Abdourahman A. Waberi

Abdourahman Waberi is a novelist, essayist, poet, and short-story writer. He was born in Djibouti in 1965. Waberi’s works include The Land without Shadows, Transit, and In the United States of Africa. His first volume of stories, The Land without Shadows, won Belgium’s Royal Academy of French Language and Black Africa’s Grand Literary Prize for French speakers. His articles and reviews have appeared in many international publications.

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Bahia’s history of slavery and the influence of Yoruba culture in Brazil

There are buildings, stores and houses of worship in Bahia named after Yoruba Gods: Orixa Shopping, Hotel Oxumare, Jardim Oxala, Edificio Ogum and Ile Axe Opo Afonja. Myriad carnival groups illustrate their African connections with the names of their organizations, such as Ile-Aiye (House of the World), Olodum (Celebrant or a shortened form of the Supreme God, “Olodumare,” hence, Olodum (are)). more…

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