Essay

Drumming amazons

June 2009 -

For The Power of Culture, Koulsy Lamko made a personal, literary portrait of the Rwandese women's drum group Ingoma Nsyha.

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Nury Vittachi: Book prizes change lives

October 2008 -

Writer and humorist Nury Vittachi had to leave his homeland Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) because of ethnic clashes between Tamils and Singhalese. Thanks to an international award for a book his father wrote, the family was able to leave for Singapore.

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Binyavanga Wainaina: How to write about Africa

December 2008 -

Against all odds, the Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina sometimes tries to correct the traditional image of Africa in the media. In one of his most well-known essays, How to write about Africa, he lays waste all the clichés that exist regarding Africa.

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Breyten Breytenbach: Thinking Birdness

February 2006 -

On behalf of Winternachten – International literature festival The Hague, Breyten Breytenbach and Afshin Ellian both wrote an essay centering on the theme ‘Heroes of the Mind’.

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Afshin Ellian: Stop Capitulating to Threats

february 2006 -

On behalf of Winternachten – International literature festival The Hague, Breyten Breytenbach and Afshin Ellian both wrote an essay centering on the theme ‘Heroes of the Mind’.

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