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<div style="text-align:center"><span style="font-size:13px"><span style="color:#000000">Mommy never got up this early; but today she did, with yawns, to take me to my first day of school. I had my hair in bangs of plaits, swinging on the side of my face even if I didn’t move because of the weight of the green, yellow and red ceramic beads at the tip. That, and I was also wearing my new sequin-infested white shoes, enforced with thin metal bars on the heels to make a thuck thuck sound when I marched. But still, I was afraid. “Will I see you if I look out the classroom window, mommy?” She didn’t answer. </span><a href="https://royalafricansociety.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a5b4dc2dec57bd289170737f2&id=9fa0756ed7&e=deb1081e5f" style="word-wrap:break-word;color:#606060;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><span style="color:#000000"><em>Continue the story from here...</em></span></a></span><br>
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We have recently launched the African Arguments Fellowship. This is an exciting opportunity for young freelance journalists based in Africa to be mentored and gain online tailored training. As well as this, you will be able to build your portfolio with three paid commissions. </span></span></p>

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One of the <strong>best ways you can support Africa Writes</strong> is to join The Royal African Society.<br>
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<strong>Join us today</strong> to become part of our vibrant network and start enjoying a wide range of exclusive members-only benefits, saving you hundreds of pounds per year. <a href="https://royalafricansociety.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a5b4dc2dec57bd289170737f2&id=d3385850f3&e=deb1081e5f" style="word-wrap:break-word;color:#606060;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Learn more.</a></span></div>

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In case you missed our fabulous pre-festival event with the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing finalists on 19 July, the winner was announced and has been awarded to <a href="https://royalafricansociety.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a5b4dc2dec57bd289170737f2&id=f41512c88e&e=deb1081e5f" style="word-wrap:break-word;color:#606060;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank">Meron Hadero for <em>The Street Sweep</em></a>. Congratulations to Meron! The announcement ceremony can be watched <a href="https://royalafricansociety.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a5b4dc2dec57bd289170737f2&id=88ea2237cd&e=deb1081e5f" style="word-wrap:break-word;color:#606060;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><em>here</em></a>.</div>

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<span style="font-size:13px">Another exciting opportunity for unpublished writers! Morley College and Rachel Mills Literary are providing an opportunity for your work to be discovered. Allow your talent to be contested in front of an esteemed judging panel for the potential of breaking into publishing. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to share your rich cultural history! Find out more about the application process <a href="https://royalafricansociety.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a5b4dc2dec57bd289170737f2&id=2434453ddf&e=deb1081e5f" style="word-wrap:break-word;color:#606060;font-weight:normal;text-decoration:underline" target="_blank"><em>here</em></a>.</span></div>
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