For if we are not fully conscious of what we were, hardly can we really understand who we are now and how we can have a clear vision of what we ought to be.” – Professor Sophie Oluwole

This space is dedicated to exploring cultural practices from pre-colonial African societies, to gauge how they interact with the body, mind and spirit. In addition, to promote a discussion about how to discern and apply lessons from the past for personal and collective growth.

Having a good understanding of the past is key to the process of intimately knowing who you are. It is my hope that by showcasing various societies of the past this space will facilitate an opportunity to gain important knowledge from the past, promote discussion and broaden perspective.



Anike Bello is the founder of Ọ̀rọ̀ Àníké. She is a London raised Yoruban with a keen interest in people, mobility, spaces and heritage. Her writing has been featured in publications including Media Diversified, The Black Expat, Checkout Africa, and she has collaborated with brands including the Centre of Pan African Thought and POSTSCRIPT to hold discussions about culture and ancesteral wisdom.

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