Malawi is fondly referred to as the 'warm heart of Africa' for several reasons. It's people are among the friendliest and most vibrant in South East Africa. Most of it's people still live in rural communities and have a strong sense of tradition. Lilongwe is the largest and capital city of Malawi. The city is located in the central region of Malawi,near the borders with Mozambique and Zambia.
Basket weaving is an old tradition that can be found in different African countries. It is a welll respected skill that is handed down from one generation to the next. Each basket is unique in its style so you will never get two baskets that are identical. Basket weaving is mostly practiced by women in rural communities as a source of income. It always amazes me how their skilfully hands turn simple grass into strong sturdy baskets that are able to store food and clothing.
So last Sunday was Mothering Sunday. A time to call and visit your mum with lovely presents to show how much you love her. Being a mother is certainly not easy. In fact, it's super tough! Mothers take care of us when we are babies, nurture us when we are kids, and deal with our mood swings when we hit puberty. Safe to say: it's a very exhausting job.
Here are a few reasons why mothers are so special.
Reason 1: No matter how busy she is, she will always have time for you
Reason 2: She can wash your really dirty clothes and make them look brand new!
Reason 3: Even a last minute school project can be a success because of your mum.
Reason 4: She will always want to feed you her home cooked dishes!
Reason 5: She will always remember your birthday :)
Reason 6: When something bad happens to you , your mum's hug is all you need to feel better.
To celebrate these wonderful ladies in our lives, I've picked an African hit song from the 70s by Prince Nico Mbarga called 'Sweet Mother'. It's ubiquitous influence is felt all across Africa and is usually played at weddings and social occasions.
So take a bow, ladies. We appreciate and love you very much.
Have a great week everyone!
Barbie Fantasy Goddess of Africa DollWe came across this wonderful design by Bob Mackie for the Barbie Doll collectors range. Sometimes Barbie designs have been criticised with good reason but we have to say we love this one. What do you think?
A list of quiz questions to test you and your children's knowledge of African history, culture and geography.
This looks like a stunning documentary.
A few days ago we came across this adorable children’s book. It’s called ‘The Ghanian Goldilocks, a story by Dr. Tamara Pizzoli and illustrated by Phil Howell.