Cover Photography © Hochschulteam Deutschland

Around the World on Fridays (“G”)

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” Maya Angelou

Today: Gabon | Gambia | Georgia | Germany | Ghana | Greece | Grenada | Guatemala | Guinea | Guinea-Bissau | Guyana

Cover Photography © Hochschulteam Deutschland

 

GABON

Photo © Bineka Sassou, La Revue De L’Afrique | African Rap

Photo © Bineka Sassou, La Revue De L’Afrique | African Rap

Did you know?

Gabon is a rapper’s bliss. The country has a strong hip hop culture. The Gabao Hip Hop Festival is celebrated in the Gabon-Estuaire region and the capital of Libreville and it attracts an impressive roster of international hip hop artists to perform.

Gabon’s ruling Bongo family loves music and therefore supported the opening of a world class pan-African music school in Libreville. The African Music Institute (AMI) will open its doors in September 2017 as a part of the international network of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in the USA.

 

GAMBIA

Photo © Ikiwaner / Wikimedia | Kunta Kinteh Island (formerly James Island)

Photo © Ikiwaner / Wikimedia | Kunta Kinteh Island (formerly James Island)

Did you know?

Alex Haley’s “Roots” character Kunta Kinte came from the region that is now Gambia.

The story of Kunta Kinte, a Gambian man born in 1750, enslaved and taken to America. Alex Haley, Roots: The Saga of an American Family

“He was thirty-four rains old! What in the name of Allah had happened to his life? He had been in the white man’s land as long as he had lived in Juffure. Was he still an African, or had he become a ‘nigger,’ as the others called themselves? Was he even a man? He was the same age as his father when he had seen him last, yet he had no sons of his own, no wife, no family, no village, no people, no homeland, almost no past at all that seemed real to him anymore – and no future he could see. It was as if The Gambia had been a dream he’d had once long ago. Or was he still asleep? And if he was, would he ever waken?”

 

GEORGIA

Photo © Anna Bogush, Shutterstock | Georgian Folk Autumn Festival

Photo © Anna Bogush, Shutterstock | Georgian Folk Autumn Festival

Did you know?

Georgia’s local name is SAKARTVELO. “Georgia” is the Western exonym for the nation in the Caucasus natively known as Sakartvelo (Georgian: საქართველო).

The origins of the country’s name in English are obscure. One theory points to the Middle Ages when Christian crusaders swept through the region on their way to the Holy Land. At that time, it was part of the Persian Empire and the people here were known as “Gurj”. They were also devotees of St George. Theory has it that the crusaders made the connection and named the country Georgia. (Damien McGuinness, BBC)

 

GERMANY

Photo © Nivea / Beiersdorf | NIVEA advertising poster from 1935: NIVEA Creme for rough skin

Photo © Nivea / Beiersdorf | NIVEA advertising poster from 1935: NIVEA Creme for rough skin

Did you know?

“Made in Germany” ranks first worldwide. Products and services “Made in Germany” enjoy the best image worldwide. This was the finding of a study conducted by the University of St Gallen in Switzerland that surveyed over 7,900 people in 15 countries. Germany is followed in the ranking by Switzerland and Japan. According to the study, German products score points internationally when it comes to price – performance ratio and innovation. Study participants were also asked about the values they attribute to different countries. They said Germany is cosmopolitan with strong traditions and high standards in research.

 

GHANA

Photo © Charles Lawson & Akosua Adoma Owusu | MaameYaa. NYC | Paga, Ghana

Photo © Charles Lawson & Akosua Adoma Owusu | MaameYaa. NYC | Paga, Ghana

Did you know?

Freedom of worship is a constitutional right in Ghana. Religious tolerance in Ghana is very high. Unlike many countries with citizens of multiple faiths, Ghana respects all religions and has written freedom of worship into the constitution an inalienable right. There is virtually no conflict between Christians, Muslims, traditionalists as well as other minority religions. In fact, children in school are taught to tolerate others from different religions.

 

GREECE

Photo © Karolos Trivizas | Greek Shepard

Photo © Karolos Trivizas | Greek Shepard

Did you know?

Democracy was invented in Greece. Democracy, (from Greek “demokratia” / “δημοκρατία”) or “rule by the people”, was originally conceived in Classical Greece, whereby political representatives were chosen by lot (as in a jury) from amongst the male citizens: rich and poor. The first system of democracy that we know of began in Athens in 507 BC. While there might be evidence to suggest that some form of democracy took place in other places before this time, but the Ancient Athenians set up a system that is structured in a way that has inspired the democratic governments that are around today.

