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A Day in the Life of Africa
By Frankie Edozien
Photography by the World's Top Photojournalist on One Day
HarperCollins Publishers, 2002
298 pages

Sometimes it is hard to explain how beautiful and vibrant this continent of Africa is, especially in the face of tales of woe that continually gush from mass media about Africa and its problems.

On February 28, 2002, 100 photographers in 53 African countries attempted to do just that. Over 250 pictures from all corners of the continent, gave reader of this coffee table book a look at contemporary Africa.

It is an unvarnished portrait that is stunning. Shot with digital cameras, the pictures capture in incredible detail the daily lives of a people in their natural environment. From the majestic sights of Victoria Falls, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the Nabib desert, to the Oshodi market women, cattle herders near the Chari River and more, this book is a fascinating read.

This page turner delights as you go on. It begins with an introduction by U.N Secretary General Kofi Annan, and has a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, both African Nobel Laureates.

Moving pictures of the pyramids in Sudan, which are rarely talked about, are included. The numerous pyramids, though not as high as those in Giza, were the tombs of a Nubian king dynasty that ruled the area for 900 years.

At the end, an essay by acclaimed journalist and champion of Africa, Howard French puts it all in perspective. That alone is worth the price of this tome. Out of all the African countries, only Libya denied access to photographers for the project.

Comprehension of Africa can never be achieved by pages in a book, but this one dares the reader to open his mind to the continent. All of this was done to bring attention to the plight of AIDS in Africa. This is a celebration of African life to save African lives. All proceeds from this book go to the AIDS programs administered by the Tides Foundation in conjunction with the Harvard AIDS institute and others.

Project director David Elliot and producer Lee Liberman realized it would take a project this big -- capturing Africa, 53 countries, 720 million people and probably 1,000 languages in a single day -- to bring attention to AIDS in Africa. It has been done with utmost sensitivity. Thankfully underwriters like Pfizer and Olympus, many have stepped up to the plate. This book is truly a treat for the eyes; you wont be able to put it down.