Fun Fact: People like to make fun of “ebonics” or the English patoisspoken by inner city black Americans because they think these folks are trying to speak “proper English” and failing. Linguists see this as a legitimate language in its own right with African syntax and some African vocabulary, for example, the use of “I be” instead of “I am” as in “I be going to the store” is a common usage in West African languages.
In fact, it has been said that this language was closer to the English spoken by ordinary white southerners (not of the elite planter caste) 150 years ago than the modern “southern” dialect. Proof of this can be seen in literary works of that time where the author reproduces the dialect.
I added some additional websites as well as languages. Also I would like to state that is in no way meant to be a comprehensive list of all of the languages of west Africa. There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of languages and I cannot find resources for them all. I will keep adding to this list.
Can you all stop perpetuating the lie that ALL Africans are poor?
And that ALL Americans are rich/middle class?
ATLANTA, GEORGIA (UNITED STATES)
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (UNITED STATES)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN (UNITED STATES)
L.A. COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (UNITED STATES)
Stop believing everything you see in the media. Some places in Africa are very poor, but some places are not poor at all. Just like there are some places in America that are very poor, but some places that are not poor at all. A few pictures and videos from the media about “how poor Africa is” should not determine how you view that entire continent because if that were the case, many would assume ALL Americans lived in poverty based on the few pictures I’ve shown you. Open your minds.
Straight Out of Cameroon || Walking through downtown Tucson, @weirdcravings found this location. I was apprehensive, but it came out great. I’m wearing a @crochetcoquette crop top with my favorite skirt.
Jollof aka Wolof Rice is a one-pot rice dish popular in many West African countries, similar to European Pilaf or Paella, and possibly a progenitor of the Louisianian dish Jambalaya. It’s consumed throughout Mali, Togo, Gambia, Senegal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroon, and Ghana. There are many variations, but usually it contains rice, tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, salt, spices such as nutmeg, ginger, pepper, cumin, and chili peppers; optional ingredients include vegetables, meats, or fish. Because of the tomato paste and palm oil, the dish is always red in color.