Have you checked out @africancreativecollective on #ASOS marketplace?  The boutique has so much #YES all in one place.  It is like the best summer all in one place! 


#KENEMA #CHICHIA #BABATUNDE AND #MORE!!

#GETINTOIT #SUPERSUMMERTIMEFLY ☀️☀️

Have you checked out @africancreativecollective on #ASOS marketplace? The boutique has so much #YES all in one place. It is like the best summer all in one place!


#KENEMA #CHICHIA #BABATUNDE AND #MORE!!

#GETINTOIT #SUPERSUMMERTIMEFLY ☀️☀️

If you knew the emotional turmoil I’ve put myself through doing this shit!  I love and loathe social media all at the same time!  HUGE shouts to #thebae’s @rosesgabor @arietawho @amaquashie @a__b_i @basilburley for assisting in the restoration of balance and also @itsmikeyabegunde x


I know this is rather dramatic but boyyyyy #creativeindustryproblems

If you knew the emotional turmoil I’ve put myself through doing this shit! I love and loathe social media all at the same time! HUGE shouts to #thebae’s @rosesgabor @arietawho @amaquashie @a__b_i @basilburley for assisting in the restoration of balance and also @itsmikeyabegunde x


I know this is rather dramatic but boyyyyy #creativeindustryproblems

Essential sunshine music. @rosesgabor I really wish you would rap from time to time. She’s a dope MC ⚡️⚡️⚡️

Essential sunshine music. @rosesgabor I really wish you would rap from time to time. She’s a dope MC ⚡️⚡️⚡️

#SierraLeone #Africa.


A #Temne man wears the costume of the sorcerer bird.  This is #tribal 


Image and caption © Charles & Josette Lenars

#SierraLeone #Africa.


A #Temne man wears the costume of the sorcerer bird. This is #tribal


Image and caption © Charles & Josette Lenars

@africancreativecollective x @asomarketplace stocking that #HIGHGRADE global fashion with #African roots 

I’m super proud to be a part of this collective. ⬆️⬆️⬆️


Link to the shop in the @africancreativecollective bio


#INDEPENDENTDOPENESS ✨✨

 (at http://www.africancreativecollective.com/)

@africancreativecollective x @asomarketplace stocking that #HIGHGRADE global fashion with #African roots

I’m super proud to be a part of this collective. ⬆️⬆️⬆️


Link to the shop in the @africancreativecollective bio


#INDEPENDENTDOPENESS ✨✨

(at http://www.africancreativecollective.com/)

