Forty years after Angolan´s
independency an ancestral spirit appears in an abandoned colonial
mansion, in the metropolitan city center of Luanda (Angola). The defamation of
the African religion during colonialism disconnected most Angolans from their
ancestors. Because its people now live life through Christianity its appearance
is confused as a manifestation of demons.
During the scramble for Africa, white
imperialists, priests and churches promoted Christianity and civilization to
remodel the African culture. European imperialism was aggressive and obligated
most Africans to abolish their cultural behaviour and change their cultural
values to adore a religion, culture, habits and language which worked in favour
of colonialism, any other form of religion was a false superstition. If you
disconnect a man from its roots and you gain power over his mind, this man will
become whatever you want him to become. The ancestral spirit spoke in
a dialect from the ancient Kingdom of Angola but his people could not
understand him as most Angolans living in the metropolitan city speak
Portuguese, French or English.
His voice was condemned to be the roar of a
demon tormenting the mansion visitors.The tales told by street book sellers
is that the opulent mansion is not sold but abandoned because of its demons.
The defamation used in the imperialism period destroyed the respect and believe
Angolans had about the existence of a higher power guiding them through
spiritualism. Imperialism had such a force that some colonised African
countries continued to reject their roots, cultural values, power, land and
ancient religious practices. The ancestral spirit uses his body language to
convince its people that his appearance is not the manifestation of a demon but
a wise ancestor trying to speak to this generation to pass the wisdom and
vision our ancestors have for Angola in the 21st century.
*This is a tale written by street vendors and Keyezua
@fusionsportsgear is back at it again with the shoe with a cause. Each pair is made in Nigeria, the prints are designed and printed locally, while profits go back to paying the craftsmen above minimum wage. Founded by @funferekoroye
FSG (Fusion Sportsgear) presents the new silhouettes of the Sub Saharan Sneaker, which is completely hand made in Nigeria. It is more than just a shoe, it is a product with a cause.
The sales from the shoes go to paying the workers and craftsmen above current minimum wages in West Africa. In addition the patterns are designed and printed by africans locally and in the diaspora, destroying the current social construct of African print.
Future goals of the brand include donating clothing to orphanages and organising sporting events for public schools. Founder of the brand, Funfere Koroye, believes in using innovation and product development to change the current state of manufacturing and product development in Nigeria.