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Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips For Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island

Planning a trip to Zanzibar soon? Looking for ideas about what to do while you are there? Then, you are in luck. Today, I’d like to share some of the things I’ve most enjoyed doing in Zanzibar over the past 10 years. That’s how long it’s been since my first trip to Zanzibar taken shortly after I first moved to Tanzania. These tips cover both the historic part of Zanzibar, Stone Town, as well as other areas of the island. This is not an exhaustive list. Rather, these are simply some pointers shared with love from me to you. I hope you find them … 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

Bakhresa Zanzibar: Bakhresa Hotel Zanzibar

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

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

Selma to Open the Zanzibar International Film Festival

Have you heard of the award-wining movie Selma? If you haven’t, check out the film’s trailer here. Selma is a 2014 British-American historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. The film stars actors David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King and Common as Bevel. Selma premiered at the American Film Institute Festival on November 11, 2014, began a limited … Continue reading

Leleti Khumalo to Grace Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015

Remaining on the subject of the 18th edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), it has now been confirmed that Leleti Khumalo, star of the 1992 movie Sarafina!, will attend ZIFF 2015 as an official guest. Read on to find out more. Leleti Khumalo Comes to Zanzibar Internationally renowned actress Leleti Khumalo, known for her leading roles in the movie and stage play “Sarafina!" as well as the film “Yesterday", which was nominated in the 2005 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, has been confirmed as one of the official guests to attend 2015’s Zanzibar International Film Festival in July. … 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 (ZIFF). 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, ZIFF might be just what you are looking for. The selection … Continue reading