During the 1990's Greg's work took him to Yankari National Park, Nigeria after which he spent four years on and off researching for a book all about the traditional alcoholic drinks of Africa.
It soon became clear how little we really know about real life in Africa, with many misconceptions based on news of calamity and crisis. I decided (with my girlfriend of that time) that we would like to produce a book that would illustrate the geographical and social diversity of the continent, and what better subject as a window to this world, but that of traditional alcoholic drinks!
Incredibly, with a bit of fortunate circumstance, our proposal was picked up by the right person at Guinness, and we managed to get some funding which took us to 9 different countries and many amazing places we would not otherwise have ventured off the beaten track.
|Sharing a calabash of millet beer, Tourou, Cameroon|
I have posted a few of my pictures in the Brews of Africa gallery. If you would to like to see more, hear some stories and a slide show about the brews I came across in Africa and my travels - maybe as an event for your local CAMRA or SIBA meeting - then get in touch.