep to dabo kiye nya nu ka.


3. Advice on the importance of team work/ collectivism.
( In English) One stick of broom cannot sweep alone).

(In Yotti) Sele bini yagap sela ting.


4. Advice on judging character/ true colors of others.
( In English) A rolling stone gathers no moss.
(In Yotti) A tale kemle zuwo ma tare si, yakap dori kaba dikudyang.

The Untold Stories:Living Conditions of Africans Abroad

Continental Africans have not done a good job of revealing the realities of life overseas. Many times,friends and family back home get a one-sided story about what really goes on in the lives of black people in foreign lands. For example, Africans living in Africa are often told that :

    •  It is better to start up a career overseas as opposed to striving to build one  in Africa
    • Earning your degree abroad is easier and the environment is comfortable
    • Life is easy
    • Money is easy to come by
    • Africans are inferior they are unable to build anything without the help of foreign “partners”
    • Whites, Arabs etc have African (black) interests at heart
    • Arabs, whites  etc treat Africans as equals 

Granted there are continental Africans who have achieved status and wealth abroad. But I find the misinformation troubling  because it creates conflict between Africans abroad and their family members at home. I have met a number of Africans living in America who quit school in order to work menial jobs so that they could send money and gifts (iPhones, computers, Louis Vutton bags, bleaching creams etc)  to their overly demanding family members. Some Africans are pushed away from achieving their dreams and get involved in crimes in order to feed their relatives’ expensive taste for material things. Those that I have talked to for the past ten years have agonized over the constant requests that they get from their families back home in Africa.These relatives are less supportive of their long term goals and more excited about getting money to live it up! Mainstream media such as BBC,VOA and CNN also contribute to this unrealistic representation of the reality of things. They paint inviting, peaceful, all inclusive images of countries abroad and put less focus in promoting positive, empowering, success stories in Africa. As a result, many Africans crave fantasy lives in foreign countries.

Below I provide you with concrete examples of the situation on grounds.As you go through these stories, think of the way forward.I would suggest that Africans abroad should be honest about the reality of life in the diaspora and family members should stop pressurizing them into doing things that will create a financial burden.More Africans stay at home and build your continent and African governments should work towards:creating jobs, supporting innovation,providing incentives for quality African teachers and professors etc.These steps would encourage more Africans to stay at home or return home.

1. Israelis attack Africans, calling them cancer  in their country and will do anything in their power to deport them. Black African owned  businesses were destroyed and looted, women with their children humiliated.



c. Ethiopian Women sterilized by Israel

2. African Student beaten in Indian ” in coma for three months”

3. A wonderful tweet summary about Israel’s aim to erase the black race 

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3.”Ethiopian Women abused in Middle East (UAE)” The maltreatment of African women in the Arab world.

4. Couple from Rwanda both trained doctors stranded in rural Russia. They tell their stories of depression, racism, disappointments and strong will etc.

5. African students share their experience of racism in Russia and how the government ignores their cry

6. Racism Against  African football (soccer) players in Europe is on going. 

 Marco Zoro and Adriano © Getty Images

Marco Zoro and Adriano
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“Zoro suffers more racist abuse” read his story here: and “Racism still a reality in European football”

7. Nigerian Immigrants joined Italian mafia they murder innocent people,  sponsor drug dealers and prostitution rings.

8. African immigrants in China tell of their experiences

9. Whites encourage  Somalis to abandone their African culture and are blamed for crimes in Maine etc

10. An outstanding one of its kind program on Al jazaar called “Surprising Europe”.  It tells the stories of some Africans  who dream of leaving the continent and how some of them take risks inorder to make it to Europe. Once they get there they often are stranded with no job, put in detention camps, and live in abject poverty, but afraid of going back home to Africa because of pressure from their family members that are dependent on them.

11. Racism against people of African descent in Ecuador, 92% of them are ignored by the government

12. Sundown  Town ( white populated towns), black people are not allowed after 6:00pm, if they stay they get killed by racist whites, this practice still goes on in America.Work by James W. Loewen you can order it here..


You could listen to Dr. Loewen’s talk on C-Span about the book.

13. 1,000 Nigerian muslim women in Saudi Arabia maltreated on hajj/ pilgrimage


14. In Brazil racism against people of African descent is deeply rooted in the History of the country, making it difficult for blacks to accomplish their goals.  Helena Oliveira Silva explains in an interview how Brazilian media continues to promote racist images of black people in Brazil.


