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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. 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.
3. 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.
4. Nelson Mandela, the Man
Nelson Mandela has impacted lives across the planet. His understanding of human nature and his drive and determination to make things right for everyone will always be celebrated in history books and in the hearts of those he touched.
5. Kenya’s Athletic Success
The town of Eldoret in Kenya is home to most of Kenya's middle and long distance athletes. They have dominated these distances since the 1968 Olympic Games and the reasons for their successes are interesting.
6. 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.
7. The African Sound of Fado and Mariza
Fado is a traditional Portuguese style of music that is celebrated in Mozambique. Mariza, a popular local singer, lends her soulful and colorful voice to the unique sounds of Fado. Mariza’s African roots are clear in her love of music and the passion she injects into her singing.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Festival of the Sahara
Life in the Sahara Desert is difficult and lonely. Once a year, for four days, tribes from North Africa come together in Tunisia to celebrate the desert. The challenge each other in tests of survival and share desert tradition.
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