Monthly Archives: October 2012

Burundi Calling

I am in Burundi, in East Africa, because until I got here last week all I knew about this country was the genocide and the civil war.  Other than doom and gloom my only other knowledge was of Burundi as … Continue reading

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Home, in Africa,is where my heart is.

Khayakazi Mgojo has been around. She’s a diplomat by profession, “but the title of being a “diplomat” is only in effect when I am posted to serve in a country abroad. My job both in South Africa and abroad is … Continue reading

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Kigali Genocide Memorial

I should not have taken these pictures at the Kigali Genocide Memorial because it’s not allowed. However, following rules would be against my nature and in any case I refuse to be haunted alone. So when I went to the … Continue reading

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

“One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs; and the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” 17th century Iranian poet Saib Tabrizi.

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Lupi Ngcayisa’s Bujumbura

South African media personality “Uncle” Lupi shares one of his most poignant journeys in Africa. What led you to Bujumbura and Burundi? I met a young woman called Christelle Mande, who is charismatic, on a production meeting. She was a … Continue reading

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Heroes: Pepe Julian Onziema

Meet Pepe Julian Onziema. I met the Ugandan in Kampala in 2010 when I was writing about the anti homosexuality bill that basically wants people killed for being gay. Pepe is an activist and agreed to be featured in my … Continue reading

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Why I love Stone Town

I’m obsessed with Zanzibar. I’m totally obsessed with Stone Town, which is fast becoming my favourite place in Africa. I love the narrow streets are as good as maze. I adore the the ornate doors,  the crammed Darajani market that … Continue reading

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