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June
2017
Dr Vera Chirwa of Malawi

City Icon- Dr. Vera Chirwa: The Fearless Fighter!

“With what is happening, I will keep on fighting for the people.” – Dr. Vera Mlangazua Chirwa Octogenarian Dr. Vera Chirwa is the first female lawyer from Malawi. Her name ‘Mlangazua’ means truth and she is a fearless woman. Born the first child to parents from the Ngoni tribe in Nyasaland in 1932, Vera spent …

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June
2017
Malawi (Blantyre) Michiru Mountain

A Tour of Blantyre

Malawi is known for its vibrant and colorful cities. Tourists, because of the welcoming and friendly local people, popularly refer to this country as the “Warm Heart of Africa”. During a tour of Blantyre, visitors are quick to discover it’s one of the popular cities in this country where tourists can get engaged with the …

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June
2017
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24 hours in Lome

Tucked just next to Benin Republic in between Ghana and Nigeria, Togo is a small West Africa country you’ll hate to miss. Once labelled the “pearl of West Africa”, Togo attracts people to itself via its beaches, colourful markets, friendly people and the scenery in its north—the hills, plateaus and mud-brick houses that dot the …

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June
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Gboma Dessi – Lome

Hi folks, it’s another Wednesday, another recipe. We do hope you have been trying out dishes for yourselves. Let us know if you would like any special recipe we can put up for you. Our destination this week takes us to one of the many francophone cities in West Africa, Lome. Our recipe today is Gboma Dessi, …

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June
2017
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Exploring Lome’s Markets

Anyone visiting Lome will find quite enough interesting spots there to visit, for me the city’s markets got my attention. The two markets I visited are the Grand Marche and the Akodessewa fetish market. They are probably the only main markets in the city, the former sells general goods while the latter has specific focus. …

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June
2017
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5 Reasons to be at Vilankulo

Vilankulo is a beautiful coastal town in Mozambique that many people consider no more than a gateway to other touristy destinations. However, Vilankulo itself is not a pushover, I was there and had a good time and I will like to share with you some of the reasons why Vilankulo is a perfect place for …

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30

May
2017
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Vilankulo: My day at a Mini-paradise

In Africa, there is a saying that when the desirable is unavailable, the available becomes desirable. This best explains why I recently spent an unscheduled weekend holiday in Vilankulo, but I must sincerely admit that what started with some trepidation ended up offering so much fun I wish I could stay a bit longer. If …

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May
2017
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Famadihana, Madagascar: A Feast for the Dead

Among many African tribes and in some other parts of the world, there is a strong reverence for the dead, or ancestors as they are usually referred to. This veneration stems from a belief that the departed ones acts as intermediaries between the living and the supreme being, and are capable of bringing good fortune …

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May
2017
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Essential Tips on Your First Trip to Madagascar

Madagascar is one of the few destinations in the world with many unique features. Its location begins its startling feature. The country is an Island nation that was once a part of a larger continent (Gondwana supercontinent) connected to Africa and India. Some million years ago, it pulled out of Africa and later India to …

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May
2017
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Festival Eritrea: Born In the Diaspora

Eritrea shares quite a lot of similarities with her older sister, Ethiopia in spite of the frosty relationship between both countries. Apart from using the same calendar, several cultural and religious festivals are celebrated in the same manner and time by both. These include: Meskel, Fasika, Lidet, etc. However, the Festival Eritrea is certainly not …

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May
2017
Aster

City Icon: Aster Yohannes, Asmara

“We never argue, my wife and I; because she can shoot straighter and faster than I can.” – Petros Solomon (Aster Yohannes’ husband) Aster Yohannes has been a prisoner of conscience, held at an undisclosed location by the government of Eritrea since December 2003. Born in Asmara, Aster Yohannes was a 2nd-year student of Electrical …

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May
2017
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How Well Do You Know Asmara?

