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The rise and fall of Staff Benda Bilili

In 2009, four paraplegic singer/guitarists, assisted by a  ‘hype man’ on crutches who whipped the crowd into a frenzy and backed by an all-acoustic rhythm section pounding out tight grooves, took the...
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Awra Amba, the place of happiness

“My wish is for all elders around the world to have a comfortable life like us!” Awra Amba, a new society, created from scratch. The words of Hossain Bogale, who passed away recently at around 90 years...
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How Africa Tweets – 2014

Portland Communications analysed geo-located tweets originating from Africa during the final three months of 2013. The second How Africa Tweets study dives deeper into Twitter use on the continent, looking...
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The woman who helped end slavery in Britain

My husband and I were wandering into the movie theatre the other night when my attention was arrested by a film poster for an upcoming feature I hadn't heard of before. First the stunning girl on the poster...
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The Best: Africa’s Most Luxurious Safaris

In recent years, the African safari experience has been dialled up to levels of high extravagance. We're not talking about the "Big Five" beasts -- lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo -- that people pay...
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The Apartheid of Black Children’s Literature

Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin. I’m talking with a boy....