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Vidaka

Vidaka/Zidaka (singular: kidaka/idaka)1 are small niches carved into the walls of stone structures.  Vidaka comes from the root word daka, which translates into niche or indentation. Daka is also the name for the front porch in Swahili stone homes, which were nooks by the main entrance where male guests were…

The Art of Swahili Cooking

Swahili cuisine is a diverse and flavourful culmination of inter-community exchange, exploration, and conquest. It is a tangible result of the East African coast’s connection to surrounding communities, from the nearest towns to far-flung corners of the Indian Ocean world. The connections have resulted in the adaption of recipes from…

Forgotten Foremothers Baraza

The next Hiistoriya baraza is on the place of women in history and culture of the East African coast. We will be hosting an open discussion on stories and stories from the past about the role and place of women in the region. The baraza will be on 9th August…

Swahili Identity Baraza

This Hiistoriya baraza was on the identity of the Swahili people. We sat down virtually with scholars, historians, researchers and culture enthusiasts to delve into the different understandings of the "Who are the Swahili?". The baraza was on 16th July 2020 at 5.00 pm EAT (+ 3GMT)