Ways to Avoid Contracting and Spreading HIV/ AIDS: A Village Woman Encourages Fellow Africans/Blacks to Wise Up!

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I am tired of listening to my fellow Africans blame victims of HIV and AIDS as prostitutes and godless people. This view is rampant in our communities. It is also preached on the pulpit by many religious leaders (especially amongst Christians and Muslims in Africa) who lack the understanding of how HIV/AIDS is contracted and spread. The so-called religious leaders waste much of their time and energy promising futuristic blessings to their congregants in heaven instead of dealing with a problem that is here and now by working with knowledgeable people in their community–such as researchers, traditional healers, and medical doctors–to provide real solutions for the epidemic that is causing avoidable destruction in our communities.

Granted, in recent years, there has been a significant drop in new cases of HIV/AIDS infections in Africa, but we still have a lot of work to do. And this work requires everyone of us from all walks of life to participate.

Ancient African spiritual systems teaches us that life cannot be compartmentalized, everything physical and spiritual has importance and a role to play in order to keep the universe balanced (Ma’at). As an individual, our existence, our talents and work is important for the development of the communities in which we belong. Therefore we should have a deep sense of responsibility for our communities. We must work together and share basic ideas on how to avoid contracting and spreading HIV/AIDS.

What is Human Immunodeficiency Virus ( HIV/AIDS)?

HIV is a virus. it gets into the human body and tries to prevent the body from fighting sickness. When you get infected and it is caught early, you can get medication to help your body’s defenses. But if the virus is not caught early and you stop taking your medicine it can become full-blown AIDS. When this happens you get killed from treatable diseases such as malaria, yellow fever etc.

Below is an image that illustrates how HIV attacks the body.

How you can get infected with HIV/AIDS

1. Sharing used and unclean razor blades (for example, shaving blades at barber shops).

2. Having “skin to skin sex” (not wearing condoms).

3. Doctors using unclean needles and operation tools.

4. Doing drugs and sharing used needles.

5. Exposing your wound to infected person that has wounds.

6. Having more than one girlfriend or boyfriend and having sex with all of them without using condom.

7. Getting tattoo where they use unhygienic tools.

8. Blood transfusion


Ways to prevent contracting and spreading HIV/AIDS

1. Always clean used needles, razor blades etc with alcohol or lemon.

2. Get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Once you know your status, make sure you use protection every time you have sex.

3. Do not have sex at an early age. Focus on your education or trade, but if you do have sex make sure you (or your partner) wears a condom at all times.

4. Be honest in your relationship whether you are married or simply dating. If you cheat on your wife/wives, husband, boy/girlfriend and don’t wear condom, you can get infected with HIV/AIDS and infect your partner/s.

5. Always wear a bandage on your wound. If you live in a village and don’t have access to bandages, you can do what I used to do by covering your wound with a clean piece of cloth then wrap a clean plastic around it.

6. Do not listen to your religious leaders that discourage you from wearing condoms, all they are doing is sentencing you to death (especially your Catholic priests that are against condom/contraceptives). I cannot stress this enough, always wear condoms to save your life and your partner’s life.

7. Encourage others in your community to protect themselves.

8. Show compassion towards those that are infected with the disease and support families that have HIV/AIDS infected family members.

In the words of elder Maya Angelous,when…

For additional information

1.”Is HIV still a death sentence in the West?”…health-15853743

2.”Boyfriend stabs his lover to death after she didn’t tell him she had HIV before they had sex.. and leaves body for her two children to find”…Cicely-Bolden-Man-stabs-girlfriend-death-telling-HIV-sex.html

3.”Women more vulnerable to HIV and AIDS”..women-more-vulnerable-hiv-and-aids

4. “Herbal drug [in Africa] proves potent against HIV”..96833.php

5.”How HIV attacks the body” explained by a student in East Africa…this is a great way for students to learn about the disease and also share it with their peers!..

6.”Traditional Healers Address HIV/AIDS in Uganda” An outstanding colaboration between traditional healers with government hospital to provide the general public with information about the disease and also offer care to those infected and affected with the disease.

