Resources About Africa
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General Directories & Portals

Librarians' Internet Index > Regions > Africa - http://lii.org/search?query=Africa;searchtype=subject
LII's index to 39 of the best sites about Africa.
Google Directory > Regional  > Africa - http://directory.google.com/Top/Regional/Africa/
Google's directory of websites about Africa. Besides links to each of the countries of Africa there are also links to the following general topics: Arts and Entertainment; Business and Economy; Education; Employment; Government; Guides and Directories; Health; Maps and Views; News and Media; Recreation and Sports; Regions; Science and Environment; Society and Culture; Transportation; Travel and Tourism; and Weather.
Google Directory > Science > Social Sciences > Area Studies > African Studies - http://directory.google.com/Top/Science/Social_Sciences/Area_Studies/African_Studies/
Google's directory to websites about African Studies. Subdivisions include: Aid and Development; Conflicts; Government; History; Maps and Views; Programs and Research Centers; Publications; and Society and Culture.
Yahoo! Africa - http://dir.yahoo.com/Regional/Regions/Africa/
Yahoo's links to Web sites about Africa. Includes headings for: Countries and Regions; Arts and Humanities; Business and Economy; Computers and Internet; Education; Entertainment; Government; Health; News and Media; Recreation and Sports; Regional Guides; Science; Social Science; Society and Culture; and, Travel.
African Web Links - http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/Home_Page/WWW_Links.html
This page includes links to topics such as: African Studies; Anthropology; Arts & Architecture; Business & Trade; Development; Environment; Food & Agriculture; General References; Health; History; Human Rights; K-12 Studies; Languages; Law; Libraries; Maps & Satellites; Music & Films; News; Organizations; Population Studies; Publications; Relief Work; Religious Studies; Sports; Networking & Telematics; Travel; Universities; Domestic & Wildlife; and, Women Issues. (University of Pennsylvania)

Social & Cultural Sites

Black Jews, Hebrews, and Israelites - http://www.cc.columbia.edu/~sbl7/Israelite.html
The homepage for "news, information, and conversation for and about people of color who practice the Hebrew faith. When one speaks of Black Jews, Hebrews, or Israelites, one could be referring to any number of groups. Each is unique, has its own history, and follows its own set of traditions."
Black / African Related Resources - http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/Home_Page/mcgee.html
This is a list of online information storage sites (FTP, Gopher, Telnet, WWW, BBS, Database, etc.) that contain a significant amount of information relating to or of concern to Black or African people, culture, and issues around the world. (University of Pennsylvania)
African Wedding Guide - http://melanet.com/awg/
A very thorough guide to assist those who would like to have their wedding performed in the African manner. (MelaNet)
African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning - http://www.lib.virginia.edu/clemons/RMC/exhib/93.ray.aa/African.html
The objects selected for this exhibit were chosen both to exemplify African aesthetic and moral principles and to display some of the finest pieces in the Bayly Art Museum's large collection. Most of the pieces in the exhibit come from West African societies. (University of Virginia)
African Ceremonies: Photographs of Sacred Rituals in Tribal Cultures - http://www.africanceremonies.com/
"Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher's lifelong commitment to photographing the vanishing rituals and customs of tribal African cultures culminates in their monumental masterwork, African Ceremonies." This site features a gallery of photos from the book, as well as information about related African charities and foundations "developed by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher to assist nomadic pastoral peoples during times of drought" and to fund research about African ceremonies. (LII)
Echoes of Africa - http://www.bbc.co.uk/aboutmusic/features/africa/
This site explores African musical instruments and their influence on "dance music, pop, jazz, rock, rap, [and] blues." Learn about African instruments by region through descriptions, photos, and sound clips. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) - http://www.nmafa.si.edu/
Information about the museum including tours, educational programs, and photos of permanent and current exhibitions, as well as links to the library, photographic archives, and conservation information. One of the Smithsonian Institution museums.
Peoples and Cultures of Africa - http://www.fandm.edu/departments/Anthropology/Bastian/ANT269/home.html
The aim of this site is to "provide an insight into the aesthetics, beliefs, and histories of West African cultures" including those that speak the family of languages of Mande, Yoruba, and Cameroonian. Also available are images of artwork of West Africa at the Rothman Gallery at Franklin and Marshall College. Additionally, there is a timeline of European exploration in West Africa, a bibliography, and an annotated list of related links. Developed as a class project.
Africanhiphop.com - http://WWW.Africanhiphop.com/
A fascinating and fun look into the world of hip hop as it is performed on the African continent. "The Africanhiphop.com site serves the goal of unifying everybody who's inspired by hip hop and by the cultures of Africa and of African origins." Site has everything: interviews of rappers, music downloads, trends, listing of crews (or groups, for the un-hip), lyrics, and more. For hardcore hip-hop heads, this site is worth checking out.
AfroAIDSinfo - http://www.afroaidsinfo.org/DesktopServlet
This portal offers information about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa for "researchers, the health profession, the public, infected individuals, educators and policy-makers." It includes news, a calendar of events, resources for health educators and researchers, information about HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention for the public, and links. Searchable.

