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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
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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
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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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16

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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17

April
2017
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10 Holiday Options to Choose from in Kenya

Imagine a place with a perfect blend of beautiful coastline, awesome wildlife, nice mix of ancient practise and modern vibes, all in a scenic and serene environment. You’ve just pictured the magical Kenya. I haven’t met anyone who visited Kenya on holiday and return with regrets. Of course, there might be the usual culture shock ...

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16

April
2017
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Easter in Bahir Dar

For this account of Easter in Bahir Dar, I think it’s best we start with a bit of history. Ethiopia’s history and historical sites where tourists regularly visit bear witness to the country’s status as an ancient cradle of civilization. The country is equally one of the earliest Christian nations in the world. Its long …

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March
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Kitfo & Coffee (Bahir Dar)

There is something about Ethiopia and food that just hits home with most people, from a well made cup of coffee made at a traditional coffee making ceremony to the buffet style serving that accompanies your meal order. Ethiopia remains the only African country that was never colonized, it also happens to be the highest exporter …

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March
2017
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20 Astonishing Photos of Bahir Dar

Emperor Haile Selassie considered moving the capital of Ethiopia from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar – need we say more about this city after that piece of juicy info? Distinctively famous for its wide avenues, and shaded rows of rustling palms and colorful flowering trees, Bahir Dar is an attractive and well-planned city, and considered …

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March
2017
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Note from Bahir Dar: The Land of Natural Beauties.

People always talk about the beautiful Lake Tana, the wild palm tree-lined street that has earned Bahir Dar the tag ‘Ethiopian Riviera,’ and the monasteries, but the last time I was in Bahir Dar, I saw something more in addition to its many natural beauties; the Blue Nile Falls! This for me epitomizes the real …

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February
2017
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PEARL OF AFRICA TOURISM EXPO 2017 ENDS ON HIGH NOTE AS AWARD WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED

The end of the 2017 edition of the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo - POATE was marked with a gala dinner at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel to give hosted buyers and international travel media a befitting send off but also to celebrate excellence in the country’s tourism industry. Guest of Honour was no other than ...

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February
2017
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A Quick Escape to Ssese Islands, Uganda’s Lush Archipelagos

Kampala is such a busy place for business and politics that one can barely find a place to lie down and enjoy nature. Quite frankly, there are facilities in the city that give the semblance of it, the truth is the city’s vibe is quite intense that sometimes you just need to go to a ...

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February
2017
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Milege World Music Festival, Uganda

The Milégé World Music Festival is a non-profit initiative whose main objective is to promote and grow the appreciation of cultural music in Uganda. Although it is not up to ten years old, the Milégé World Music Festival is fast growing into one of the biggest festivals in Uganda outside of the capital, Kampala. Organized ...

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February
2017
Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men's marathon in the London 2012 Olympic Games at The Mall August 12, 2012.                 REUTERS/Mark Blinch (BRITAIN  - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

City Icon: Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda)

“People got inspired. I was now being compared with John Akii-Bua, a man I never met but only got to know from my teachers in primary school that he was a very strong man.” Ugandan athlete Stephen Kiprotich won the gold medal of the marathon event at the 2012 Olympics in London, the first gold ...

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15

February
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Curried Potatoes – Uganda

Hello foodie family! How has the week been so far? Have you been practicing the various recipes? We hope you have. We are in East Africa for our Recipe Wednesday this week and more specifically the city of Kampala. Kampala is home to the world’s second largest freshwater inland body, the majestic Lake Victoria welcomes you into ...

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February
2017
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Uganda: Why it’s a must visit

Choosing an African destination can be daunting if one wants to explore a country that captures the essence of this enormous and diverse continent. Add a desire to experience something unique – beyond what you see in films and documentaries – and you cannot do better than Uganda. Uganda is relatively small in relation to …

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27

January
2017
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Festival: MWAKA KOGWA, Zanzibar

Settling Scores with Banana Stems! The ushering in of a New Year in many parts of the world is often marked with great fanfare and festivities as the people look forward with excitement and great expectations that the coming year will be a lot better than the previous one. These festivals usually feature music, dancing, ...

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26

January
2017
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City Icon: Fatuma binti Baraka – Zanzibar

Our city icon for this week is no other than Fatuma binti Baraka (c.1910s – 17 April 2013)  also known as Bi Kidude. She was a Zanzibari-born Tanzanian Taarab singer. She is considered the undisputed queen of Taarab and Unyago music and was inspired by Siti binti Saad. Bi Kidude was born in the village of Mfagimaringo and was the daughter of a coconut seller in colonial Zanzibar. …

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January
2017

Zanzibar Island – Africa’s Best Beaches and Street Food

Zanzibar Island is an enchanting island located off the coast of Tanzania, East Africa. Its multicultural layers of history and beautiful island lifestyle make Zanzibar one of the most incredible island’s to visit in the world! In this Video Guide of Zanzibar, Mark Wiens cruised around the island, ate some delicious Zanzibari food and explored …

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January
2017
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7 Reasons You Should Visit Zanzibar

Zanzibar produces the world’s largest cloves, and as a place I fell in love with while on my honeymoon there many years ago—it is a perfect destination if you are looking for fresh air, clean stunningly perfect beaches, unique culture, and delicious cuisine specially spiced with cloves! Yes, Cloves – those uniquely warm, sweet spice …

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January
2017
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My Day in Mombasa

They say you only live once and if you live it right, once is just good enough. The sentence gets apt after you hit a goal and you find a need to give yourself a good treat in a novel experience. I was in that shoe a couple of months ago after my call to ...

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January
2017
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Mombasa Carnival: A Multi-Cultural Street Party

If you know the history of Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city, then you will be able to understand and appreciate its rich multicultural diversity. Persians, Chinese, Arabians, Portuguese, Indians, and Europeans have made contact with and left their cultures and imprints on Mombasa. Throw into the mix the local African culture, then you can begin to ...

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January
2017
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City Icon: AYUB OGADA, Mombasa

“I am not sure as to why many love or chose my music but my approach is simplicity.” – Ayub Ogada Folk songwriter, percussionist and musician, Ayub Ogada is considered today as one of the greatest Kenyan artistes of all time. A descendant of the proud Luo people of western Kenya, Ayub was born in ...

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18

January
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Khatta Bateta- Mombasa Snack

This week for our recipe Wedenesday, we will be attempting a homemade version of the Mombasa style snack of sour potatoes known as Khatta Bateta. Given the strong influence of Asian cuisine in Kenya’s gastronomy, it is not uncommon to find Asian street food with a Kenyan twist to the taste. African recipes, especially street …

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