Kenyan social commentator Mwiti Mugambi argues that the future of Africa can only be forged from accepting and mending the sociocultural present.
For Mugambi, colonial cultural hangovers, pervasive Western cultural inundation, and aid-giving arm-twisting donors are, he argues, here to stay and no amount of looking into Africa's past will make them go away.
Folktales also play an important role in many African cultures.
Stories reflect a group cultural identity and preserving the stories of Africa will help preserve an entire culture.
Even though African cultures are widely diverse, they are also, when closely studied, seen to have many similarities; for example, the morals they uphold, their love and respect for their culture as well as the strong respect they hold for the aged and the important, i.e. Africa has influenced and been influenced by other continents.
This can be portrayed in the willingness to adapt to the ever-changing modern world rather than staying rooted to their static culture.
African culture is expressed in its arts and crafts, folklore and religion, clothing, cuisine, music and languages.
Expressions of culture are abundant within Africa, with large amounts of cultural diversity being found not only across different countries but also within single countries.
African arts and crafts find expression in a variety of woodcarvings, brass and leather art works.
African arts and crafts also include sculpture, paintings, pottery, ceremonial and religious headgear and dress.