Description & Travel

African Countries Information - http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/Home_Page/Country.html
Links to information on the countries of Africa. Provides data on social, political and cultural affairs. (African Studies Dept. University of Pennsylvania)
Africa Photos from the California Academy of Sciences - http://elib.cs.berkeley.edu/photos/cas/africa.shtml/
Nearly 700 images of "African animals, plants, landscapes, and people/culture." Searchable by name, type, country, location, and photographer. A part of CalPhotos, from the Digital Library Project, University of California, Berkeley.
Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent - http://africafocus.library.wisc.edu/
This database of over 3,500 digitized visual images and 50 hours of sound files from 45 African countries is searchable by keyword, subject, or country. It may also be browsed by collections of images (Artisans, Buildings and Structures, Cities and Towns, Education, Landscape, Religion, and Women) or sounds (Greetings, Rites and Ceremonies, Songs and Singing, and Drums). From the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries.

History

African Timelines - http://www.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/hum211/timelines/htimelinetoc.htm
This Web site gives a detailed look across the centuries at "history, orature, literature and film." Maintained by the teacher of a course in African history. (Central Oregon Community College)
Africa Research Central - http://www.africa-research.org/
"Africa Research Central is your gateway to the archives, libraries, and museums with important collections of African primary sources." Available in English and French language versions.
The Story of Africa - http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/
"Tells the history of the continent from an African perspective, from the origins of humankind to the end of South African apartheid." There are 14 sections covering each period in African history, as well as the people, their religions, and contact with the rest of the world. "Each section has on average six chapters, as well as a timeline, reading list and a list of external links." There are many pictures and over 40 sound recordings. Online edition of the radio series from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service.
Internet African History Sourcebook - http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/africa/africasbook.html
This website is part of the massive Internet History Sourcebook Project. The site contains "collections of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts," In addition to full-text historical documents, one can find links to secondary articles, reviews, discussions, and more websites.(Paul Halsall)

