Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award, Thank you Dear Kitty!

Thanks to my blogging friend petrel41, of The Dear Kitty. Some Blog blog, for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award! It is a new award for me.  I ‘d like to say “a big thank you” for the consideration and kindness. Please check out The Dear Kitty. Some Blog for amazing images and videos of wildlife and more…

Vincent Ehendero Blogger Award

The RULES of this award are:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Post the award logo.
  • Post the rules.
  • Nominate up to 20-30 other bloggers and notify them.
  • Notify Vincent of your nomination, via comment.
  • After notifying Vincent, he’ll check out your blog, follow and give you your unique award for the good work on your blog.
  • Like Kim said in her original post, we’re not sure if we are supposed to add a list of questions the nominees are supposed to answer, but I guess I’ll do it.

Here are petrel41’s questions and my answers:

1. Do you have long or short hair? At the moment, short.

2. Fantasy or Historic Fiction? fantasy.

3. What book do you like a lot, but you dislike the author, because of background, etc.

Not sure…

4. Have you ever watched a movie that was better than the story that it was based on?


5. If you could visit one place in the world right now where would it be?

Greenland – I don’t understand how a country which is covered in ice half of the year can be called ‘green land’. Apart from that, I would love to visit each of the countries of my many blogging friends.

My questions to my nominees are the same as petrel41’s questions.

My nominees are: I have so many bloggers’ friends and I am sure I might have left out some… but below are some of the few, and there is no particular order… ultimately, I would like to nominate all my friends here on WordPress. So I’ll welcome any blogger who wants to participate on this Award. Please answer the same questions above.

  1. Tish Farrell
  2. Cee’s Photo Challenges
  3. Michigan in Pictures
  4. Common Sense and Whiskey
  5. The International Rhino Foundation Blog
  6. SWO8
  7. Grandeur Noire
  8. Ospreyshire’s Realm
  9. Portraits of Wildflowers
  11. African Eye Report
  12. Random Thoughts
  13. Grounded African
  14. Herman van Bon Photography
  15. & Arablit
  16. Black Women Of Brazil
  17. aquacompass 7
  18. Repeating Islands
  19. 365 Days
  20. Rebus Photography

The Lost Libraries of Timbuktu

Mali_Timbuktu from a terrace by Heinrich Barth 1858
View of Timbuktu in 1858 by explorer Heinrich Barth 

As you all know Timbuktu was a great center of knowledge in search for  for many centuries starting at least in the 12th century. It was visited by people from around the world, in search of knowledge.

Timbuktu was one of the world’s first and oldest thriving universities! Students came from all over the world to study at Timbuktu. Imagine that, students from the middle east, and Europe coming to study in Africa! There are over 700,000 manuscripts at the great Sankore University in Timbuktu, and many more at other libraries including the  Ahmed Baba Institute, Al-Wangari Library, and others.

Enjoy this documentary about the lost libraries of Timbuktu commented by the Scottish/Sierra Leonean writer Aminatta Forna. Enjoy, and discover with me the treasures of Africa.

John Amanam: Making Super Realistic Prostheses in Africa for Africans

Meet John Amanam, the Nigerian artist/engineer building super-realistic prostheses for Africans in Africa. I really liked his work: this is a self-thought man who used to work in the Nollywood industry, with no real training in prostheses, but a love of sculpture and most importantly of his fellow human being. After noticing family members who had lost limbs, he set out to make realistic-looking and affordable limbs with ebony, or mahogany shades, the shades of his fellow brothers and sisters. In essence, he is giving back confidence to those who have lost limbs. Enjoy!

Egypt’s Tamed Crocodiles – in pictures

Egypt_Crocodile god Sobek
Sovk (Suchus, Cronos, Satrune); by Jean-François Champollion; 1823–25; Brooklyn Museum (New York City)

I really enjoyed this photojournal on The Guardian‘s website about crocodiles and the ancient art of crocodile raising in Nubia. Taming crocodiles was a part of the culture of ancient Nubia; and it is still done today in Nubia (northern Sudan /part of Southern Egypt). One of the deities of ancient Egypt was Sobek, who was represented with a human body and a crocodile head. He was associated with the Nile crocodile or the West African crocodile. Sobek was also associated with pharaonic power, fertility, and military prowess, but served additionally as a protective deity with apotropaic qualities, invoked particularly for protection against the dangers presented by the Nile, or intended to turn away harm or evil influences.

Head of ruling Pharaoh Sobekneferu

The strength and speed of the crocodile was thought to be symbolic of the power of the Pharaoh, and the word “sovereign” was written with the hieroglyph of a crocodile. It was thought that Sobek could protect the Pharaoh from dark magic. Coincidentally, when the cult of Sobek took off during the Twelfth and Thirteenth Dynasties, a number of rulers incorporated him in their coronation names, including the first fully attested female pharaoh – Sobekneferu. To learn more about Sobek and other deities of ancient Egypt, check out Wilkinson, Richard H., The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. (2003).

In ancient times, tamed crocodiles were kept in a sacred pool and hand fed choice cuts of meat and honey cakes and adorned with precious jewels. The pratique has not changed much over the centuries as you will see in the photojournal on The Guardian‘s website. Enjoy!

Nile Crocodile

Proverbe sur l’Absence/ Proverb on Being Absent

windy day
Herbes envahissantes / Weeds taking over

Quand les herbes envahissent une parcelle, c’est que le propriétaire est absent (Proverbe Bahumbu – République Démocratique du Congo (RDC)). Une fois parti, on ne pense plus à vous.

When weeds take over a parcel of land, that means that the owner is absent (Bahumbu proverb – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)). – Once gone, nobody thinks about you anymore.

African Joke : Toto has Changed !!!

A tall tree

Toto is being chased by 2 men in the forest.

Tired, he climbs up a tree to hide; The 2 bandits unable to find him anymore, one says to the other:

I know him; he is so stupid; if we call him twice he will answer.

Toto on the tree yells:

Call me even 100 times, you will see if I answer… you think that I am still that same old Toto? I have changed!


Originally published on in French. Translated to English by Dr. Y.