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The Age of Magic review: giving substance to the abstract - Irish Times (blog)

The Age of Magic review: giving substance to the abstract - Irish Times (blog) | Contributions of Afrika, Afrikans in the literary art, past, present and future reflections | Scoop.it
Ben Okri eschews the conventions of the novel to produce a beautiful, whimsical fable
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Ben Okri is an ageless narrator

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100 African Cities Destroyed By Europeans

100 African Cities Destroyed By Europeans | Contributions of Afrika, Afrikans in the literary art, past, present and future reflections | Scoop.it

"When tourists visit sub-Saharan Africa, they often wonder 'Why there are no historical buildings or monuments?'  The reason is simple. Europeans destroyed most of them. We only have a few drawings and descriptions by travelers who visited the places before their destruction. In some places, ruins are still visible. Many cities were abandoned when Europeans brought exotic diseases (smallpox and influenza) which started spreading and killing people. Most of those cities lie hidden. In fact the biggest part of Africa history is still under the ground."


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100 African Cities Destroyed By Europeans.

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Chris Costa's curator insight, October 27, 2015 4:27 PM

The issues with poverty and hunger that grip certain parts of Africa- particularly the sub-Sahara- find their roots in the utter subversion and destruction of African societies and states during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the subsequent colonization of Africa. European traders placed significant strain of existing African states during the 14th and 15th centuries, as the emergence of "slave states" and the extent of the trade completely changed the demographics of much of Africa. Labor shortages lead to technological shortfalls as well as the dissolution of many African states, as predatory states continued to destroy many civilizations and cultures. By the time that the majority of the West had banned the trade in the 19th century, the damage had already been done; many of the great civilizations of Africa had regressed or been entirely wiped out under the pressure of Europe's demand for slaves. The subsequent colonization of the continent only worsened matters for the Africans, as major hubs of civilization were captured, raided, and destroyed. Traditional societies were subjected to European influences and religion and eventually lost, and yet Europeans looked at the destruction and the lack of economic and political progress their actions had caused and blamed it on the inferiority of the Africans themselves. History has not been kind to Africa, and it is important to remember that that is not her fault. Many civilizations, cities, and states were lost as a direct result of contact with Europeans during the slave trade and the subsequent colonization of the continent. 

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 30, 2015 6:34 AM

Before European contact, Africa had a number of great urban cities. European arrival foresaw the destruction of those once grand cities. The Europeans brought diseases such as smallpox and influenza to the African continent. Those diseases would hamper the previously unexposed African population. Slavery also drained Africa of millions of people as well. Great African civilizations were brought down by these various calamities. European  arrival was the death knell of the great African civilizations. Africa is still living with this legacy of destruction. Africa is the most rural region in the world, because of this legacy.

Gene Gagne's curator insight, November 4, 2015 4:07 PM

Just another way to eliminate any African culture or customs.

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Reading Between the Lines of the Brics Bibliography - AllAfrica.com

Reading Between the Lines of the Brics Bibliography - AllAfrica.com | Contributions of Afrika, Afrikans in the literary art, past, present and future reflections | Scoop.it
Reading Between the Lines of the Brics Bibliography AllAfrica.com While thousands of years of Chinese art, calligraphy, and archaeology are extensively covered, there is only one book that focuses on recent history, a beginners guide entitled Quick...
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Sierra Leonean storyteller fights to preserve oral tradition - Deutsche Welle

Sierra Leonean storyteller fights to preserve oral tradition - Deutsche Welle | Contributions of Afrika, Afrikans in the literary art, past, present and future reflections | Scoop.it
Sierra Leonean storyteller fights to preserve oral tradition Deutsche Welle Most of us can somehow relate to storytelling, whether it was hearing about Jack and the Beanstalk, the Tortoise and the Hare, or about Anansi, a spider character portrayed...
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Sierra Leonean storyteller fights to preserve oral tradition

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Young African Writers Hold Forth in Brooklyn - New York Times

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Young African Writers Hold Forth in Brooklyn
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... often taken for granted.
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“This epic is a humble appeal to this great continent, Africa: May we reclaim our rich and resplendent narrative; our foundation, our voice, our magnitude, our honour, our pride, our wisdom, our traditions, our past, our exceptional uniqueness, our failings, our triumphs and finally when all is said and done, our glory.”  ―    N.K . Read,    Children of Saba

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Kofi Awoonor: In Memoriam, By Akin Adesokan - Premium Times

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Understandably, he was presented in those tributes as an elder statesman of African literature, at the solemn end of his long life, now transitioned into eternal glory.
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The Ghanaian poet and diplomat, Kofi Awoonor, was one of the fifty-nine people murdered last month in Nairobi by Islamist terrorists

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'Living legends' to speak at Dignity and Respect event today - Greensboro News & Record

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'Living legends' to speak at Dignity and Respect event today
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She will be joined by Johnnetta B. Cole, director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art, and Edwin G.
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Cole said there are few issues that she feels so strongly about as those in the Dignity and Respect Campaign. She said she believes the definition of dignity and respect is captured in an expression from southern Africa: “ubuntu.”

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Remembering Kofi Awoonor, a Literary Icon - AllAfrica.com

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Remembering Kofi Awoonor, a Literary Icon
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He sang lyrical hymns in both English and Ewe in the mellifluous tones of a seasoned performing artist. I was immensely proud of this iconic Ghanaian.
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Black History Meets Black Music: 'Blues People' At 50 - WWNO

Black History Meets Black Music: 'Blues People' At 50 - WWNO | Contributions of Afrika, Afrikans in the literary art, past, present and future reflections | Scoop.it
Black History Meets Black Music: 'Blues People' At 50 WWNO "[Early works by black authors] primarily focused on the written tradition of African-American music, as part of the Western art music tradition," says University of Pennsylvania professor...
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Africa's literal giants to gather at the Gardern city literary festival ...

Port Harcourt, UNESCO World Book Capital 2014, is also the home of the annual Garden City Literary Festival. The festival, which is in its fifth year, is an annual celebration of Literature and the Arts and also a platform for ...
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Daily Maverick - Open Book Festival 2012: A cornucopia of literary treats

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Cape Town’s Open Book Festival is only in its second year of existence, but it may be establishing itself as the pre-eminent literary festival in South Africa.
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Africa: Stirring Africans' Creative Capacity | TheAfricanStar

A competition that seeks to expand creative capacity in literary arts as well as discover and reward the best literary work produced by an African holds again this year, Mary Ekah writes. Tagged “Wole Soyinka Prize for ...
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Postcard from South Africa |

Postcard from South Africa | | Contributions of Afrika, Afrikans in the literary art, past, present and future reflections | Scoop.it
Taylor University English alumnus Stephanie (Binion) Ebert ('12) lives in Pietermaritzburg South Africa, and recently had the opportunity to witness two wonderful literary events in that country: the opening of South Africa's first isiZulu Literary...
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How Africa: A knowledgebase for Africa - African Trends Online

How Africa: A knowledgebase for Africa - African Trends Online | Contributions of Afrika, Afrikans in the literary art, past, present and future reflections | Scoop.it
How Africa is Africa's biggest knowledgebase for African content. African Trends, Buzzfeed, Buzz Africa, News Africa, Info Africa
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African trends

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Maya Angelou and the art of the outcast - The Christian Century (blog)

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Kansas City Star Maya Angelou and the art of the outcast The Christian Century (blog) While countless scholars have analyzed her literary, political, and cultural contributions, few have situated her work within the scope of black religious life,...
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The Es'kia Institute

The Es'kia Institute | Contributions of Afrika, Afrikans in the literary art, past, present and future reflections | Scoop.it
Inspired by the life and work of Professor Es'kia Mphahlele
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Always Affirm Africa

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2013 South African Literary Awards Nominees Announced | Books ...

2013 South African Literary Awards Nominees Announced | Books ... | Contributions of Afrika, Afrikans in the literary art, past, present and future reflections | Scoop.it
The nominees for the 2013 South African Literary Awards (SALA) have been announced by the wRite associates in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture. We are especially pleased to see Books LIVE members ...
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2013 South African Literary Awards Nominees Announced | Books ...

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Mahama to speak at Chinua Achebe Leadership forum in New York - GhanaWeb

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Mahama to speak at Chinua Achebe Leadership forum in New York
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... it has, from inception, worked tirelessly to promote peace in Africa through the arts.
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The pen is mightier than the sord

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Prof Pitika Ntuli wins ACT Award for Visual Art - Artslink.co.za News (press release)

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Artslink.co.za News (press release) Prof Pitika Ntuli wins ACT Award for Visual Art Artslink.co.za News (press release) The 2013 ACT Awards ceremony was presented in association with the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), the...
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Greatness is in us "Salute"

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Terror in Kenya: literature and laughs turn into pain and loss - The Conversation

Terror in Kenya: literature and laughs turn into pain and loss The Conversation In my speech I spoke of the magic of literature, poetry and the arts to inspire the young, and I announced that 3,000 children had attended the festival on Friday,...
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Our story goes on and on

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Writers Project

Writers Project | Contributions of Afrika, Afrikans in the literary art, past, present and future reflections | Scoop.it

The ability to write is essential to entrenching theoretical and analytic skills. Jozi Book Fair is committed to developing emerging writers who are social and culturally relevant to the majority of South Africans.

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African writing: Caine Prize and its discontents - Africa Review (blog)

Africa Review (blog)African writing: Caine Prize and its discontentsAfrica Review (blog)But he and I were not to remain in that state of mind for long, for the lady – with the same poetic diction – pronounced that she was Bernadine Evaristo, chair...
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The True Size Of Africa

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This is another old classic image that I might have shared earlier but it merits repeating. As Salvatore Natoli (a leader in geography education) once said, "In our society we unconsciously equate size with importance and even power." This is one reason why many people have underestimated the true size of Africa relative to places that they view as more important or more powerful.


Tags: mapping, Africa, perspective, images. 


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Afrikasources's curator insight, January 15, 2014 10:10 AM

Just a reminder

Edelin Espino's curator insight, December 5, 2014 11:01 AM

It is incredible big, but unfortunately most of the north area is cover by the big Sahara and most of the are is typically unfertilized. 

Jason Schneider's curator insight, March 9, 2015 4:29 PM

As we can see, there's a little overlapping here and some empty spots but it's pretty accurate. The United States and China are in the top 5 largest countries of the world list and they still fit in the 2nd largest continent of the world, Africa. I'd like to see the size comparison between Africa and Russia. I did some research on that and it turns out that Russia is a little over half the size of Africa, maybe the size of the combination of the United States and China.

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Introducing Print, Text and Book Cultures in South Africa edited by ...

Introducing Print, Text and Book Cultures in South Africa edited by ... | Contributions of Afrika, Afrikans in the literary art, past, present and future reflections | Scoop.it
He is a literary critic, historian and cultural sociologist, and author of South African Textual Cultures (2010). He reviews regularly for various publications such as the Times Literary Supplement and Art South Africa.
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