Nigeria

Motherland Nigeria - http://www.motherlandnigeria.com/
This site provides links to lots of information about Nigeria including current news stories. Click on the "Site Contents" link to go to an outline of topics covered on the site. Some of these include: Geography, National symbols, Peoples, Cultures and customs, Languages, Names, Marriage and family, Food and drink, Health care, Education, Holidays and festivals, Clothing, Transportation, Sports, Arts and music, Pictures, History, Government, Economics, Agriculture, Travel, Humor, and Stories and proverbs. ("Boomie" Olubunmi)
Nigeria-Arts.net - http://www.nigeria-arts.net/
Searchable and browsable directory of information about Nigerian art and artists, with sections for literature, music, performance, and visual arts. Includes brief overviews of different art styles, such as reggae, Afrobeat, oral literature, and fabric design. Also features news and artist resources. A project of Rakumi Arts International.
Nigeria: A Country Study - http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/ngtoc.html
Part of the Country Studies/Area Handbook series "describing and analyzing [Nigeria's] political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors." Research completed June 1991. Searchable, can limit your search to one or more countries. From the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress.
Hausa - http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/humnet/aflang/Hausa/
Devoted to the Hausa language, spoken primarily in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa. Includes a map of where Hausa is spoken, an online grammar, an online dictionary, audio phrases, a list of resources, and information on dialects, pronunciation, writing, and Hausa poetry and song. From the University of California, Los Angeles.
What Is Things Fall Apart? - http://www.stfrancis.edu/en/student/achebe/chinua/tfa.htm
This is a student website about the famous Nigerian novel. It includes links to study guides, an interview with a Nigerian author, and questions about the novel.
African Authors: Chinua Achebe - http://web.cocc.edu/cagatucci/classes/hum211/achebe.htm
The website of a professor of humanities at community college in central Oregon. Links to a biography of the author, excerpts from interviews, and reading and study questions about his novel, Things Fall Apart.
Internet Resources: Chinua Achebe & Things Fall Apart - http://www.websteruniv.edu/~barrettb/achebe.htm
This academic site includes links to: About the writer; African Writers: Voices of Change; On the Role of the African Writer; Women in Achebe's World; Pages with many links; Culture and Literature of Africa [see link above]; Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English, and a link to an extensive interview with Achebe in The Paris Review.
Resources for Things Fall Apart on the Internet - http://home.pacbell.net/gpeterma/apart.html
The Library at Katella High School (Orange County, Calif.) provides this list of links to websites about Nigeria and the novel, Things Fall Apart.

South Africa

Kingdom of the Zulu - http://www.kzn.org.za/kzn/
An overview of South Africa's province of KwaZulu-Natal, including information on tourism, trade, investing, natural history, recreational facilities, and more. Includes information on the districts of Drakensberg, Durban, East Griqualand, Pietermaritzburg and the Midlands, North Coast (Dolphin Coast), South Coast, and Zululand.  (LII)
The Long Walk of Nelson Mandela - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/mandela/
This companion site to the PBS "Frontline" episode "tells the story of the man behind the myth, probing Mandela's character, leadership and life's method through intimate recollections with friends, political allies, adversaries, and his fellow prisoners and jailers on Robben Island where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 prison years." Includes a transcript of the show, a chronology, interviews, anecdotes, commentary, and a teachers' guide.  (LII)
South African Government Information - http://www.polity.org.za/
This site was begun after the first democratic elections in 1994 "in order to assist in the dissemination of information for meaningful and informed public participation in the development of a democratic society in South Africa." Information, both on the site and linked to, is ordered by Documents - bills, constitution, regulations, and papers; Structure - cabinet, court, ministries, parliament, statutory bodies; as well as elections information; anthems and songs; photographs, flags, and symbols; and links to official government Web sites, political sites, and others of interest. (LII)
African National Congress (ANC) - http://www.anc.org.za/
Web site of this "national liberation movement....formed in 1912 to unite the African people and spearhead the struggle for fundamental political, social and economic change." The site includes copies of speeches and documents, biographies of the party's present and past leadership (including Nelson Mandela), archives of its publications, and information about its structure. The ANC is allied with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). (LII)
The Mandela Page - http://www.anc.org.za/people/mandela/
Biographical information on this South African statesman and president with photographs and selected speeches, statements, and writings from 1950-1999. From the African National Congress (ANC) Web site. (LII)
South Africa: A Country Study - http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/zatoc.html
Part of the Country Studies/Area Handbook series "describing and analyzing [South Africa's] political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examining the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors." Research completed May 1996. Searchable, can limit your search to one or more countries. From the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress. (LII)
South Africa Online - http://www.southafrica.co.za/
An entrance to South Africa via the World Wide Web. A comprehensive, annotated directory of a variety of information about the country, including Business, Education, Lifestyles, Government, Reference, News, Sports, and Travel. Also access the latest exchange rates. (LII)
Truth and Reconciliation Commission - http://www.doj.gov.za/trc/
Proceedings, transcripts, audio recordings, and other official documentation from the governmental commission created to provide for "the investigation and the establishment of as complete a picture as possible of the nature, causes and extent of gross violations of human rights" committed in South Africa between 1960 and 1994. Links to related sites included. (LII)


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