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How Uganda’s presidential aspirants are more colourful than those vying to replace Obama

With so many candidates in the mix for the 2016 Uganda general elections, some announced, some soon to announce, and some still on the fence, it’s tough to keep track of who is a serious contender against Uganda’s incumbent President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. To help out with that, The London Evening Post’s Kampala Political Correspondent Ruth Namatovu […]

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Stunning photos show real-life Mowgli growing up in the South African bush

This is the childhood we all dreamed of – well, all of us who watched The Jungle Book when we were kids. Tippi Degré was born in Namibia to French wildlife photographer parents. She was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by a bounty of exotic wildlife, spending most of her childhood playing with lion cubs, giraffes, […]

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It’s official: Uganda is the most entrepreneurial country on Earth

Okay, so this was unexpected. The East African nation once under the dictatorship of Idi Amin has been confirmed as the most entrepreneurial country on Earth. As South African Trilby Rajina writes, we “rarely associate the term entrepreneur with the corner shop owner, the fruit and veg seller or the person selling knick knacks at a local street market, […]

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Who are the wrestlers of Dakar – and why are they trying to win over a fighting matriarch called ‘Madame Tyson’?

A single dream is uniting young men across Senegal: to make it as a professional wrestler. Traditional wrestling, or ‘laamb’, is big money in the north west African country and a national sport – surpassing even football in popularity. Matches take place in great open-air arenas where fighters and spectators enact rituals that date back hundreds of […]

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Gay Pride Kampala: Ugandans rejoice

Activists in Uganda have held a gay pride rally, a year since a law requiring homosexuals to be jailed for life was overturned. Crowds danced, sang and waved rainbow flags at the event held outside the capital Kampala, the culmination of a week of celebrations. One of those attending hoped it would be a “step […]

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10 reasons to go on safari before 2015 runs out

As summer peaks and fall approaches most international travellers are already looking towards booking trips for 2016. With regards to Africa, almost all safari travel is planned and booked 6 months to a year in advance due to limited availability at the better camps in the premier parks. But if you work with a qualified […]

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The hidden history of pre-colonial African urbanism

  Africa has a human history that stretches back further than any other continent on Earth. But in the 1950s and 60s, the prevailing opinion amongst experts and scholars was that cities were imported from surrounding continents and cultures. Five decades on and academic opinion has conclusively proven that cities appeared in Africa much earlier than […]

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Meet the Aussie nomad who bartered and hitchhiked his way to Africa without boarding a single plane

Meet Simon, a true adventurer in every sense of the word. He quit his job as a restaurant manager in Australia just over two years ago and has since bartered and hitchhiked his way around 16 countries without taking a single plane. He drove across the Australian Outback, found a boat to Indonesia and embarked […]

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Experience the vastness of Namibia on horseback

Experience the raw beauty of Namibia on horseback and journey through an untamed landscape. Canter across the Namib, the world’s oldest desert; spy the majestic Fish River Canyon, encounter desert adapted elephant in Damaraland, and ride with oryx, ostrich and mountain zebra across one of the largest private nature reserves in Southern Africa. Having adapted […]

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Twitter reacts to news South Africa is finally getting a Starbucks (but not in the way you might expect)

South Africans have been crying out for a Starbucks store to open in their country for years, so Tuesday’s news that the coffee chain are finally expanding into sub-Saharan Africa caused quite a stir. The store opens in Johannesburg next year – but while Starbucks bosses might have expected a strong reaction to the announcement, they will have been […]

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