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Speaking the same language: The role of the Wolof language in bringing communities together

Connecting to others despite the differences that we have is a process which draws attention to the similarities which can exist in each of us, that transcend experiences, spaces, origins, background etc. At a time where it feels as if a lot of emphasis is being placed solely on highlighting how vastly different groups of people are from each other, it is important that we remain open to connecting with others despite the differences that we have.

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Exploring the process of cleansing: Bathing rituals in Berber tradition

When thinking about the process of cleansing, this links to the idea of letting go and ridding ourselves of things or habits that no longer serve us. Whether it is the physical act of taking a regular shower or bath, decluttering our living spaces or letting go of certain emotions that have been internalised from past experiences, all of these instances point to the importance of taking a moment to embrace the process of cleansing and rebirth.

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The art of storytelling: Oral traditions among the Agikuyu

What does it mean to embrace your story? Storytelling exists, in part, to assist in the process of addressing this question. In a time where generalising and merging experiences can take centre stage in the process of storytelling it is important that we counter this by using our energy to embrace authenticity and connect to our own stories.

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Knowing your power: Luba spirituality and art

To know of one’s power, what does this mean in practice? Power can often seem like a foreign concept that is far from our reach in a society which has constant consumption at its forefront. We see countless examples on a global scale of the consequences of being consumed by a desire to hoard power, which has exacerbated the commodification of people as well as the environment.

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Exploring the relationship between creativity and identity: The importance of music in Mandinka history

How do we embark on a process of defining our identity in spaces which often give little room for such a thing to occur organically? If no time is given to explore and understand who we are then how can we ever claim to know ourselves? Creativity, an opportunity which offers the chance to explore our talents whilst also exploring other parts of ourselves.

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Claiming your space: Women in Yoruba History

To claim space unapologetically in all the spaces that we occupy; from social settings to work spaces is an inspiring thing to witness and serves as an important lesson in knowing and honouring our worth. There are countless examples of this highlighted in pre-colonial African history, and it is important that we remind ourselves of the various instances that space was claimed unapologetically.

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