Category Archives: British Council Sudan

Shakespeare inspires African voices

“William Shakespeare is UK’s greatest poet even after 400 years. Shakespeare is not commercial but is about culture, people and humanity” said Charles Nuttall OBE Director of British Council, Sudan. This was at the Horn of Africa Sonnets Festival organized by British Council and the Ministry of Culture. The event held at Corinthia Hotel on Saturday 30th April at 8 pm, presented Sonnets of Africa featuring Dan Tsu of Lyrix Organix; Dan Boyden of The Change Collective and Deanna Rodger actor and spoken word poet from London. The anchor Mustafa Khogali aptly named the visiting British team as ‘4Ds’ including David Fitzpatrick who has been documenting the workshop and the final event.
The evening opened with the recitation by Mr. Charles Nuttall “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow” one of the most famous soliloquies in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. This was followed by Dan Tsu’s self-composed poem ‘I have a dream’ and others. Deanna Rodger’s ‘Being British’ was received with a loud round of applause from the selectively invited audience.
Dan Tsu, Deanna Rodgers and Dan Boyden had conducted a week long workshop with the young poets and singers from Sudan, Ethiopia and South Sudan. At the final event, the African voices came across in sonnets and songs with the background beat of Sudan Drums. Their performances were well appreciated and made us feel proud of the talents in the Horn of Africa. The theme in African voices challenged racial discrimination. Shakespeare in his sonnets referred to the fair youth and the dark lady .It is often argued that Othello, the moor of Venice, was someone from North Africa. If Shakespeare was reborn today, would it be in Africa? To be or not to be, that is the question.

LA duo come to Sudan to fulfill their dream


Tayeb Salih’s short stories have received universal acceptance. I saw a Philippine production of ‘Handful of Dates’ in Youtube. This was produced by students. The fact that they selected Tayeb Salih’s short story speaks volumes of its critical acclaim. So why should two Sudanese American young film graduates stay behind. Hashim Hassan the Director and Mamdooh Salih the Producer both residents of Los Angeles are here in Sudan, touching base with their roots. They have accepted this challenge of making a short film on Tayeb Salih’s story Hifnat Tamr –Handful of Dates. The British Council in association with Elguneid Cultural Center, along with Sudan Film Factory hosted an event Hifnat Tamr & Cultural Exchange. I met these two film aspirants at the event where they introduced us to the cast and the costumes. Now what they need is funding and I wish that a sponsor like DAL Food come forward to support this project. Hashim and Mamdooh believe that together they can take an active role in creative exchange and cultural relations to revive and motivate local Sudanese Cinema. The sponsors must believe in them.

Nile waters bring you back to Sudan


‘If you have drunk of the Nile’s sweet waters, you will come back to Sudan’ goes the saying. I have seen it happening to many people I know from the Indian expatriate community. Perhaps it has to do with the attachment to the peaceful life style and the nice people of Sudan. Some would say it has to do with destiny. We recently heard that Mr. Michael Aron has been appointed as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Sudan. H.E. Aron is returning after 30 years. He taught English in Ed Damar Secondary school for two years between 1981 and 1983, before he joined Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Ed Damar is 270 kilometers North-East of Khartoum and is the capital of River Nile state. As he said he has fond memories of the charm, hospitality and generosity of the Sudanese people he met and worked with in Ed Damar. People expect his past experience in Sudan to help him to overcome the challenges the UK faces with Sudan. The UK is part of the Troika and EU who have not found the environment conducive to the current Presidential elections being held in Sudan.

Reading for Meaning


If you are ‘barking at these prints’ then you are reading it aloud but this also means that you may not understand the meaning. Reading is the process of perceiving and understanding the meaning of written language. The purposes of your reading may be skimming-to get information about the text; scanning-to get information from the text; intensive- learning or using the language; extensive –pleasure or interest . These are the various reading styles presented by Professor Eddie Williams at the British Council English Language Forum. He spoke on ‘Enjoy English Reading –How Teachers Can Help’ to an audience of 250 teachers of English language at Corinthia Hotel, Khartoum. It was an interesting, interactive and learning workshop for the Sudanese teachers.

Prof. Eddie Williams is a retired professor of applied linguistics from the University of Reading and University of Bangor. His research has focused upon the teaching and assessing of reading in English as a second language, and the relationship between language, education and development. He currently works on language-related projects for the British Council, mainly in Africa.

English is now read by about 2 billion people all over the world. There is a need amid the younger people in Sudan to learn English language.

The British Council in Sudan is working with the Ministry of Education and key organizations to improve access to quality English Language learning for all trainers, teachers and students. British Council has been working with institutions like University of Khartoum, Khartoum State Ministry of Health, Bank of Sudan, Ibn Sina Hospital to provide books and periodicals suited to their needs. It is now easy to order books, periodicals and journals from the UK with the British Council in Sudanese Pounds.