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A Giant People

Having brought you a feature on the Pygmy, I could hardly neglect the "Watussi."

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Oct 02, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1930's, Africa

African Pygmy Thrills

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Sep 27, 2015 | Comments (2)
Category: Ethnic Groupings, Stereotypes and Cliches, Travel, 1930's, Africa

Susanne Wenger, White Yoruban Priestess

Interview with Susanne Wenger from Jeremy Weate on Vimeo.

You know all those campy old films where explorers find a leopardskin-clad white woman ruling an African tribe? Well, while not quite the same, here's the story of Susanne Wenger, who gave up European life for Yoruban culture.

And given that Wenger was once quite a looker, maybe the Hollywood version is not so far off.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Apr 11, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Art, Religion, 1960's, Africa, Europe

Snake Woman

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 29, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Body, Human Marvels, Africa

Ugandan Kung Fu

More information here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Jan 31, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Martial Arts, Children, Africa

Blood is Money

Man, those are some weird-ass non-Western horror/fantasy tropes from Nollywood.

Caution: lots of fake gore and quick glimpse of the butts of naked corpses.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 20, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Horror, Scary Criminals, Surrealism, Foreign Customs, Fantasy, Africa

Pro Basketball Player Eaten by Cannibals?


Vanished forever in Africa while visiting Idi Amin. Surname suspiciously close to "brisket." 'Nuff said.

Contemporary account from 1985.

Article from 2007.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Jul 16, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Cannibalism, Sports, 1980's, Africa

More Stephen Cohen

Perhaps you recall a recent report (I seem to recall Chuck covered the incident) about a performance artist in Paris who attached a rooster to his genitals for a public parade. That was Stephen Cohen, and here's more about him.

Caution: some mild, non-sexualized nudity.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jun 01, 2014 | Comments (1)
Category: Body, Eccentrics, Performance Art, Africa

African Traffic Robots

The latest innovation in traffic control from the Democratic Republic of Congo. More info at

Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Mar 10, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: AI, Robots and Other Automatons, Africa

Eye Machines Might Rot

I'm assuming something has been lost in translation with this article on It reports that after a "colossal sum of money" was spent buying new machines for the Eye Centre at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), the hospital now finds it can't install the machines because there are some people living next to the Eye Centre who "produce excessive heat." And this heat will somehow damage the machines.

The hospital wants all these heat-producing people cleared away. And it warns that if it doesn't get its way, it won't be able to use the new machines at all. And non-usage will also damage the delicate machines! Or, as the headline puts it, "KATH eye centre machines rot." Sounds like if these hot people could cool down a bit, they could stay and everyone would be happy.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Aug 23, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Africa
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