Encounters with cognitive dissonance: A review of The Long Song

Cognitive dissonance refers to the internal conflict between mind and body that can exist within each of us. It is an example of feeling misaligned about a situation, where the feeling of a deep sense of discomfort represents an alarm clock calling for our full attention towards a situation. By directing our attention to a […]

Speaking the same language – The role of the Wolof language in bringing communities together

Connecting to others despite the differences that we have is a process which draws attention to the similarities which can exist in each of us, that transcend experiences, spaces, origins, background etc. At a time where it feels as if a lot of emphasis is being placed solely on highlighting how vastly different groups of […]

Exploring the process of cleansing – Bathing rituals in Berber tradition

When thinking about the process of cleansing, this links to the idea of letting go and ridding ourselves of things or habits that no longer serve us. Whether it is the physical act of taking a regular shower or bath, decluttering our living spaces or letting go of certain emotions that have been internalised from […]

Exploring the impact of negative thoughts – Witchcraft among the Azande

Taking ownership for our actions and reactions can feel very awkward, especially from negative experiences. When we take a step back to ask ourselves the question ‘what am I learning from this?’ and hold ourselves accountable for the perspectives and emotions which we carry, this can aid the process of managing and understanding our thought […]

Exploring ways to engage with the past – Puppet Masquerades in Bamana society

How do we place ourselves in a position where we do not live in the past, but instead, learn and adapt from it? Tradition is something that should provide a sense of foundation and fluidity, enabling us to connect and learn from our roots whilst preserving this knowledge in a meaningful way which we can […]

Understanding our body language – Bodily sensations among the Anlo Ewe people

Body language, a way of relaying the words that are often left unsaid. Its existence draws attention to the important role that our bodies can play in divulging how we truly feel about situations. Cultivating the space to explore our bodies and how they store emotions is crucial in the process of knowing who we […]

Exploring our encounter with process and production – The significance of the Kente cloth in the Asante Kingdom

Do we fully engage in all aspects of the areas that we invest and apply ourselves in? Process and productivity are two concepts which are interlinked, yet it can often feel as if emphasis is heavily placed on productivity alone. In spaces that have accumulation at the forefront, there is a tendency to seek out […]

The art of storytelling – Oral traditions among the Agikuyu

What does it mean to embrace your story? Storytelling exists, in part, to assist in the process of addressing this question. In a time where generalising and merging experiences can take centre stage in the process of storytelling it is important that we counter this by using our energy to embrace authenticity and connect to […]

Understanding the subconscious – The importance of Chi in Igboland

The Dictionary defines the subconscious as “existing or operating in the mind beneath or beyond consciousness”. The subconscious can evoke perceptions of the unknown as well as the feeling that it is a difficult thing to understand or engage with, particularly in moments where we feel consumed by negative energy and unsure of how we […]