The ancient historian Herodotus wrote: “Equality is a good thing. Evidence for this is the fact that while they were under tyrannical rulers, the Athenians were no better in war than any of their neighbors, yet once they got rid of their tyrants, they were by far the best of all.”

 

GRENADA

Photo © Jason deCaires Taylor | Underwater Sculpture Park in Grenada

Photo © Jason deCaires Taylor | Underwater Sculpture Park in Grenada

Did you know?

Grenada is home to The World’s First Underwater Sculpture Park. The Underwater Sculpture Park is located just outside St Georges in the Molinere Beausejour Marine Protected Area and was created by Jason deCaires Taylor, an English artist, sculptor and avid diver. The sculptures are developed with concrete and rebar, and are placed naturally without affecting the natural reef and the lives of its inhabitants adversely.

 

GUATEMALA

Photo © Steven Winter | Guatemala

Photo © Steven Winter | Guatemala

Did you know?

The Happy Meal was invented in Guatemala. In the mid-1970s, Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño, a young housewife, began working with her husband operating McDonald’s franchise restaurants in Guatemala. She created what she called the “Menu Ronald” (Ronald menu), which offered a hamburger, small fries and a small sundae to help mothers feed their children more effectively while at McDonald’s restaurants. The concept was eventually brought to the attention of McDonald’s management in Chicago. Yolanda Fernández de Cofiño got the “Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World” recognition in Paris, France.

 

GUINEA

Photo © Manfred Schweda | Doundoun, Djembe d'or Festival, Conakry

Photo © Manfred Schweda | Doundoun, Djembe d’or Festival, Conakry

Did you know?

African drumming creates a sense of community and a powerful shared experience. Mamady Keïta, master drummer from Guinea on the power of drumming: “For us it’s a way to share our own thoughts about the world. It helps us show through music that all our problems are not needed, and that we can come together as people because we can come together to play music.”

 

GUINEA-BISSAU

Photo: transafrica.biz | Guinea-Bissau

Photo: transafrica.biz | Guinea-Bissau

Did you know?

Guinea-Bissau has a vibrant arts and cultural industry. The traditional and cultural ceremonies and customs are connected to the Gumbe genre. It is likely that the etymology of African-American musical genres goombay of the Bahamas originates in Guinea-Bissau gumbe.

In Guinea-Bissau sculpture has been the dominant form of art since the earliest of times. The most common types of sculpture are in various figurines, which are highly integrated into local religion and spiritualism.

The people in Guinea-Bissau are also adept at a variety of handicrafts. Shells, wood, metal, stone, ceramic, and fabric are all commonly used in their handicrafts. Many of these items include jewelry, ornaments for dancers, and woven goods.

Guinea-Bissau also has made a footprint in the film industry. Internationally renowned film director Flora Gomes directed such films as Nha Fala and the 1988 award-winning Mortu Nega. Film director Sana Na N’Hada from Guinea-Bissau, whose cinematic career spans more than four decades, about his latest film ‘Kadjike’ (Sacred Bush): “I want to show people why the natural beauty of my country is so important and why we need to stand together to prevent our nation and culture to be harmed.”

 

GUYANA

Photo © José Manuel Fragoso | Indigenous from Rupununi region of Guyana

Photo © José Manuel Fragoso | Indigenous from Rupununi region of Guyana

Did you know?

“One People, One Nation, One Destiny” is the national motto of Guyana. Guyana is an Amerindian word and this name means “land of many waters”. Officially Co-operative Republic of Guyana, it is the only English-speaking country in South America. In Guyana’s total population, 36 % of the residents are of African descent, while half of the people are of East Indian origin.

 

Around the World on Fridays: A visual experience of people portraits and a curiosity glimpse into alphabetically selected countries for each post & regular updates in “A Country a Day” (*) on Madalina Dobraca People & Culture Boutique. For the love of humans everywhere!

(*) “A Country a Day” is a mini-project I started on the 4th of June 2016, aiming to alphabetically cover each country of the world through a daily photo-pictorial illustrating the unique and diverse personalities of the featured countries. Enjoy the variety and beauty of people and cultures every day!

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