Here are four soil architectures in Africa that pays homage to mother earth

Ama Nunoo Dec 5, 2019 at 02:00pm

December 05, 2019 at 02:00 pm | History

Ama Nunoo

Ama Nunoo | Staff Writer

December 05, 2019 at 02:00 pm | History

The Kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, Morocco, Photo: Pinterest

Today is World Soil Day and for 2019 the theme chosen is ‘Stop soil erosion, Save our future’. It seeks to raise awareness on the significance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being.

People do not pay much attention to the soil, but it is fundamental to our very existence on earth. Deforestation is one of the major ways by which the soil is destroyed.

The World Soil Day came about because the United Nations wanted people to be more aware about the problems that humans tend to face by destroying the soil.

This year, the UN throws more light on the challenges faced in soil management. They besiege governments, individuals, communities and organisations to contribute their quota to maintaining a healthy soil.

Speaking of healthy soil, Africans have had many uses for the soil for many years. After all, They are the people of the land. African architecture during the pre-colonial era had the soil as one of the main ingredients for the construction.

In the advent of contemporary buildings some Africans, especially in the rural areas still build their houses with the soil, particularly clay.

Some people used rammed earth, mud bricks and daub and wattle houses all of which have sand or clay as one of the main ingredients.

Here are four amazing soil architectures in Africa. Click next to check them out:

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