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Zanzibar Island 🏝

Zanzibar is the M A G I C //:

The Island is a multi-faceted destination, offering a unique blend of idyllic beaches, intriguing history, cultural diversity, tasty cuisine, exotic spices, and rich flora and fauna.  Itconsists of many small islands and two large ones; Unguja and Pemba Island. The capital is Zanzibar City, located on the island of Unguja.

Zanzibar is easily accessible from Dar es Salaam by boat or by air and is a perfect add-on to African safaris in East Africa.

It is predominantly Islamic.

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Currency: Tanzanian shilling known as TShiling.

Official languages: Swahili; Arabic; English.Swimming with dolphins is a dream for many people. It certainly was mine. I was lucky to see them but unfortunately I couldn’t swim .

If you wanna catch up with the dolphins in Kizimkazi, on the island of Zanzibar.Be there as early as 7am. It is a luck to see them tho. I wasn’t lucky on my first visit.

STONE TOWN📍 gets its name from the ornate houses built with local stone by Arab traders and slavers during the 19th Century. It is one of the oldest living towns in East Africa, established by Arab slave and spice traders in the early 19th century, Stone Town is the cultural heart of Zanzibar.

The local markets and restaurants also offer a feast of fresh seafood.

Forohani in the day. It pops at night . is predominantly Islamic and this is

the floating restaurant ThE house of Wonders

JOZANI FOREST AREA

  • A trip to Zanzibar wouldn’t be complete without seeing the endemic and endangered Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkeys. This monkeys are the flagship species for Conservation in Zanzibar.
  • This mature forests of Jozani form part of the island’s only National Park, where you can also see hundreds of different butterflies, numerous birds and a variety of interesting plants and animals.The forest also accommodates a large mangrove swamp.
  • This guided tour offers a look at small farms in the rural area that grow cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, cardamom and other spices, medicinal and ornamental plants, and tropical fruits.

    The island’s connection to spices and herbs.

  • THE SPICE FARMThis is made but my tour guide
  • Prison Island, once a prison for errant slaves, is a small island found about 5.6 km off the coast of Stone town. The island now provides sanctuary for the endangered Aldabra giant tortoise. Listed as highly vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, these giant tortoises are constantly under threat from poachers. 
  • my amazing family (United Nation Youths Of Tanzania) Hamdi, Sirra, Kitengi and Jr Rubez
  • ______________________________________________The people of Zanzibar are known for their friendliness.
  • The locals are generally helpful and welcoming towards visitors. There is an island vibe outside of Stone Town’s bustle, a laid-back slow pace to life, and travel is relatively safe. Remember to be respectful of the Muslim norms, by dressing appropriately and not drinking alcohol in public places.
  • 6° SOUTH 📍
  • My favorite hangout place in stone town is the 6 degrees South Restaurant and my second hangout spot is the Silk Route Restaurant

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    Mali 🇲🇱 There are so many reasons to visit this Country.

    One thing I found interesting in MALI was the large number of Motorbike riders.

    Regardless of sex and age once you have access to the Motorbike, you are good to go.

    To my surprise, old woman enjoying the the ride until their vails flies in the air.At some point I thought I would see the wrapper flying too because they are mostly on African Attires.

    To my surprise, very young extremely beautiful girls also ride Motorbike an in fact, that is there job.

    To my surprise, there are special roads for motorbikes which I did not understand and I almost got knocked down. I was staring at them and on my mind I was saying what kind of life is this and to them also, seeing me as an insane person standing on the small road which is only for Motorbikes.

    Every girl holding their Motorbike keys, rolling it on their index finger swaggering you know lol.

    In some African countries, certain jobs are considered exclusively for men and women venturing in performing such jobs are seen as hard work to me. It is a decent job at least, and I respect their courage.

    In The Gambia you will never see a female motorcyclist, male are the ones mostly known for riding motorbikes. But that is not the case in Mali. I enjoyed the ride plus it is the cheapest and fastest means of transport. BUT I’m not sure whether it is safe. Though, I have used it twice because of the heavy traffic to the western union. 😁😁 Women motorcyclist is very common in Bamako. It has been observed that, many Malian women ride bikes to get to work, school, market and other places, while others are commercial riders as well. Many of the elderly women dressed in their African attire, ride motorbikes, while a few younger ones wear trousers to do the same. hard working ladies Galadona dyer In Bambara The Fulani are one of the largest ethnic group in the Sahel and West Africa. The largest nomadic pastoral community in the world.“Tuareng men covers their hair and face while women are happy to show off their faces Because men want to see the beauty ““Wore the Tuareng because of the red dusty roads to Djénnè have been trampled by the donkeys or horses drawing wooden carts”Ali Farka Toure- Traditional DressDjénné Market .

