Dancers wearing traditional attire took part in the 7th Annual Ingoma Dance Competition organised by The Natal Playhouse theatre in Durban on March 21, 2017. The Ingoma Dance is considered one of the most purist forms of traditional Zulu dance.
Although Kenya lies on the equator and has dramatic nighttime skies in rural areas, children find it hard to name planets and other bodies as astronomy is rarely taught in schools — but that is changing as The Traveling Telescope visits some of the country’s most remote areas with telescopes and virtual reality goggles.
Thousands of worshippers came to the beach in Montevideo, Uruguay on the feast day of Yemanja, African sea goddess, bearing candles, flowers, perfumes and fruit to show their gratitude for her blessings. The celebration coincides with the Roman Catholic feast day of the Virgin of Candelaria, marked Feb. 2.
Voodoo was officially declared a religion in Benin in 1996.Benin’s Voodoo Festival is held every year and is the West African country’s most vibrant and colorful event. It attracts thousands of devotees and tourists for a day filled with ritual dances and gin drinking.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is collaring two young male elephants from the Amboseli region to better understand their migration routes. As Kenya’s population increases dramatically every year more land traditionally used by elephants as routes is being populated and developed and elephants have been impacted. IFAW intends to study data from the collared elephants movements to plot how this impact affects them.
At least 18 Albino people have been killed in Malawi in a “steep upsurge in killings” since November 2014. Five others have been abducted and remain missing, a new Amnesty International report released says.
Across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, at least 672 people have died from the worst outbreak yet of the hemorrhagic fever, the World Health Organization said, placing great strain on the health systems of some of Africa’s poorest countries. Sierra Leone now has the highest number of Ebola cases, surpassing neighboring Guinea where the outbreak originated in February. Highly contagious, especially in the late stages, its symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea as well as internal and external bleeding.
Kenyan and Tanzanian governments started a joint aerial count of elephants and other large mammals in the shared ecosystem of the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro and Natron-Magadi landscape. The one-week exercise, which started Oct. 7 and costs $104,000 dollars, is a collaboration between the two countries and the Kenya Wildlife Service, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute and the African Wildlife Foundation, among others.
In the early days of space flight, the pictures harvested by the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) were blurry gray images that resembled a bad weather map. With the advent of new technology and better platforms to photograph from, such as the space shuttle and International Space Station, NASA is able to provide us with an amazing viewpoint of Earth.
In honor of Earth Day, view memorizing photos of the blue planet from space.