Multi Cultural African Beauty

Sade, Thandie Newton and MCCN Healthy Living Editor Fatima Fofana are beautiful women who reflect the cultural diversity of Africa.  Boris is one beautiful man of direct African heritage.  People often speak of Africa like it is a country when it is indeed a continent.  There is a tendency not to give the countries their respected identities.  One does not liken Italy to England.  They are very different.

Thandie Newton: Born in England, her birth name is Thandiwe Adjewa Newton.  The actress was born to a  Zimbabwean mother and English father.  There is irony in Thandie birth name. Years ago she co-starred with Oprah Winfrey in Beloved. Her name Thandiwe, means “beloved” in Swazi and Zulu.  Newton studied Anthropology and Archaelogy.  Zimbabwe Traditions:  The different cultures which may include beliefs and ceremonies, one of them being Shona.  Zimbabwe’s largest ethnic group is Shona.

Thandie Newton at Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, South Africa

Sade:  Born in Nigeria,  her birth name is Helen Folasade Adu.  The singer was born to a Nigerian father and English Mother.  Nigerian Culture:  Nigeria (naija) has been called “the heart of African music” because of its role in the development of West African highlife and palm-wine music, which fuses native rhythms with techniques imported from the Congo, Brazil, Cuba and elsewhere.

Boris Kodjoe: Beauty is both male and female, Kodjoe was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Ursula, a German psychologist, and Eric Kodjoe, a Ghanaian physician.  The actor was born of Jewish lineage.  People Magazine recognized him as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.  Ghana Culture:  Ghana is an ethnically diverse country; thus, Ghanaian culture is a mixture of all its ethnic groups, the Ashanti, Fante, Akyem, Kwahu, Ga, Ewe, Mamprusi and Dagomba, among others. It is most evident in Ghanaian cuisine, the arts and clothing.


Fatima Fofana: Born in Sierra Leone to a Gambian father and mother from Sierra Leone.  In addition to being MCCN’s healthy living editor, she is part owner of Spectrum Entertainment the parent company of the Multi Cultural Cooking Network. Visit MCCN’s Healthy Living SectionSierra Leone Tradition:   Media in Sierra Leone began with the introduction of the first printing press in Africa at the start of the nineteenth century. A strong journalistic tradition developed with the creation of a number of newspapers.

About Nigerian Food

Nigerian food has a great variety as there exists a great number of ethnic groups in Nigeria. However with time, lot more new types food are becoming popular, making fast food is an important part of the food in Nigeria. The unity among the people in Nigeria influence them to have their meals together.

Food of Nigeria includes meat, vegetables, fruits as well as the carbohydrates. Meats consumed by the Nigerians are beef, chicken, mutton, lamb, turkey, geese, pigeon, fish, guinea fowls, crab, shrimp and other sea food. Fruits include bananas, oranges, tangerines, pineapples, carrots, guavas, watermelons, melons, grapes, limes, mangoes, apples, tomatoes, peas and a lot more.

As Nigeria culture is a combination of the cultural influences of many tribes, there comes the variation in the recipes. However, palm oil is the common factor in almost all the dishes. A few common Nigerian food are isu, which is basically spiced boiled yams, dodo, which is fried plantains, efo, which is green stew, iyan, which is pounded yams and jollof rice, Nigerian stew and Chinchin. Rice is the staple carbohydrate in the Nigerian food. Read More interesting facts at:

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Click this  recipe for Nigerian Akara