7. “ZIMBABWE: Men break with tradition to become AIDS caregivers”

8. “Living with HIV: Andre’s Journey”…

9. “HIV positive? Give yourself a chance. (English voice + English subtitles), Global Dialogues”…

10.”AIDS Was Created At Fort McKinley In The U.S.A.”..18808676

11. “Zimbabwe Parliament Takes A Supportive Stance In The Fight Against AIDS”…zimbabwe-parliament-takes-a-supportive-stance-in-the-fight-against-aids

12. Read Musa W. Dube’s “The HI V& AIDS Bible” This book is one of the most impressive, well researched piece I have read on this topic. Dube discusses how HIV and AIDS is transmitted, its impact on families, community and the world. She provides her readers with suggestions on how to talk about the disease,incorporate it into school curriculum , care for those that are infected etc. It is a must read! Get it here…1589661141


14. Scholarly research by two Zimbabwean scholars Enna Sukutai Gudhlanga and Godwin Makaudze title, “Shona Cultural Aspects and the Fight against HIV and AIDS: The Untapped Reservoir of Shona Proverbial Lore”…read it here:697.pdf

15.An example of things to bear in mind when dealing with others from different culture.Sexual intercourse with animals in Germany…read it here Germany-expected-bring-old-law-prevents-sex-animals.html

16.HIV/AIDS campaign in Nigeria, Shout out to Femi Kuti and the entire Kuti clan!

©The Spiritualism and Political Philosophy of Fela Kuti

©The Spiritualism and Political Philosophy of Fela Kuti

17. Ladies on Nigerian campus tell us how many boyfriends they think it is okay to have. Listen to this shocking and painfully troubling narratives.

Nigeria: how many boyfriends can a girl have?

18.”Muslim women constitute a greater percentage of people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria”….—ngo-(.aspx

19.German singer Nadja Benaissa, HIV positive slept with a number of men without protection. Listen to her story here…http://

20.”Strategies for Well-Being: Danny Glover Lends Support to Fight the AIDS Epidemic in Blacks”

Africans Loyalty to Obama, their Abusive Step-Brother

I find it extremely troubling that many Africans on the continent and people of African descent in the diaspora chant, “Obama is our African brother” or “Obama, I got your back”! I can’t help but to wonder whether Africans/ black people: are blinded by the fact that he is “black”, are not paying attention to the president’s foreign politices and, are desperate to identify with a hero.During Obama’s inauguration in 2008,many Africans were thrilled by the fact that a biracial man with African blood is holding the highest leadership position in a country that constantly exploits and bullies them. Africans hoped and prayed that he would use his office to introduce and implement foreign politices that could benefit them on a larger scale.

On the contrary the last four years of the Obama administration was far from “enjoyment”.

1. On his first official visit to the African continent, he blasted African leaders,blaming them for the woes of the continent. Yes, he was partly right but he blatantly ignored the role United States of America and its allies constantly play in under-developing Africa. For example America played a leading role in killing our self-less and revolutionary leaders such as Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso, Patrice Lumumba of Congo and Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi of Libya etc and support dictators: Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Ugandan, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast etc that work for America’s interests. Everytime Africans try to assert their autonomy, they are undermined by America or other Western powers.

Ghanaian women welcome President Obama

2. Obama uses his black skin and the gullibility of many African people as opportunity to promote American imperialism and recolonization of Africa through the United States Africa Command ( Africom/ USAAfricom).He has deplored to occupy the continent. Any sensible and progressive leader would object to this project. Unfortunately some African leaders like the American ally, the so called first female President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia welcomed this recolonization even though many Liberians and African leaders are strongly against it.

3. War, War, and more War! The Obama administration has imposed it’s “war on terror” on African countries such as Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Mali, Ivory, Libya and Nigeria.

4. Forcing Africans to accept Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) seeds and food,instead of supporting and encouraging African leaders to subsidized their local farmers to grow larger quantity of local organic crops that are much more healthier for the people.

