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Remember To Look Up

Remember To Look Up

During my visits to various homes and historical buildings in Dalaba, I found myself repeating one similar action: I kept looking UP. I absolutely fell in love with the traditional decorative ceilings in Dalaba. Unique to Fulani architecture and design and quite unlike the often monochrome flat ceilings of our homes in...

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The Handweaver's Tale

The Handweaver's Tale

It's been pouring for several consecutive days, keeping everyone indoors. Now that the rain has finally stopped for a day, I'm eager to get out and explore. My companions and I decide to head over to Pouké, a very small enclave in Fouta Djallon. It's on the outskirts of Dalaba,...

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Do You Know How to Pata Pata?

Do You Know How to Pata Pata?

Growing up in Sierra Leone, the tunes that floated through our home included the beautiful voice of Miriam Makeba. She was of the same generation as my papa and revered during a time when many countries in Africa were fighting for independence. Her lyrics about this struggle did not compute with...

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Let's Talk History

Let's Talk History

In a gated compound perched atop a hilly landscape stands a national historic landmark of Dalaba, Guinea. The Case à Palabre. Built in 1932 by Omar Yugo Bah, the then traditional chief of Dalaba, the Case à Palabre is a Fulani style circular building. The architecture is modeled after the...

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Where the Dirt Road Leads

Where the Dirt Road Leads

If you are familiar with the Djenné Series, you know that it is centered around the architecture of the Great Mosque of Djenné and market activity around it.  Though there is much to see and experience within the city limits, there was one day when I wanted to venture out...

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