Recently, I had to address a group of students who major in tourism or tourism related courses. From our background conversation, I picked that many of them were interested in travelling and seeing the world, I also found out that some of them have not been able to travel beyond their country because of logistics …

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May
2017
Spicy beef stew (picture from serious eats)

Recipe Wednesday: Tsegna Zigni (Spicy Beef Stew)

Hello folks! It’s another Recipe Wednesday and we are glad to see another week to serve you with fantastic dishes from all around Africa. This week, we are in the Eastern part of Africa, in the largest city of the  capital of the country also known as ‘little Italy’.  We are in the city of …

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May
2017
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TAKING A SPRING VACATION IN ASMARA

Asmara is a city of many parts. Call it a showcase of Italian architecture or a contemporary medieval getaway and you won’t be wrong. Despite going through seasons of turmoil and unrest, Asmara has done a remarkable job with the preservation of its historical heritage. Little wonder this destination has now become the darling of …

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May
2017
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City Icon: PAPA WEMBA – King of Rhumba Rock (June 14, 1949 – April 24, 2016)

Known as the Kasai Nightingale, Papa Wemba, a frontline Congolese musician from DR Congo was the undisputed king of Rhumba Rock and also a stylish fashion icon who helped to popularise the La Sape look. Born on 14th of June 1949 in Lubefu, a community in the Sankuru District of Kasaï-Oriental (East Kasai), one of …

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May
2017
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Kinshasa Sapeurs: The Definition of Class and Elegance

It is the little things in life that matter, unfortunately, we hardly pay attention to those little things. To start with, when you dressed up today how much attention did you give to the label on your shirt, did it ever cross your mind to check if the bottom of your jacket is labelled and …

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May
2017
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7 Things You Should Know About Kinshasa

We’ve relished the fond memories of rumble in the jungle long enough. Remember that 1974 heavyweight boxing fight between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali, which Mobutu Sese Seko used to bring Kinshasa on the international scene. Kinshasa, the host city, was then the capital of Mobutu’s Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Though …

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May
2017
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Ma Dengn Beach Festival: A Coming Together

Freetown is one of West Africa’s most alluring capitals. Lively and calm, Sierra Leone’s largest city has a slew of lovely beaches and pretty mountains. In recent times, the country had suffered, first from a civil war and later the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease. However, no matter how gloomy a situation may be, …

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April
2017
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HEALTH TOURISM – AFRICA’S ECONOMIC GAME CHANGER

PAN-AFRICAN HEALTH TOURISM BACKGROUND A significant new element of trade in health care has involved the movement of patients across borders in the pursuit of medical treatment and health; a phenomenon commonly termed ‘medical tourism‘. Medical tourism occurs when consumers elect to travel across international borders with the intention of receiving some form of medical ...

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April
2017
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HEALTH TOURISM – A FORCE FOR GOOD

...role of the African Diaspora In 2014 the Ethiopian North American Health Professionals Association (ENAHPA) was planning to establish a Medical Zone in Addis Ababa, with the blessing and help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Diaspora Engagement Affairs Directorate-General. This initiative would help Addis Ababa become a Medical Health Tourism Destination. The Diaspora ...

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April
2017
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Festival International de Musique Symphonique d’El Jem: A Culture of Life

Music has a way of affecting people and influencing moods. Such is the magnetic pull that even without lyrics, or an understanding of the lyrics due to language barrier, good music has never ceased to inspire some reaction from the hearer. Such is the appeal that people throng venues to witness musical shows and concerts. …

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April
2017
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City Icon: The Amphitheater of El Djem, Tunisia

The town of El Djem (also spelt El Jem) located 62km from Sfax is home to the most impressive Roman monument in all Africa – the Amphitheater of El Jem. Built as a Roman settlements on the former Punic settlements in North Africa, El Jem known as Thysdrus by the Romans, became prosperous in the …

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April
2017
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CERF ISLAND RESORT, SEYCHELLES

Cerf Island Resort, Seychelles...a Perfect destination for a wonderful wedding, a quiet honeymoon or a relaxing holiday in a Tropical paradise with modern day comforts…. Situated at the entrance of the Marine National Park, the resort offers 24 exclusive and luxurious villas, within a naturally elegant setting. The resort boasts of two fine dining restaurants ...

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April
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Leblabi (Tunisian Chickpea Soup)

Hi folks! It’s another Recipe Wednesday and we are excited to bring you another yummy recipe. We do hope you have enjoyed our recipes so far and you look forward to each Wednesday like we do at Afro Tourism (yeah, you can tell we are foodies right?). This week we will be preparing something simple, Leblabi Tunisian chickpea …

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