Songs to get married to Types of People at a Habesha wedding The secret lives of commotion When do you pop the question ? What you need to know about Shona Marriages. Does Lobolo (Bride-Price) diminish the status of women? It’s complicated Diplomatic relations. Jumping the Broom and the Black Power Movement My Great-Grandmother married her Husband’s Brother. The Winecarrying The wedding of Nana Achaa Boahemaa II, Queen Mother of the Ashanti Kingdom Good family

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We are a community curious about our African heritage. We publish thematic essays from young writers and thinkers in Ontario. We ask big questions, and find original ideas from traditional and contemporary science, philosophy, society, design and arts.


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When do you pop the question ?

In Matrimony by Ebbasa DugasaAugust 29, 2020

As a child, I would sit on our living room couch for hours listening to my father tell stories from back home. Despite being miles away from Oromia, he carried their oral storytelling traditions with him. It was through these stories I was first introduced to the rich and complex history and culture of my people. For centuries storytelling served …




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My Great-Grandmother married her Husband’s Brother.

In Matrimony by Odogwu IbezimakoAugust 29, 2020

In a society with no social insurance checks and no modern medicine, your family was not just your labour force. Your family was your healthcare system, your emergency response unit, and your primary caregiver. Polygamy promised safety. Everyone had a family, and every family protected their own.


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Good family:
Who is worthy of love ?

In Matrimony by Odogwu IbezimakoAugust 29, 2020

Marriage is not about marriage – it is about power. It is about who is considered valuable, and what human interactions are sanctioned by society. This is what I am going to discuss here—value systems that are upheld and reproduced through marriage rituals.


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Jumping the Broom and the Black Power Movement

In Matrimony by Deborah MebudeAugust 29, 2020

When any couple ties the knot, they bring together long-standing traditions with at times convoluted histories, not unlike that of jumping the broom. Ultimately, wedding customs exist to accent the joining of families and the declaration of mutual love and fidelity.


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A lesson in negotiations, geopolitics and marriage diplomacy with Somali-Canadian elder.

Dr Munyaradzi
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Dr Munyaradazi Mawere prepares us to embrace indigenous knowledge systems. 


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One-on-one with Celina Caesar-Chavannes about power, politics and Black womanhood in Canada.


Dr. Chika Ezeanya -Esiobu



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Dr Chika Ezeanya- Esiobu discusses the relationship between knowledge and power.



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Good family:
Who is worthy of love ?

In Matrimony by Odogwu IbezimakoAugust 29, 2020

Marriage is not about marriage – it is about power. It is about who is considered valuable, and what human interactions are sanctioned by society. This is what I am going to discuss here—value systems that are upheld and reproduced through marriage rituals.


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Carnival culture or commodity:
Dr Hillary Brown of the CARICOM secretariat on the evolutions of carnival.

In Carnival by Gabriela RobertsAugust 17, 2020

This is the crux of many a discussion on culture and carnival. There is the view of the cultural purists who want to see the tradition stay the same, where the meaning and connection to the origin are preserved. Then there are the entrepreneurs who say ‘yes, but it’s also business’. There is always this tension between the instrumental value and economic value of culture and the arts.



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Iron Love:
Steel Pan music explained

In Carnival Editor's Pick Main by Sarah BrooksAugust 9, 2020

Steel pan was a defiant instrument. At the time it was invented, the people of Trinidad were exposed to and under the rule of the powers of be at that time. And because when the slaves originally came to Trinidad against their will, they took away their native instruments including the drums. But they found another way to flourish.


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Joy and Rebellion

In Carnival by Akilah WalcottAugust 8, 2020

We should not be afraid of change. Instead, we must explore the ways in which we are still connected. We are all on a common journey to freedom.



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Iron Love:
Steel Pan music explained

In Carnival Editor's Pick Main by Sarah BrooksAugust 9, 2020

Steel pan was a defiant instrument. At the time it was invented, the people of Trinidad were exposed to and under the rule of the powers of be at that time. And because when the slaves originally came to Trinidad against their will, they took away their native instruments including the drums. But they found another way to flourish.




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