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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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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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Valentine’s Day – What Do the Roses Say?

Another season, another moon, and the sky is rolling in jaunty colours! It’s Valentine; the time to dig into your reservoir of wits for sweet, soul-lifting words for that special person. Beyond words, let your gifts do some talking. Greeting cards? Nah, Scratch that. Why not spice up this valentine with the powerful romantic codes …

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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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February
2017
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12 Reasons Why Uganda Should Be On Your Bucket List

Why does Uganda receive millions of people every year? “Gorilla trekking,” you’ve probably thought. But what if I told you there’s more to the country than just this well beaten track. Without much ado, let’s get down to business with some astonishing facts that explain why everyone goes to Uganda and why the country should ...

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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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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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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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February
2017
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10 Must-Have Items for any Business Trip

Trying to decipher what to pack for a business trip can be a very daunting task for a first time business traveller. Even the regular business travellers do encounter difficulty when it comes to making a list of important things to carry along. If you happen to be caught in this web, then you need ...

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February
2017
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Special Valentines’ Day in Mauritius

I saw my first trip to Mauritius as a chance to see for myself what Mark Twain had described thus; “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.” The assertion can easily draw the wrong side of religious folks -Well, the idea is hard ...

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February
2017
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25 Adventure Sites in Africa

Don’t just jump at every holiday offer; to help you prepare for your 2016 holiday trips and travel, here are sites you should consider to add to your itinerary. These are without a doubt the best 25 adventure sites in Africa.    1. Kruger National Park, South Africa Arguably Africa’s most popular and largest game reserves …

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January
2017
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7 Romantic Places to Visit in Mauritius on Valentines’ Day

Everyone knows that Mauritius is one of the most romantic places on earth, yet, not a few people still wish to be saved the stress of finding out the most romantic places on the Island and going there straightaway. As Valentines’ Day approaches, here are 7 romantic places to visit in Mauritius on Valentines’ Day. ...

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January
2017
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Special Valentines’ Day in Zanzibar

In about two weeks from time, ours streets will be painted in red for Valentines’ day. Old rhymes, tunes and music that connect hearts to that tingle of love will rent the air as people express their love to those special to them in special ways. Of course gifts are a pastime on Valentines’ day; ...

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January
2017
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Simple Plans For Valentines’ Day in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is one of the perfect honeymoon destinations in Tanzania. It’s popular for its nice climate, beaches, facilities and plenty of holiday and bonding activities. If you need a getaway destination for a romantic Valentines’ day, I recommend Zanzibar—it’s your best bet for an escape into Valentines’ day hideaway. While it’s difficult to make specific ...

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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
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In 2016 58 Million People Traveled To Africa – UNWTO

Growth in its seventh consecutive year after the 2009 economic crisis, as Africa marks another promising year. Destinations worldwide welcomed more than 1.2 billion people in 2016; while 6 billion people toured within their borders, in an unprecedented growth of the domestic travel sector. This is according to the latest tourist barometer report released by …

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January
2017
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Recipe Wednesday – Zanzibar Apple with Rambutan Cream

… And we are approaching the month of love. It’s like we are just getting over the beginning of the year blues and it is already time for another celebration. But it is the celebration of love so we cannot complain. How do you tell your significant other you love them? A pair of specialized cufflinks? …

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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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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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AFCON 2017: African Stars Lights Up Libreville to Celebrate 60 Years Anniversary

The 31st edition of the African Cup of Nations football competition: AFCON 2017 kicked off on January 14, 2017 in the Gabonese capital of Libreville at the Stade de l’Amitié as Guinea-Bissau scored in added time to draw the opening match 1 – 1 with the host nation Gabon.  In the second match of the ...

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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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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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January
2017
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Top 10 Beach Holiday Destinations in Kenya

I love to describe Kenya as a land of beautiful contrast, consider its deserts and alpine snows; forests and open plains and the blend of modern vibe and colourful tribal culture that characterises its capital, Nairobi, and you will understand why. The world knows Kenya for its classic savannah safari, its other attractive side—though less ...

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