The Other Hundred Stories from Around Africa

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The Other Hundred is a unique photo-book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of people around the world who are not rich but who deserve to be celebrated. Its 100 photo-stories move beyond the stereotypes and clichés that fill so much of the world’s media to explore the lives of people whose aspirations and achievements are at least as noteworthy as any member of the world’s richest 1,000. Selected from 11,000 images shot in 158 countries and submitted by nearly 1,500 photographers, The Other Hundred celebrates those who will never find themselves on the world’s rich lists or celebrity websites.

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The Other Hundred Stories from Around Africa

  1. 1. The Other Hundred is a unique photo-book project aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of people around the world who are not rich but who deserve to be celebrated. Its 100 photo-stories move beyond the stereotypes and clichés that fill so much of the world’s media to explore the lives of people whose aspirations and achievements are at least as noteworthy as any member of the world’s richest 1,000. Selected from 11,000 images shot in 158 countries and submitted by nearly 1,500 photographers, The Other Hundred celebrates those who will never find themselves on the world’s rich lists or celebrity websites. Visit www.theotherhundred.com for more info
  2. 2. Tresor Kaluw and Joël Luya, two members of the Jeunes Comiques du Katanga - Jecoke perform in a school courtyard in Lubumbashi, the capital of Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  3. 3. From 1991-2002, Sierra Leone was the theatre of an atrocious civil war. More than 50,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands were displaced. Several thousand others were deliberately mutilated by forces of the rebel Revolutionary United Front as part of a terror campaign aimed at controlling diamond-rich regions. Since 2001, a group of amputees, almost all victims of the civil war, have met regularly on the beaches of Freetown, the country’s capital, to train and play football. Their team, Sierra Leone Amputee Sports Club, has travelled to international competitions around the world, from Brazil in 2005, where it came third, to Russia, Turkey, Liberia and Ghana. In 2007, it hosted the first Amputee African Nations Cup. It fielded two teams, which finished third and fourth.
  4. 4. Karate, though not as popular as boxing, is well established in Burkina Faso. Many small towns have their own “dojo” or martial arts training school. Though usually nothing more than a spartan space with no real teacher, they attract young people eager to copy the moves they have seen on action films from Asia at their local video club. Jeannette Nikiéma watches these films too. As she plays with local boys most of the time, it was no surprise when, three years ago, aged 10, she also decided to try karate. Her school since 2007 has been part of the Sankudo Kikai Karate Do Federation, one of the most popular varieties of karate in west Africa.
  5. 5. Around the world, coffee drinkers – including many in the world’s biggest coffeehouse chain, Starbucks – are now enjoying the pleasure of beans from a country whose rolling green hills have always had the potential to produce great coffee. But perhaps the biggest winners are Rwanda’s 40,000 coffee farmers – who thanks to the transformation of the industry have seen their income double.
  6. 6. Like many Liberians, Mercy Womeh, 18, missed several years of education as a result of her country’s civil wars of 1989-96 and 1999-2003. Three years ago, in a search for work, her family moved from the countryside to a suburb of Monrovia, the country’s capital. Mercy is now catching up with her schooling. She could go to a free state school. But with overcrowded classes, staff shortages and teachers who often fail to show up, she has opted for a private school. “Yes, the education is free at state schools,” she says. “But there are charges like paying for pamphlets and tests, so it is almost as if you are paying. If you don’t have money, you have to drop out.” To complete her last two years of schooling, Mercy has enrolled at J Chauncey Goodridge school, where she is now in seventh grade. She earns the money for her fees by crushing rocks.
  7. 7. GURUE, MOZAMBIQUE Eduardo, 22, owns a barber shop in the hillside town of Gurúè in northern Mozambique. A single pair of clippers and a power supply are all that’s needed to run his business from a small tin-roofed concrete shop that he rents for US$15 per month. A haircut costs about US$0.50. On some days he might have more than 10 customers. From a family with four brothers and three sisters, he now has a two year- old son of his own. Pictures of American rap artists decorate the interior of his shop. He hopes that one day he will be able to visit the United States. Tea is the mainstay of Gurúè and its 120,000 people. The plantations that surround the town account for around 90 percent of the local economy. Apart from his work as a barber, Eduardo occasionally works in the plantations to supplement his income.
  8. 8. Al Faitouri Bouras Al Werfalli is the father of one of more than 1,200 inmates reportedly massacred in 1996 in Abu Salim maximumsecurity prison in southern Tripoli. It was more than 12 years after his son’s death, that Al Faitouri discovered his son was amongst those killed. The families of those incarcerated in Abu Salim prison were responsible for providing them with food and clothing. Every day, from 1996 until 2008, Al Faitouri’s wife prepared meals for her son, which her husband then delivered to the jail, along with occasional items of clothing. At the prison, he was told he was not allowed to see or communicate with his son. But as the guards accepted the deliveries, Al Faitouri presumed they were being passed on. Instead, the guards were sharing the meals and other items out among themselves. The Libyan government initially denied that any mass killing had taken place, though opposition groups based overseas were soon claiming a massacre had taken place. In the early 2000s, officials told some families that their relatives had died in prison but gave no reason for their death and provided no corpses. In 2004, the government conceded that some killings had taken place. Al Faitouri, however, didn’t receive confirmation about the death of his son until four years later.
  9. 9. Across one square kilometre of Nairobi’s Gikomba district, more than 4,000 people work for 200 businesses that process scrap metal. Known as jua kali enterprises – the official term for people who work beneath the open sky (jua kali is Swahili for “scorching sun”) – these businesses turn empty oil barrels, construction waste, steel pipes, paint cans and other metal items into everything from pans and tools to life-size statues of animals. Most of the workers are from western Kenya. They work 12-hour days, with no holidays, sick pay or other benefits. The average salary is US$100 a month. Only around one-fifth of their output is sold in Kenya. The rest is exported to other East African countries and – in the case of the animal statues – to Europe. Recently, the jua kali industry has faced a shortage of raw materials. Unable to buy empty barrels in Kenya, businesses now buy them in Tanzania.
  10. 10. The Global Institute For Tomorrow – GIFT – is an independent pan-Asian think and do tank dedicated to advancing an understanding of: The evolving social contracts that exist between the public, private, and civil sectors; The shift of economic and political power from the West to the East; The reshaping of the rules of global capitalism. We ask the question - what does this mean for Asia? GIFT engages with future leaders through an exceptional approach to executive education. Our unique action-learning programmes equip participants to lead effectively and succeed in a rapidly changing and globalised world. Visit www.global-inst.com for more details

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