Impact of GMO in human beings: extreme fatness ( obesity), heart disease, cancer etc. Below is a picture of rats that were fed GMO food…

Top GMO foods

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Additional Information

1. “African voices on AFRICOM” ….u-s-militarism-in-africa-humanitarian-missions-or-imperialist-aggression 47047

2. President Obama in Ghana, read and listen to his speech here…A-New-Moment-of-Promise-in-Africa

3.”U.S. Militarism In Africa: Humanitarian Missions Or Imperialist Aggression?”….5303230

4.”African Perspectives on Genetically Modified Crops Assessing the Debate in Zambia, Kenya, and South Africa” …100701_Cooke_AfricaGMOs_WEB.pdf

5. “Horrific Results of New GMO Food Study Reveal Obama Has Abandoned FDA Regulation to Chemical Industry Profits, Says Occupy Monsanto”…horrific-results-of-new-gmo-food-study-reveal-obama-has-abandoned-fda-regulation-to-chemical-industry-profits-says-occupy-monsanto-170364666.html

6.”Obama opens door to Africa for Monsanto”…036008_Obama_Monsanto_Africa.html

7. Website of Africom…

8. “New Research: GMO Food Far Worse Than We Think” new-research-gmo-food-far-worse-than-we.html

9. “Hungary Destroys All Monsanto GMO Corn Fields” hungary-destroys-all-monsanto-gmo-corn-fields.aspx?np=true

10. “AFRICOM News – US Joins Coalition Operations in Libya”….watch?v=h3kKP9k8dO8

11. “Cynthia McKinney – Oppose Africom”…watch?v=sDGOMY4gNVQ&feature=related

12 What is Africom?…

14. ” [Kenyan ]Cabinet Wants GMO’s Foods Banned”….5515-cabinet-wants-gmos-foods-banned

14.”Revealed: Monsanto GM corn caused tumors in rats” monsanto-rats-tumor-france-531

15. “America’s Secret War in Africa: Spreading drone warfare throughout Africa” ….5307958

16. “Does Rejecting Obama mean supporting Romney?” by Dr. Kwame Zulu Shabazz…

17. Read this classic book by Chinweizu titled, “The West and the Rest of Us”


GMO map

GMO map

Womanifesto by Jill Scott: The Global Anthem of African/ Black Daughters

In a world that is obsess with quick pleasures daughters of Africa on the continent and in the diaspora are exposed to flashy and baseless lifestyles that are destructive to their holistic development.When I look around me in Africa and in the diaspora be it in Brazil, the United States of America, Cuba, India, Mexico or Jamaica many of our young people are being fed with toxic messages that block their metal and physical development hence contributing to the failure of our African/black communities.They are told that their bodies are valuable because they can be used to serve the purpose of others. And that working and building their self esteem, crafts and career slowly is not the best move. They are encouraged to seek instant, fast lifestyle that doesn’t last their lifetime, the end goal they are told is to make money and leaving a lasting legacy shouldn’t be their concern. So our young girls do all they can to expose their bodies inorder to get attention, not investing in their gifts and talents to contribute in building Africa and the black world.

I think parents should expose their daughters to positive empowering images, literature etc. Jill Scott is one of the best twenty frist century poets I find her work profound and inspiring. Scott “Womanifesto” should be the anthem of every daughter of Africa on the continent and in the diaspora, it gives us a wonderful summary of what black women are and what they can be.Below are images, video and lyrics of her work. Be inspired!

Jill Scott Performs Womanifesto at 2011 Black Girls Rock event, watch it here or read the lyrics below.


You are a genius, you can be whatever you wish to be in this world!

You are the Queen Mother of the universe, you gave life to humanity, we greet you Goddess.

You are honest because you allowed your ancestors to speak through you

You are strong, athletic

You are beautiful, naturally even when your bones have aged!

You are a scholar, teacher

You are a joy to be with


You an activist, lawyer, former U.S Congress woman, Green Party Presidential Candidate and truth talker like Cynthia McKinney!

You are a midwife/ doula

You are an appreciator of your culture and the roles your ancestors played in shaping it for you

© Gabon / Libreville / Avril 2000


© Festivals Des Divinites Noir

You speak for justice when others stand by and watch oppression

You are Sankofa,because you go back to your roots to inspire and be inspired!

