AFRICA AND THE PEOPLE

30 Apr

It is all about Africa today. The month learning about Africa and specifically Ghana and Nigeria is coming up to and end, With that said i will be sharing with you a bit more abou Africa and the people. Hope you will find these information knowledgeable. *-* ====================================================================================================

We are not Africans,because we are born in Africa We are African, because Africa is born in us —–Chester higgins, Jr. ===================================================================================================

Africa has 3000 distinct ethnic group and 2000 languages. Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent.About 30.2 million km,it covers six percent of the Earth’s total surface area and 20.4 percent of the total land area. With approximately 58 countries. ====================================================================================================

If we stand tall it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors. —— African Proverb

Some of Africa names and meaning

Names are cultural identifiers. The first gift you can give your child is a noble African name

ABBA :  Ghanaian name for females born on Thursday.

ABEBECH:  Ethiopian female name meaning “flower.”

ABEBI :  Yoruba of Nigeria female name meaning “we asked and got her” or “we asked for her and she came to us.”

ABENA :  Akan of Ghana name for females born on Tuesday.

ABRIHET :  Tigrinya of Ethiopia female name meaning “she has made it light, she emanates light.”

ABA :  Female Gambian Name. 

ABI : Female Gambian Muslim name, short form for Abibatu, Abisatou, Abiyatou.

HABIBA : Muslim name popular in Somalia and N. Africa meaning “beloved, sweetheart.”

HADIYA HADIYAH : Swahili name meaning “gift.”

HALIMA HALIMAH : Swahili name meaning “gentle, humane, kind.”

HASANA : Hausa of W. Africa name meaning “first born of twins.”

HASINA : Swahili name meaning “good.”

HAWA : Swahili name meaning “longing.”

HOLA : Ewe of Ghana name meaning “savior.”

TABIA : Swahili name meaning “make incantations.”

TAFUI : Mina of Togo name meaning “to appreciate God; Glory to God.”

TANDRA : Madagascar name meaning “mole” or “beaty marks.”

TANISHA TANI : Hausa of W. Africa name meaning “born on Monday.”

TARANA : Hausa of Nigeria name meaning “born during the day.”

TATU : Swahili name meaning “third born.”

TAWIA : Ga of Ghana unisexual name meaning “first child born after twins.”

Kings and Queens

Akhenaton (1375-1358 B.C.)

Amenhotep IV , better known as “Akhenaton, the Heretic King,” is in some respects, the most remarkable of the Pharaohs. The account of Akhenaton is not complete without the story of his beautiful wife, Nefertiti. Some archaeologist have referred to Nefertiti as Akhenaton’s sister, some have said they were cousins. What is known is that the relationship between Akhenaton and Nefertiti was one of history’s first well-known love stories.

At the prompting of Akhenaton and Nefertiti, the sculptors and the artists began to recreate life in its natural state, instead of the rigid and lifeless forms of early Egyptian art.

Akhenaton

After the death of his father, he came into full power in Egypt and took the name Akhenaton. He produced a profound effect on Egypt and the entire world of his day. Thirteen hundred years before Christ, he preached and lived a gospel of perfect love, brotherhood, and truth. Two thousand years before Muhammed, he taught the doctrine of the “One God.” Three thousand years before Darwin, he sensed the unity that runs through all living things.

Queen Tiye (1415-1340 B.C.)

  This celebrated Nubian queen was the beloved and honored wife of Amen-Hetep III , who was one of the world’s mightiest Pharaohs and conquerors.

King Amen-Hetep III, had a very deep and unusual affection for Queen Tiye. In addition to the usual titles of a King’s wife, Tiye is described as “Royal” daughter and “Royal” sister, when she was neither the daughter or the sister of a king, but of parents who were not of royal lineage.

The full queenly titles which Tiye held in common with the great heiress princesses of Egypt, were bestowed on her by Amen-Hetep III, and were honorary.

tiye

Although Tiye was a girl of common birth, she was a person of very strong character. Evident from records, she was a beautiful young African queen. A woman of great intellect, ability, and a powerful influence. She shared the crown with her husband as though she had been its lineal heiress. Queen Tiye had such an important part in the affairs of Egypt, that foreign diplomats often appealed directly to her in matters affecting certain international relations.

Queen Tiye was a full-blooded African. Her son, Akhenaton and his wife, Nefertiti are the parents of King Tutankhamen , who is also known as “King Tut.”

As a symbol of the love Amen-Hetep III, had for Queen Tiye, he declared that so she was treated in life as his equal, she would be depicted in death. At the time of her death, she was given a full “Royal” burial.

Yaa Asantewa “Queen Mother of Ejisu” (1900)

  Near the end of the 19th century, the British exiled King Prempeh from the hinterlands of the gold coast (present day Ghana), in an attempt to take over. By 1900, still not gaining control, the British sent a governor to the city of Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti, to demand the Golden Stool, the Ark of the covenant of the Ashanti people.

African Queens and Kings The Golden Stool was the supreme symbol of the sovereignty and the independence of the Ashanti, a fierce and warlike people who inhabit dense rain forests of what is now the Central portion of Ghana. The Governor in no way understood the sacred significance of the Stool, which according to tradition, contained the soul of the Ashanti.

Yaa Asantewa was present at the meeting with the governor and chiefs. When the meeting ended, and she was alone with the Ashanti Chiefs, she said, “Now I have seen that some of you fear to fight for our King. If it were in the brave days of old, the days of Osei Tutu, Okomfo Anoyke and Opulu Ware, Ashanti Chiefs would not sit down to see their King taken away without firing a shot. No white man could have dared speak to Ashanti Chiefs in the way the Governor spoke to you chiefs this morning.”

Yaa Asantewa’s speech stirred up the men, she said “If you men will not go forward, then we the women will. I will call upon my fellow women. We will fight the white men until the last of us falls in the battlefields. The Ashantis, led by Yaa Asantewa, fought very bravely.

The British sent 1400 soldiers with guns to Kumasi, capturing Yaa Asantewa and other leaders and sent them into exile. The war with the British started in 1805 and ended some 100 years later. Yaa Asantewa’s War was the last major war led by an African woman.

  

                                            To learn more about Africa visit: africanholocaut.com

 

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