African Update

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South Africa's iconic black glamour magazine Drum turns 60  [30/12/11]

Yellowed cover pages of South Africa's iconic Drum magazine evoke a 1950s black fashion and jazz culture which perished when apartheid forces razed Sophiatown, a racially-mixed Johannesburg suburb.More

Thousands pay last respects to 'barefoot diva' Evora  [28/12/11]

Thousands of mourning fans, from ordinary people to national leaders, gathered Tuesday for the funeral of Cape Verde's legendary singer Cesaria Evora.More

Focus on Dakar, Banjul, Praia  [28/12/11]

I would like to take you on a little tour through West Africa. It is my home region and a place I know well. Generally speaking, Africa is only two hours away from Central Europe but it might as well be light years off from a European point of view. Therefore, I shall try to disperse some of the usual mistaken notions by introducing you to three West African cities that can be visited on a single tour. Say, a week in Dakar and environs, three days in Banjul/Serekunda, three days in Praia and the last day in Dakar again for the homebound flight.

Read more in the travel report by Jojo Cobbinah, Senior Contributing Editor of The African CourierMore

African music stars sing for new Vatican CD  [28/12/11]

Three popular African singers have released a CD in collaboration with Vatican Radio to spread the message of the African Synod and mark the pope's trip to Benin.More

Visiting Czech President hails “historic” trip to Senegal  [15/12/11]

Visiting Czech President Vaclav Klaus on Tuesday described his trip to Senegal as “historic”, claiming that his talks with President Abdoulaye Wade have been “friendly and constructive”.More

The Man Who Stopped the Desert  [13/12/11]

Yacouba Sawadogo, a peasant farmer from Burkina Faso, is known as the "man who stopped the desert." But when he first tried to save his arid land from desertification by planting the trees that have since grown into a 15-hectare forest, people in his village thought he was mad.More

New African review/November 2011  [30/11/11]

In this review among other stories:

Saving the Africans again

South Africa; the Malema effect

United Nations; the Lords of impunityMore

Locals resist heritage status for S. African lake  [26/11/11]


The Venda people have for generations protected South Africa's Lake Fundudzi, a sacred royal burial ground believed to be the home of an albino python and a mermaid-like creature. Legends of the lake are told in hushed tones by surrounding villagers, who want to shield the secrets of their enchanted water from the prying eyes of outsiders. Now South Africa wants to declare Lake Fundudzi a National Heritage Site, but the move to grant it government protection has been met with uncertainty and suspicion.More

Nigeria has the highest consumer optimism  [25/11/11]

Source: BBC Word service

Nigeria emerged as the country with the highest proportion of consumer optimism among all countries surveyed as part of a 25-nation poll for BBC World Service. On the whole, the economic sentiment in the African countries surveyed - Egypt , Ghana , Kenya , Nigeria - is the most positive overall, compared to other regions. More

Another tribute to Wangari Maathai  [27/10/11]

This tribute to Wangari Maathai was compiled by Swegenyi D.K. Shivairo.More

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Book of the month

Xoliswa Ndoyiya: Ukutya Kwasekhaya

Xoliswa Ndoyiya: Ukutya KwasekhayaTastes from Nelson Mandela’s kitchen

A collection of recipes by Nelson Mandela's personal chef, this book contains the food served to visiting heads of state, celebrities, politicians for more than 20 years. Featuring some of the favourite former South African president's favourite meals including samp and beans, farm chicken, tripe, this book also features paella, peri-peri chicken, prawn curry, and myriad of other delights. With simple, delicious and nourishing recipes, it will interest those who wish to prepare meals that are both elegant and healthy.More

New arrivals

New titles in our library 12/2016

Our library has aquired a number of new and interesting books. Here is the list of the latest titles.

  • Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith
  • Fashion Cities Africa by Hannah Azieb Pool
  • Frantz Fanon: Toward a Revolutionary Humanismby Christopher Lee
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty by Robinson, James A., Acemoglu, Daron
  • Shakespeare in Swahililand: Adventures With the Ever-Living Poet by Edward Wilson-Lee
  • A History of Modern Africa: 1800 to the Present by Richard J. Reid
  • Authentically African: Arts and the Transnational Politics of Congolese Culture by Sarah Van Beurden
  • Children in Slavery through the Ages by by Gwyn CampbellSuzanne MiersJoseph C. Miller
  • Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control by Tamara Giles-Vernick
  • Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos by Gary  Stewart
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 1: Africa, the Indian Ocean World, and the Medieval North Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Women and Slavery, Vol. 2: The Modern Atlantic by Gwyn Campbell
  • Cahier d'un Retour Au Pays Natal by Aimé Cesaire
  • Healing Traditions: African Medicine, Cultural Exchange and Competition in South Africa, 1820-1948 by Karen Elizabeth  Flint
  • Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies by Antoni Verger
  • Black Skin, White Coats: Nigerian Psychiatrists, Decolonization, and the Globalization of Psychiatry by Matthew M. Heaton

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