    A group of women in the market place by the mud built Great Mosque in Djénné.

    This is a picture by David Adjaye BBCDjénné was founded by merchants in the 9th century, and is the oldest city in sub Saharan Africa. It’s historic Centre, where more than 2,000 traditional houses have survived, has been designated as a world Heritage site. Learning about Islam and the holy Book is an important part of growing up of every boy in Djénné. In a local ma dara sa (Quranic School) they are taught to write in Arabic although they don’t understand anything, but being in school is crucial for young lives. In school, they should all be equal, but unfortunately the differently able children are often pushed aside. When I visited the classroom, the other children were astonished and didn’t understand why I made friends with Mahmoud, a boy that had Polio, sitting in the far corner of the room. His day brightened up when I asked him if I could take a photo of him and he proudly showed me his knowledge.Bamako is a sprawling city through which the river Niger flows. On one end of the city is a hill formation on which the President’s Palace is located. You start driving up the hill, you leave the hustle and bustle of the city, enter into green surroundings and the roads are great.

    It is not a knock out sightseeing city. There is no must see location, but I still found some very cool places here and even though it’s a large, noisy, crowded city, it has its charms.

    There are lots of Arts in 🇲🇱 M A L I

    “W A T C H out!!

    Bamako might have people who wants to take advantage of you, but is also full of incredible kindness, hospitality and curios” with my Kahbaa.

    Backpacker; we travel by motorcycle, buses, donkeyCart etc lol

    This is not all about Mali I’m yet to post the pics of the city centre but soon.

    Also giving credit to

    Visual by Phonzio💯 📸

    David Adjaye Of BBC

    Bamako lives

    Izla photography

    It is what it is…

    You know; Wink

    In the Street of Mushin

    This is MUSHIN (MainLand). I have never came across a street like Mushin. I saw real thugs living a real gangster life. Real thugs with tribal marks on their face, red eyes and tattoos on their body with their bottles of liquor. Guys smokes weeks everywhere, Mushin can smoke for Africa. The ghetto has a ringleader. But see, this is the place I wish to visit anytime I visit Lagos. I could not capture my Mushin experience lol I don’t really have guts to snap a nigguh or show off my phone or camera, you already know…

    SO THIS IS MUSHIN

    A place where you see slay mamas becoming apprentice.

    A place where the rich and the poor mingle as one.

    A place where all tribe meets together, marry each other.

    A place where brother Sikiru the Vulcanizer would host a party and you would think it’s a chairman hosting the party.

    A place where you find rare talents…

    A place where leaders are being brought up…

    A place where you see conductors wooing a passenger.

    Mushin where you see women taking their children to school with cane their hands.

    A place where there are people queue in other to fetch water at wee hour.

    A place where you see frowning faces in the afternoon because of the sun rays .

    A place where you see Mallams selling suya at night.

    A place where I first see the #ShakuShakuDance

    For many observers of life in Mushin, they would prefer to call it ‘moonshine‘ because it is a community that never sleeps!. A typical night in Mushin brings to bear the good, the bad and the ugly in the ever-boisterous community. As you approach the vicinity from either the Mainland or Island, you would meet a crowded community, which announces to its first-time visitor, ‘welcome to a hustling and bustling community where men are laws unto themselves.‘ You could be harassed and even beaten, yet nothing would happen as the night rulers of the community take full charge. They would tell you ‘go bring your police.’ These social miscreants called Area boys (thugs), with their guttural voices, would let, you know that all is well except you try to show that you don’t want to reckon with them by refusing to drop something (money) for the boys.“Mushin used to be a volatile area where hooligans fomented trouble at the slightest provocation. The boys would indulge in liquor and hemp smoking without being apprehended by law enforcement agents. But because the law has really been hard on them in recent times, a good number of these boys have relocated to other places.

    Adaramaja’s view: “Life in Mushin is the best anywhere in Lagos State. The town is strategically located and is easily accessible by visitors. I have been living in this area for about 18 years now and I can tell you that living elsewhere is certainly difficult for me. Those who say the town is notorious only want to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. At night, I can get whatever I want to without stress. “Sometimes, if I return home late in the night and there is no food in the house, I can dash across the road to get a steaming plate of rice or garri with good stew. Policemen are virtually everywhere day and night to ensure the safety of lives and property. Therefore, all is well with us here no matter what any negative thing being peddle by misguided people about Mushin.”

    University of Lagos, know as UNILAG, is a Federal University established in 1962. The University boasts of being the first-choice university and the nation’s pride.

    It is located in Akoka, a suburb of Yaba area of Lagos.

