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Culture October 2012

Book review – Eurafrique

Even though the European Union has been Africa’s largest trading partner over the last five decades, this is an area in which few African institutions have produced academically rigorous and policy-relevant knowledge. This volume seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the historically difficult relationship between Africa and the EU in the areas of…

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Music – Refugees’ band

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere…

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Cinema – Beauty will save us

  The artistic director of the African film festival of Verona, Fabrizio Colombo – a Comboni Missionary who also is the director of the web based Afriradio – was recently presented with a special prize by the Zanzibar International Film Festival. “Every year the most important festival of African cinema in East Africa – says…

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Cultural shift – Skin exposed

Coming from a background of using hides and skins to cover the bare essentials, it is wrong to argue about garment length based on what is ‘un-African’. This is what a young writer from Kenya says, adding to the debate about proper dress in African society today. Too much time has been spent debating whether…

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Advocacy

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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