For millennia, Africa has been inventing and exporting knowledge and technology that’s changed the world. Today, young Africans are leading a new wave of innovation, adapting and developing digital and creative solutions to tackle the impact of climate change, increase equity and deliver services more efficiently.
Poetry has a long history in Africa. It’s part of the fabric of life, of storytelling, of music, resistance and the fight for justice. Today, a new generation of poets is using poetry to speak of identity.
I still remember my surprise and deep pleasure laughing with Mama Aisha, the matriarch of the family hosting me, sitting on stools in her courtyard in Banjul more than 30 years ago. Laughter was the one language we shared.
These are just some of my favourite Jerusalema dance challenge renditions. It was so hard to choose!
Storytelling has always been an important part of African culture, preserving history, imparting knowledge, guiding on the right path and entertaining. Afrikan Echoes is a new audio app being being launched by Ghanaian tech entrepreneur, Herman Chinery-Hesse to record stories from across Africa and make them widely available in multiple languages, expanding the reach of this traditional gift.
Africa is a huge continent. People, history, culture and commerce have forged connections across the continent. Yet, from one country to another, one region to another, Africa’s diversity is stunning.
How many African countries can you find on this map?
Come explore this blog… See Africa in a different light
Scenes from Africa are common on our television screens – often through particular lenses. Ade Adepitan’s four part series on Africa for BBC2 provides a very different perspective, and one that resonates more with what I see, feel and hear in Africa. What this episode on Central Africa.