Monthly ArchiveNovember 2009

Africa Berlin International Conference 2009

A multi-disciplinary platform for academics to discuss diverse issues relating to Africa was successfully initiated in Berlin on the 29th October 2009. The initiative termed “Africa Berlin International Conference” brought academics together at the Humboldt University, Berlin, for three days (29th till 31st October 2009).

African Cuisine

African cuisine combines traditional fruits and vegetables, exotic game and fish from the oceans that surrounds her, and a marinade of cultures, colonies, trade routes, and history.

African Aesthetics

African aesthetics generally has a moral basis, as indicated by the fact that in many African languages the same word means “beautiful” and “good.” It is consistent with the use and meaning of African art that it should be both beautiful and good, because it is intended not only to please the eye but to uphold moral values. The ethical and religious basis of African art may explain why the principal subject is the human figure; African art often appears in ritual contexts that deal with the vital moral and spiritual concerns of the human condition.

African Languages

It is estimated that there are between 2000 and 3000 languages spoken on the African continent, with possibly as many as 8000 dialects. African languages are divided into four major language families, as well as Austronesian.

African Traditional Culture

Much of Africa’s cultural activity centers on the family and the ethnic group. Art, music, and oral literature serve to reinforce existing religious and social patterns. The Westernized minority, influenced by European culture and Christianity, first rejected African traditional culture, but with the rise of African nationalism, a cultural revival occurred. The governments of most African nations foster national dance and music groups, museums, and to a lesser degree, artists and writers.

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