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Chinua Achebe Remembered
The Nigerian writer and scholar Chinua Achebe passed away in March 2013. He used his love of language to bring the history of his people to light and is celebrated across Africa. The Biafran War shaped his life and his writing. He will always remain at the heart of African literature.

Christian Okoye
From the hilly Enugu state in Nigeria to the top of American football, Christian Okoye was the first African-born player in the NFL . His success gave other Africans the confidence to do the same and he is hailed as a “man on a mission”.

Coffee was born in Africa
Coffee has become so much a part of our lives that it is almost impossible to imagine a world without it. Centuries ago in Ethiopia, a shepherd discovered that the reddish coffee bean made his goats 'dance' and coffee was introduced to the world.

Djibouti – East African’s Smallest Country
Dwarfed by its neighbors, Ethiopia and Somalia, Djibouti is an untouched secret of East Africa. It has vast landscapes and a wide range of fauna and flora. Meeting the Afar people would be interesting and their unique skill means they will never forget you.

Egyptian Mummification
The ancient Egyptian belief was that if a body was preserved after death, the person could live in the afterlife forever. The process of mummification thus became a very important aspect of the ancient culture.

Festival of the Sahara
Life in the Sahara Desert is difficult and lonely. Once a year, for four days, tribes from North Africa come together in Tunisia to celebrate the desert. The challenge each other in tests of survival and share desert tradition.

Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast
This once thriving, vibrant French colonial port town has been affected by war and civil unrest, but it is hoped that the cultural involvement of the United Nations will revive the city to its former glory.

Hoops 4 Hope - Life Skills through Basketball
This interactive development program was born in Zimbabwe in 1995. Since then the non-profit organization has involved over 10,000 children in more than 150 schools across Southern Africa by using basketball to provide daily sport activities, life skills and HIV education.

How to Catch a Crocodile
Not many of us have ever needed to catch a crocodile, but it is important for researchers to be able to extract data from crocodiles in order to understand their movements, breeding patterns and behaviors. This helps with conservation projects to ensure we maintain nature's balance.

Ibn Battuta - The Great Explorer
The world has celebrated many great explorers – David Livingstone, Marco Polo, Mungo Park, Richard F. Burton, but little is known of one of the greatest. Ibn Battuta of Morocco travelled over 75,000 miles in almost thirty years. He went to North Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia.

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