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Shaki's gifts out of Africa.

BROWSERS in Leamington are being offered a taste of Africa after a young businesswoman dreamed up a new venture.

Former Myton School pupil Shaki McFarland, aged 23, had always wanted to work for herself and opened a craft shop specialising in goods from Africa in Regent Place in November.

Shaki, who was born in Nigeria and moved to England at the age of five, did a degree in social anthropology at Swansea University where she became interested in learning more about her culture and other African countries.

She named the shop 'kalabash', a type of African pumpkin which is often made into an instrument.

She treasures a kalabash given to her by her grandmother, which she played in front of the Queen in a ceremony to mark Nigeria's independence from Britain in the 1960s.

Shaki said: "Leamington is a very multi-cultural town and there is a lot of interest in other places and cultures.

"People have been coming in to browse, and I think there is quite a demand from people wanting to find something a little bit different."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 29, 2000
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