Why west Africa is trending

Instagram has opened a cultural window to Ghana and its coastal neighbours. But it’s nothing compared to a real-life tour. Words and photography by Sophy Roberts

The unstoppable Liya Kebede and her ethical brand Lemlem

Liya Kebede started modelling at 18, became a mother at 22 and a UN ambassador at 27. Her self-funded lifestyle brand Lemlem promotes artisanal skills and employment in Africa. Alice Cavanagh meets her in Paris to talk sustainability, swimwear and science fiction. Styling by Irina Marie. Photography by Cedric Bihr

Why ZSL needs your help

As the FT launches its Seasonal Appeal in support of ZSL, Horatia Harrod comes face-to-face with the giant of all crowd-pleasers, and discovers why this icon of conservation is at greater risk than imagined. Photography by Dan Burn-Forti

The Fiction: The holiday tutor

Mike is hoping to rewire relationships with his family on an extended trip to Africa – but he’s not the only one hunting for a new connection…