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Culture September 2012

ZIFF – Images for a global cinema

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  What remains of the 15th edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF)? Certainly an experience of cinema and culture one cannot forget. As every year, directors, artists but also development projects operators shared ideas and visions for an increasingly democratic continent, peaceful and at the service of the last and of which the…

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History – Slave of trade

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  One of the most remarkable figures in Eastern Africa in the XIX century was Hamed bin Mohammed bin Juma bin Rajab el Murjebi (ca. 1840-1905). Al Murjebi was a Zanzibari land owner and trader who extended his influence into mainland Africa as far as the Congo region. He was born into a merchant dynasty at…

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Architecture – Tata somba

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  Along the Atakora Mountains, northern Togo and Benin, nature is pristine. Yet, hidden in the valleys there is one of the best example of local architecture one can find in Africa. In 2004, Unesco declared this area a World Heritage Site. The Betammari-be, known also as Somba, live here. They follow their traditional religion…

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Kenya – University in the slums

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  On Sunday 19th August, a colourful celebration in Kariobangi ? a slum area in the Eastlands of Nairobi – inaugurated a new university diploma in civic and development education. The programme is offered by the Institute of Social Ministry (Tangaza College ? The Catholic University of Eastern Africa) with a view of bridging the…

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Advocacy

Homelessness, an Unexpected Advocacy.

Advocacy is about defending a noble cause and denouncing oppression and injustice. However, it should be also a source of inspiration for alternative solutions to…

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Baobab

How the hare lost his tail.

One day in the long, long ago the hare was walking through the forest. He was a good farmer and was on his way to inspect…

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Youth & Mission

Our Right to Speak for Climate Justice.

Hundreds of thousands of young people have taken to the streets from Johannesburg to London to demand radical action on the unfolding ecological emergency. It is a…

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