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July
2017
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Sao Tome and Principe: a Secret Jewel in the Atlantic

How much of the world do you know? Recently, I had to compile a list of African destinations that are barely known to tourists. After putting together 10 destinations with Sao Tome and Principe among the top three, I forwarded the list to a travel consultant, Gosewo Moseu for her opinion. Surprise! Surprise! After many ...

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July
2017
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Saint Louis International Jazz Festival: Celebrating Tunes

Plato said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Shakespeare understood the power of music that is why he said, “If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it.”  Treat the soul to good tunes while in Saint …

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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
M'Bour Poulet Yassa

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
St-Louis-Bridge

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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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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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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11

July
2017
Lai-Mohammed

Nigeria partners CNN,UNWTO to boost creative industry

The Federal Government has reached a tripartite partnership with UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and American news network, CNN, to boost the nation’s creative industry. The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this at the Creative Industry Roundtable held on Monday in Lagos. The minister, who declared the roundtable opened, said that 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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July
2017
Solar-Tec Exhibition

Solar-Tec Exhibition

Solar-Tec Exhibition, co-located with the 27-year-old Electricx exhibition attracts thousands of regional utilities and regulatory authorities, leading developers, contractors, consultants, system integrators, project managers and distributors who are constantly sourcing latest solar technologies from both the local and international markets. The transition towards renewable energy is making a shift in Egypt’s economy, especially with the …

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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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7

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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Ethiopia launches online visa for 39 countries

Ethiopian Airlines and the Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department has launched the initial phase to commence an e-visa service for international visitors to Ethiopia from 39 countries including two already visa exempted. The e- visa is processed and issued online on a single Web page where applicants apply, pay and secure their entry visa …

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6

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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5

July
2017
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Andersen Tax Debuts in Africa

Andersen Tax makes its debut in Africa as the former Partners of WTS ADEBIYI & Associates, a tax firm based in Nigeria, adopt the Andersen name. The firm, which joined as a Collaborating firm in May of 2017, has locations in both Lagos and Abuja. This week they become a member firm of Andersen Global …

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5

July
2017
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Recipe Wednesday: Grilled Fish with Creole Sauce

Hello folks and welcome to another recipe Wednesdays. This week, our recipe is Grilled fish with Creole sauce.We hope you’ve tried most of the recipes we have displayed over time and you are fast becoming the kitchen expert you always wanted to be. We’re back in the honeymoon island of Seychelles this week and we …

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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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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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30

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
Dr Vera Chirwa of Malawi

City Icon- Dr. Vera Chirwa: The Fearless Fighter!

“With what is happening, I will keep on fighting for the people.” – Dr. Vera Mlangazua Chirwa Octogenarian Dr. Vera Chirwa is the first female lawyer from Malawi. Her name ‘Mlangazua’ means truth and she is a fearless woman. Born the first child to parents from the Ngoni tribe in Nyasaland in 1932, Vera spent …

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