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African ethnic group of the week: The Kuba people (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kuba (Likuba, Kyba) is a Bantu language of Kasai, it belongs with the Bangi–Ntomba group
Kuba Kingdom or Bakuba/ Bushoong Kingdom was a federation of smaller polities and ethnicities. It bordered the Kasai, Lulua, and Sankuru rivers in the region of West Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. The kingdom is estimated to have had a population of 250,000. Kuba is the name given to the Bushoong people by the Luba, meaning “lightning”, for their throwing knife. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists and is presided over by the nyim( king)
Because of its relative remoteness in the southern Congo, Kuba was largely spared the turmoil of both European and Arab slave trades. As a result, the civilization was able to maintain itself until the 19th century. Also due mainly to its location, even after Belgium officially established the Congo Free State in 1885, the Kuba were able to sustain their federation, which comprised some 100,000 square kilometers and had a population of approximately 150,000 inhabitants.
The Belgians began attempting to gain the acceptance of the Kuba in the early 1880s; however, the gifts Belgium attempted to give were always rejected and king aMbweeky aMileng threatened to behead any foreign intruders. As a result of their justifiable fear of white foreigners, it was not until the African-American missionary William Sheppard made contact with the Kuba that a foreigner would gain their acceptance. This was mainly due to his African blood and Sheppard was able to live amongst the Kuba for four months.
Eventually, after colonial officials were able to enforce their authority upon the Kuba near the end of the 19th century, the entire region became increasingly unstable. However, the well-organized Kuba fought relentlessly against the regime and the area was one of the main sectors of resistance to Belgium throughout its rule.
The Kuba government was reorganized toward a merit-based title system, but power still remained firmly in the hands of the aristocracy. The Kuba government was controlled by a king called the nyim who belonged to the Bushoong clan. The king was responsible to a court council of all the Kuba subgroups, who were represented equally before the king by their elites.
The Kuba are known for their raffia embroidered textiles, fiber and beaded hats, carved palm wine cups and cosmetic boxes, but they are most famous for their monumental helmet masks, featuring exquisite geometric patterns, stunning fabrics, seeds, beads and shells. They have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface without ornament.
At the Kuba court, appreciation of artistic innovation was balanced by reverence for tradition and continuity, and the king’s treasury included heirlooms passed from one royal generation to the next. One of the most significant of these was a red basket decorated with cowries and beads, identified as the basket of knowledge from the Kuba origin myth. In that story, the first man, Woot, stole this basket from the creator god Mbwoom but then lost it. The basket was later found by a Pygmy, who gave it to the first Kuba ruler.
The Kuba believed in Bumba the Sky Father who spewed out the sun, moon, stars, and planets. He also created life with the Earth Mother. However these were somewhat distant deities, and the Kuba placed more immediate concern in a supernatural being named Woot, who named the animals and other things. Woot was the first human and bringer of civilization. The Kuba are sometimes known as the “Children of Woot.”
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African ethnic group of the week: The Kuba people (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kuba (Likuba, Kyba) is a Bantu language of Kasai, it belongs with the Bangi–Ntomba group
Kuba Kingdom or Bakuba/ Bushoong Kingdom was a federation of smaller polities and ethnicities. It bordered the Kasai, Lulua, and Sankuru rivers in the region of West Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. The kingdom is estimated to have had a population of 250,000. Kuba is the name given to the Bushoong people by the Luba, meaning “lightning”, for their throwing knife. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists and is presided over by the nyim( king)
Because of its relative remoteness in the southern Congo, Kuba was largely spared the turmoil of both European and Arab slave trades. As a result, the civilization was able to maintain itself until the 19th century. Also due mainly to its location, even after Belgium officially established the Congo Free State in 1885, the Kuba were able to sustain their federation, which comprised some 100,000 square kilometers and had a population of approximately 150,000 inhabitants.
The Belgians began attempting to gain the acceptance of the Kuba in the early 1880s; however, the gifts Belgium attempted to give were always rejected and king aMbweeky aMileng threatened to behead any foreign intruders. As a result of their justifiable fear of white foreigners, it was not until the African-American missionary William Sheppard made contact with the Kuba that a foreigner would gain their acceptance. This was mainly due to his African blood and Sheppard was able to live amongst the Kuba for four months.
Eventually, after colonial officials were able to enforce their authority upon the Kuba near the end of the 19th century, the entire region became increasingly unstable. However, the well-organized Kuba fought relentlessly against the regime and the area was one of the main sectors of resistance to Belgium throughout its rule.
The Kuba government was reorganized toward a merit-based title system, but power still remained firmly in the hands of the aristocracy. The Kuba government was controlled by a king called the nyim who belonged to the Bushoong clan. The king was responsible to a court council of all the Kuba subgroups, who were represented equally before the king by their elites.
The Kuba are known for their raffia embroidered textiles, fiber and beaded hats, carved palm wine cups and cosmetic boxes, but they are most famous for their monumental helmet masks, featuring exquisite geometric patterns, stunning fabrics, seeds, beads and shells. They have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface without ornament.
At the Kuba court, appreciation of artistic innovation was balanced by reverence for tradition and continuity, and the king’s treasury included heirlooms passed from one royal generation to the next. One of the most significant of these was a red basket decorated with cowries and beads, identified as the basket of knowledge from the Kuba origin myth. In that story, the first man, Woot, stole this basket from the creator god Mbwoom but then lost it. The basket was later found by a Pygmy, who gave it to the first Kuba ruler.
The Kuba believed in Bumba the Sky Father who spewed out the sun, moon, stars, and planets. He also created life with the Earth Mother. However these were somewhat distant deities, and the Kuba placed more immediate concern in a supernatural being named Woot, who named the animals and other things. Woot was the first human and bringer of civilization. The Kuba are sometimes known as the “Children of Woot.”
