n African Renaissance - Malian reflections : the significance of a name and an insight into local knowledge

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


I had already visited Mali briefly the year before, on a short fieldwork trip with an American museum. The best adjective I could muster up after a three -week journey for Mali was colourful - Mali was one of the most colourful places I had ever visited, full of wonderful people, great varieties of cultures and languages, and strong traditions of art and music. I admit that the process of settling in Bamako for nine months was a little daunting, especially when I had not even come close to mastering French. Bamako was to be my base location and primary residence in Africa, but there were also plans to continue gathering anthropological research in other countries throughout the continent.

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