Returning to Ghana? My Returnee Story & What You Need To Know

Africans in the Diaspora return to their home countries for various reasons: nostalgia, a sense of responsibility, opportunity, family ties, love, familiarity, curiosity, optimism, reconnecting with one’s roots, and so on. What propelled me to return to Africa in 2010 was a mix of a sense of responsibility, optimism and a burning desire to help create impact on the continent. Although I began my returnee journey in 2010, it wasn’t until 2015 that I actually repatriated to my home country Ghana. Returning to Ghana was a gradual process for me;…

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There’s Nothing Dark About This Kenyan Town

Lodwar is a special place. The capital of Turkana County, which is also known as the cradle of humankind, it is the warmest town in Kenya with a temperature average of 29 degrees Celsius per year. It is one of the sunniest places in the world, receiving an average of 3,600 hours of sunshine annually. It’s not easy to journey to the town located approximately 700 kilometers from the capital, Nairobi. No bus company services that route, so one has to travel to the town of Kitale to get a…

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Hunters Rest – a historic countryside gem

Millions of years ago, long before Mount Everest was formed, the Magaliesberg mountains were created. Over time, as the area turned lush and green, it became home to a diverse range of fauna and flora. Elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards and perhaps even dinosaurs, were just some of the creatures that roamed on the slopes of these mountains and the surrounding landscape. Today, the area is a World Heritage Site, and a Protected Natural Environment. Hotel Entrance Nestled in the shadow of these mountains, is the Protea Hotel by Marriott Hunters…

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Take the Lion Longevity Oath with FOUR PAWS, and help Save Our Lions.

Following on my recently published article – Bringing The Big Cats Home – that highlights the essential work being done by FOUR PAWS and Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary, I’d like to encourage you all to get involved with their Lion Longevity Oath and make a personal promise to help our lions. COMMIT TO HELP SOUTH AFRICA’S LIONS It’s a sobering thought that more lions are held in captivity than can be found in the wild. In the past few years over 7000 carcasses, 12000 trophy animals and more than 30 000 lion body…

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International Tequila Festival comes to Cape Town!

Put your Mexican Sombrero’s on and get your dancing shoes out for Cape Town’s first ever International Tequila Festival 2019. The event will feature 30 Tequila, Mezcal and other Agave spirits. The festival will be running over three days. It will be a rocking Mexican fiesta with food, drinks, music and masterclasses showcasing the best Global Tequila & Agave Brands in the Mother City. The festival will be running over three whole days! So if you are an aficionado or just sampling for the first time, you’ll have ample time…

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A Decade of Delaire Graff Excellence and an Introduction to Chef Kevin Grobler.

A couple of weeks back by invitation of Manley Communications I joined a lunch at Delaire Graff Restaurant for a double celebration that marked their ten years in operation and announced the appointment of their new Head Chef. The sun had emerged after a rainy few days and the clouds lifted to reveal the commanding mountains that surround Stellenbosch and the views for which Delaire Graff Estate is known.  Indulging in a meal prepared by Head Chef Kevin Grobler – who is now at the helm, we had CEO Johann Laubser speak us proudly through the last…

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Seychelles Has Africa’s Best Wild Beach

Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles This isn’t your typical tropical hideaway: you need to trek through a vanilla and coconut plantation to reach these pink-hued shores in the Seychelles. It costs 100 Seychelles Rupees (approx. £6) to enter the L’Union Estate, which is well worth exploring before hitting the sands. You can see how copra (dried coconut kernel) is made at an on-site mill, and visit a cemetery where the first settlers on the island are buried. When the heat starts to get too much, head in the direction of the giant…

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Real Talk: You Need More Than Optimism To Be An African Returnee

There comes a time in an African Diasporan’s life when you have to choose: to stay or to go. For many, relocating can be a nerve-wrecking and paradigm shifting decision – and indeed, it is. You are literally uprooting yourself and setting up shop elsewhere. It may be ‘home’, your country of origin or birth, but it is often a landscape vastly different from what you may have become accustomed to. With the roar of slogans like “Africa Rising” or “Year of Return”, a feeling of optimism can propel one…

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Bringing The Big Cats Home to Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary with FOUR PAWS.

If you’ve ever boycotted a circus, a zoo or a fur farm in the name of animal rights, you’ll understand the heartbreak involved in the rescue of captive animals. South African Lionsrock Cat Sanctuary has a powerful international voice and is bringing the big cats home. My Lionsrock article is in this month’s FlyMango JUICE in-flight magazine. It can also be read online pages 49-53, or below. I watch as the golden-maned lion, Motan, steps forward tentatively, gently placing one foot in front of the other, struggling with the unfamiliar sensation of the…

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