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African ethnic group of the week: The Kuba people (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kuba (Likuba, Kyba) is a Bantu language of Kasai, it belongs with the Bangi–Ntomba group
Kuba Kingdom or Bakuba/ Bushoong Kingdom was a federation of smaller polities and ethnicities. It bordered the Kasai, Lulua, and Sankuru rivers in the region of West Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. The kingdom is estimated to have had a population of 250,000. Kuba is the name given to the Bushoong people by the Luba, meaning “lightning”, for their throwing knife. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists and is presided over by the nyim( king)
Because of its relative remoteness in the southern Congo, Kuba was largely spared the turmoil of both European and Arab slave trades. As a result, the civilization was able to maintain itself until the 19th century. Also due mainly to its location, even after Belgium officially established the Congo Free State in 1885, the Kuba were able to sustain their federation, which comprised some 100,000 square kilometers and had a population of approximately 150,000 inhabitants.
The Belgians began attempting to gain the acceptance of the Kuba in the early 1880s; however, the gifts Belgium attempted to give were always rejected and king aMbweeky aMileng threatened to behead any foreign intruders. As a result of their justifiable fear of white foreigners, it was not until the African-American missionary William Sheppard made contact with the Kuba that a foreigner would gain their acceptance. This was mainly due to his African blood and Sheppard was able to live amongst the Kuba for four months.
Eventually, after colonial officials were able to enforce their authority upon the Kuba near the end of the 19th century, the entire region became increasingly unstable. However, the well-organized Kuba fought relentlessly against the regime and the area was one of the main sectors of resistance to Belgium throughout its rule.
The Kuba government was reorganized toward a merit-based title system, but power still remained firmly in the hands of the aristocracy. The Kuba government was controlled by a king called the nyim who belonged to the Bushoong clan. The king was responsible to a court council of all the Kuba subgroups, who were represented equally before the king by their elites.
The Kuba are known for their raffia embroidered textiles, fiber and beaded hats, carved palm wine cups and cosmetic boxes, but they are most famous for their monumental helmet masks, featuring exquisite geometric patterns, stunning fabrics, seeds, beads and shells. They have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface without ornament.
At the Kuba court, appreciation of artistic innovation was balanced by reverence for tradition and continuity, and the king’s treasury included heirlooms passed from one royal generation to the next. One of the most significant of these was a red basket decorated with cowries and beads, identified as the basket of knowledge from the Kuba origin myth. In that story, the first man, Woot, stole this basket from the creator god Mbwoom but then lost it. The basket was later found by a Pygmy, who gave it to the first Kuba ruler.
The Kuba believed in Bumba the Sky Father who spewed out the sun, moon, stars, and planets. He also created life with the Earth Mother. However these were somewhat distant deities, and the Kuba placed more immediate concern in a supernatural being named Woot, who named the animals and other things. Woot was the first human and bringer of civilization. The Kuba are sometimes known as the “Children of Woot.”
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African ethnic group of the week: The Kuba people (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kuba (Likuba, Kyba) is a Bantu language of Kasai, it belongs with the Bangi–Ntomba group
Kuba Kingdom or Bakuba/ Bushoong Kingdom was a federation of smaller polities and ethnicities. It bordered the Kasai, Lulua, and Sankuru rivers in the region of West Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. The kingdom is estimated to have had a population of 250,000. Kuba is the name given to the Bushoong people by the Luba, meaning “lightning”, for their throwing knife. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists and is presided over by the nyim( king)
Because of its relative remoteness in the southern Congo, Kuba was largely spared the turmoil of both European and Arab slave trades. As a result, the civilization was able to maintain itself until the 19th century. Also due mainly to its location, even after Belgium officially established the Congo Free State in 1885, the Kuba were able to sustain their federation, which comprised some 100,000 square kilometers and had a population of approximately 150,000 inhabitants.
The Belgians began attempting to gain the acceptance of the Kuba in the early 1880s; however, the gifts Belgium attempted to give were always rejected and king aMbweeky aMileng threatened to behead any foreign intruders. As a result of their justifiable fear of white foreigners, it was not until the African-American missionary William Sheppard made contact with the Kuba that a foreigner would gain their acceptance. This was mainly due to his African blood and Sheppard was able to live amongst the Kuba for four months.
Eventually, after colonial officials were able to enforce their authority upon the Kuba near the end of the 19th century, the entire region became increasingly unstable. However, the well-organized Kuba fought relentlessly against the regime and the area was one of the main sectors of resistance to Belgium throughout its rule.
The Kuba government was reorganized toward a merit-based title system, but power still remained firmly in the hands of the aristocracy. The Kuba government was controlled by a king called the nyim who belonged to the Bushoong clan. The king was responsible to a court council of all the Kuba subgroups, who were represented equally before the king by their elites.
The Kuba are known for their raffia embroidered textiles, fiber and beaded hats, carved palm wine cups and cosmetic boxes, but they are most famous for their monumental helmet masks, featuring exquisite geometric patterns, stunning fabrics, seeds, beads and shells. They have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface without ornament.
At the Kuba court, appreciation of artistic innovation was balanced by reverence for tradition and continuity, and the king’s treasury included heirlooms passed from one royal generation to the next. One of the most significant of these was a red basket decorated with cowries and beads, identified as the basket of knowledge from the Kuba origin myth. In that story, the first man, Woot, stole this basket from the creator god Mbwoom but then lost it. The basket was later found by a Pygmy, who gave it to the first Kuba ruler.
The Kuba believed in Bumba the Sky Father who spewed out the sun, moon, stars, and planets. He also created life with the Earth Mother. However these were somewhat distant deities, and the Kuba placed more immediate concern in a supernatural being named Woot, who named the animals and other things. Woot was the first human and bringer of civilization. The Kuba are sometimes known as the “Children of Woot.”
