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Caine Prize For African Writing

This year marks the 20th anniversary for Africa’s most prestigious English-language literary award, the Caine Prize for African Writing. Conceived in 2000 by family and friends of the late Sir Michael Caine, founder of the Booker Prize for Fiction, the organisation is a force to be reckoned with, overseen by a line-up of powerhouses, including Wole Soyinka, Ben Okri OBE, John Coetzee, and founding Publishing Director of The Indigo Press, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey OBE.  

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Mali: Music in the Face of Adversity

Mali has a unique and deeply imbedded musical tradition dating back hundreds of years. Bordered by Algeria, Mauritania, Niger, Burkino Faso, Guinea and Senegal, it is a vast, landlocked country, parched and arid, extremely poor, and difficult to navigate as a traveller. Yet aesthetically Mali is spectacular: dramatic cliffscapes, huge skies, the thread of the River Niger which weaves through the country, an unmistakable Sudano-Sahelian architectural style, the most celebrated example being the Great Mosque of Djenne. Perhaps what stands Mali apart most, however, is a distinct and delicately preserved cultural identity…

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Zimbabwe: A Star Rises Again

Once a thriving safari destination, Zimbabwe’s political instability and dire economy under Mugabe’s rule didn’t exactly do any great wonders for its appeal. However, over the last few years it has started to emerge once again, most significantly in 2016 when Mugabe reopened Victoria Falls International Airport. Although tourists already flocked in droves to see the falls from the more impressive Zimbabwean side, this really helped put it back on the map.

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