Instagram Recap: 20 Photos from Uganda & Tanzania

Ok, let’s get a little visual again. Over the past month or so, my Instagram gallery has taken my followers on a journey through Lake Mburo National Park in western Uganda; eating and socializing in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and on a road trip to the ruins of the ancient sultanate of Kilwa, off the southern coast of mainland Tanzania, crossing the Rufiji river which I had heard so much about but had never seen. With no further ado, here are some of my followers’ favorite pictures since my last Instagram roundup post. I hope you like them too!

Baby Gorilla Naming Ceremony: Rwanda Development Board’s Kwita Izina

In September, I had the pleasure of attending the 12th edition of Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s annual baby gorilla naming ceremony organized by the Rwanda Development Board. I’d wanted to attend Kwita Izina for years but somehow never got around to it. This year, for the first time, September found me in Rwanda so I could make this dream come true. Today, I’d like to tell you a little bit about what I experienced at Kwita Izina. But first, some background… What is Kwita Izina? Kwita Izina is an annual event, held every September, organized by the Rwanda Development Board to name each baby … Continue reading

48 Instagram Photos from Rwanda, Uganda, and More

The second half of this year has seen me doing my share of travelling. First it was to Northern Tanzania, then Uganda, Rwanda, and now back to Uganda again. My Instagram gallery has been mirroring a similar route, though also including destinations such as Nairobi and Mikumi National Park. I’ve had lots of fun sharing these pics with my followers on Instagram, and since I know that many of you, who read this blog, are not active Instagram users, I thought I’d share the best of those pictures with you here. I hope you like them. Please be sure to let … Continue reading

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Americanah & Half of A Yellow Sun

Last Easter, I had the pleasure of reading one of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s books for the first time. I didn’t stop at only one of her novels, though. Rather, I jumped in with both feet and read Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah back to back. I hadn’t planned to do this particularly—I don’t generally read fiction—but my mother who knows what a fan of Ms. Adichie’s I am, passed on these books to me on Easter weekend after she was done with them herself. With lots of time on my hands, I couldn’t resist! Before I begin telling you about either book, allow me … Continue reading

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Visits Kenya

In case you haven’t yet heard, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Africa for the first time last week. On Tuesday, he made a surprise visit to Lagos, Nigeria and then arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday (only to return once more to Nigeria the following day). Want to know a bit about what he was up to while he was in Kenya? Here’s the scoop on that. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited Kenya last week on his first trip to Africa. While in the country, he visited the iHub, a technology hub in Nairobi. There he met with developers and partners to explore how the country’s pioneering mobile … Continue reading