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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the African Culture Site! These are the top ten articles that your African Culture Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Chinua Achebe Remembered
The Nigerian writer and scholar Chinua Achebe passed away in March 2013. He used his love of language to bring the history of his people to light and is celebrated across Africa. The Biafran War shaped his life and his writing. He will always remain at the heart of African literature.
2. Cheops and the Great Pyramid of Giza
Little is known about Cheops, the Egyptian pharaoh who was responsible for one of the most impressive structures on earth - the Great Pyramid of Giza. But his pyramid ensures his memory will last for at least another million years.
3. Coffee was born in Africa
Coffee has become so much a part of our lives that it is almost impossible to imagine a world without it. Centuries ago in Ethiopia, a shepherd discovered that the reddish coffee bean made his goats 'dance' and coffee was introduced to the world.
4. Mount Kilimanjaro
Mount Kilimanjaro, the famous inactive volcano, dominates the Tanzanian plains. It was declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa on February 11, 2013 and has inspired writers, poets, artists and explorers for over 150 years.
5. Cape Town was Settled by the Dutch
Europeans settled for the first time on the southern tip of Africa where Cape Town is today. The city is known as 'The Mother City' and was where a very colorful beginning put South Africa on a very interesting path.
6. Lesotho and Prince Harry
Prince Harry was so moved by the plight of the people of Lesotho that he set up a charity with their Prince Seeiso to provide education, skills and self-belief to the many thousands of orphans and children living in extreme poverty high in the mountains of this kingdom.
7. Story of Creation by the Kuba People
The Creation is an important aspect of the religious beliefs of the Kuba people of central Africa. It explains how they were created and how the world around them came to be. This provides a foundation for their lives today.
8. African Slave Trade
It is believed that up to thirteen million Africans were taken from their homes, communities, tribes and families over four hundred years. The slave trade was fueled mostly by a desire for gold and a taste for sugar.
9. Djibouti – East African’s Smallest Country
Dwarfed by its neighbors, Ethiopia and Somalia, Djibouti is an untouched secret of East Africa. It has vast landscapes and a wide range of fauna and flora. Meeting the Afar people would be interesting and their unique skill means they will never forget you.
10. Wedding Tradition of the Nuer People
The traditional Nuer people of South Sudan and Ethiopia celebrate weddings in stages starting with a gift of cattle from the groom to the bride’s clan. The union of marriage is finalized when the bride produces her third child, ensuring male lineage.
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