West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song

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West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song

Spanning one thousand years of West Africa's history, this exhibition covers the empires of the Middle Ages, colonialism, independence and the game-changing writers and artists found in the region today. Themes explored include religion, protest and the power of words, with displays featuring early illuminated Qur'ans, manuscripts and textiles, through to recently made graphic novels and sound recordings.

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I was really impressed by this exhibition. It covers quite a bit of the political, cultural and literary history of 17 West African countries so you'll need to give it a few hours to take it all - but it's all enlightening stuff. Nice one British Library!