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The 10 best contemporary African books – 2012

From a reinterpreted Heart of Darkness to a barstool in Congo, this is a list of Africa's best contemporary novels in 2012, as compiled by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, deputy editor of Granta. Enjoy. From...
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Xtreme Farming: Kenyan pioneers urban aquaponics

A garden that tweets? A farm with sensors to detect water level, pH and temperature, and with access to clouds and social media networks - stuff of the future? Mais non! A Kenyan born innovator has made it all...
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Who is …. Herman Chinery-Hesse?

He was born in Ireland, studied in America and worked in Britain. But when Ghanaian Herman Chinery-Hesse decided to build a software company, he was determined that it would be in Africa. "I didn't...
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African Dreamer: A Peter Beard retrospective

In 1996, Vanity Fair's Leslie Bennetts featured the quirky life, work and aesthetic of the man who discovered Iman and continues to 'capture' Africa from an entirely unique perspective.  Whether you think...
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Africa at 78 RPM: resurrecting a continent’s music

Jonathan Ward's ‘Opika Pende' box set resurrects the world of early African music — with a history lesson in the mix. A bowed guitar player accompanying a Barbarba dance, TimbuKtu, Mali. Imagine the...