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Old February 9th, 2014, 03:06 AM   #21
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Old February 14th, 2014, 06:30 PM   #22
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Old February 15th, 2014, 07:05 AM   #23
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Wow... Beautiful architecture.
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 07:11 PM   #24
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building in Bafut



Excuse the comparison, but this looks like buildings in rural Japan.

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An overview on Bamiléké people (since I guess they're new to you).

Religious attires

That's related to Ukara (the lady), made in eastern Igbo land, nice trans-continental link.

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I like how the Bamileke balance Islam and their customs with (apparently) no problems.
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 07:50 PM   #26
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I like how the Bamileke balance Islam and their customs with (apparently) no problems.
maybe Saudi Arabia is yet to discover there are muslims in the forest of Western Cameroon
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 08:33 PM   #27
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Excuse the comparison, but this looks like buildings in rural Japan.
It's a modern built building (a museum), this is why it looks so "fresh". The little still left is old (even centuries old, like the palace of Bandjoun, that was built in the 17th century) or poorly maintained.

The biggest building stil intact is the palace of the chief of Bandjoun, 16 metres high. It's not a special building at all, tall structures were normal at the time, like this one:



But everything was destroyed to build "modern" stuff like this

(Foumban today)



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That's related to Ukara (the lady), made in eastern Igbo land, nice trans-continental link.

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What's so funny? All architecture started out in these crude forms. You think the Romans just walked out of their huts one day and starting building in stone marble? Architecture evolves over time. The Greeks use to build their temples in wood before they started using stone. These designs are intricate and unique, a reflection of the people and their culture. Here are some links showing various other African architecture.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=95722784
https://www.pinterest.com/MonikaEttl...s-achitecture/


Many African tribes were on to something before colonization. If only they were given a few more hundred years. Various tribes would have consolidated into large nations and created architecture just as beautiful and identifiable as that in Europe and Asia.

It seems that Africans are now abandoning much of their cultural past in favor of bad European imitations and mediocre buildings that resemble cardboard boxes. It's a shame. As a black American, it would be nice to see African architecture come into it's own.
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Old April 27th, 2014, 09:56 AM   #29
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Springpetal from what I've seen it seems Hed Kandi is following Nyumba from thread to thread about African architecture only to say "lol" in an attempt to denigrate and insult the various styles of African architecture without resorting to outright racism lest he be struck by the banhammer. I remember him also trying to laughably claim that the French were wholly instrumental in re-designing and building the Great Mosque of Jenne. Nevertheless, he tucked tail and ran after Nyumba gave him a sound thrashing. I'm serious, just check out any thread Nyumba's made about African architecture and HedKandi will be there, only to say "lol" and not contribute in any way.

And I would hardly call these lovely buildings crude, they're simply built with more perishable materials, wood, mudbrick, adobe thatch, every bit as sophisticated as stone or marble buildings IMO.

Just ignore him. It seems he only cares about denying Africans any architectural achievements whatsoever.
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I find this architecture highly intricate and complex, nothing to be ashamed of. In any case, as has been said by a previous commenter, Greek architecture started using very crude materials, including wood.

Please, continue to show us pictures of this rich architecture.
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Great, good to know that from Cameroon
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@Springpetal
Please spare us the meaningless predictions on the course that history would have taken otherwise and just ignore that nonsensical 3-letter post of @Hedkandi.

@Nyumba
Keep on posting that wonderful pictures of those thatched-roof structures and enrich us with more information. This is a very special thread in a subforum that explodes from the 'usual suspects'.
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