    Getting to UNILAG from anywhere is quite easy. From any part of Lagos, find your way to Yaba bus stop.

    📍Yaba Bus stop

    My first ‘Okada’ experience lol I held the driver’s waist so tight and he was like ‘Kilode’ in Yoruba means what is it? He thought i wanted to do something haha I also don’t understand what he was saying really I was stirring at him but later realized that I was not a Nigerian . Africa is the same but there’s always a misunderstanding be in every journey. “Misunderstanding is natta good thing”Mushin Market

    Empire Bus Stop 📍95, OJUELEGBA RD, SURU LERE LAGOS

    Accra through my Lens 🇬🇭

    west Hills Mall (MovieNight)

    Akwaaba! Means welcome in the Akan language. It is a symbol for expressing the celebrated Ghanaian hospitality especially to foreigners. “The expression of Akwaaba is so important that the Government has placed the word at some of its entry point to demonstrate to strangers that ,they are indeed welcome to Ghana. Akwaaba is the first thing you see as soon as you land at Kotoka International Airport and anywhere especially at restaurants, hotels, market even on the street. This is to demonstrate warmth, acceptance and peace. The Ghanaian people pride themselves on their hospitality. It is a nice way to welcome a stranger in you local dialect. That is the first thing you learn and will never forget. It is the first thing to remember Ghana.)

    An incredible shot of the Kente inspired Inspired Luxury Residential Apartment.

    This is Villagio Vista// Located at North Airport.Kwame Nkrumah Blackstar square #7thEdition CHALE WOTE annual Street Art Festival at James Town .

    “Chale Wote translated as friendlet’s go is all about falling in love with yourself and what you love doing again. Parts of Accra may be dirty but the dirt has its own love.”

    Theme (2017): Wata Mata” West African pidgin for “water matters” explores the resilience of art and creativity in hostile environment with an emphasis on adapting, re-envisioning, dreaming and pushing boundaries. Mata Wata which told the many stories behind water and other things. But the 2017 Festival was more than water. It was the craziest and biggest West African Art Festival ever.

    It’s purely arts and could pass for Ghana’s biggest outdoor arts event. The event, first started in 2011, is aimed at creating an environment where audience will reconnect to nature through art.

    The festival presents interactive street painting, photo exhibitions, food and fashion marketplace, and graffiti murals, photography, theater, spoken word, interactive art installations, live street performances, extreme sports, film shows, a fashion parade, a music block party, recyclable design workshops and much more.

    The paintings from seasoned artists both local and international were enough to remind me of the theme for this year’s festival.

    CHALE WOTE over the years has been the catalyst for the growth of the creative arts industry in Ghana as it creates the environment for arts to be appreciated and a platform for a bigger audience for arts by giving access to the general public.

    There’s surely a story behind everything we see in this world including the water we drink. And there is a deity called God. Chale let’s meet in Ghana for the 8th edition, I can’t afford to miss the subsequent editions, Medase (thank you).

    Makola Market

    a renowned market place and shopping district located on Kojo Thompson road in the centre of Accra. A wide array of products is sold in the markets and its surrounding streets, from car parts to land snails. Dominated by women traders, the market sells fresh produce, manufactured and imported foods, clothes, shoes, tools, medicines, and pots and pans. Jewellery made from locally handcrafted beads can also be found for sale in the market.

    In any county that I travel to, the market is always a favorite place to go. If I don’t visit the city market means I travel not. I can really feel the pulse of life and culture in the market. A walk to the market and experiencing the life happening at different corners of the market, each a story. I realized that Africa is the same (I love the feeling) apart from the local languages.

    Weekend well spent at BOJO Beach

    Naira Land. (Nigeria🇳🇬)

    Lagos the largest city and commercial hub of Nigeria. Sometimes in the evenings when the heat goes down and the city has a slower pace, I go out with friends to restaurants and cafès

    Groove in Las Gidi 

    To many people, Lagos simply is Nigeria.Africa’s second-largest urban area (only Cairo is larger), it’s a true mega-city with an astonishing 12 million or so people calling it home. A serious player in the out, then Lagos will provide just what you want.

    The Centre of trade that is Balogun Market. Direct from the ports to market. The market is located on Lagos Island in Lagos State. The market has no particular address because it sprawls across so many streets on the island. It is recognized as the best place to buy fabrics, shoes and all sorts of wears.

    In Nigeria both men and women love Precious Coral Beads during their traditional ceremonies and are a must-have bridal fashion accessory of every Nigerian bride (and groom) who is preparing for her traditional marriage or engagement ceremonies.

    Each African Bead carries its own story a rich history. Today the tradition of beads continues to be.

    The statement beads are very cultural.

