Projects in Africa

Faza Island North Kenya Coast Photo by Nafisa Awadh used with permission

Safeguarding the cultural heritage of the Bajuni dialect of Swahili, oral traditions and poetry

This project will record and document the Bajuni dialect spoken by more than 15,000 people.

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Fadi Jabo Iraq

Middle East People’s Culture Conservation Collective

This project will empower young people across Syria, Iraq and Egypt to protect the heritage of marginalised religious, ethnic and linguistic minorities within their own commun…

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Withstanding change: heritage amongst climate uncertainty

Led by the International National Trusts Organisation, this project will restore six historic buildings in six countries across the Middle East, North Africa and East Africa, …

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JADEAS Trust Archive

The Jadeas Trust Library archive of J.F. Ade-Ajayi, dynamic co-founder of the Ibadan History School and champion of the intellectual movement of “quiet revolutionaries” decolo…

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The sound archives of Radio Rurale de Kayes (Mali), 1988-2010

Before Radio Rurale de Kayes (RRK), Malian radio production was limited to the national radio under authoritarian rule, mostly broadcast in French and Bamanankan. But since th…

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Ustadh Mau Swahili Muslim Library

The Ustadh Mau collection in Lamu, Kenya holds treasured Swahili ajami knowledge and historical memories that have documented coastal identity and values. This project works t…

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The Lubumbashi art collection archive: survey and evaluation

This collection represents the cultural and art history of the city of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from the 1950s to the present. Materials include manu…

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The Photographer who woke up from the Dead - Mohlouoa T. Ramakatane

Throughout his career as a Lesotho portraitist, Mohlouoa T. Ramakatane, collected papers, photographs, and negatives to document his 50+ year career, including his role as off…

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Artefacts of a Nation’s Birth - Preserving the Newspapers of Kenya’s Transition From Colony to Nation

The McMillan Memorial Library holds over 45,000 newspaper issues across their three library branches. The rich newspaper collection includes reports of key historical events d…

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