Sunday, January 22, 2006

Darkest Africa's Travellers' Tales

You need a bagful of clichés and stereotypes to write about this continent,
says Binyavanga Wainaina

Some tips: sunsets and starvation are good. Always use the word Africa or Darkness or Safari in your title. Subtitles may include the words Zanzibar, Masai, Zulu, Zambezi, Congo, Nile, Big, Sky, Shadow, Drum, Sun or Bygone. Also useful are words such as Guerrillas, Timeless, Primordial and Tribal. Note that 'People' means Africans who are not black, while 'The People' means black Africans.

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