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

Maroon Hair: Maroon Braids & 4 Other Great Ways to Rock It

The 21st century has come with lots of hairstyles and trends, with colored hair being one of the most popular. As you go past many beautiful women on the streets of Kampala, at places of work, and especially at universities, you can’t help but notice that they sport two or more colors in their hair. The color that seems to be most sought after is maroon. This is a color that will leave you amazed by its beauty when blended or used alone. Women irrespective of skin color, shape of face, and age have rocked maroon hair in various forms. This is because maroon … 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

Verde Hotels & Tanzania’s Bakhresa Group to Build Zanzibar’s Greenest Hotel

When you live in Tanzania, the Bakhresa Group and its products and services are everywhere you look. On any given day, you might eat Azam ice cream, use Azam flour, or watch Azam TV. You might travel on an Azam ferry to Zanzibar, or hear a news tidbit about the Azam Football Club. You might stop at an Azam bakery or drink an Azam juice, milk, soda or Uhai bottled water. The Bakheresa Group’s products and services in Tanzania are everywhere! And yet, there’s one sector where the Group has had no presence until now: hotels. That’s all about to change though. … Continue reading

Uber Tanzania Launches in Dar Es Salaam: You Heard It Here First!

On June 15, 2016 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania became the 485th city in the world to join Uber’s growing global network. With the launch of Uber Tanzania, Dar es Salaam joins the list of smart transportation hubs in Africa. Following the success of Uber in many other cities, the company is excited to launch its ride-sharing platform in Tanzania. (Check out my latest post: Instagram Recap: 20 Photos of Uganda & Tanzania.) Uber Tanzania Brings an Innovative Way to Get Around Uber’s innovative platform connects drivers with riders in real time, at the touch of a button. Whether you’re a local heading … 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

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