Another Land Honeyguide

The Election Issue

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Elections in the US are just around the corner and the world, particularly Africa, is taking special interest. In this issue of the Honeyguide, we bring you 2 timely tidbits to connect the US and Africa through this election season:

As a November election special and to congratulate the Busoga in electing a new king, we are offering 1 free Ugandan necklace with every purchase of $40 or more. To learn more about the Karamojong who beaded the necklaces, click here.

All the Best,

The Story of Africa: Live it, Watch it, and Wear it. 

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ObamaAfrica and the US Elections 
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Throughout the majority of sub-Saharan Africa there is a strong kinship with America, and US elections are closely followed.  Since Barack Obama's relatives hail from Kenya, this election, more than any other, has captured the hearts and attention of most Africans.


Check out this exciting new music video on Barack Obama and the 2008 election campaign. It is stylish, catchy and current.


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BusogaHow to vote for a Busogan King 
 Busoga King
Today, the Basoga people who live in the Busoga kingdom of Uganda are electing a new Kyabazinga, or king. The former king, Henry Wako Muloki, a dear man who loved his many visits to the US, died in early September.
The region of Busoga is divided into 11 chiefdoms, each with its own chief.  These chiefs choose whom amongst themselves is the most fit to be the next king. This is done with Busoga flair, which includes "hiding" (or keeping in protective custody) supporting chiefs from opponents.
On the eve of the election, two strong contenders have risen to the top, based on educational credentials and family lines (both are sons of former Kyabazingas). By the end of the day, these 11 chiefs will vote publicly by lining up behind their chosen peer.  Stay tuned for photos of the coronation of the new king!

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KaramojongKaramojong Necklaces
 Karamoja Necklace
In celebration of the election, we are giving away Karamojong necklaces for online orders of $40 or more.
Karamojaland is a dry semi-arid savannah in Northern Uganda subjected to yearly drought and famine.  For the last 30 years it has also been the scene of an internal conflict.  Tribes and villages are attacking one another over the ownership of cows and for revenging attacks.
Now the government is disarming the Karamojong, however, small groups of warriors are still raiding villages, stealing cows, killing and taking food stocks, leaving the Karamoja people who most want peace with nothing.
Because of this many Karamajong are fleeing to the city, but life in the city is hard. They have to sweep the streets for food, beg for money and sleep in the slum areas of town.
One young Karamojong man wanted to help the urban, homeless Karamojong women and organized them to train them in the design, production and marketing of jewelry.  We at the Amias Project are pleased to support their work.