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Land of Rectitude

The talking drum "gangan" and "bata".The roots of these drums can be traced to south-western nigerian, typical of the Yorubas.

The talking drum “gangan” and “bata”.The roots of these drums can be traced to south-western nigerian, typical of the Yorubas.

Growing up as as an African, i have discovered that there’s so much to live for, so much i owe my land! I can’t imagine myself  coming in a different colour other than black, in fact, if life were to be a human being, i’m quite sure its skin colour would be black  because ‘Life itself is not fair’. As an african, imagine how you had so much fun while growing up; the tales by moonlight (is that possible on a winter night when the temperature is below zero degrees? definitely not!) #JustSaying

Africa is not a place riddled with disease and pandemonium and crisis as it is widely believed, if you have not been here i’ll advise you book a ticket and hop on a plane. A reader posted this on my blog :

“Great photographs! I went to Africa for the first time a couple of months ago and I hope it wasn’t the last!” Continue reading

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Mugabe Again!!!

Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe

It means something: Mugabe’s inauguration as the President of Zimbabwe on 22 August after his sweeping victory in last month’s harmonised elections. It means five more years of all that Mugabe is well known for. It also means that the past 33 years did not give Zimbabweans enough of him…

As I watched our President taking the oath for the fifth time (the other two times were as the prime minister back in the 1980s), I could not help thinking about how this was not new ground for him. Robert Mugabe has been there for six terms – 33 years – at the helm of the administration that minds the affairs of Zimbabwe. And throughout this time, his and his party’s record has not been very impressive. So, what can Zimbabweans expect? I waited for his speech to get an idea…

The shock of non-change
As I waited, I dearly hoped that the speech would not be littered with the inevitable polemic excesses. I also reflected on the ‘humour’ that characterised the elections. During the run-up to the polls, many Zimbabweans thought that the era of Mugabe was inevitably coming to an end. The need and hunger for change seemed to have gripped the country.

Considering that Mugabe still had a lot of diehard and genuine followers, the general consensus was that people were simply tired of the rhetoric and wanted a break from all the history seminars and sermons he delivered at every national, provincial and district event.

But alas! Zimbabweans had a surprise in store for themselves! They still wanted Mugabe in office! Forgive the shock on all their faces after the election results were announced. They still wanted him! That alone must mean something…

History lessons continue
The speech came. The inevitable vocal whip lashed out at the unrepentant Western allies who had the audacity to scorn Zimbabwe’s electoral outcome and are still bent on destroying the gains of our independence through sanctions and their regime change agenda. (What a picture the word ‘regime’ creates!) Continue reading

Africa is a poetic continent of many ethnic nations, cultural and social diversities rich in tradition. Every country has a mix of tribes each with their own unique language and culture. Countries as small as Uganda is home to more than 30 tribes while in Nigeria we have more that 250 ethnic groups with more than 1000 dialects.

If you’re planning a vacation in Africa, here’s a list of places you might want to visit. Although the list is endless, but these few have been singled out of many.

1. The Pyramids and the Sphinx

The Pyramids and the Sphinx is one of Egypt’s top tourist attractions. The last surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza. There are in fact three main pyramids in Giza; the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), The Pyramid of Kafhre and the smaller Pyramid of Menkaura. Each Pyramid is a tomb to a different King of Egypt. In front of the pyramids lies the Sphinx, or Abu al-Hol in Arabic, “Father of Terror”. Carved out of a single block of stone, this enormous cat-like sculpture has mesmerized millions of visitors. Giza’s three pyramids and the Sphinx were thought to have been constructed in the fourth dynasty of Egypt’s Old Kingdom.
2.  The Victoria falls
          
The Victoria Falls are one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The Victoria Falls lie in between Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa. The falls are part of two national parks, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe. The Victoria Falls are just over 1 mile wide (1.7 km) and 355 feet (108 m) high. During the wet season over 500 million liters (19 million cubic feet) of water plummets over the edge into the Zambezi River. The best time to view the Victoria Falls is during the rainy season from March to May.
3.  Masai Mara National Reserve Kenya Continue reading

Africa- The inner journey

Spending time in Africa, taking a journey there will cause you to look at who you are, the meaning of life and more. Here are some of my African encounters and reflections that are part of my inner journey to Africa as taken from my journal.  May they lead you on your own personal one, wherever that may be….jon

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