THE WORLD’S OLDEST LIBRARY IS IN AFRICA: al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez

BY ATIM ANNETTE OTON The 5Ws: who, what, why, when, where in Experience Africa is a series that informs on events, exhibitions, cutting edge solutions, projects and initiatives about Africa. Atim Annette Oton in each edition selects the featured project for the 5Ws. Who: al-Qarawiyyin Library, the Oldest Library in Africa What:  Founded in 859, the al-Qarawiyyin Library in… Read More THE WORLD’S OLDEST LIBRARY IS IN AFRICA: al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez

WALL STREET JOURNAL UNVEILS THE FACE BEHIND AFRICA’S MOST ANTICIPATED NOVEL

Imbolo Mbue Photo: Kiriko Sano   Imbolo Mbue burst into the limelight late last year after signing a million dollar deal with Random House for her debut manuscript. The novel titled Behold the Dreamers follows the travails of a Cameroonian immigrant and a Lehman Brothers executive during the 2008 financial crisis. One million dollar advance? It’s a… Read More WALL STREET JOURNAL UNVEILS THE FACE BEHIND AFRICA’S MOST ANTICIPATED NOVEL

Morumokwano and linguistic turf wars in South African hip hop

  Unlike in the United States, where hip hop sub-genres are differentiated by their cities of origin and lyrical themes (i.e. hardcore hip hop – New York; trap – party rap), here in South Africa they are distinguished by the languages they represent. Each of the eleven official languages has its own specific hip hop… Read More Morumokwano and linguistic turf wars in South African hip hop

Somali Music And Poetry: A Threatened Tradition

A residential area in Hargeisa, the capital of the northwestern Somaliland region of Somalia | © Retlaw Snellac Photography/Flickr   Somalis use the word muusiko to mean music. Although the word is borrowed from the languages of English, French and Italian colonialists, it has a slightly different meaning. In indigenous Somali tradition, music and poetry is considered… Read More Somali Music And Poetry: A Threatened Tradition

The Top 10 Films To Watch Before Your Trip To Tanzania

Oldonyo Lengai Mountain | Photo by Juma Mudimi Tanzania is amongst the most beautiful places in the world, with all the features necessary to attract both tourists and investors. The northern area of the country is characterized by world-renowned tourist attractions such as Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro National Park, Tarangire National Park as well as Lake… Read More The Top 10 Films To Watch Before Your Trip To Tanzania

The Moroccans by Leila Alaoui – in pictures

Leila Alaoui was a French-Moroccan photographer and video artist. For her series, The Moroccans, she traveled the country with her mobile photo studio to capture the ethnic and cultural diversity of Morocco. Leila was killed on assignment in Burkina Faso on 15 January. See the rest of the pictures here. See Leila Alaoui’s website here.