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Alan Rake (born 1933) is an English journalist and writer about Africa. [1]



Alan Rake was educated at Oxford University, where he studied Philosophy, politics and economics. [2] He was invited by Jim Bailey, also educated at Oxford, to work for Drum magazine. [3] In the late 1950s he opened a Nairobi office for the magazine, working as its East African editor. In the early 1960s he briefly worked for Drum in South Africa, and as General Manager of Drum in West Africa, [4] before continuing to work for East African Drum as a London-based editor. [1]

In 1968 he was briefly editor of the newsletter Africa Confidential . [5]

In 1969 he started editing the monthly London-based African Development magazine, later renamed New African. He remained there as editor until his retirement in 1999. [6]


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  1. 1 2 Miranda H. Ferrara (2004). The Writers directory 2005. St. James Press. p. 1388. ISBN   978-1-55862-528-0.
  2. Alan Rake (2001). African Leaders: Guiding the New Millennium. Scarecrow Press. back cover. ISBN   978-0-8108-4019-5.
  3. Jim Bailey (1993). "Foreword". Kenya, the National Epic: From the Pages of Drum Magazine. East African Publishers. p. iv.
  4. "Contributors". Transition. 2 (4): 4. June 1962. JSTOR   2934806.
  5. "Africa Confidential: History" . Retrieved 7 March 2021.
  6. Alan Rake (June 1999). "A Drum boy in Africa". New African. 375.