Posted by: Dr. Y. | September 25, 2017

The Quest for a Fiancée

African princess

African princess

One day, two young men went looking for their future wife. They went towards the village and found a young girl. They were well received by her family who killed a chicken and offered it to them in a good meal.

While eating, one of them, thinking himself more clever, while the other was distracted, put his chicken bones in the other’s plate.

pouleFor desert, they were given peanuts (jinguba), the young man who thought himself more clever, did it again. After eating his peanuts, he would throw the peelings under the legs of his friend when he was distracted. Once the meal finished, the father of the young girl said:

My daughter will marry the one who ate and left the chicken bones and peanuts peelings. I do not want for in-law the one who has swallowed everything.

Thus, the young girl was given to the one who had been trapped by his friend.

Morale of the tale: Caution, do not try to trap your neighbor, for it could turn against you!


Sera de Leba in Huíla province, Angola (source:

This is an Olunyaneka tale from Lubango in the Huíla province of Angola. The original in Portuguese can be found on CONTAFRICA. The English translation is by Dr. Y.,



Pluie / Rain

Ce qui a été mouillé par la pluie, ne saurait plus l’être par la brume (proverb Ovimbundu – Angola). – Le vieillard peut faire seul ce dont le jeune est incapable.



Brume- fog

Brume / Fog

What has been wet by the rain, can no longer be made wet by the fog (Ovimbundu proverb – Angola). – The old man can do alone what the young one cannot.

Posted by: Dr. Y. | September 19, 2017

Celebrating 1 Million Views on the African Heritage Blog!!!

20170920_1Million viewsI would like to thank all my readers, and all the subscribers who have seen us through this journey. I never thought I would get to see the African Heritage blog reach the 1 Million views! Thank you to all of you for your constant support, and I promise to always bring you good content, and stories. This is truly a celebration to you, and to your readership! To celebrate, I am living you here with a gift available on Amazon!

A king, a beautiful princess, and a pot of hot chili sauce… the combination is bound to make you laugh. Enjoy this book, an African Children’s book, for young and young at heart! It is on kindle e-book.


The Hare, The Princess, and the Hot Chili Sauce

Agostinho Neto

Agostinho Neto

17 September marks National Heroes’ Day in Angola, in memory of its first president Agostinho Neto‘s whose birthday was on that day in Kaxicane. To join in the celebration, I publish here one of his poems, ‘Western Civilization‘. Sad how these words still ring true to factory workers, plantation workers, miners, sweatshop workers, etc, around the world to this day. Enjoy ‘Civilização Ocidental‘ by Agostinho Neto!




Civilização ocidental

Latas pregadas em paus
fixados na terra
fazem a casa

Os farrapos completam
a paisagem íntima

O sol atravessando as frestas
acorda o seu habitante

Depois as doze horas de trabalho

Britar pedra
acarretar pedra
britar pedra
acarretar pedra
ao sol
à chuva
britar pedra
acarretar pedra

A velhice vem cedo
Uma esteira nas noites escuras

basta para ele morrer
e de fome.


Western Civilization

Sheets of tin nailed to posts
driven in the ground
make up the house.

Some rags complete the intimate landscape.

The sun slanting through cracks
welcomes the owner

after twelve hours of slave

breaking rock
shifting rock
breaking rock
shifting rock
fair weather
wet weather
breaking rock
shifting rock

Old age comes early
a mat on dark nights

is enough when he dies
of hunger.


Posted by: Dr. Y. | September 15, 2017

FCFA: France’s Colonial Tax on Africa



As the battle to end the FCFA, the Slave Currency, intensifies, I have decided to share with you this video about it. It tells it all, the mathematics of it in a short time. This has to stop. We, Africans, deserve to be independent, and independence starts with the ability to define how to use our money.

To summarize, the FCFA is the colonial tax paid by African countries to France since their independence. As Mawuna R. Koutonin says it, “African leaders who refuse are killed or victim of a coup. Those who obey are supported and rewarded by France with lavish lifestyle while their people endure extreme poverty, and desperation. It’s such an evil system even denounced by the European Union, but France is not ready to move from that colonial system which puts about 500 billions dollars from Africa to its treasury year in year out.” No wonder the French people are always on strike, requesting shorter times of work (32 h vs 35 h vs 37h per week): because Africans are slaving for them, and every year they get 500 billion dollars without even having raised a finger!

