Tagged: african culture

Camels parade in Timbuktu

Timbuktu in the eye of an American visitor

By Mike Theiler Timbuktu. For centuries it’s been a mystical name that’s beckoned travelers like a Saharan mirage. Located in the southern Sahara Desert in today’s Mali, near the northern-most point of the curving......


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Thick is blood – October 2002

Thick is blood – October 2002 By Soumanou Salifou Brazil’s victory over Germany (2-0) during the final game of the XVII World Soccer Cup hosted by South Korea and Japan this summer triggered immense......


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Cote d’Ivoire, a success story

Côte d’Ivoire, a West African success story – March 1996  When Ivorian President Félix Houphouet-Boigny died in December 1993, observers of West African politics talked of the death of a giant. Leaders from the world......


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Soumanou Salifou
Founder/Publisher
"The African" Magazine

Cultural gap

My 13-year old son came home from school at 3 o’clock one rainy afternoon and realized that he had left his key in his locker at school. He called me up in the office...

Soumanou Salifou
Founder/Publisher
"The African" Magazine

An African in Paris

By Soumanou Salifou An airline employee’s incompetence (or ignorance) caused me to spend one day and one night in Paris during my latest trip back from Africa to the United States, instead of the...

Sofia, left, is counseled by one of her aunts.

A dowry ceremony in Benin

By Amina Sidiki Sofia Aly (maiden name Salifou), 33, an accountant, got legally married a couple of years ago to Osséni Aly, a bank employee. Soon thereafter, they had a baby-girl. The couple got...