Tag: Ivory Coast

Ashanti People, Ashanti Culture, mythology, folklore

Ashanti of Ghana: How Spider Obtained the Sky-God’s Stories


Anansi, the trickster from the folktales of the Ashanti of West Africa, takes the shape of a spider who goes to the sky god to buy his stories to share with the world. Anansi’s stories would become popular through the African diaspora all over the Caribbean and southern US. Here is an animated retelling called “Anansi and the Stories of the Sky God.”

child labor in West Africa, chocolate

Child Labor: The Dark Side of Chocolate

Chocolate often originates from the hands of children working as slaves. In Côte D’Ivoire and other cocoa-producing countries, an estimated 100,000 children labor in the fields, many against their will. Action taken now demands that Hershey “Raise the Bar” on their fair trade labor practices.