plural noun

Af·​ri·​ca·​na ˌa-fri-ˈka-nə How to pronounce Africana (audio) -ˈkä- How to pronounce Africana (audio)
 also  ˌä-
: materials (such as books, documents, or artifacts) relating to African history and culture

Examples of Africana in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photo credits: Portraits courtesy of Tara Fisher for Africana, Kelly Marshall, Bob Hodson, Evan Sung. Kristin Braswell, Essence, 16 Nov. 2023 Post-Imperial creates a newer and cooler Africana by working with a community of artisans to collaborate with from Nigeria, Morocco, and parts of the U.S. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 8 Nov. 2023 In response, Black student activists were applying growing pressure on college administrators to expand Black enrollment, hire Black faculty, and create Africana Studies programs. TIME, 23 Oct. 2023 The Obama Hawaiian Africana Museum, which honors the former president's birthplace and African American history in Hawaii, also urged people to donate to the Hawaii Community Foundation's Maui Strong fund, which is raising money for communities affected by the fires. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 15 Aug. 2023 Rooks is the chair of the Africana Studies department at Brown University. Kaitlyn Greenidge, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Feb. 2023 Patrice Nganang is a novelist and professor of Africana studies at Stony Brook University. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 13 July 2022 As a Fulbright scholar who spent years as an expatriate herself, including stints as a writer in residence at the University of Richmond in Virginia and as a visiting professor in the Africana studies department at Brown University, Ms. Aidoo too experienced feelings of cultural dislocation. Alex Williams, New York Times, 5 June 2023 The child welfare system can be particularly risky for Black and indigenous families, according to Dorothy Roberts, professor of Africana studies, law and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. Steve Leblanc, Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2023 See More

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Word History


africa + -ana

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Africana was in 1893

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“Africana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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