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African ethnic group of the week: The Kuba people (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kuba (Likuba, Kyba) is a Bantu language of Kasai, it belongs with the Bangi–Ntomba group
Kuba Kingdom or Bakuba/ Bushoong Kingdom was a federation of smaller polities and ethnicities. It bordered the Kasai, Lulua, and Sankuru rivers in the region of West Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. The kingdom is estimated to have had a population of 250,000. Kuba is the name given to the Bushoong people by the Luba, meaning “lightning”, for their throwing knife. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists and is presided over by the nyim( king)
Because of its relative remoteness in the southern Congo, Kuba was largely spared the turmoil of both European and Arab slave trades. As a result, the civilization was able to maintain itself until the 19th century. Also due mainly to its location, even after Belgium officially established the Congo Free State in 1885, the Kuba were able to sustain their federation, which comprised some 100,000 square kilometers and had a population of approximately 150,000 inhabitants.
The Belgians began attempting to gain the acceptance of the Kuba in the early 1880s; however, the gifts Belgium attempted to give were always rejected and king aMbweeky aMileng threatened to behead any foreign intruders. As a result of their justifiable fear of white foreigners, it was not until the African-American missionary William Sheppard made contact with the Kuba that a foreigner would gain their acceptance. This was mainly due to his African blood and Sheppard was able to live amongst the Kuba for four months.
Eventually, after colonial officials were able to enforce their authority upon the Kuba near the end of the 19th century, the entire region became increasingly unstable. However, the well-organized Kuba fought relentlessly against the regime and the area was one of the main sectors of resistance to Belgium throughout its rule.
The Kuba government was reorganized toward a merit-based title system, but power still remained firmly in the hands of the aristocracy. The Kuba government was controlled by a king called the nyim who belonged to the Bushoong clan. The king was responsible to a court council of all the Kuba subgroups, who were represented equally before the king by their elites.
The Kuba are known for their raffia embroidered textiles, fiber and beaded hats, carved palm wine cups and cosmetic boxes, but they are most famous for their monumental helmet masks, featuring exquisite geometric patterns, stunning fabrics, seeds, beads and shells. They have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface without ornament.
At the Kuba court, appreciation of artistic innovation was balanced by reverence for tradition and continuity, and the king’s treasury included heirlooms passed from one royal generation to the next. One of the most significant of these was a red basket decorated with cowries and beads, identified as the basket of knowledge from the Kuba origin myth. In that story, the first man, Woot, stole this basket from the creator god Mbwoom but then lost it. The basket was later found by a Pygmy, who gave it to the first Kuba ruler.
The Kuba believed in Bumba the Sky Father who spewed out the sun, moon, stars, and planets. He also created life with the Earth Mother. However these were somewhat distant deities, and the Kuba placed more immediate concern in a supernatural being named Woot, who named the animals and other things. Woot was the first human and bringer of civilization. The Kuba are sometimes known as the “Children of Woot.”
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African ethnic group of the week: The Kuba people (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kuba (Likuba, Kyba) is a Bantu language of Kasai, it belongs with the Bangi–Ntomba group
Kuba Kingdom or Bakuba/ Bushoong Kingdom was a federation of smaller polities and ethnicities. It bordered the Kasai, Lulua, and Sankuru rivers in the region of West Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. The kingdom is estimated to have had a population of 250,000. Kuba is the name given to the Bushoong people by the Luba, meaning “lightning”, for their throwing knife. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists and is presided over by the nyim( king)
Because of its relative remoteness in the southern Congo, Kuba was largely spared the turmoil of both European and Arab slave trades. As a result, the civilization was able to maintain itself until the 19th century. Also due mainly to its location, even after Belgium officially established the Congo Free State in 1885, the Kuba were able to sustain their federation, which comprised some 100,000 square kilometers and had a population of approximately 150,000 inhabitants.
The Belgians began attempting to gain the acceptance of the Kuba in the early 1880s; however, the gifts Belgium attempted to give were always rejected and king aMbweeky aMileng threatened to behead any foreign intruders. As a result of their justifiable fear of white foreigners, it was not until the African-American missionary William Sheppard made contact with the Kuba that a foreigner would gain their acceptance. This was mainly due to his African blood and Sheppard was able to live amongst the Kuba for four months.
Eventually, after colonial officials were able to enforce their authority upon the Kuba near the end of the 19th century, the entire region became increasingly unstable. However, the well-organized Kuba fought relentlessly against the regime and the area was one of the main sectors of resistance to Belgium throughout its rule.
The Kuba government was reorganized toward a merit-based title system, but power still remained firmly in the hands of the aristocracy. The Kuba government was controlled by a king called the nyim who belonged to the Bushoong clan. The king was responsible to a court council of all the Kuba subgroups, who were represented equally before the king by their elites.
The Kuba are known for their raffia embroidered textiles, fiber and beaded hats, carved palm wine cups and cosmetic boxes, but they are most famous for their monumental helmet masks, featuring exquisite geometric patterns, stunning fabrics, seeds, beads and shells. They have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface without ornament.
At the Kuba court, appreciation of artistic innovation was balanced by reverence for tradition and continuity, and the king’s treasury included heirlooms passed from one royal generation to the next. One of the most significant of these was a red basket decorated with cowries and beads, identified as the basket of knowledge from the Kuba origin myth. In that story, the first man, Woot, stole this basket from the creator god Mbwoom but then lost it. The basket was later found by a Pygmy, who gave it to the first Kuba ruler.
The Kuba believed in Bumba the Sky Father who spewed out the sun, moon, stars, and planets. He also created life with the Earth Mother. However these were somewhat distant deities, and the Kuba placed more immediate concern in a supernatural being named Woot, who named the animals and other things. Woot was the first human and bringer of civilization. The Kuba are sometimes known as the “Children of Woot.”
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beautiesofafrique:

