Category Archives: Culture

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

Breastfeeding: Give Breast Milk to Newborns in the First Hour of Life for Full Benefits of Breastfeeding

The first week of August, August 1-7, is World Breastfeeding Week. Although I am not a mother, the negative attitudes towards breastfeeding that I see online, especially those that shame mothers who breastfeed in public, deeply disturb me. How else can a mother breastfeed an infant regularly without confining herself to her home during that period?! To mark this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, I’d like to talk about something a little different. Today, I’d like to share with you some information that I came across recently that highlights not only the benefits of breastfeeding, but specifically stresses the importance of giving breast milk to … Continue reading

Uganda: 8 Photos with the Most Likes on Instagram

I’ve mentioned on this blog before that I am part-Ugandan. I am sure, therefore, that it won’t come as much of a surprise to you then to learn that I spend a lot of time there, though I don’t write about it that often. My Instagram photos, on the other hand, are a whole different story. There, I share lots of pictures from my time in Uganda, be it when I’m hanging out in the city, indulging in touristic travel, or simply attending to family- or friend-related business. Today, I’d like to share some photos, posted since my last Instagram roundup post, that received the most likes on Instagram. With one exception, all these … Continue reading

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

Franko – 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 de « 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 « Franko – Coller la petite : paroles & traduction de “sanga la petite” et autres » vous trouverez non seulement les paroles de la chanson « Coller la petite » mais aussi une traduction des … Continue reading

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