Born in Addis Ababa in 1967, Girma Yifrashewa's life in music began with the Kirar, a harp-like traditional Ethiopian string instrument, at a tender age.

Birth of original talent, the African continent challenges the notion that global fashion starts in the northern hemisphere. (Photo: Time)

The lights dim on the catwalk as a capacity crowd quiets in anticipation. A pounding drum rhythm builds suspense as, backstage, stylists swarm the waiting models, applying last-minute dabs of foundation, glittering lip-gloss and bursts of hair spray. Next to the catwalk, professional photographers jostle for space with fashion bloggers preparing to snap candids with raised iPhones.

People gather at a market set up in front of the Shoa Gate, one of the five historic gates of the ancient walled city of Harar, Ethiopia, on August 3, 2014 (AFP/Zacharias Abubeker)

Hyenas howl and feast on flesh every night outside the ancient walls of Harar -- one of Islam's holiest cities that is holding out against the pressures of the modern world.

But change is coming, and campaigners are working hard to preserve the gated Ethiopian city's unique history, cultural and religious traditions.

President Barack Obama gave Angelou the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.(AP)

US President Barack Obama has led the tributes to Maya Angelou, describing the poet, author and activist as "one of the brightest lights of our time".

He hailed Angelou, who has died aged 86, as "a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman".

Lupita Nyong'o, winner of the award for best actress in a supporting role for '12 Years a Slave', at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo Getty Images)

"You are the pride of Africa," Kenya's president exclaimed on Twitter as he celebrated Kenya's first major Oscar win by actress Lupita Nyong'o.

Nyong'o was the topic of the day on Kenya's radio and TV stations Monday, the day after her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in the movie "12 Years A Slave."

File - January 19, 2014. Buddhist monks from China's Shaolin Temple perform at Dakar's Grand Theatre on January 19, 2014 (AFP/Seyllou)

Ten grey-suited Buddhists crouch like leopards stalking a muntjac before barrelling across the stage in an explosion of gravity-defying pivots, kicks and somersaults that would make an osteopath wince.

These are the warrior monks of China's fabled Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of kung fu which is spreading its gospel to Africa as part of a wood-smashing, sword-dancing, spear-balancing grab at global ubiquity.

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