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Culture July 2012

Music – Mouse Boys

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  Malawi is the first country in Africa I visited. Once I left Blantyre and moved south towards the border with Mozambique in Gambula – and the then on-going war – I saw children selling mice along the road. My guide explained that people prized roasted mice with their maize meal at night. Children, in…

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ZIFF – Evaluation time

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  After six years at the helm of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), Martin Mhando moves on. Mhando is a Tanzanian filmmaker. He has directed feature films and documentaries. His Maangamizi has won a number of awards and was selected to represent Tanzania at the Oscar in 2002 for the Best Foreign Film. He is…

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Zimbabwe – The afterlife club

  Many cultures in Southern Africa place great importance in death and the rituals that revolve around it. The death of a member of the community challenges the life of the whole community. This is why funeral rites must be observed carefully. On the one hand, only properly performed rituals ensure the complete passage to…

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Fast food – New trends

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  Travelling through most of Africa, people realize how difficult it is to find proper eating places. It is not question of lacking restaurants or food kiosks. The main problem is how much to trust local ingredients and hygiene. As many travellers experienced, even the smartest of joints may conceal unforeseen outcomes, usually very nasty…

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Advocacy

Emigration and the Young African.

Advocacy is about politics and change, values and beliefs, consciousness and knowledge. It is about building democratic organizations and expanding citizens’ skills to understand how…

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Baobab

Hare and the Corn Bins.

In the old days, all the animals used to make farms like men do today. They hoed the ground, planted the seed, harvested the grain and…

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Youth & Mission

Five Ways To Reduce Our Reliance On Plastic.

Plastic is so prevalent in our lives that we don’t even notice it anymore. It is convenient. It is cheap. It is ubiquitous. The unfortunate truth…

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