©BBC News Africa

You are a leader, lead like Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

You are strong but sometimes it is alright to ask for helping hands so that you can grow

You are sophisticated, simply blacknificent




You are all of this, homage-to-black-women and then some…

Womanifesto lyrics

Clearly I am not a fat ass
I am active brain
And lip smacking peach deep
Sometimes too aggressive in it’s honesty
And heart sweet
That loves wholly and completely
Whom it may choose
Whom ever it may choose

I am not gonna lie and pacify
I am arms to hold
I am lips to speak
I am a motherfucking “G”

Strong legs that stroll off the 33 bus
Or out of a money green Phantom comfortably
Knees that bend to pray
Clean from Ajax washings
Hair that is thick and soft
Thighs that betwixt
An amazing all expense grand prize

I am eyes that sing
Smile that brightens
Touch that rings
And supplies euphoric release
I am a Grand Dame Queen Beast

I am warm
I am peace
From the roads of Botswana from 23rd Street
From the inside third eye
Ever watching this wicked wicked system of things
I do see

I am friend to pen
And a lover of strong women
A diamond to men
I am curious and interested like children
I welcome the wise to teach
Appreciator of my culture
Thick not just from bone dense and eat

I have a rhythm in my ways
And a practice in my seek
And yes, I do crave the rhythm of my space
With a man that rejoices in God’s Grace

With faith I do hear to listen
Two hands that fist
When forced pushes to shove
And your ego won’t submit

I am gifted
I am all of this
And indeed the shit

Clearly I am not just an ass

© Universal Music Publishing Group

White Controlled Media Portrays Black/ African Women in a Negative Light in Order to Uplift White Women: White Women’s Heaven is Black Women’s Hell…


A black man (African) told me that he finds black women unattractive because they are ghetto and have a lot of problems.He went further to explain his dislike by noting that he loves white women because they are beautiful and opposite of black women. I was disgusted as I listened to this man who was reared, loved, clothed, protected, supported financially by black people especially the black African womb that gave him life.

I cautioned myself however, sympathetic towards him as I reflect on the source of this black man’s confession of defeat and self hate. This pattern of thinking is common amongst many Africans and people of African descent in the diaspora. They lack self pride and have internalized the general half cooked stories, negative images they see of themselves, read in “history” books, news papers, magazines etc. “Mainstream” media paints black people negatively and gives one sided stories. In movies Africans, people of African descent are often cast as maids, loud mouths, exotic, clowns, beggars, ignorant,satan, hypersexual, drug addicts, grossly overweight, absent parents, victims, helpless in need of the white savior and almost always play supporting roles even when the storyline is about a black hero/shero.

And when the media sees they can’t continue getting away with an all white cast because of protest from conscious blacks they make sure that the person that they cast is “biracial” “mixed with white” or has stereotypical white European features. The renowned movie director Haile Gerima calls it “the formular”, white racists believe that they cannot have a great movie without having a white person as the leading cast. The fear of celebrating blacks/Africans in a diverse light pushes mainstream media to white wash blackness in every way possible.

Alongside uplifting white women as the epitome of beauty even when they mutilate their bodies in an effort to acquire African/black features…below I provide you with few examples, as you/we go through these images, lets ask, what is the way forward? I think we need a holistic representation of black people particularly women! In the words of great wise Malcolm X, ” “If you’re not careful..

Movies that insist on focusing on stereotypes and the “formular” about black/ African women

1. The Help, is a movie that glorifies white supremacy and the worship of white women as saviors.

2. Precious, a movie that was praised by white controlled media for demonizing black women, and glorifies grossly fat and overweight black woman as “Percious”

3. The high priestess of soul, Nina Simone’s upcoming Biopic will feature Dominican-Puerto Rican Zoe Saldana a “light skinned”, skinny Zoe Saldana who looks nothing like the priestess. Simone was dark skinned, wore her hair natural. Politically she spoke against racism, honored her African roots, in appearance and in her music. Hollywood ignored all of those important facts. Simone’s daughter disapproved of the movie, thus far they refused to listen to her.

In the picture below Simone is on the left and Saldana on the right…

If you care about how black people are presented and represented in the media.I encourage folks to boycott this so called biopic, don’t watch it!

Listen to Nina Simone below performing one of her classic, politically charged song tiled, “Mississippi Goddamn”


4. Harriet Tubman is featured in Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Jacqueline Fleming a “mixed” race woman of Danish- German and African descent. Even though This movie is fictional, hollywood could not help but to cast a woman that has stereotypical European features.

Tubman was a dark skinned African woman, with wide nose, thick lips, round face, and natural kinky hair. And most importantly she was an abolitionist and humanitarian.

