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How One Senegalese City Plans to Cash in on its History, Heritage and Culture

What's stopping us from unleashing the Bilbao effect on African cities?

A few years back while backpacking across West Africa (Ivory Coast to Benin) I spent a few days in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. I was in the search of mystical catfish found in a river in a small village in this town. My Burkinabe friends in Abidjan had told me about how these catfish were revered by the villagers. I had heard about the elaborate mourning ceremonies whenever any of them died, the multi-day funeral processions. That was how I found myself in this unique village split into four distinct areas for Muslims, Animists, Griots (Storytellers, drummers etc.) and iron-workers.

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How to Prosper as a Nigerian Writer

We talked to two Nigerian novelists on how to survive and even thrive when you're a writer not named Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

It's not unusual for Nigerian novelists to hold university degrees unrelated to their passions. For bragging rights, the promise of financial stability and the relative ease of gaining employment, many middle class Nigerian parents push their offspring to become doctors, lawyers and engineers. And if those careers aren't possible, well, accountant, architect and economist will do. For the lucky few who studied writing, chances are they have older siblings already pursuing professional courses, are the last born and definitely not the only son, paying their own school fees, or chose to combine majors to placate their parents.

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The Privilege Hustle

Some hustle out of necessity, others out of privilege. Be clear about which one you are.

Two things you should know about me; I work hard and I am privileged.

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