Susanne Wenger: white priestess from the Sacred Groves of Osogbo, Nigeria

Susanne Wenger also known as Adunni Olurisa (1915-2009) was an Austrian artist who resided in Nigeria. Her main focus was the Yoruba culture and she was successful in building an artist cooperative in Osogbo.

Born in Graz, Austria, she studied art  before travelling to Paris in 1949, where she met Ulli Beier, a German linguist. When he was offered a position as a phonetician in Ibadan, Nigeria, shortly afterwards, they decided to marry so she could accompany him.

The couple quickly assimilated in Nigeria, he as a teacher and she as an artist, but they moved from Ibadan to the nearby town of Ede in 1950 to escape what Wenger called the “artificial university compound”. In Ede, she met one of the last priests of the rapidly disappearing, ancestral-based Olorisha religion. She quickly became engrossed in his life and rituals, even though at that time she spoke no Yoruba. “Our only intercourse was the language of the trees,” she said later.

During this period, she and Beier mentored a group of local artists that later became the New Sacred Art movement, creating many of the giant sculptural works that beautify the sacred grove.

Tribes in Nigeria

I must confess, I got this list from a whatsapp broadcast. I cannot exactly confirm if this list is exhaustive or not. However, it is good place to start. I know my tribe is there though. My only litmus test. I would have have wished to credit the source to the sender who probably got it from someone else. Let’s just attribute it to Nigeria. Thank you Nigeria. I usually like to provide the source of the images but I really can’t remember where I got this. I know it is Nigeria though but I just don’t know what tribe this is. Anyone knows?

Afroelle Magazine

Oh well, this came up while looking out for AAKS  . Didn’t get the name right while watching CNN. So I did a google for Ghana + Fashion + Bag … (you get the idea?). I still missed though and came up with Afroelle Magazine . A blog site giving African women in Diaspora and in Africa an opportunity to showcase their talents and entrepreneurial spirit. This actually falls in line with part of what Trek Africa will  achieve. Provide an avenue for tourists to fulfill their dreams and also document for others to learn from.

Ok, let me get back to Afroelle. The site is a load of information to inspire African women (I think people in general after all, I was inspired) of life struggles and hidden opportunities (my words) and cursory observation. I won’t bore you with her life story. That would be plagiarism. You can learn more about Rita from her site here .

Now, I remember how google made the mistake. I was searching for Afua Rida. I thought I heard Rita (obviously). I put it in google as “Rita + fashion + Ghana” and your know the rest. Also means you should check out Rida’s site on Style By Rida .