A TOUCH OF AFRICA It was Kenya, East Africa that I knew best, a country of superlatives and contrasts, ... at the equator melting into the southern savannahs, Kenya with Lake Victoria, Africa's largest, was never without its surprises.
Author: BERT D'AMICO
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Did a lost population of feral people dwell in the darker recesses of the N.F.D. in Kenya’s remote north? How was it possible to communicate over vast distances without the benefits of modern technology? Why did the Yanomama who lived deep in the Amazon rainforest practice female infanticide as part of their cultural survival? How was it possible for these so called primitive people on two continents to produce a designer poison using only one of the millions of insects that abounded around them? Do elephants have a sense of impending death? Who were the ‘white’ men the nomads encountered on the plains of Kenya in a forgotten and desolate wilderness? These are but a few of the stories found in ‘A Touch of Africa,’ and Part II ‘Onto the Amazon.’ My journeys have taken me to Africa, the Amazon jungle, and the sub Arctic in Canada’s far north. I fished with lepers on the Amazon River in the blackest of nights, walked the slave route in central Africa, and stood on the ground where Stanley presumed to meet Livingstone. The characters encountered in the backcountry were unique, each with their own fascinating tale, and over the years they became unwavering friends. I came to know the smell of famine and buried the dead, came down with malaria and later, black swamp fever. While on safari the unexpected became the norm as roads disappeared and the elephant assumed the right of way. It was in Kenya, East Africa where I experienced a way of life without the benefits of all the creature comforts we seem to believe are necessities. I started off teaching African students in a ‘bush’ school. My timetable included weekly forays into backcountry where as a novice, I was expected to hunt enough game to feed the school’s nearly three hundred students. I was fortunate enough to meet a group of Italian old timers who lived and worked in some of the remotest areas of Kenya. Through these newly acquired contacts, I was able to safari beyond the tourist line and back in time to an Africa of yesterday. I learned KiSwahili and roamed the infamous Northern Frontier District, the N.F.D., with the elegant Samburu and fearless Turkana warriors where each day life teetered on the edge. Big game abounded and became part of everyday existence. One had to learn the boundaries set out by lion and poisoness snakes. Over the years I came to glimpse the world through the eyes of these warrior nomads. They taught me the signs left behind by the creatures that roamed the wilds. I spent a brief moment with the Yanomama Indians in the Amazon, a hunting gathering people who represent a continuous link with the Paleolithic Age. I followed them deep into the tropical rain forest on a hunting expedition and witnessed them revert back to an earlier time as they communicated using the sounds of the jungle animals. These are a people who visualize in one dimension and count to two and conclude with ‘many.’ Each afternoon when returning from the forest, the day’s catch might be a howler monkey, a toucan or two, sometimes a turtle or a turkey sized bird, but most often several brilliantly colored parrots which thrived in the forest canopy. ‘A TOUCH OF AFRICA,’ and PART II, ‘ONTO TO THE AMAZON,’ was deliberated over for the past twenty-five years and finally committed to the present format. The material is true, the people are real, and the humor unfolded to the observant eye. It was truly an adventurous time in a magnificent setting with intriguing people who became family.
It was one of the very first emancipation , a group of thoughtful , educated women , from books of last century to touch , not on South African politics , Susane B. Anthony onwards , are steadily working for the but those greater ...
It was a touch of fever, which he would have neglected if there was anything important at the hospital. Now and then he groaned and thought he should die, but did not think so for long, and a very little diverted him.
EVENTS MEDICIRE Joint health project The University of Cape Town and the Ben Gurion University of Beersheva have joined forces in a health project to benefit children in Israel and South Africa . This unique scheme will create research ...
Yo-yo Makes approximately 2 dozen small doughnuts Yo-yos are no doubt an adaptation of the western doughnut but the Tunisians have added a touch of their own to give it a North African character. Sold in little stalls in Tunisian cities ...
Author: Habeeb Salloum
Publisher: Interlink Publishing
NEW IN PAPERBACK The vegetarian cuisine of the Middle East and North Africa is a treasure chest of pungent herbs and spices, aromatic stews and soups, chewy falafels and breads, couscous, stuffed grape leaves, greens and vegetables, hummus, pizzas, pies, omelets, pastries and sweets, smooth yogurt drinks, and strong coffees. Originally the food of peasants too poor for meat, vegetarian cooking in the Middle East developed over thousands of years into a culinary art form influenced both by trade and invasion. It is as rich and varied in its history as it is in flavor—culinary historians estimate the Arab kitchen has over 40,000 dishes! Now noted food writer Habeeb Salloum has culled 330 savory jewels from this never-ending storehouse to create Classic Vegetarian Cooking from the Middle East—a rich, healthful, and economical introduction to flavors and aromas that have stood the test of time.
There may have been a touch of intellectual dissonance , arising from the transition between the first two phases of his intellectual odyssey , between the way he felt about his early research on nationalism and his subsequent ...
Author: James S. Coleman
Publisher: Univ of California Press
James Smoot Coleman was the leading theorist of his time in African political studies. His work fused liberal-democratic idealism and scientific realism. These essays represent the evolution of his thought from deep insight into African nationalism to a refined theory of modernization. The collection is an indispensable contribution to the intellectual history of comparative African politics, essential to scholars and others who grapple with problems in African development.
Thefirst warning about Garvey reached South African officialdom at the start of 1920.It took the form ofa lengthy ... Finally, shipping companies were alerted tothe establishment of an 'embargo on any person with a touch of “colour”'.
Author: S. Mark
"The standard of contribution is high . . . the reader gets a good sense of the cutting edge of historical research." – African Affairs
I start to feel self-conscious and even a touch frightened. What did I do to prompt such a dismissive reaction? ... Can they not understand my African accent? My yellow dress is now soaking wet and I still can't find the street I'm ...
Author: Elizabeth Nyamayaro
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A “profound and soul-nourishing memoir” (Oprah Daily) from an African girl whose near-death experience sparked a lifelong dedication to humanitarian work that helps bring change across the world. When severe drought hit her village in Zimbabwe, Elizabeth Nyamayaro, then only eight, had no idea that this moment of utter devastation would come to define her life’s purpose. Unable to move from hunger and malnourishment, she encountered a United Nations aid worker who gave her a bowl of warm porridge and saved her life—a transformative moment that inspired Elizabeth to dedicate herself to giving back to her community, her continent, and the world. In the decades that have followed, Elizabeth has been instrumental in creating change and uplifting the lives of others: by fighting global inequalities, advancing social justice for vulnerable communities, and challenging the status quo to accelerate women’s rights around the world. She has served as a senior advisor at the United Nations, where she launched HeForShe, one of the world’s largest global solidarity movements for gender equality. In I Am a Girl from Africa, she charts this “journey of perseverance” (Entertainment Weekly) from her small village of Goromonzi to Harare, Zimbabwe; London; New York; and beyond, always grounded by the African concept of ubuntu—“I am because we are”—taught to her by her beloved grandmother. This “victorious” (The New York Times Book Review) memoir brings to vivid life one extraordinary woman’s story of persevering through incredible odds and finding her true calling—while delivering an important message of hope, empowerment, community support, and interdependence.
If with a stretch of indifference , we admit this rule to be correct as a general thing , we must , however , admit also that western Africa will be , indeed already is , one of the exceptions . The degree in which a country is likely ...