Africa is a continent rich is history that has been exploited and ravaged for generation. While often times through a European lens Africa is viewed as a country that is lost and needs saving, many people refer to Africa as the Mother Land. Africa has earned the name the Mother Land because many people believe that Africa was where the first humans originated. Scholars have debated for years as to where mankind originated and there are a myriad of different theories from a number of scientist. The two most popular or heavily supported theories are the multiple regional theory and the out of African theory.
Benin was known for brass casting and the smelting of copper and zinc which had been ongoing in west Africa since 600 BC by the Nok Kingdom, Yoruba, Benin Kingdom and Mande people who later formed the Mali Empire. Mostly, the artists of the Empire of Benin utilized bronze, coral and ivory for their artistic creations and would often depict historical
Even though, the Portuguese were the first Europeans to have an interaction with the Benin world, it was the British occupation of Benin City that led to a cultural key encounter between the Benin world and the Europeans. The relationship between Benin and Portugal was based of trade,
Yemoja is known as the Queen of the Sea, Queen of the Waves, Lady of the Sea, Mother of Water, Mother of all Orishas, and Patroness and Protection of Children and Fishermen, in the Yoruba religion. The Yoruba religion ingenerated and is progressing in Southwestern Nigeria, parts of Benin and Togo. The religion has one major self-existing God or deity, Olodumare, whose status of supremacy is absolute . Olodumare is said to be the creator of the earth. He created Obatalá (father and creator of human bodies) to build the world and gave him a gold chain, a small bag of loose earth, and a five-toed hen.
The primary difference in the political organization of both East and West African from 1000-1500 CE comes in the form of government. While all sub-Saharan Africa utilized kin-based groups, West Africa was structured more around kingdoms, and East Africa structured around city-states. Some West African kingdoms had a strong centralized government, such as the Kingdom of Kongo. The government included a king, who controlled military, judicial, and financial affairs, with the help of his officials. When the emergence of formal states came about, the strong kin-based societies of the West survived for centuries later.
Equiano’s narrative not only open doors to ending slavery, but also gives us some clear insight about the many struggles the slaves had endured. Equiano Olaudah, who was born in 1745, was a member of the Eboe tribe who came from a village in Essaka (Benin) which is now southeastern Nigeria, West Africa. Part of his culture, was having a mark placed on a certain part of his body, which was significant to his culture. According to Equiano, “This mark conferred on the person entitled to it, by cutting the skin across at the top of the forehead, and drawing it down to the eyebrows; and while it is in this situation applying a warm hand, and rubbing it until it shrinks up into a thick weal across the lower part of the forehead” ( Equiano p. 5-6).
The story takes place in Nigeria around 1890, mostly in the villages Umuofia and Mbanta, close to the east bank of the Niger River. The action covers approximately 15-20 years but some scenarios from the past are also viewed to further the reader 's understanding of the characters ' background. The people of Umuofia live in huts and are very primitive, surrounded by a dense and dark forest which they both fear and respect. Their rules are strict and not to be broken, or else one might be exiled. Okonkwo, the protagonist, is a strong warrior and a clan leader in Umuofia.
How would you answer someone you just met if they asked you to describe your culture to them? If someone was to ask me about my culture i would start by telling the person my Nigeria culture is very diverse and definitely complicated. Although english is the official language, more than 250 languages are spoken. Yoruba, igbo and hausa are the 3 most popular languages. It a very multi-ethnic culture.
Since I chose Africa I will be explaining what was Africa before 1500 ce. Before the 1500 ce Africa had many trades, cultures, and also some encounters with Islam. In 1000 ce Islam invaded the West African State, in Dr. Mayers, 2012 study of Africa he stated that the spread of Islam revealed the power of the religion, commercial, and also the military qualities. Many civilizations were being change without being close to at least one Islamic statement. Islam had spread so much in Africa that Islamization had served to connect with Africa and connected more with the outside world through trade, religion, and
Equiano’s enslavement lasted from 1756 – 1766. The number of Africans enslaved and traded varies from source to source, but a good estimate of slaves taken across the Atlantic was around sixty million. Of this number, only 16% survived (Donaldson). Although there were many African’s on the journey, there were many different artifacts from different African cultures. Some of the artifacts came from Nigeria, Sengal, Congo, Liberia, and Angolia (On the Water).
A street grid, followed by commercial, industrial, and residential development, erased the memory of the cemetery.A memorial site designed by Rodney L¿on was completed in 2007. The memorial consists of a sunken Libation Court (gathering space for cultural ceremonies). It is surrounded by a Circle of the Diaspora inscribed with signs, symbols, and images of the African Diaspora.A Wall of Remembrance describes events that contributed to the African Burial Ground 's creation. The reinterment locations are marked with four Ancestral Pillars.the African Burial Ground is possibly the only preserved, urban, eighteenth-century African cemetery in America. The site and memorial also contribute to New York 's cultural richness, adding to an array of monuments celebrating the city 's immigrant
Ghana and Mali were two empires of ancient Africa that were built on the foundation of trade. Although it seems as if they are completely different, they do have some things in common. The ancient empire of Ghana had established strong regional trade links. They took control of the trade of gold and salt. The land’s abundance of resources allowed Ghana to engage in years of prosperous trading.
Throughout our History on Earth. We have built Many different civilizations. Africa is one of them , Africa has seen the rise and fall of many of its empires. The oldest and Largest of the empire being Egypt, though they gave us the pyramids and Pharaohs , They weren 't the only ones to develop the culture of africa as we see it proven today. African culture Is very diverse, to generalise it would cause too much confusion.