African ethnic group of the week: The Kuba people (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kuba (Likuba, Kyba) is a Bantu language of Kasai, it belongs with the Bangi–Ntomba group
Kuba Kingdom or Bakuba/ Bushoong Kingdom was a federation of smaller polities and ethnicities. It bordered the Kasai, Lulua, and Sankuru rivers in the region of West Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. The kingdom is estimated to have had a population of 250,000. Kuba is the name given to the Bushoong people by the Luba, meaning “lightning”, for their throwing knife. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists and is presided over by the nyim( king)
Because of its relative remoteness in the southern Congo, Kuba was largely spared the turmoil of both European and Arab slave trades. As a result, the civilization was able to maintain itself until the 19th century. Also due mainly to its location, even after Belgium officially established the Congo Free State in 1885, the Kuba were able to sustain their federation, which comprised some 100,000 square kilometers and had a population of approximately 150,000 inhabitants.
The Belgians began attempting to gain the acceptance of the Kuba in the early 1880s; however, the gifts Belgium attempted to give were always rejected and king aMbweeky aMileng threatened to behead any foreign intruders. As a result of their justifiable fear of white foreigners, it was not until the African-American missionary William Sheppard made contact with the Kuba that a foreigner would gain their acceptance. This was mainly due to his African blood and Sheppard was able to live amongst the Kuba for four months.
Eventually, after colonial officials were able to enforce their authority upon the Kuba near the end of the 19th century, the entire region became increasingly unstable. However, the well-organized Kuba fought relentlessly against the regime and the area was one of the main sectors of resistance to Belgium throughout its rule.
The Kuba government was reorganized toward a merit-based title system, but power still remained firmly in the hands of the aristocracy. The Kuba government was controlled by a king called the nyim who belonged to the Bushoong clan. The king was responsible to a court council of all the Kuba subgroups, who were represented equally before the king by their elites.
The Kuba are known for their raffia embroidered textiles, fiber and beaded hats, carved palm wine cups and cosmetic boxes, but they are most famous for their monumental helmet masks, featuring exquisite geometric patterns, stunning fabrics, seeds, beads and shells. They have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface without ornament.
At the Kuba court, appreciation of artistic innovation was balanced by reverence for tradition and continuity, and the king’s treasury included heirlooms passed from one royal generation to the next. One of the most significant of these was a red basket decorated with cowries and beads, identified as the basket of knowledge from the Kuba origin myth. In that story, the first man, Woot, stole this basket from the creator god Mbwoom but then lost it. The basket was later found by a Pygmy, who gave it to the first Kuba ruler.
The Kuba believed in Bumba the Sky Father who spewed out the sun, moon, stars, and planets. He also created life with the Earth Mother. However these were somewhat distant deities, and the Kuba placed more immediate concern in a supernatural being named Woot, who named the animals and other things. Woot was the first human and bringer of civilization. The Kuba are sometimes known as the “Children of Woot.”
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beautiesofafrique:

