We got tons of feedback on our Wanna Be Africans post from earlier this month, so we decided a follow up is only appropriate . One of the main responses that we read addressed the need for us to share more on what we knew about African culture. One of our readers further commented that it’s not enough to express frustration without educating or sharing our knowledge. To address this concern, we will be sharing some of our knowledge on the trends seen this summer that are deeply rooted in African culture. Now, for full disclosure: we do not speak on behalf of the entire continent. The information that we will be providing is based on our personal cultures and on research carried out.
One of the key themes from our previous post was on how crucial it was to ask before jumping in on a popular African trend. SO here we go folks - we will start with the waist beads trend.
You know, those beads that you have probably seen in music videos like Ne Yo’s Another Love Song and even on some of your favorite celebrities? This summer brought out waist beads as a fashion accessory whether on the beach or at popular festivals like Afropunk. So what do waist beads actually represent or symbolize on the African continent?
In Liberia, there are two tribes that we found have used waist beads for many generations. They are the Lorma and Kpelle tribes.
In summary : waist beads mean different things to different tribes across the continent, which makes them a great accessory to adopt especially once you know what they represent. Whether you want to spice up your relationship or maintain your womanly figure, waist beads should be worn and enjoyed as the accessory that they are! We are here for all the waist beads that we saw this summer, we hope that as you rock them, you realize that there may be messages that you are sending that might have cultural meaning to people in different tribes.
Three women going through life.