From a taste of Nigerian jollof rice, to Street View tours of Egypt's ancient architecture, all the way through to contemporary African beats with hip hop artist Nas, Google Arts and Culture offers many ways to celebrate Africa Day.
Scroll down and click the links to discover how these Google Arts and Culture features and tools can help you explore and celebrate a world of African art, music, and more.
Women dressed in Adire attire and raising a piece of Adire fabricThe Centenary Project
1. Step inside the museums and explore the collections
All across Africa there are thousands of iconic museums, galleries and cultural sites, including the Kenya's Africa Heritage House, which you can click and explore here. Continue your journey by visiting 26 cultural institutions and diving into 200 curated stories.
Upstairs room, The African Heritage HouseAfrican Heritage House
2. Get the party started with jollof
Nigerian cuisine is celebrated for its street-food roots and its new contemporary takes on the classics.
Let musician Davido inspire your taste buds with some of his favourite dishes. Can you pick a side in the jollof wars?
Jollof rice and fried chickenThe Centenary Project
4. Discover how African masks changed modern art
Explore the history and culture of African masks, and learn how they changed 20th century modern art forever. African masks have existed since the dawn of time and can be found across the continent in different shapes and materials, bearing all kinds of symbolic meanings.
Kuosi Society Elephant Mask by UnknownBrooklyn Museum
7. Get style inspiration from African artisans and designers
Discover the beauty of traditional African beadwork, then read up on the contemporary link between textiles and identity in the words of five present-day artists from South Africa.
Married Woman's Blanket Cape (Ngurara) by NdebeleThe Baltimore Museum of Art
8. Explore black history and culture beyond the continent
African culture has had a transformative impact on the world and keeps fuelling creativity in the diaspora. Join rapper Nas in paying homage to the long tradition of black musicians and storytellers who inspire us to this day. Learn more about black history and culture in the United States, the United Kingdom or explore 50 years of black creativity through the exhibition ‘Get Up, Stand Up Now.’
9. Place a contemporary African masterpiece in your home
Place the artwork of Ben Enwonwu, Chéri Samba, Mohammed Melehi, Mohammed Khadda, Wosene Worke Kosrof, Ali Omar Ermes or Nja Mahdaoui in your living room. Open the Google Arts & Culture app, search for your favorite artist and click on the Art Projector feature to virtually display it infront of you.
For inspiration on what to get your teeth into, you can discover contemporary artists from more than 50 African countries through Luciano Benetton’s specially-commissioned project Imago Mundi.
I Love Color by Chéri SambaFondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain
10. Feel the power of African art with five creatives
Culture connects us and reminds us of what’s most important. To inspire strength, DJ Poizon Ivy, Elana Brundyn, Ravi Naidoo, Omoyemi Akerele and Bolanle Austen-Peters share an artwork that gives them joy and hope as part of the Art for Soul series.
Dj Poizon Ivy
11. Celebrate the best of Africa with YouTube
Watch Africa’s greatest musicians come together for “Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home,” celebrating Africa Day and raising funds for families affected by Covid-19. Hosted by DJ and actor Idris Elba, the star-studded line up includes Burna Boy, Sho Madiozi and many more.