Category Archives: Events

33 Sunset, Food, Books & Other Pictures from Around East Africa (…and Botswana)

It’s been a fun past three months for me on Instagram. In case you don’t follow me there, today I’d like to share some highlights from my Instagram gallery from that period. In this post, you’ll see 33 of my most liked Instagram pictures and videos from the last three months. They include sunset pictures, pictures of delicious and interesting food, as well as pictures of some great books I’ve read recently. I hope you enjoy them. With no further ado, here they are. Related: 19 Sky, Water, & Sunset Photos and More Taken in Dar es Salaam, Kampala, Kigali and Elsewhere. 33. Food … Continue reading

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

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’m 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 write 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

Wine: World’s Best Chardonnay Award Goes to a South African Winery

What’s your drink of choice? Ok, let’s narrow that down a bit: if you had to drink wine, what type of wine would you choose? For me, my wine of choice (which also happens to be my current drink of choice) is white wine. More specifically? Chardonnay. Why? Because I like its relative fruity flavor and full body as far as dry white wines go. In East Africa, a large number of wines found on our supermarket shelves or served at establishments come from South Africa. It goes to reason, then, that more often than not these days, I am drinking a chardonnay from a … Continue reading

Roots TV Series Remake Set To Be a Global Television Event

In my before last post, I told you about a new Roots miniseries (a remake of the 1977 Roots TV series) that will premiere on HISTORY® this May/June—depending on where you are watching from. Let me tell you a little more about it today. The new star-studded Roots premieres on television this May/June. It will first air on May 30 (Memorial Day) in the United States and June 15 for most other viewers. Some of the series’ filming took place in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. This dramatic, historical portrait of American slavery, recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on … Continue reading

Selma: Movie Suggestion for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Do you celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the American holiday in honor of the famous civil rights leader? I did for many years growing up because I went to a school that followed the American school calendar. Every year we would get the day off and starting from then until the end of February, Black History Month, we would be steeped in the history of black America and the American Civil Rights Movement of the ’50s and ‘60s. If you do celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, then I have a suggestion for how you can do so this year: if … Continue reading

Screenwriting Lab to Be Held at Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015

From July 18-25, 2015, the Maisha Foundation will run an 8-day intensive screenwriting lab at the 2015 edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF). Applications are currently open. Read on to learn more. ZUKU is once again proud to welcome Maisha Film Lab to Zanzibar for a screenwriting lab to be held at ZIFF 2015. Applications for this competitive screenwriting lab are now open, with the deadline being June 13. Maisha Film Labs & The Zanzibar International Film Festival The 2015 edition of the Maisha Film Lab is the seventh lab to be held in collaboration with ZIFF. The screenwriting lab has … Continue reading