Shaki's gifts out of Africa.
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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