Category Archives: Culture

Upanga Club: Friday Night Bingo

Of all the things you  might expect to do in Dar es Salaam, I’m pretty sure you don’t have playing bingo on your list. What would you say then if I told you that there is a super-fun bingo night every Friday at a very unexpected place? That’s what I’d like to tell you about today. I first heard of this bingo night while working as a community coordinator at one of Dar es Salaam’s foreign missions. As community coordinator, I organized activities that would enable newly arrived diplomats to discover the city and to rub shoulders with local communities. … Continue reading Upanga Club: Friday Night Bingo

Abuja Lines Styles in Kenya & Other Braided Styles

(Scroll down for 13 trending hairstyles in Kenya followed by a selection of latest Ghanian lines in Nairobi styles and Abuja lines styles in Kenya.  Also, it seems that many of you come to this article looking for more information about ‘Kenyan hair styles & braids by Eva Nairobi’. I believe that is a salon in Embakasi Pipeline but know very little else about it. If you can tell me more about Kenyan hair styles & braids by Eva Nairobi, please do so in the comment section below, or send me an email at Biche@ChickAboutTown.com. I’d love to learn more … Continue reading Abuja Lines Styles in Kenya & Other Braided Styles

Sauti Za Busara Festival

Every February, Zanzibar hosts Sauti za Busara, nicknamed the “The Friendliest Festival on Planet Earth”. I can understand how Sauti za Busara earned that name. Hanging out in Stone Town, Zanzibar on any random day would make you feel loose and irie, ready to open up to strangers, so how much more so then when the island’s everyday activities come to a grinding halt to host the biggest music festival in East Africa, featuring not only Swahili music but also music from the rest of Africa and beyond? I lived in Dar es Salaam for five years before I attended my … Continue reading Sauti Za Busara Festival

Mbarara: Igongo Cultural Centre

Igongo Cultural Centre P.O. Box 512 Mbarara / P.O. Box 488 Kampala Phone (Mbarara): +256-(0)392-722828 or +256-(0)392-722829 Phone (Kampala): +256-(0)414-258914 Restaurant reservations: +256-(0)776-722828 www.igongo.co.ug Twelve kilometers from Mbarara along the Mbarara-Masaka Highway, in Biharwe, lies a cultural center that I have come to love: Igongo Cultural Centre! Igongo Cultural Centre includes a restaurant, Kaahwa Kanuzire, a craft- and bookstore, Nkwanzi, and the reason I love it so much, the Eriijukiro Museum of South Western Uganda. Discovering Igongo Cultural Centre, Mbarara I first heard of Igongo Cultural Centre in December 2011, when I arrived in Kiruhura for my annual end-of-year visit to … Continue reading Mbarara: Igongo Cultural Centre