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July
2017
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City Icon: Papiss Demba Cisse – Senegal

Senegalese international football player, Papiss Demba Cissé holds the record for the most goals scored by an African player in the German Bundesliga in a single season campaign. His tally of 22 goals scored in the 2010-11 season beat Eintracht Frankfurt’s Ghanaian international, Tony Yeboah’s tally of 20 from 1992-93 Bundesliga season. Papiss Demba Cissé ...

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July
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: M’Bour Poulet (Chicken)Yassa

Welcome to M'Bour, Senegal. The land of the Pink Lake, the famous house of slaves, Goreé Island, the sultry sounds of Youssou N’Dour and the tallest statue in Africa… M'Bour or Mbour is a city in the Thiès Region of Senegal. It lies on the Petite Côte, approximately eighty kilometers south of Dakar. It is ...

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July
2017
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Exploring Saint Louis Incredible Sites

It is not a mistake that Saint Louis Island featured among the “100 places to remember before they disappear” during an outdoor exhibition in Copenhagen in 2009. The exhibition featured 100 photographs from 100 different places around the world that are threatened by climate change. Luckily, prior to that year, i.e. in 2000, the UNESCO …

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July
2017
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Interesting Day Trip to M’bour

After an interesting, though long, series of meetings in Dakar, my host offered to show me around the city. I was very glad about the offer. I had always looked forward to an opportunity to dive into Senegal’s beautiful capital, having read and heard a lot about the place. We agreed to go on the ...

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July
2017
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FESPACO, Ouagadougou: The African Oscars

“In the 1960’s we decided to show the outside world that Africa has its own civilization, its own culture. We have a lot to say, but that begins by controlling our own images.” – One of the founders of FESPACO Intro Across Africa, there are several socio-cultural, religious, sports, and arts gatherings and events that …

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13

July
2017
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City Icon: Serge Bambara, Ouagadougou

“Let’s dare invent our future.” – Thomas Sankara (Dec. 21, 1949–Oct. 15, 1987) Hip hop artist, actor and political activist, Serge Martin Bambara aka Smockey was born in Ouagadougou on October 24, 1971 to a Burkinabe father of Bissa roots and a French mother. Growing up as a teenager in the ‘80s, he witnessed the …

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July
2017
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FESPACO : A Tale from Ouagadougou

The Game Burkina Faso was not among African leading footballing nations, until it almost shocked the world at the grand finale of the 2013 African Cup of Nations, AFCON. I was at Ouagadougou while the match was on; it was on one of those Sundays when you head out with friends and enjoy the fun …

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10

July
2017
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Ouagadougou: The Power of Songs

Words weaved together with rhymes and beats produce music. Music feeds the soul! When it goes to parties, it makes the legs twist and turn while the waist whines, sometimes in an acrobatic dangle. There is so much power in music than one could imagine. We know also that music calms nerves, and recreate events. …

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July
2017
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Festival Carnaval de São Vincente

It is not hard to see the Brazilian influence in the Carnaval de São Vincente. The Portuguese discovered the islands that make up Cape Verde uninhabited in the latter half of the 15th century and began to populate it with various kinds of people they forcefully took there. In a sense, the islands became laboratories …

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July
2017
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City Icon – Cesária Évora: The Barefoot Diva

“I have no strength, no energy. I want you to say to my fans: forgive me, but now I need to rest.” – Cesária Évora, the Barefoot Diva (Aug 27, 1941 – Dec 17, 2011) Cesária Évora was a Grammy Award-winning singer from Cape Verde who is globally acknowledged as the Queen of Morna, a …

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July
2017
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Music and Festivals of Cabo Verde

What do you know about the music and festivals of Cabo Verde? “Where is that? You may ask. Where else could one surf and scuba dive in one day, dance the samba and funaná on the second and scale a volcano on the third, all in a dry, mosquito-free environment where the mercury never falls …

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July
2017
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12 Exciting Treats at Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde is an impressive archipelago of jewel-like islands which lines the West African coast. This unique destination parades some of the world’s most pristine sands, clear beaches, exciting holiday adventures and hospitable people. Here are 12 exciting treats at Cabo Verde you must indulge in whilst there. The peaceful and therapeutic nature of Cabo …

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8

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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6

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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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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For Business Travellers, Abidjan is Back in Business

About 5 years ago, Abidjan was on its knees as gunfire spread around while pro and anti Gbagbo forces were at war because the then president refused to leave office after he was defeated at the poll by Alassane Ouattara. Fast-forward to five years later, the once dreaded city is snowballing into the economic powerhouse …

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20

April
2017
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City Icon: Didier Drogba

All Hail Drog the King! One of Africa’s finest footballers of his generation, Didier Drogba currently plies his trade with Montreal Impact the Canadian Major League Soccer after an illustrious career playing in Europe. Drogba was born in Abidjan on March 11, 1978. Following Côte d’Ivoire’s qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, …

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19

April
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Chocolate Clafoutis with Caramelised Oranges

Salut mes amis! Or for my non French speaking folks, hello my friends.  It’s been a wonderful week so far and hoping it goes fantastic all the way until we say “FRI-YAY”. You must be wondering why I started by greeting you in French. Well, this week, we are in the beautiful city of Abidjan, …

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18

April
2017
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Abidjan Zoo: a Symbol of Recovery

Merely looking into the eyes of CAN, one could guess the harrowing experience the elephant went through during the turbulent political crisis in Abidjan in 2010/11. The elephant was born in 1992, the year Ivory Coast won its first trophy, and was named CAN after the French acronym for the African Cup of Nations. CAN ...

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April
2017
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Easter Fun at LCC Easter Carnival Weekend, Lagos

Afro Tourism will be covering the event live. Be sure to attend the event to meet any of our representatives  and ask all the questions you have about African tourism and Africa’s untapped destinations. 

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March
2017
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7 African Waterfalls To Visit This Summer

Words defy how to explain the perfect waterfall…perfection, serene ambiance, tranquil…and so forth. For many of us, summer time is is the perfect time to kick back and relax, whilst for others it spells p-a-r-t-y time. For the rest of us, summer is adventure time and what’s a good adventure without discovering Africa’s beautiful falls. …

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March
2017
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PORT HARCOURT BANTABA 2017: Opening Nigeria’s South-South to the World

The maiden edition of the Port Harcourt Bantaba took place in the Garden City of Port Harcourt, Nigeria on the 16th and 17th of March 2017. The event was organized by ATQNews.com organizers of the annual AKWAABA Africa Travel Market, the only travel and tourism Expo in West Africa. The two-day event featured a host ...

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March
2017
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Seven Options for a Weekend Holiday in Ghana

Wondering on what to do for a weekend holiday in Ghana? Let me help you with this list of options; feel free to pick from or/and add to them. Game Drive at Mole National Park Escape to Ghana’s largest wildlife refuge, Mole National Park for a safari, and experience the stunning grassland savannah terrain and ...

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