5. Racist Dove advertisement. Darker skin shade ( black woman) is placed as unattractive while the lighter skin tone as beautiful ( white woman )

6. Beyonce was named People’s Magazine 2012 Most Beautiful but the magazine could not help see Beyonce’s black/ Negro features: thick lips, and light brown skin for that reason they white washed, photoshopped her by lighting her skin and erasing her lips so that they could look more white European.

This is what Beyonce looks like without the blond wig and weave, see the picture below..

7. Miss Universe 2012 is Angolan Leila Lopes, a dark skinned, with black/ negro features. But when white controlled media feature her in their magazines they almost always ease her blackness…

This is Leila Lopes’ real, natural skin tone, the photo below was shot during the Miss Universe contest

watch her video here…

But this is what she is captured as ( see the picture below) this is the cover of Maxim Portugal…

White women with “black features” are celebrated for their beauty but black women with those features naturally are labelled by white media as ugly or simply ignored.

8. Vanity Fair features Kenyan actress Lupita Nyongo in their magazine, but they could not stand her dark skin, so they decided to air brush her to lighter complexion.

Vanity Fair whitening Lupita Nyongo's dark skin

1. Angelina Jolie’s “black lips” have been the talk of mainstream media for years…

2. kim kardashian, Armenia American is celebrated for her curvaceous body “black features”

3. Coco is now a reality t.v “star” for flaunting her “black features” every chance she gets.

For additional information

1. ” 5 Features That Black Women Have, That White Women Pay For” 5-features-that-black-women-have-that-white-women-pay-for.html

2 ” Celebrating the Black Beauty On White Women” celebrating-the-black-beauty-on-white-women

3. ” Are White Women Mutilating Themselves Trying to Look Black? An Analysis” are-white-women-mutilating-themselves.html

4.”Gatekeeper to the legend of Nina Simone, the songstress’ only child speaks on the controversial upcoming bio pic and who she’d like to see portray her mother” 2

5. Video instruction on how to “Get Angelina Jolie Lips Without Getting Surgery”

6. Nina Simone’s Daughter says the biopic set to start shooting October 16 about her mother featuring Zoe Saldana is unauthorized. Read her letter here … nina-simones-daughter-writes-an-open-letter-to-her-fans-about-her-mothers-biopic-movie-casting

7. Racist and Sexist psychologist of Asian descent uses his research to disrespect black women as being ugly, while white women with those features are celebrated as beautiful why-black-women-are-less-physically-attractive-tha

8.”Colorism in the Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter Film and Why it Does Matter” #

9. ” Bi Racial Actress Plays Harriet Tubman in Movie! Is this Ok or Offensive ?” ?p=9288

10. “Worst Casting Choice for Biopic Ever? Zoe Saldana to Play Nina Simone” zoe-saldana-as-nina-simone

11. “Stir Builds Over Actress to Portray Nina Simone” should-zoe-saldana-play-nina-simone-some-say-no.html

12. Listen to Nina Simone’s daughter interview on casting Zoe Saldana and how she is not a good fit for her mother’s biopic…portraying-nina-simone-in-a-new-biopic

13. Bad Black Mothers read Dr. Kwame Zulu Shabazz on his blog Thoughts of a Ghetto Intellectual…bad-black-mothers.html

14. Read Kola Boof’s outstanding piece, “Harriet Tubman is Biracial in Vampire Film Abe Lincoln! Shame On You Timur Bekmambetov & Tim Burton!” DOC-813383

15. Read “Celebrity Author & Egyptian-Sudanese Womanist Kola Boof Writes an Open Letter to Nina Simone Director Cynthia Mort About the Erasure of Nina’s Image” …celebrity-author-38-egyptian-sudanese-womanist-kola-boof-045300398.html

16.”India.Arie Speaks Out About Unauthorized Nina Simone Movie”….india-arie-speaks-out-about-unauthorized-nina-simone-movie

17. Dr. Kwame Zulu Shabazz speaks about how important it is for Africans/ blacks on the continent of African and in the diaspora to read, pay attention to their collective and world History.

18. Suggestions by Clutch, “Five Better Picks for the Role of Nina Simone Than Zoe Saldana”

Please note: Images and videos are not my personal properties. I however, have the copyright to the write up!