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February
2017

Destination Gambia

Destination Gambia is an introduction to The Gambia, a West African country offering something for everyone, including beaches, eco-tourism sites, culinary delights, heritage travel (Roots/Alex Hayley trail), bird watching, river trips, marketplaces, and so much more.

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February
2017
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Gambia: A Win-Win Holiday

Thinking of having a win-win holiday, ié planning to escape Europe’s harsh winter on a low budget or seeking a getaway to a budget traveller’s paradise, then consider the Gambia. The “Smiling Coast of Africa” (as the country is famously called) boasts of beautiful beaches, lush green, monkey-filled forests like Bijilo Forest Park, walkable urban …

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February
2017
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International Roots Festival (Gambia)

The end is better than the beginning of a thing, the popular saying goes. Which is why in spite of the horrors that form the historical background of the events of which gave birth to the International Roots Festival, the festival itself has become a celebration in commemoration of a homecoming and a return to …

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February
2017
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City Icon -Fatou Bensouda, The Gambia

“I am an African I am proud of that. But…it is not because I am an African that I was chosen for this position. I think my track record speaks for myself…” – Fatou Bensouda Gambian lawyer, Fatou Bensouda became the first woman and first African to hold the office of the Chief Prosecutor of …

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February
2017
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Recipe Wednesday – Domoda (Peanut butter Soup) Banjul, Gambia

Gambians are big on social interaction, so it is not a rare sight to see families eating from communal bowls during meal time. This reverence for social interaction amplifies the importance of greeting in Gambia, so that if you decide to take a trip there, you get travel advice that includes ‘always greet with a …

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February
2017
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6 Reasons Why You Must Visit Banjul

If you are looking for an ideal African destination, a getaway city to relax, catch fun and, of course meet new people and learn something new; then Banjul is your best bet. The city is an African gem on the coastline with beautiful beaches, nice weather, large shopping opportunity and all the flavour and culture …

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February
2017
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8 Interesting Things About Banjul

Although it is the capital of The Gambia, Africa’s smallest mainland country, Banjul is unassuming, very much laidback and seems unaffected by tourism. Most visitors to the country head on from the Yundum International Airport to the beach resorts along the Atlantic coast in places like Kololi, Bakau, Brufut, Kotu and Kerr Sering. Here are 8 …

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January
2017
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10 Interesting Nigerian Cities to Visit in 2017!

2017 is upon us and we have to make the most of it travel wise. If you had excuses why you couldn’t achieve all your travel plans in 2016, this new year is the time to start working towards making those travel dreams a reality. We are at Afro Tourism as usual are delighted to …

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December
2016

What Christmas is All About

Christmas is finally here! Here at Afro Tourism we are very excited as you would expect any travel and tourism outfit to be. True to our promise we’ve been especially delighted to bring you holiday articles, news items and travel tips to make your holiday travel around Africa an enjoyable, stress free and most especially …

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December
2016
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A Christmas Eve in Ghana

It was the night before Christmas in Ghana and I was very sad because my family life had been severely disrupted and I was sure that Christmas would never come. There was none of the usual joy and anticipation that I always felt during the Christmas season. I was eight years old, but in the …

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December
2016
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Christmas in Gambia

There is no better way to enjoy this festive holidays than by celebrating your Christmas in Gambia. Christmas being a religious date on the calendar for both Muslims and Christians alike is celebrated on every 25 day of December each year. This country which has a Muslim majority of about 85% with 10% Christians and 5 …

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December
2016

Afro Tourism Road Trip to Ghana

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December
2016
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Ikeji Festival of Arondizuogu (Imo State, Nigeria)

Nothing depicts a people’s way of life explicitly like the celebration of a cultural festival. Within the time frame of the celebrations, vital components that form the worldview of the people are usually put on display via various cultural acts like energetic dancing, loud music and drumming. These celebrations are often amplified with colorful costumes, ...

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December
2016
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Christmas in Ghana: A Road Trip Like No Other!

Yes, it’s true. Afro Tourism is going on an exciting and adventurous 5-day road trip from Lagos all the way to Accra. We’ll be travelling with young, social media savvy and adventurous Nigerians this December; and it’s going to be fun, fun and fun all the way! To be a part of this experience, there ...

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December
2016
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CITY ICON -Pete Edochie: Reminiscing “Things Fall Apart”

“I am a professional through and through and secondly, in all modesty, I am a role model to a lot of people who see me and believe in whatever I represent. I think it’s some virtue for me. And it’s not my intention to let them down. Societal expectations compel moral rectitude and I don’t …

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December
2016
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Recipe Wednesday: Abacha (African Salad), Enugu

Welcome to another Recipe Wednesday. It has been so much fun writing and making recipes from around Africa and it makes me appreciate Africa even more. Today we are cooking the delicacy of the people of Enugu  – a welcome dish called Abacha (African Salad). Abacha is basically dried shredded cassava mixed with palm oil and …

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December
2016
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Splendid Yuletide in Dakar

When my friend told me he’d like to spend the yuletide in a francophone country to enmesh himself in French, a language he had spent half the year learning, I didn’t bat an eyelid in recommending Dakar, Senegal. Well, being a citizen of ECOWAS member country means he won’t need a visa to get in ...

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November
2016
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8 Reasons Why Every Tourist in Ghana Loves Cape Coast

Centuries ago, a black man in Cape Coast is probably a captive en route across the Atlantic as a slave.  Its torturous past notwithstanding, the city has evolved into one of Africa’s main historical and harmonious destinations. Those who visit are glad to walk historical paths with visits to the Cape Coast castle and Elmina ...

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November
2016
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Oguaa Fetu Afahye Festival, Cape Coast

Purifying the New Year There is more to Cape Coast than the haunting memories of African sons and daughters stored in slave castles before being sardine-packed in slave ships across the Atlantic off to the Americas. Yes, it is pretty much a relaxed community, but Cape Coast comes pretty much alive for the celebration of ...

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November
2016
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City Icon: Cape Coast Castle, Ghana

About forty slave castles, trading posts and forts were built in Ghana, but the biggest of them is the Cape Coast Castle which today is one of the major tourist attractions in Cape Coast. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to visit the area known today as Cape Coast in 1471 which they called Cabo ...

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November
2016
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Recipe Wednesday: Ghanaian Spinach Stew with Sweet Plantain

Hi folks! It’s Recipe Wednesday again and time for us to add an extra dish into our recipe folders. I do hope you have enjoyed our recipes so far. Do leave a comment in the comments box below or subscribe to our page to receive updates. We are in Cape Coast this week and from the …

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November
2016
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Top 7 places to stay in Cape Coast

Cape coast is undoubtedly one of Ghana’s most visited tourist destinations. President Obama stopped by during his first visit to Africa as US President in 2009. Such is the elite status that Cape coast enjoys among the comity of African tourist destinations. Perched near the Atlantic, Cape coast offers a unique atmosphere of peace, serenity …

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November
2016
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AKWAABA 2016!

Akwaaba 2016! The 12th edition of the African Travel Market (AfTM) kicked off on Sunday October 30, 2016 at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, Nigeria. The opening ceremony was attended by several stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry and was declared opened by the Deputy-Minister of Tourism & Hospitality of Zimbabwe, Honorable Anastancia ...

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October
2016
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City Icon: Nwankwo Kanu (Owerri, Nigeria)

Arguably the greatest Nigerian football player and one of the most gifted and intelligent, Nwankwo Kanu is a two-time CAF African Footballer of the Year, and one of the most decorated Nigerian – and indeed African – soccer legends. Affectionately referred to as Papilo, Nwankwo Kanu was born on August 1, 1976 in Owerri the ...

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