Vitabu’s Fantasy History

Fantasy History is a series by Vitabu Books that features “excerpts from a book on Sierra Leonean women councilors, mayors, cabinet ministers, and political candidates”. The first of this series covers the life of Constance Horton Cummings-John, a pioneering politician from Sierra Leonean history. Constance came from an influential family and was an activist for…

Wise words from a Orisa priestess

If you’ve not read the Brittle Paper interview with Omítọ̀nàdé Ifáwẹ̀mímọ́, you should head over there right now. Omítọ̀nàdé is a priestess of Yemoja and had really interesting things to say while explaining her faith and stance as a Yoruba traditional worshipper. I’ve seen in so many places online where Ifa and Orisha worship are…

theyoruba.com

A resource for all things Yoruba, past, present and maybe future. They have little tidbits like Yoruba symbols of communication in the Middle Ages (there’s a part 2!). That and this article on Yoruba life in the Middle Ages were very useful to me recently when I decided to write some historical fiction all of…

Ashanti architecture

The images below are apparently of Ashanti architecture, from Kumasi, the capital and neighbouring towns. I am a huge fan of photos like these. Look how clean the environs are, look at the meticulous work of these buildings. I can’t forget randomers arguing that Africans never had multi-storey buildings before colonial destruction when I stumble…