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July
2017
Ragout

Recipe Wednesday: Ragout d’ Ingame

Ouagadougou is the capital of Burkina faso, a landlocked West African country. Food in Burkina Faso is largely based in subsistence farming, due to the low living standards of a high percentage of the populace. This week we will be cooking a meal that is popular in most West African countries. This dish Ragout d’ …

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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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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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June
2017
Serengeti-National-Park

A Day with Serengeti’s Big 5

Serengeti National Park, the largest of Tanzania’s 16 national parks, is a land of variety and abundance. “Serengeti” which simply means “endless plain” is truly endless in every sense of the word. It is home to more than 25 species of hoofed animals and 530 bird species. Alongside its host of bright and beautiful residents, …

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June
2017
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Chichiri Museum: The Secret Place of Malawian Uniqueness

It bears not much semblance with the Scottish birthplace of Dr. David Livingstone after which it was named, nevertheless, it is a place to be in its own right. I am talking about Blantyre, Malawi’s second largest city, and no doubt the country’s commercial capital. Blantyre has a vibrancy that attracts business, leisure and adventurous …

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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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Volunteer Vacation: Doing things differently in Kasane

Whenever a holiday approaches, I always look forward to a wonderful time out. To me, my holiday is when I set out to see places I haven’t set foot on or do something unique that will linger on in my memory for a long time. This summer won’t be different and Kasane in Botswana is …

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May
2017
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Le Festival National de Gungu (FESNAG): A Right to Celebrate

It is true that most festivals are usually born as a celebration of people’s way of life, traditions, cultural values and sometimes religious beliefs. Yet sometimes, the inspiration for a festival evolves from certain situations that serve as a memorial to a significant event, and with time the celebration grows bigger as the years roll …

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April
2017
Ethiopian Easter

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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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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March
2017
uganda-memoirs

UGANDA MEMOIRS…

Back in 1908, a young Winston Churchill dubbed Uganda as the Pearl of Africa in his book My African Journey, but at some point in the nation’s existence it seemed that very pearl was being trampled underfoot during the tyranny of Idi Amin and the wars that ensued afterwards. However, those days are in the …

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February
2017
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City Icon – Michelle McLean-Bailey, Namibia

“My priority would be with the children of Namibia, because (children) are the foundation of every nation.” – Michelle McLean Former beauty queen and model, Michelle McLean-Bailey became the first Namibian to win the Miss Universe title and the first person from Africa since Margaret Gardiner of South Africa clinched the crown in 1978. Born …

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February
2017
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My Day Out in Kampala

“Kampala is constantly changing,” my boda boda rider said as we began our tour. “If you leave now and come back in four months, you’ll almost be turned into a tourist considering the significant changes that would have happened”. As he spoke, I couldn’t help wondering if the hoards of hustling crowd in the city ...

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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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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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Creole Curry and Coconut Tea: a Foodie Exploration of Mauritius

While Mauritius is known for its sugary beaches and top-notch resorts, the tiny Indian Ocean island also has a rich food culture that is as alluring as its powdery palm-fringed sands. I’m not the kind of person who’s happy to lie on a beach lounger sipping cocktails for my holiday, so instead of staying in …

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January
2017
Flic en Flac beach, Mauritius

Explore Mauritius – Africa’s Most Beautiful Island!

It will pass as Africa’s Hawaii; however, it is a destination that, while similar to other islands, is peerless amongst them. It is a paragon of excellence in travel. With stunning beaches and exotic cultural mix, serene atmosphere complemented by pleasing sunrises and winds, jungles, waterfalls, rainbows and interesting people, those who want to visit …

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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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