Welcome to Touch of Africa!
SPECIALIZING IN HANDMADE ITEMS.
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS TO TOUCH YOUR SOUL.
JEWELLERY, PURSES, LOOSE FITTING 100% COTTON CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES AND AROMAS OF INCENSE AND PERFUME OILS FOR ANY TASTE – AND MUCH MORE.
Touch of Africa is an award-winning presenter at the PNE and BC Home Show.
For those seeking a touch of exotic untamed cultures of Africa, we offer a variety of items to tempt your pallet: masks, pictures, wall hangings and batiks to decorate your walls and African teak, mahogany and ebony furnishings to add spice to your home. Statues and ceremonial carvings are available to peek from your corners.
We have musicals instruments and music to touch your soul. African fashion for comfort and to show the beauty in you along with jewelry, purses and accessories to accent the exotic in you. Aromas of incense and perfume oils for all tastes, African Shea Butter and Black Soap to heal your body. Learn the meaning behind the works of art you obtain. Come journey with us through the history of Africa. We welcome you.
Omar Thiam and Touch Of Africa were showcased at the SFU Gallery From February through May, 2009 – celebrating Black History Month in British Columbia from 1858 to 2009, featuring prominent people and businesses that have made an impact in British Columbia and helped preserve African Heritage.READ MORE ABOUT US >
Trade With a Touch of African Fairness
Touch of Africa believes in fair trade. People around the world have the right to an honest living that brings dignity and joy to their lives. Touch of Africa creates healty business relationships with talented Africans by promoting fair trade.
Through “fair trade” principles, Touch of Africa returns the respect, dignity, hope and fair value to the people we partner with – in return for the hard work hard they have created for your benefit.
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NEWS & ARTICLES
The Wodaabe (Fula: Wo?aa?e), also known as the Mbororo or Bororo, are a small subgroup of the Fulani ethnic group. They are traditionally nomadic cattle-herders and traders in the Sahel, with migrations stretching from southern Niger, through northern Nigeria, northeastern Cameroon, southwestern Chad, and the western region of the Central African Republic.The number of Wodaabe was estimated in 2001 to be 100,000.They are known for their elaborate attire and rich cultural ceremonies.
The Wodaabe speak the Fula language and don’t use a written language.In the Fula language, wo?a means “taboo”, and Wo?aa?e means “people of the taboo”. “Wodaabe” is an Anglicisation of Wo?aa?e. This is sometimes translated as “those who respect taboos”, a reference to the Wodaabe isolation from broader Fulbe culture, and their contention that they retain “older” traditions than their Fulbe neighbors. In contrast, other Fulbe as well as other ethnic groups sometimes refer to the Wodaabe as “Mbororo”, a sometimes pejorative name, translated into English as “Cattle Fulani”, and meaning “those who dwell in cattle camps”] By the 17th century, the Fula people across West Africa were among the first ethnic groups to embrace Islam, were often leaders of those forces which spread Islam, and have been traditionally proud of the urban, literate, and pious life with which this has been related. Both Wodaabe and other Fulbe see in the Wodaabe the echoes of an earlier pastoralist way of life, of which the Wodaabe are proud and of which urban Fulbe are sometimes critical.
The Wodaabe culture is one of the 186 cultures of the standard cross-cultural sample used by anthropologists to compare cultural traits.