Football pictures by Lerato Maduna

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Audio: Akenji Ndumu et Valerie Bony en conversation

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Is Timbuktu even a real place?

It’s the day before I’m supposed to leave and I’m horrendously sick – as my seventh grade history teacher put it, kneeling before or sitting on the porcelain throne. I’m not exactly sure what did it, but it hasn’t been pleasant and it makes me wonder whether or not I should actually go. I could postpone the trip, but I’ve been looking forward to this for so long that such a thing would be devastating. The tickets are in hand, …  ( continue reading

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Sao Paulo, soiree avec un groupe ‘Litterature peripherique’

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Soccer, Pelourinho, Bahia II

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Black salad

Most people now think of Sudan as a byword for misery, like Ethiopia was 25 years ago. I am on my way there to find out how much of this is true – and how much of this is for aid agencies and atrocity campaigns to collect their donations. I first learned about Sudan by listening to the music, which was broadcast on Radio Hargaysa in the 1980s and we could buy on cassettes in the market. If you were …  ( continue reading

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Pelourinho, Bahia, soccer & carnival

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More than just a game

by Sylva Nze Ifedigbo Growing up, football and the Super Eagles in particular was the only sense of nationality we had. We excited ourselves with talks of The Super Eagles being the best team in the world. We repeated to the point of becoming stale, tales of how Bebeto the Brazilian wept after we won them in the Semi Finals of the Atlanta Olympics. We decorated our walls with large coloured posters of Nigerian footballers and preferred note books that …  ( continue reading

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Low Country

My sister lives in Holland, and has done so for fifteen years. She arrived there as a refugee, married another refugee (from Sudan) and they have four children that describe themselves as “half Sudanese, half Somali and half Dutch.” Last week when Holland played Brazil, my nephew Nasir supported Brazil while the rest of his family rooted for Holland. Nasir is seven and is probably not the only Dutch-born child having second thoughts about his loyalties. Watching the morning news …  ( continue reading

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World Cup 419

With the shocking and unexpected loss of these contries, in the World Cup, this money can not be used for any other purpose than bonus, but the players have not earned the bonus. Therefore, the money will remain there. (seventy million pounds total ONLY). This is not small money. Please I want to collect this deposit on my behalf and disburse thus 30% of the total amount among the Earthquake Victims in Chile and Haiti, economic crisis in California, oil …  ( continue reading

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