African ethnic group of the week: The Kuba people (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kuba (Likuba, Kyba) is a Bantu language of Kasai, it belongs with the Bangi–Ntomba group
Kuba Kingdom or Bakuba/ Bushoong Kingdom was a federation of smaller polities and ethnicities. It bordered the Kasai, Lulua, and Sankuru rivers in the region of West Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. The kingdom is estimated to have had a population of 250,000. Kuba is the name given to the Bushoong people by the Luba, meaning “lightning”, for their throwing knife. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists and is presided over by the nyim( king)
Because of its relative remoteness in the southern Congo, Kuba was largely spared the turmoil of both European and Arab slave trades. As a result, the civilization was able to maintain itself until the 19th century. Also due mainly to its location, even after Belgium officially established the Congo Free State in 1885, the Kuba were able to sustain their federation, which comprised some 100,000 square kilometers and had a population of approximately 150,000 inhabitants.
The Belgians began attempting to gain the acceptance of the Kuba in the early 1880s; however, the gifts Belgium attempted to give were always rejected and king aMbweeky aMileng threatened to behead any foreign intruders. As a result of their justifiable fear of white foreigners, it was not until the African-American missionary William Sheppard made contact with the Kuba that a foreigner would gain their acceptance. This was mainly due to his African blood and Sheppard was able to live amongst the Kuba for four months.
Eventually, after colonial officials were able to enforce their authority upon the Kuba near the end of the 19th century, the entire region became increasingly unstable. However, the well-organized Kuba fought relentlessly against the regime and the area was one of the main sectors of resistance to Belgium throughout its rule.
The Kuba government was reorganized toward a merit-based title system, but power still remained firmly in the hands of the aristocracy. The Kuba government was controlled by a king called the nyim who belonged to the Bushoong clan. The king was responsible to a court council of all the Kuba subgroups, who were represented equally before the king by their elites.
The Kuba are known for their raffia embroidered textiles, fiber and beaded hats, carved palm wine cups and cosmetic boxes, but they are most famous for their monumental helmet masks, featuring exquisite geometric patterns, stunning fabrics, seeds, beads and shells. They have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface without ornament.
At the Kuba court, appreciation of artistic innovation was balanced by reverence for tradition and continuity, and the king’s treasury included heirlooms passed from one royal generation to the next. One of the most significant of these was a red basket decorated with cowries and beads, identified as the basket of knowledge from the Kuba origin myth. In that story, the first man, Woot, stole this basket from the creator god Mbwoom but then lost it. The basket was later found by a Pygmy, who gave it to the first Kuba ruler.
The Kuba believed in Bumba the Sky Father who spewed out the sun, moon, stars, and planets. He also created life with the Earth Mother. However these were somewhat distant deities, and the Kuba placed more immediate concern in a supernatural being named Woot, who named the animals and other things. Woot was the first human and bringer of civilization. The Kuba are sometimes known as the “Children of Woot.”
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African ethnic group of the week: The Kuba people (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kuba (Likuba, Kyba) is a Bantu language of Kasai, it belongs with the Bangi–Ntomba group
Kuba Kingdom or Bakuba/ Bushoong Kingdom was a federation of smaller polities and ethnicities. It bordered the Kasai, Lulua, and Sankuru rivers in the region of West Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. The kingdom is estimated to have had a population of 250,000. Kuba is the name given to the Bushoong people by the Luba, meaning “lightning”, for their throwing knife. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists and is presided over by the nyim( king)
Because of its relative remoteness in the southern Congo, Kuba was largely spared the turmoil of both European and Arab slave trades. As a result, the civilization was able to maintain itself until the 19th century. Also due mainly to its location, even after Belgium officially established the Congo Free State in 1885, the Kuba were able to sustain their federation, which comprised some 100,000 square kilometers and had a population of approximately 150,000 inhabitants.
The Belgians began attempting to gain the acceptance of the Kuba in the early 1880s; however, the gifts Belgium attempted to give were always rejected and king aMbweeky aMileng threatened to behead any foreign intruders. As a result of their justifiable fear of white foreigners, it was not until the African-American missionary William Sheppard made contact with the Kuba that a foreigner would gain their acceptance. This was mainly due to his African blood and Sheppard was able to live amongst the Kuba for four months.
Eventually, after colonial officials were able to enforce their authority upon the Kuba near the end of the 19th century, the entire region became increasingly unstable. However, the well-organized Kuba fought relentlessly against the regime and the area was one of the main sectors of resistance to Belgium throughout its rule.
The Kuba government was reorganized toward a merit-based title system, but power still remained firmly in the hands of the aristocracy. The Kuba government was controlled by a king called the nyim who belonged to the Bushoong clan. The king was responsible to a court council of all the Kuba subgroups, who were represented equally before the king by their elites.
The Kuba are known for their raffia embroidered textiles, fiber and beaded hats, carved palm wine cups and cosmetic boxes, but they are most famous for their monumental helmet masks, featuring exquisite geometric patterns, stunning fabrics, seeds, beads and shells. They have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface without ornament.
At the Kuba court, appreciation of artistic innovation was balanced by reverence for tradition and continuity, and the king’s treasury included heirlooms passed from one royal generation to the next. One of the most significant of these was a red basket decorated with cowries and beads, identified as the basket of knowledge from the Kuba origin myth. In that story, the first man, Woot, stole this basket from the creator god Mbwoom but then lost it. The basket was later found by a Pygmy, who gave it to the first Kuba ruler.
The Kuba believed in Bumba the Sky Father who spewed out the sun, moon, stars, and planets. He also created life with the Earth Mother. However these were somewhat distant deities, and the Kuba placed more immediate concern in a supernatural being named Woot, who named the animals and other things. Woot was the first human and bringer of civilization. The Kuba are sometimes known as the “Children of Woot.”
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African ethnic group of the week: The Kuba people (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Kuba (Likuba, Kyba) is a Bantu language of Kasai, it belongs with the Bangi–Ntomba group
Kuba Kingdom or Bakuba/ Bushoong Kingdom was a federation of smaller polities and ethnicities. It bordered the Kasai, Lulua, and Sankuru rivers in the region of West Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. The kingdom is estimated to have had a population of 250,000. Kuba is the name given to the Bushoong people by the Luba, meaning “lightning”, for their throwing knife. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists and is presided over by the nyim( king)
Because of its relative remoteness in the southern Congo, Kuba was largely spared the turmoil of both European and Arab slave trades. As a result, the civilization was able to maintain itself until the 19th century. Also due mainly to its location, even after Belgium officially established the Congo Free State in 1885, the Kuba were able to sustain their federation, which comprised some 100,000 square kilometers and had a population of approximately 150,000 inhabitants.
The Belgians began attempting to gain the acceptance of the Kuba in the early 1880s; however, the gifts Belgium attempted to give were always rejected and king aMbweeky aMileng threatened to behead any foreign intruders. As a result of their justifiable fear of white foreigners, it was not until the African-American missionary William Sheppard made contact with the Kuba that a foreigner would gain their acceptance. This was mainly due to his African blood and Sheppard was able to live amongst the Kuba for four months.
Eventually, after colonial officials were able to enforce their authority upon the Kuba near the end of the 19th century, the entire region became increasingly unstable. However, the well-organized Kuba fought relentlessly against the regime and the area was one of the main sectors of resistance to Belgium throughout its rule.
The Kuba government was reorganized toward a merit-based title system, but power still remained firmly in the hands of the aristocracy. The Kuba government was controlled by a king called the nyim who belonged to the Bushoong clan. The king was responsible to a court council of all the Kuba subgroups, who were represented equally before the king by their elites.
The Kuba are known for their raffia embroidered textiles, fiber and beaded hats, carved palm wine cups and cosmetic boxes, but they are most famous for their monumental helmet masks, featuring exquisite geometric patterns, stunning fabrics, seeds, beads and shells. They have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface without ornament.
At the Kuba court, appreciation of artistic innovation was balanced by reverence for tradition and continuity, and the king’s treasury included heirlooms passed from one royal generation to the next. One of the most significant of these was a red basket decorated with cowries and beads, identified as the basket of knowledge from the Kuba origin myth. In that story, the first man, Woot, stole this basket from the creator god Mbwoom but then lost it. The basket was later found by a Pygmy, who gave it to the first Kuba ruler.
The Kuba believed in Bumba the Sky Father who spewed out the sun, moon, stars, and planets. He also created life with the Earth Mother. However these were somewhat distant deities, and the Kuba placed more immediate concern in a supernatural being named Woot, who named the animals and other things. Woot was the first human and bringer of civilization. The Kuba are sometimes known as the “Children of Woot.”
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beautiesofafrique:

