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For this World Series edition, we invited Sir David Adjaye to design the cover of the magazine as we turned our pages to Africa. Africa contains 54 different countries, all with different cultures, geographies, and people, amongst which are some of the world’s fastest growing economies. So the pieces we’ve chosen this month try to offer a vision that offers a new focus on Africa.
Komla Dumor, presented the BBC World News flagship programme Focus on Africa. Prior to starting with the BBC, he presented the breakfast show for Ghanaian radio Joy FM for almost a decade, and was voted Journalist of the Year by Ghana Journalist Association in 2003. He joined the BBC African Service in 2006 as host of the radio programme Network Africa, presenting The World Today on the BBC World Service from 2008 to 2012, and the BBC World News and Africa Business Report from 2011.
Inua Ellams FRSL is a UK-based poet, playwright and performer. Ellams has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and the BBC. In June 2018 Ellams was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in its "40 Under 40" initiative.
Alain Mabanckou is a novelist, journalist, poet, and academic, a French citizen born in the Republic of the Congo, he is currently a Professor of Literature at UCLA. He is best known for his novels and non-fiction writing depicting the experience of contemporary Africa and the African diaspora in France.
Sir David Frank Adjaye
Sir David Frank Adjaye OBE RA is a British architect. He is known for designing many notable buildings around the world, including the National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC, and the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management.