Friday, March 26, 2010

The 4-1-1: Know Your Audience

Know Where and to Whom You are Going
Begin to learn about the country(ies) where you will be traveling and the Songhai people. Good information can be found at your local library and on the Internet. Some of the information is be quite dated, but will still provide a solid background.
You will find that our Songhai Team web site contains a people profile, worldview, recipes, proverbs, maps, and much more to introduce your volunteer team to the Songhai people and our ministries.

"Africa Speaks" has essays written by Nigeren college students about West African culture.
"30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus" is an informative site with advice about Islam and how to minister to Muslims.

 Here are a few of the many good books available about the Songhai People:
  • "In the Sorcery's Shadow" by Paul Stoller
  • "Embodying Colonial Memories" by Paul Stoller
  • "Fusion of the Worlds" by Paul Stoller
  • "Scribe, Griot, and Novelist" by Thomas Hale
  • "The Epic of Askia Mohammed" by Thomas Hale
  • "The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay" by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
  • "The Songhay Empire" by David Conrad
  • "Songhay, The Empire Builders" by Phillip Koslow
  • "Sword, Seal and Koran" by Siaf Millar (published by Concept Learning)
  • "Songhay" by Tunde Adeleke
  • "A Glorious Age in Africa" by Daniel Chu and Elliott Skinner
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