    It is amazing how Lagos between Muslims and Christians without there been no conflict. 

    One God One Nation

       In a city size of Lagos, it’s important   that you pick the location of your evening out with care. Lagos traffic jams-go-slows-are one of the city’s most famous features, and getting anywhere can take plenty of time. Once you’ve sorted Ikoyi from Ikeja, and the difference between Victoria and Lagos Islabds, you can plan your night out.

    Club Life 

    the city that never sleeps

    Lagos nights often begin with chi chi cocktail at a restaurant or hotel lounge with waterfront views before moving on to a booming poolside party or club, with the latest afrobeats. Victoria Island’s Adetokunbo Ademola Street is popular. After a night of dancing, the search for a late-night snacks such as a roadside suya.

    Lagged freneticatmospheremakes fabulous fashion and stylish nights out.

    Hard Rock Cafe westfoster

    The sprawling metropolis is packed with exciments.

    Our Bridge; Lekki-Ikoye Link Bridge (Lekki Toll Gate)

    This beauty is easy to photograph, gorgeous from almost every angle. It is one of the most beautiful stucture and the first cable-stayed  Bridge built in Lagos. The 1.36km cable-stayed bridge linked Lekki to Ikoyi and thu the most used alternative route to Lekki, Ikoyi and environs. It was commissioned about 3 years ago; the 29th of May 2013 by the former Governor of Lagos State, BabatundeFashola. It was constructed by Julius Berger Nigerian Plc and cost a whooping sum of 29 Billion Naira. The toll gate is located at the Lekki end of the bridge.

    Apart from vehicular traffic, the bridge also serves as a recreational facility. The Nollywood career has already skyrocketed; making an appearance in various movies shot in Lagos,  sometimes getting even more screen time than the leading actors themselves lol. The bridge is the perfect location for prewedding shoots and it is completely free to the public. ExerciseFitness inclined residents of Lekki phase 1 and Ikoyi use the wide curbs of the bridge for jogging and running, usually in the early mornings and evenings.“Mack Zuckerberg jogged on this bridge when he visited Nigeria and if that doesn’t make it the official Lagos jogging route, I don’t know what will. As the hottest jogging spot, relationship experts say your chances of meeting a young, warm blooded member of the opposite sex while running or jogging on this bridge are pretty high”. Laura Ikeja 

    Bridges are very important. It allows safe passage where previously it was not possible or much more difficult. Bridges allow you go to school, seek medical help and go to work without having to negotiate a busy road, a dangerous railway line or a fast flowing river.

    Lagos Style

    Express yourself in Nigeria’s streetwise fashion capital.

    Crosstown Traffic 

    Plot your route through Lagos with a bit of local know-how.

    Dar es Salaam 🇹🇿

    Tanzania

    Dar es Salaam (from Arabic: دار السلام‎ Dār as-Salām, “the house of peace”; former capital of Tanzania.

    Until 1974, Dar es Salaam served as Tanzania’s capital city, at which point the capital city commenced transferring to Dodoma, which was officially completed in 1996. The city is located on the Swahili Coast. Largest city in East Africa and the fastest growing cities in the world. It has a population of about 4,360,000 people. Also the largest and most populous Swahili-speaking city in the world.

    The city is an important economic Centre and is said to be the richest city in Tanzania.

    Notwithstanding, Dar es continues to remain a focus of central government bureaucracy. It is still the most prominent city in arts, fashion, media, music, film and television and a leading financial centre.

    Julius Nyerere International Airport

    The city is the leading arrival and departure point for most tourists who visit Tanzania, including the national parks for safaris and the islands of Unguja and Pemba.

    Kariakoo is a ward in the IIala District of Dar es Salaam. The name derives from a corruption of that of the British “Carrier Corps”, that used to be based in this area. Today, Kariakoo is mainly known for its extensive market, that spans several city blocks located on 67 Swahili Street.

    This market is vital to local Tanzanians. It is the biggest market in East Africa and a huge variety of products are being sold such as vegetables, fruits, spices, meat, household products, shoes bags, beads etc. etc.“It is worth it just to wander around and see if there is anything that interests you. Everyone is willing to bargain a bit as long as you are in a buying mood and perhaps want more of what they have to offer.

    Be sure to bring local Tanzanian shillings or the equivalent about of USD. In many situations, they prefer USD since their currency fluctuates quite a lot. Make sure you know the exchange rate if you are taking USD.” The best shopping time is is Saturday morning 😉

    I Use Bajaji from City Style Hotel at Sinza Mugabe to the craft market. I enjoy the way it shake shake also Cheapest means of transport so no bargaining. I had a good chat with him also improve my Swahili.

    Tanzania shiling know as Tshiling.