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Bram Posthumus, author

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Bram Posthumus is author of ‘Guinea: Masks, Music and Minerals’, to be published in May by Hurst

Republic of Guinea

Population: 10,000,000 (2009 estimate CIA World Factbook), GDP per Capita: $588.00, Official language: French, Capital and largest city: Conakry, Area: 245,857 km2, Independence: From France, 2 October 1958

Rice is Guinea's staple cereal yet despite its rich soil the country still has to import 300,000 tonnes a year to feed its people. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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