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Culture January 2016

Book Review – An unlikely country

According to a decades-old (but false) saying “aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but it doesn’t know it, so it goes flying”. It’s a line that comes to the mind many times while reading “Nigeria. A new history of a turbulent century”, by Richard Bourne, a senior research fellow at the UK’s Institute…

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Ghana. Ancestor veneration

The world vision of the Ashanti community is reflected in the ancestral worship ceremonies which are performed to ask the deceased for protection and in those ceremonies held to pay tribute to the king. Events to reaffirm individuals’ membership to the group. The Adae Kese festival. The Ashanti tribe, the largest in Ghana, are people…

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Nicaragua. Toro Huaco, cultural heritage

On 19 January the people come from all over the country to Diriamba, 45km from the capital Managua to celebrate the feast of the city patron, San Sebastiano (St Sebastian). Thousands take to the streets of Diriamba – which owes its name to Cacique Diriangen, the legendary Nahuati Indian chief – to accompany the dance…

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Music. Essaouira, home of the Gnawa

For almost the entire year, Essaouira, on the coast of central Morocco, is just a small port city, its main connection to music being the story – firmly believed by locals – that Jimi Hendrix wrote here the world famous Castles made of sand during his visit in the summer of 1969. However, since 1997,…

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Advocacy

The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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Baobab

The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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