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We have no shortage of African literary talent on the continent. Find out more about some of the best books ever written about Africa by Africans or click on Post Entry to add your selection.

ReConnect Africa

ReConnect Africa is a unique website and online magazine for the African professional in the Diaspora. Packed with essential information about careers, business and jobs, ReConnect Africa keeps you connected to the best of Africa. Visit them on http://www.reconnectafrica.com

   

The Good News

Ignore the negative press and forget the Afro-pessimists. A beautiful new book celebrates all that is positive about the continent of Africa. Crammed with beautiful images and insightful prose, 'Africa – The Good News' is a book you will want to display on every coffee table, access in every library and showcase in every office. Unlike the countless books that try to explain what went wrong in Africa, 'Africa - The Good News' looks at what is going right. It gives voice to Africans (and non-Africans) who have a different story of Africa to tell. It explains why a growing number of journalists, investors and academics are starting to look at Africa differently and describe the continent as one of growth and not just of despair.

   

Lonely Planet: Africa on a shoestring

This is a guidebook that covers every country on the African continent. It gives practical advice on getting around, including visa and border requirements. It offers sleeping and eating suggestions geared towards the needs of the budget traveller and features important information on health and personal safety. It offers vaccination information, medical checklists, suggested itineraries and safety precautions amongst other useful tips.

   

Otelo Burning

This South African feature film presents a gripping story of township kids as they discover surfing - a newfound freedom through water. This during a time of turmoil within the township of Lamontville. The film has won two awards, the prize for Best Cinematography and Best Child Actor (Tshepang Mohlomi), and has been viewed in numerous film festivals including the BFI London International Film Festival and the Busan International Festival in Korea. The film also recently premiered in the USA at MIST Harlem Cinemas.

   

Elysium

Neil Bloukamp, director and creator of the International blockbuster movie made in South Africa “District 9”, has a new movie called Elysium coming out in 2013. The movie was written and directed by Neil and will star the likes of Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and South African Sharlto Copley. It seems Neil has a thing for Science fiction as this movie is based in the future where the rich live in Elysium, a pristine space-station, and the poor on an overpopulated, ruined earth. In essence this movie is a socio-political anology of the situation in Africa and other 3rd world countries were there’s a big gap between the rich and the poor.

   

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