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About dianabuja

With a group of BaTwa (pygmy) women potters, with whom we've worked to enhance production and sales of their wonderful pots - fantastic for cooking and serving. To see the 2 blogs on this work enter 'batwa pots' into the search engine located just above this picture. Blog entries throughout this site are about Africa, as well as about the Middle East and life in general - reflecting over 35 years of work and research in Africa and the Middle East – Come and join me!

Agroforestry in the Sahel – Looking back on Past Project Work – The SRAAD Project

Our socioeconomic and agroforesty work in the eastern and western Sudan was able to verify data on multipurpose use of A. senegal  [now renamed Senegalia senegal] and on  other woody species – as well as on related agroforestry practices and specific problems being … Continue reading

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A Husband’s Letter to his Decesed Wife – Translation by Wente

Letters to the dead could be long and, perhaps, ease the frustration or fear of the person writing.  The following letter is quite detailed; from the angry husband of a woman who has died: ..

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How to Succeed with Letters to The Dead – Translations by Wente

Letters to the dead in ancient Egypt provided one method of seeking success or redress from both the gods and from people who have died.  I will put up a couple that provide a little window to these interesting missives; see … Continue reading

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Livingston’s Adventures with Manioc [Cassava] in Southern Africa

Yesterday I had for lunch an African dish with fish and cassava [manioc] in a delicious sauce.  This reminded me of the oft negative descriptions of the crop as being something less that wonderful; as written by David Livingston : The … Continue reading

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Penmeru: Director of the Dining Pavilion – 2

Penmeru ‘Director of the Dinning Hall.’  was interred in a curious mastaba – curious, in part because of the multiple pseudo-groups of Penmeru that were contained therein.  The dig that resulted in the discovery of these statues within the mastaba of Penmeru was led by … Continue reading

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Lemongrass

Originally posted on Herbology Manchester:
by Jemma ? Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a dense, clump-forming grass that is found in tropical and subtropical grassland  throughout southeast Asia. It can reach a height of around 2 metres with leaves that are…

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Mungo Park, Explorer and Scientist in Sumatra and Africa

Following his trip to Sumatra [described below] Park traveled to west Africa under the tutelage of the Africa Association, which was keen to obtain more information on the river Niger and groups inhabiting the area. Park’s love of travel had … Continue reading

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