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Africa: in these little five alphabets are years of history, some written others hidden. Today I call on every one, Africans or non-Africans, who wishes to talk, share and explore Africa together, too join my newsletter. In this newsletter, I will be answering any questions you have about Africa and her people to the best of my knowledge and as a born African; I will answer your questions to the fullest and in the utmost truth. I will also share with you (if possible) pictures and real illustrations about Africa and her way of life. The question now is, are you ready to know the real Africa?
Newsletter Dated: 7/6/2003 8:54:38 PM


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Over the centuries, Africa has been known not only for her showing display of shinning and colorful dresses but also for her cultural delicacies. The people of Africa, be it young or elderly are widely recognize by their public display of ones culture. Enlighten by the loud drums of the Yoruba (An African Tribe), echoing into your inner most thoughts, you feel an urge in you to get into the dance floor and shake whatever you got. Truly, there are hundreds of different tribes that makes up the African continent, but moreover, from the young to the old, male to female, they only live by one culture, a culture that easily spots them out away from others, a culture that defines what it means to be an African and by this culture, they form a continent. Under the radiating sun of the Sahara to the rising waves of the pacific, the African people, under one code, live a way of life far different from any others, with the roaring lions they share their meals and by the play of a flute they calm the rising cobra. Although, not fully equipped with the tools of modern technology, they still find their ways across one valley to another by the navigation of the stars. The African people, a people so unique in its ways that it can almost be said that they are the “lost civilization”.


The Yoruba’s

Population: Approximately 10 million
Location: Southwestern Nigeria

History: The oral history of the Yoruba describes an origin myth, which tells of God lowering a chain at Ile-Ife, down which came Oduduwa, the ancestor of all people, bringing with him a cock, some earth, and a palm kernel. The earth was thrown into the water, the cocked scratched it to become land, and the kernel grew into a tree with sixteen limbs, representing the original sixteen kingdoms. The empire of Oyo arose at the end of the 15th century aided by Portuguese guns. Expansion of the kingdom is associated with the acquisition of the horse. At the end of the 18th century civil war broke out at Oyo, the rebels called for assistance to the Fulani, but the latter ended up conquering all of Oyo by the 1830s. The Fulani invasion pushed many Yoruba to the south where the towns of Ibadan and Abeokuta were founded. In the late 1880s, with the help of a British mediator, a treaty was signed between the various warring factions. The British officially colonized Yorubaland in 1901, but a system of indirect rule was established that mimicked the structure of Yoruba governance.

Yoruba Names:

(1) Hafsah (Meaning: Wife of the prophet) (Mainly Girls)
(2) Mahmud (Meaning: Praised) (Mainly Boys)
(3) Safayah (Meaning: Pure, Serene) (Mainly Girls)


1. Rather than tell a lie to help a friend, it is better to assist him in paying the fine for his offense.
2. The alcohol that is insufficient for a whole town ought not to intoxicate one man.
3. A fowl does not forget where it lays it eggs.
4. By being grateful, a man makes himself deserving of yet another kindness.
5. The thirsty fig sits waiting patiently, waiting for the arrival of the rains.
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