WIN a pair of tickets to West Africa: Word, Symbol, Song at the British Library

By  | 

An exhibition of literature and music – from the great African empires of the Middle Ages to the cultural dynamism of West Africa today. 

Fascinating stories from the region’s 17 nations show how West Africans have harnessed the power of words to build societies, drive political movements, sustain religious belief and fight injustice. 

Beautiful manuscripts, historic film and sound recordings, books, photographs, and woven and printed textiles offer a unique insight into a profound and engaging literary culture with centuries-old written heritage existing alongside ancient oral traditions.

Hear the myth of the founding of ancient Mali in recorded performance. See the influence of religion through colourful fabric and a saddlebag Qur’an. Celebrate writers and artists including Africa’s first Nobel prize winner, Wole Soyinka, and internationally acclaimed musician and human rights activist Fela Kuti.

‘Dazzling’ The Guardian
‘A forgotten heritage revealed’ BBC News

Exhibition Open Until 16 February 2016. For more information and to book tickets visit

For your chance to win a pair of tickets, please visit
and enter the code PRIDE.

Terms and Conditions
Tickets valid until  17 January (excluding peak periods and public holidays)
Subject to availability
Non transferable
No cash alternative
Additional expenses are the responsibility of the prize winner
Not for resale

Skip to toolbar