African ethnic group of the week: The Kuba people (Democratic Republic of Congo)

Kuba (Likuba, Kyba) is a Bantu language of Kasai, it belongs with the Bangi–Ntomba group

Kuba Kingdom or Bakuba/ Bushoong Kingdom was a federation of smaller polities and ethnicities. It bordered the Kasai, Lulua, and Sankuru rivers in the region of West Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. The kingdom is estimated to have had a population of 250,000. Kuba is the name given to the Bushoong people by the Luba, meaning “lightning”, for their throwing knife. The original Kuba migrated during the 16th century from the north. Nineteen different ethnic groups are included in the kingdom, which still exists and is presided over by the nyim( king)

Because of its relative remoteness in the southern Congo, Kuba was largely spared the turmoil of both European and Arab slave trades. As a result, the civilization was able to maintain itself until the 19th century. Also due mainly to its location, even after Belgium officially established the Congo Free State in 1885, the Kuba were able to sustain their federation, which comprised some 100,000 square kilometers and had a population of approximately 150,000 inhabitants.

The Belgians began attempting to gain the acceptance of the Kuba in the early 1880s; however, the gifts Belgium attempted to give were always rejected and king aMbweeky aMileng threatened to behead any foreign intruders. As a result of their justifiable fear of white foreigners, it was not until the African-American missionary William Sheppard made contact with the Kuba that a foreigner would gain their acceptance. This was mainly due to his African blood and Sheppard was able to live amongst the Kuba for four months.

Eventually, after colonial officials were able to enforce their authority upon the Kuba near the end of the 19th century, the entire region became increasingly unstable. However, the well-organized Kuba fought relentlessly against the regime and the area was one of the main sectors of resistance to Belgium throughout its rule.

The Kuba government was reorganized toward a merit-based title system, but power still remained firmly in the hands of the aristocracy. The Kuba government was controlled by a king called the nyim who belonged to the Bushoong clan. The king was responsible to a court council of all the Kuba subgroups, who were represented equally before the king by their elites.

