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Eclectic Ghana

Tetteh Quashie, Accra, Ghana
Tetteh Quashie, Accra, Ghana by George Appiah.

Accra Conscious is the blog of Mac-Jordan, recently returned to Ghana from “the colds of Europe”. It’s an eclectic mix which includes music recommendations, adinkra fabric symbols and Ghana blog meetups.

This recommendation came from Gayle’s round-up of Ghana bloggers on Ghana Guide and Blog, highly recommended reading for context and other Ghanaian blog suggestions.

Read more:
More Ghana blogs on Blogs of the World
Chitenge, a Zambian fashion essential
Brazilian music series – Chorinho

September 21, 2010 Comments disabled

You don’t need to live abroad

Here’s the first of our interviews with People of the World, all over the world. As we wrote last week, there are many different kinds of people of the world; it’s not a narrowly defined category. Today’s interview demonstrates how it’s very possible to have a global outlook and be passionate about getting to know other cultures even without living or travelling abroad. We talked to Sylva Nze Ifedigbo, a writer and journalist living in Abuja, Nigeria.

Could you start by telling us something about yourself?

I am a Nigerian. You know Nigeria, with a population of over 150 million people, is said to be the largest black nation in the world and is as multi-cultural as it is multi-religious.

sylva-nze-ifedigboPolitically though we categorize the country into six geopolitical zones. I hail from the South East geopolitical zone which has Igbo as the predominant tribe. I was born however in the Abuja the Federal Capital Territory where I live currently too. I was born to teacher parents and grew up reading many books. That perhaps informed my love for reading and writing. I studied Veterinary Medicine though at the University of Nigeria. Today I work in Project Management as well as being a creative writer and freelance journalist. I contribute articles and opinions on socio-political issues to many Nigerian online forums and NEXT newspaper. I also moderate a personal blog ‘Nzesylva’.


September 16, 2010 4 comments

Libyan summer

KhadijaTeri is an American who has been living in Libya since 1989 with her Libyan husband and their six children.

Her blog, which is also called KhadijaTeri, is about daily life with her family in Tripoli, the capital city of this North African country. Over in Libya the countdown to Ramadan has already started and families are starting to stock up with food and other provisions.

Tripoli’s old city. Credit.

The weather in Tripoli is very hot at this time of year, and KhadijaTeri writes that her children make the most of the cool part of the day by going outside to play between 5:30am and 8am.

I could only give you a taste in this post, but Khadija has been blogging since 2004 so there’s plenty to go at if you want to read more about life in Libya.

Read more:
More North African blogs from Blogs of the World
A Moroccan kitchen
What future for Arabic dialects?

July 1, 2010 2 comments

The Chitenge – A Zambian fashion essential

When I lived in the more rural area of Eastern Province in Zambia there was a nearby hospital that regularly had volunteers from abroad. We would often see them walking down the road, enjoying the sunshine in their shorts or mini-skirts.

One day a Zambian colleague came and asked why so many white women he saw would cover the top parts of their body but would show their legs and thighs in short skirts. This was not an unreasonable query for someone who comes from a culture where breastfeeding openly is not an issue but where if you are female you must keep everything covered from your midriff down to below your thighs. In Zambia this area of the body is seen as the erotic area and shouldn’t be shown, not even in trousers.

Zambian ladies sporting their chitenges
Ladies of the village sporting their chitenges


May 19, 2010 12 comments

A roadside snack in Nairobi

Vegetable samosas

Thanks again to Isabelle Prondzynski who is a regular contributor to our Food of the World Flickr group. These vegetable samosas were being fried at the roadside in Nairobi, Kenya.

Isabelle wrote: “They were the best I have ever eaten! I am sure I shall be back for more…

Pocketcultures loves to talk about food from around the world. If you have some photos, why not join our Food of the World Flickr group?

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I love Madagascar on Blogs of the World
Nshima and Zambia’s food culture
A Kenyan festive lunch

April 30, 2010 1 comment

I love Madagascar

DagoTiako means ‘I love Madagascar’. Written by Ariniaina, this blog is about social issues, culture and people of Madagascar.

Ariniaina’s favourite topic is her streets of Tana series (Tana is short for Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar).

Docteur de chaussures malades” by Ariniaina

In a post about the Malagasy New Year (celebrated on 16th March) she explains Malagasy traditions, and also admits that she would like to know more about her own culture.

Youngsters are fascinated to the ‘new culture’ that western countries are bringing. But this is not the only reason. Also, we lack books and documentation about our own history, culture and traditions. And the school programs don’t deal much on them

This blog is part of the Rising Voices FOKO project which aims to help Malagasy citizens to connect to the global conversation.

Read more:
African blogs on Blogs of the World
Streets of Yemen: women bloggers in Yemen
African-American culture in the USA

April 29, 2010 2 comments