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Kano city, located in northern Nigeria, is one of the oldest and most significant cities in the country's history. Its socio-cultural identity has been shaped by a variety of factors, including its history, traditions, and myths.
Africa has a rich history of spiritual and cultural beliefs, with a central focus on the elements of nature. One of the most intriguing practices is that of the Rain Maker, a person with the ability to control the weather and bring forth rain in times of drought.
In 1874,a German traveler, Karl Leche, sent a letter to newspapers across the United States and Europe. His letter gave vivid details of a tree he came across in Madagascar, an island on the east coast of Africa, and how that tree consumes humans, so much that the Mkodo tribe people made human sacrifices to said tree.
In any case, attention should be awarded to how we tell our stories so that they can garner the attention of incoming generations. If drastic actions are not taken, our cultural heritages and our pristine identities may not recover from this slippery slide and unguarded free fall into the bin of forgotten history.
Sàngó, also known as Changó or Xangô in Latin America; and as Jakuta or Badé is an Orisha, a deity in Yoruba religion. He is a royal ancestor of the Yoruba as he was the third Alaafin of the Oyo Kingdom prior to his posthumous deification.
The events in this folktale led to a new custom in Uganda in the old days; but now there is a new law, and no one may go to a witchdoctor at all, and if the police find a man telling fortunes they take him to prison. But still some people are naive enough to go in secret, and have their fortunes told, even though they know this story.
The Hausa myth of Bayajida accounts for the origin of the Hausa. As a wanderer, he came to a place currently called Borno. He was noted for his intelligence and bravery to the extent that the king gave him his daughter’s hand in marriage.
Growing up, I heard tales of the famous Bush Baby from the older boys in my village that attended the only boarding school in the whole of the district. Whenever they returned home for the holidays, they always had stories and adventures to tell the smaller boys who hoped to be like them someday.
Efik history traces the origin of Ndem worship to their god’s basin (usan Abasi) which tradition says was a sacred companion of the Iboku people from their oriented home. All through their migrations and sojourn among known and unknown host communities, the Iboku people remained attached to their “usan Abasi” before which they presented requestsof all nature.
This fiction story is coined from a non-written tale of water beings, the unsure trait of treachery and wickedness they possess. And the possibility that a man could be sacred to Ngene.
The essence of this folktale does not only lie in its entertaining abilities, but in its educating dimensions as virtues are rewarded, truth is vindicated and vices are punished.
Jinns are simply spirits that were known to have been created by God himself according to the Islamic religion. Although they possess supernatural powers which are apparently not inclusive rights of human beings such as strength, invisibility, teleportation, trickery and transformation, Jinns are parallel to humans in an extra-terrestrial plane and, like humans, they possess the ability to eat, drink, and marry and the freewill to choose between good and evil.
With the forced migration brought about by majorly the Atlantic slave trade, Yemoja possesses many names and is worshiped in different religions and forms across various regions by afro-descendants all over the world.
The Mythology of Twinhood in Yorubaland, Nigeria, is an important aspect of the cultural heritage of the Yoruba people. The Yoruba believe in the concept of twinning and the special significance of twins in their culture, which is expressed in their art, songs, and religious beliefs. This mythology holds that twins are believed to be gifted with special powers and a unique connection to the divine, and they are often seen as symbols of good luck and prosperity. Hit the play button to listen, and do not forget to comment and share with friends.
Africa has a rich history of superstitions and myths that vary from region to region. One popular belief is that certain animals, like snakes, crocodiles, and owls, have mystical powers and are connected to the spiritual. Additionally, there are many taboos surrounding the behavior and reaction of an average person in certain scenarios or places in African culture and tradition. Superstitions and myths continue to be an integral part of African societies. It is safe to say that it’s a part of us. Listen. Enjoy. Share. Comment
The goddess Nana Buluku is an important figure in West African mythology, particularly in the spiritual beliefs of the Fon people of Benin and the Yoruba people of Nigeria. This ancient myth has been passed down from generation to generation, serving as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage of the Fon people shaping their beliefs and traditions. Interesting right? Listen to this episode as Florent takes us on this ride.
Goddesses are known to be beautiful and powerful, is the Goddesses Anansa going to be any different? Listen now as Maryann shares more insight on the Calabar Goddess, Anansa.
Bayajidda is the mythological hero in the tale of the Hausa Kingdoms’ origin. The story has multiple versions, but that said, is Bayajida a myth or a legend? On this episode our guest; Shamsudeen gives us an interesting breakdown sharing the story of Bayajida.
For as long as I can remember, horror myths have always been a common thing in Nigerian boarding schools. No one can tell the originator of these myths but they may have started as rumors and over the years or maybe they are real myths. These myths have been told in different versions and it seems like every boarding school has a spectacular narration of each one of them. Listen to this interesting episode as our guests; Renny and Muminah share their experiences in boarding schools.
There is a major difference that lies between what Hoodoo defines, and what Voodoo defines. Voodoo is the religion, or belief system, Hoodoo, on the other hand, is the magic that has derived from the teachings of Voodoo, which was originally a part of Voodoo.
Kintu is a mythological figure who appears in a creation myth of the Baganda people of Buganda, Uganda. According to this legend, Kintu was the first person on earth and the first man to wander the plains of Uganda alone.
Anansi the trickster is a West African God. He often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the god of all knowledge of stories.
In this episode, we speak to Fatima about jinns in Northern Nigeria.
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