Posts tagged West Africa
Posts tagged West Africa
Cameroon Itinerary: Southwest Region
14 days now until I leave for the Peace Corps, so I continue with my top 3 regional Cameroon travel destinations to get myself excited. Todays region: Southwest!
It hasn’t set in yet that I leave for my Peace Corps - Cameroon adventure in exactly 15 days. In order to get myself excited, I have ranked the top three places/things I want to visit in each of the 10 regions during my Peace Corps service. Today’s region: Littoral.
A Glimpse of Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
Yet despite all the faults, failures, and dysfunctions of the central government, the lives of average citizens of Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s capital, continue to play out as they always have against the backdrop of Obiang’s rule. Despite the corruption, despotism, and poverty, life marches on in a form of silent resistance that is unique in and of itself
I stumbled upon the short video below by Marc Michel when looking up information on EG given that I’m somewhat tempted to visit now that I’ll be living right next door in Cameroon. The video, while short, serves as a glimpse into everyday life in Malabo. What I love about it is that despite the evident juxtapositions of wealth and poverty, the beauty and distinctiveness of average life in Malabo manages to emerge.
"Born this Way" - A documentary on homophobia in Cameroon
Happy Cameroun national day! It’s hard to believe that one year from now I’ll be celebrating this day over there somewhere!
Afternoon Afrobeat (#61): ‘Feba’ by Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang
Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang are back with a new music video for their song ‘Feba’, which is on their album En Yay Sah. Check them out and take a listen below - they best represent Sierra Leonean music!
Don’t let the name of this group fool you, 4X4 is a group of three guy who combine the different styles of reggae, R&B, rap, and hiplife to create an infectious sound. They rap in Twi , Ga, Ewe, and Pidgin English, but despite their lyrics being untranslatable to the non-Ghanaian ear, the beats alone in the music convey their own message that words cannot express. Get a glimpse of life in Ghana by watching the music video of their song ‘Moko Ni’
Afternoon Afrobeat (#50): ‘Ben’ by SMOD
Given that the crisis in Mali is now headline news, here is a song from the son of two of the most famous Malian musicians, who advocates for peace and unity in Mali: