Culture

Alexander Pushkin: a Russian writer with African origins

Alexander Pushkin was a famous Russian writer. He was born in the year 1799. Many people think he was the greatest Russian writer ever. However, what is especially interesting about Pushkin is that his great-grandfather was from Africa. PUSHKIN’S AFRICAN ORIGINS Pushkin’s great grandfather was named Abram Petrovich Gannibal. We

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The impact of language diversity in Rwanda

“One language is poverty, two languages is wealth” – Antoine Mugesera (Rwandan historian) More than ever, the world is speaking English: language teachers are in demand around the world, and businesses are expected to trade in English, whether it’s their native language or not. The central African nation, Rwanda, is

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Ibrahim El-Salahi: the grandfather of African contemporary art

Contemporary Art stands for Art created now by living artists. There are some differences between contemporary art and traditional art. Traditional art generally focuses more on the way the artwork looks. Contemporary art is concerned with the meaning of the artwork. Contemporary art is initially hard to appreciate. However, taking

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Mema by Daniel Mengara

Mema begins with the narrator remembering: “My mother was a strong woman. I remember her. I remember everything. I remember her words, her story, her life, her pains, her tribulations and joys. I remember everything as if it happened yesterday.” From the start this shows that a mother has a

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J’s Football Diary

J – My Football Diary Download full PDF here! Download low data PDF here   14th July 2015 Hello. My name is J. My friends ask me if J is short for a longer name. It is not. It is just J. I am six years old and I live

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Explaining human evolution

Evolution is the theory that modern species have developed over time from earlier ‘ancestor’ species. This explains why modern species look and act differently to species that came before them. Reasons for this development are usually to do with developing adaptations. This means when one organism (a life form) has

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Léopold Sédar Senghor

Léopold Sédar Senghor is a Senegalese poet, teacher, philosopher and politician. He was born in the small coastal town of Joal and raised as a Christian. He studied at a university in France. He came back to Senegal after fighting in World War Two. He believed in Pan-Africanism. This means

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Serowe: Village of Rain by Bessie Head

Bessie Head is a well-known author in Botswana. She was born in South Africa, but moved to Botswana with her son. She loved the culture when she arrived there. Village of Rain is about Serowe. This is the capital of the Bamangwato people in Botswana. She finds it interesting because

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How are textiles made?

Textiles are an important part of traditional African culture. They have a long and complex history. Their use ranges from simply clothing to something a person wears to celebrate a special event in their life. The art of making African fabrics requires a lot of skill because it is quite

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