The Kuba are known for their raffia embroidered textiles, fiber and beaded hats, carved palm wine cups and cosmetic boxes, but they are most famous for their monumental helmet masks, featuring exquisite geometric patterns, stunning fabrics, seeds, beads and shells. They have been described as a people who cannot bear to leave a surface without ornament.

At the Kuba court, appreciation of artistic innovation was balanced by reverence for tradition and continuity, and the king’s treasury included heirlooms passed from one royal generation to the next. One of the most significant of these was a red basket decorated with cowries and beads, identified as the basket of knowledge from the Kuba origin myth. In that story, the first man, Woot, stole this basket from the creator god Mbwoom but then lost it. The basket was later found by a Pygmy, who gave it to the first Kuba ruler.

The Kuba believed in Bumba the Sky Father who spewed out the sun, moon, stars, and planets. He also created life with the Earth Mother. However these were somewhat distant deities, and the Kuba placed more immediate concern in a supernatural being named Woot, who named the animals and other things. Woot was the first human and bringer of civilization. The Kuba are sometimes known as the “Children of Woot.”

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This is what an upper 2:1 in Law and Politics x Mother’s pride looks like.  My sister @nessavanthom has made us all so proud! This is a future QC! 

#BEAMINGWITHPRIDE #GRADUATION #LOVE

This is what an upper 2:1 in Law and Politics x Mother’s pride looks like. My sister @nessavanthom has made us all so proud! This is a future QC!

#BEAMINGWITHPRIDE #GRADUATION #LOVE

Don’t worry about the rain these garms will brighten any day 🌈🌈

Photography: @matteoscaglione 

Model: @jking2011

Don’t worry about the rain these garms will brighten any day 🌈🌈

Photography: @matteoscaglione

Model: @jking2011

sabisierraleone:

From 1991 through 2002 civil war broke out in the country of Sierra Leone. A large organized group of rebels known as the Revolutionary United Front attempted to take over the country, their main goal being thecontrol of the countries natural resources and primarily the control of diamonds. They were brutal and powerful. They destroyed cities, murdered families, kidnapped and amputated thousands of men, women and children. Many children watched as their parents and siblings were tortured and killed, only to be kidnapped, drugged and forced to become child soldiers. Arms, legs, breasts, tongues, lips, and ears were often amputated in order to strike fear and prevent civilians from voting. Thousands were gang raped and executed in front of their families. The victims of these horrendous acts were often women, children and the elderly. So many were killed that bodies were rotting in the streets of cities and the situation soon became too dangerous for any journalists to remain the country. There is little footage of the horrors that went on in Sierra Leone, all we have now is the evidence of the aftermath of these dreadful happenings.
This may not directly effect you, it probably never will. But all we ask of you is to please help spread the word so that the thousands who have suffered can get the help they deserve. They need prosthetic’s to work and provide for their families, schools to educate their future generations and proper communities.
Please follow Hands for Africa for more information and contact us for ways to help! We are a small non-profit organization with the goal to rebuild the communities effected by blood diamond wars and we hope to spread our wings as far as they will go!
Use the #handsforafrica to spread the word, lets join together to make the world a better place one smile at a time.


Worthy.

sabisierraleone:

From 1991 through 2002 civil war broke out in the country of Sierra Leone. A large organized group of rebels known as the Revolutionary United Front attempted to take over the country, their main goal being thecontrol of the countries natural resources and primarily the control of diamonds. They were brutal and powerful. They destroyed cities, murdered families, kidnapped and amputated thousands of men, women and children. Many children watched as their parents and siblings were tortured and killed, only to be kidnapped, drugged and forced to become child soldiers. Arms, legs, breasts, tongues, lips, and ears were often amputated in order to strike fear and prevent civilians from voting. Thousands were gang raped and executed in front of their families. The victims of these horrendous acts were often women, children and the elderly. So many were killed that bodies were rotting in the streets of cities and the situation soon became too dangerous for any journalists to remain the country. There is little footage of the horrors that went on in Sierra Leone, all we have now is the evidence of the aftermath of these dreadful happenings.

This may not directly effect you, it probably never will. But all we ask of you is to please help spread the word so that the thousands who have suffered can get the help they deserve. They need prosthetic’s to work and provide for their families, schools to educate their future generations and proper communities.

Please follow Hands for Africa for more information and contact us for ways to help! We are a small non-profit organization with the goal to rebuild the communities effected by blood diamond wars and we hope to spread our wings as far as they will go!

Use the #handsforafrica to spread the word, lets join together to make the world a better place one smile at a time.

Worthy.

I think I might regret not producing this dress… Casual early morning overthinking…

#deepinmymind

I think I might regret not producing this dress… Casual early morning overthinking…

#deepinmymind