Zambia is an unknown entity to so many around the world. Like her neighbors, the country is rich in wildlife, minerals and natural beauty but unlike much of the continent Zambia has remained peaceful during the transition to self-rule and subsequently through six changes of government.
In spite of this, or more likely because of this, Zambia and Zambians are rarely seen on screens or in print around the world where war, hunger and disaster most often describe the continent.
Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Zambia. It is time that Africa and Zambia are portrayed in a fashion that reflects the truth. The book seeks to unearth and celebrate these stories; the lives of the different, the passionate, the inspiring. From a boy drafted out of his village school to fight in the jungles of Burma in World War II to the young filmmaker who made it to Cannes with her first movie, to the elderly man who in his youth fought for and gained independence for his country; each story a thread in the tapestry that makes Zambia the unique place that it is.
‘Extraordinary’ is a collaboration between the Zambian photographer Gareth Bentley and Swedish writer Johan Rahm.