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Africa

From BandAid to RadiAid

Forgive me for posting one more video in this series, but this excellent TED talk gives the background to the RadiAid and Let’s Save Africa videos that I have mentioned recently. If the video isn’t showing, you can view it directly here. The principle of looking at the similarities between peoples rather than concentrating on […]

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Africa Humour

Playing with Stereotypes

Following on from last year’s brilliant Radi-aid: Africa for Norway video, comes this superb take on the way in which charity fundraising often relies on demeaning stereotypes (caution, there is a rude word in it). This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible that any links to other websites, pictures or […]

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Africa

A Hidden Disaster

Unobserved by most people in the Western World a dreadful situation is developing in Central African Republic. I know this video is quite long (18 minutes), but please watch it. I have friends from this country and expat colleagues who know this area very well. If you receive Kouyanet by email and the video does’t […]

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Africa Reviews

Books I have Read: Adventures in Music and Culture

I have to start with a disclaimer. Not only was I given a free copy of this book to read and review, it was also signed by the author and I even get a mention on the acknowledgements page. I’ve known the author, Rob Baker, since he was a short term missionary in Ivory Coast, […]

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Africa Bible Translation

A Nice Little Story From Central Africa

This story only takes two minutes, but it’s well worth listening to. If you don’t want to look at my face, you can always just look at the slides! This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible that any links to other websites, pictures or media content will no longer be […]

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Africa Bible Translation Languages

Languages In Nigeria

Next month, I’m travelling out to Nigeria, where I will be speaking at a retreat for my colleagues out there. It was a nice encouragement to read this peace in the Nigeria Guardian which is very complimentary about Wycliffe’s work there: FEBRUARY 21, the International Mother Language Day, provided an opportunity to take a critical […]

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Africa

Bloggers in Africa

A group of Christian bloggers have just set off on a visit to Uganda from where they will be reporting on their adventures. I’m sure they will have a wonderful and informative time and no doubt they will generate a lot of publicity for the organisation who are fronting the trip. However, can I respectfully […]

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Africa

First World Problems

This short video (just over two minutes) has a very powerful message… but… I have to admit that I’m rather uneasy with the way this important message is got across. Firstly, I don’t like the terms first world and third world; I know that they are easily understood, but they seem to imply a value […]

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Africa Reviews

Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

At the moment, the BBC is showing the remarkable David Attenborough series “Africa”; all beautiful scenes and amazing animals. However, as is often the case, the Africa of the nature documentary seems more or less devoid of people. If you would like to know more about the human side of the continent, you could do […]

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Africa

Voices United for Mali

When you get artists from across a country as culturally diverse as Mali producing a song, you end up with a wonderful mixture of languages and cultural styles. In this superb video there is singing and rapping in Bambara, Sonnik√©, Songhai, Tamasheq and even a little French. This is the Mali I love; colourful, welcoming […]