Posted by: Dr. Y. | September 14, 2017

Amilcar Cabral and Culture as an Element of Resistance

Amilcar Cabral on a stamp with the flag of Guinea Bissau

Amilcar Cabral on a stamp with the flag of Guinea Bissau

A people who free themselves from foreign domination will be free culturally only if, without complexes and without underestimating the importance of positive accretions from the oppressor and other cultures, they return to the upward paths of their own culture, which is nourished by the living reality of its environment, and which negates both harmful influences and any kind of subjection to foreign culture. Thus, it may be seen that if imperialist domination has the vital need to practice cultural oppression, national liberation is necessarily an act of culture.

The value of culture as an element of resistance to foreign domination lies in the fact that culture is the vigorous manifestation on the ideological or idealist plane of the physical and historical reality of the society that is dominated or to be dominated. Culture is simultaneously the fruit of a people’s history and a determinant of history, by the positive or negative influence which it exerts on the evolution of relationships between man and his environment, among men or groups of men within a society, as well as among different societies.

Amilcar Cabral,

Posted by: Dr. Y. | September 12, 2017

Amilcar Cabral and Fidel Castro

Amilcar Cabral

Amilcar Cabral

To celebrate Amilcar Cabral, the Father of Cape-Verdean and Bissau-Guinean independence, birthday (12 September), I decided to share this beautiful video of Amilcar Cabral with El CommandanteFidel Castro. Enjoy!


Fidel Castro, El Commandante

Posted by: Dr. Y. | September 8, 2017

African Joke – 15 millions


Bag of money

A man sold his land for 15 millions. Since it was the weekend, he did not deposit the money at the bank. Not trusting his wife and kids, he decided to go to church with his 15 millions in his bag.

He stood up to go take the communion and when he returned to his seat to pray, his bag had disappeared in the midst of church.

All of a sudden he spits the communion and start screaming …

Angry face1


Thieves!! Murderers!! My mother is a witch!! You will all die!! My Fetish will kill you all!! Sakpata voodoo on you, heviesso voodoo on you, you will never see tomorrow !!! You will all go to hell, including your priest !!! Kanga bah.

Everyone is stupefied! Suddenly a little boy calls him, saying:

Papa, you are not at the right seat. Your bag is just here, two rows behind.

The original in French is found on . Translated to English by Dr. Y.

Posted by: Dr. Y. | September 6, 2017

Proverbe sur faire attention / Proverb on being Careful



Le léopard qui veut vous attaquer ne fait pas de bruit (Proverbe Ngbaka – RDC). – Méfiez-vous des gens qui ne disent rien.

The leopard who wants to attack does not make any noise (Ngbaka proverb – DRC). – Beware of people who say nothing.

Posted by: Dr. Y. | September 4, 2017

Lalibela, Ethiopian churches carved in the stone

The BBC recently published an article about Lalibela and its churches in Ethiopia, and I thought about reblogging the article I wrote about it many years ago. The article I wrote, “Lalibela, Ethiopian churches carved in the stone,” was one of the first posts on my blog. It talked about the bees being a central part of Lalibela’s churches; this article also helps to see the evolution of the blog, from the very beginning to now. It is sweet to realize that some of the stories on this blog caught our eyes before they caught those of the BBC: Ethiopia’s miraculous underground churches. Cheers!


African Heritage

The Church of St George

Lalibela, Church of Saint George

When I was younger, there was a cartoon on television in which they always mentioned the churches of Lalibela, and somehow I used to think that it was not actually real,… you know like these made-up places in cartoons!  Isn’t it interesting that the name Lalibela always made me think of honey bees (abeille in french)… Imagine my surprise when I found out that it is said that at birth a swarm of bees descended on the baby king’s head, and his Mother named him Lalibela, meaning “the bees have recognized him as king!

Lalibela, Bete Medhane Alem church

Carved straight from red volcanic stone, and actually from a single stone, Lalibela is the place of pilgrimage of thousands of christians every year, and is one of Ethiopia’s holiest places. It was intended to be the New Jerusalem, in response to the capture of Jerusalem by Muslims. The architecture of Lalibela was revealed…

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