Category Archives: Burundi

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

Zanzibar International Film Festival: Official Selection

Five years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 15th edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Although I enjoy films, I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy an event that consisted of movies, night after night. I should have known better: I had a great time! Not only were the movies deep and engaging, but there were also musical performances and a slew of other activities to offer enough variety. If you will be in Zanzibar this July and are looking for interesting things to do there, the Zanzibar International Film Festival might be just what you are looking … Continue reading

Sun, Sea, Sand – East Africa’s Best Beaches

Think of a ‘paradise vacation’, and almost inevitably a blissful image of a sun-drenched beach will spring to mind. Few things could be better than wandering along a sandy shore fringed with gentle turquoise wavelets while the sun bathes you from a deep blue sky. Or gazing out over the might of the Ocean from the safety of the soft sands. Or even just lying back, closing your eyes, and letting the sun’s warmth and the sound of the waves wash over you. It’s even said by those in the know that visiting a beach can bring considerable health benefits with it. Visitors … Continue reading

Burundi (Bujumbura) Accommodation: Shammah Hotel

Shammah Hotel 30 Bd. De L’UPRONA Bujumbura, Burundi Tel: +257-22275760/22223659/29551846 Email: shammahhotel2006@yahoo.fr When I first started this blog, my goal was to provide information about living and lifestyle for the whole East African region. At the time, East Africa was made up of three countries—Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda—all of which I felt I knew relatively well. Then, Rwanda and Burundi became a part of the East African Community. Although I had been to Rwanda before, I had never set foot in Burundi. Still, my heart was set on dealing with East Africa as a region. I realized: I would have … Continue reading