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West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song
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West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song

From the great manuscript libraries of the early Middle Ages, through to colonialism and independence right up to the writers and artists working in the present day, West Africa has a powerful

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A view of the new settlement in the river at Sierra Leone
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A view of the new settlement in the river at Sierra Leone

A view of the new settlement in the river at Sierra Leone

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Introduction to West Africa through primary sources
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Introduction to West Africa through primary sources

This interweaving of art, communication forms, languages and writing systems lends itself beautifully to cross-curricular learning. Indeed, the cross-curricular approach enhances students’ ability

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Portolan chart by Grazioso Benincasa | British Library - Picturing Places
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Portolan chart by Grazioso Benincasa | British Library - Picturing Places

Chart of the west African coast by Grazioso Benincasa (1473) British Library, Egerton Ms. 2855, ff.6v-7

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West Africa Community Project
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West Africa Community Project

Four community groups worked with storytelling, sound and music, to develop short films around the themes and content of the British Library’s exhibition, West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song.

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Cloth showing adinkra symbols from Ghana, ?1960s
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Cloth showing adinkra symbols from Ghana, ?1960s

Cloth showing adinkra symbols from Ghana, ?1960s

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Last chance to see West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song at the British Library
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Last chance to see West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song at the British Library

Last chance to see West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song at the British Library

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Postcard showing griot (musician and story-teller), c. 1904
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Postcard showing griot (musician and story-teller), c. 1904

A postcard showing the image of a griot (a musician and/or storyteller), c. 1904 published in Senegal

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Selections from Wole Soyinka’s annotated typescript of ‘Idanre’ (1965)
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Selections from Wole Soyinka’s annotated typescript of ‘Idanre’ (1965)

First page of Wole Soyinka’s annotated typescript of ‘Idanre’ (1965)

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Fela Kuti photo by Bernard Matussière

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