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Culture April 2012

Book Review – Kenya

Like many other countries in Africa, Kenya is not a ‘natural’ country. It was constructed not on a common ethnic or historical background, but by a complex series of events. This is why most ethnic groups leaving along the borders – from the Pokot and Luo in the West and the Somali in the east,…

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Oral Literature – People’s wisdom

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  With hundreds of ethnic groups, Africa is a haven of diversified cultures. It is also a mine for those who wish to explore the world of wisdom, often crystallized in proverbs. Here are some from around the continent. We are responsible for what we do, after all: A man cannot undo his past. Can zebras…

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Exhibition – Inventing the savage

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  Human history shows us that relationship between people of different cultures is not always easy. When we want, we are able to rely on our human commonness and create rapport. When we do not want, we struggle to find a basis to ignore or dominate others. The strategies have always been the same: show…

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Music – New strands

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  London is a vibrant scene for music, and especially for young artists who move their first steps on the music world. Among the many, there is a young singer and composer who has an interesting mix of origin, culture and production. I meet Amira Kheir in a noisy joint next to South Bank Centre,…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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