Africans value work. Work earns
them a living and gives them dignity. From early childhood throughout
adulthood, the African is taught to take care seriously.
Lazy people and those who avoid
work are condemned by their communities. Young people are discouraged to marry
lazy girls and boys. Lazy people may also be denied food and drinks as they
visit different homes in the community. They are viewed as unneeded parasites.
Work in Africa
takes various forms. For example; farming, taking care of livestock, hunting,
gathering, fishing and being employed to work for someone else.
Work goes hand in hand with
leisure. After days of hard work, the Africans gather in the evening for
relaxation, and recreation. This may come through games or entertainment.
Groups of children, youth, women and men have their different games. These
events are more for relaxation than for competition.