HISTORY® Channel to Air a New Roots Miniseries

Does the name Kunta Kinte mean anything to you? How about this scene: “Your name is Toby. I want to hear you say it!….What’s your name? Kunta…Kunta Kinte.”, as a whip comes down hard on a young black man’s back? If you are around my age or older, you’ll probably easily recall this poignant scene from the 1977 Roots Miniseries (no, I was not yet born in 1977 but I grew up in Africa so we got American movies and TV shows 10 years late). As one of my favorite bloggers reminded me recently in a post about Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade, … Continue reading HISTORY® Channel to Air a New Roots Miniseries


Botswana: A Guide to Gaborone, the Capital of Botswana

Two months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Botswana for the first time. Not the Okavango Delta or Chobe National Park (the big safari destinations in Botswana) but rather the capital of Botswana, Gaborone. I was very busy right before the trip, so I didn’t get to do much more than a perfunctory online search of what there was to do in Gaborone (which yielded very sketchy information), but I tried not to worry about it, sure that I’d figure it out once my trip began. On the appointed day, I hopped onto a Fastjet flight to Johannesburg (I would connect to Gaborone … Continue reading Botswana: A Guide to Gaborone, the Capital of Botswana


HISTORY® (DSTV 186) to Air Black Sails Season 2 & Other New Programs in May

We probably all spend a lot more time watching TV than we’d like to, so how about we just stop pretending? Instead, let’s embrace our TV-watching selves and openly look forward to TV programming that we are likely to enjoy! If you are a history lover like me and often find yourself watching one show after another on HISTORY®, then you are in for a real treat this May as the channel adds new programs such as Black Sails Season 2 to its program lineup. If you are in Africa, you probably watch HISTORY® on DSTV Channel 186, but HISTORY® airs all … Continue reading HISTORY® (DSTV 186) to Air Black Sails Season 2 & Other New Programs in May


Coller la petite : paroles & traduction de « sanga la petite » et autres

Est-ce que vous avez déjà entendu la chanson phare « Coller la petite » du chanteur camerounais Franko ? Est-ce que vous chercher les paroles « Coller la petite » et voulez en savoir plus sur ce qu’il dit dans la chanson, par exemple, que veut signifier «sanga la petite »  ? Si oui, ne vous inquiétez pas, vous êtes bel et bien arrivés. Dans ce billet « Coller la petite : paroles & traduction de  “sanga la petite” et autres » vous trouverez non seulement les paroles « Coller la petite » mais aussi une traduction des expressions qui ne sont pas en français. Avant … Continue reading Coller la petite : paroles & traduction de « sanga la petite » et autres


Yemi Alade – ‘Na Gode’ (Swahili Version)

It’s a new day in Africa, and I love it! What makes me say that? I say that because we now have the likes of award-winning Nigerian recording artist Yemi Alade remaking her songs in Swahili for African fans on the other side of the continent (she specifically mentions Kenya). Why does that matter? It matters to me because finally, I am seeing the fruit of much-spoken-about Pan-African ideals not only in the usual rhetoric of our political leaders (sorry I don’t have much faith in that) but also in the everyday lives of regular Africans and in pop culture, which usually reflects the zeitgeist of the times. … Continue reading Yemi Alade – ‘Na Gode’ (Swahili Version)