The Zulu People

6th April 2017 BY checkoutafrica

For many people, the Zulu are the best-known African people. Their military exploits led to the rise of a great kingdom that was feared for a long time over much of the African continent. The Zulu are the descendants of Nguni-speaking people. Their written history can be traced back to the fourteenth century. There are approximately ten million Zulus in…

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South Africa’s 5 Underrated & Emerging Fashion Creatives

17th March 2017 BY checkoutafrica

The fashion scene in Johannesburg and South Africa (SA) as a whole is growing radically and exponentially. In fact, it’s one of the biggest contributors to the country’s economy in the retail trade sector. I bet you have noticed time and time again the same reputable brands, designers and creatives flashing down your social media timelines. I would like to…

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When Passion Beckons! The Story of A Jeweler At Heart

15th March 2017 BY checkoutafrica

When passion beckons, sometimes you just have to follow, such is the story of this exceptional jeweler, the founder of Jewlery by Itoro Okon. In the year 2015, at Bellafricana, we started the “Exclusive Interviews” section on our digest to give readers a close insight to the beautiful minds behind the brands on our platform. Now these exclusive interviews are brought to…

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Modern Antique: Age Old Culture meets Modern Design

11th March 2017 BY checkoutafrica

Modern antique to some, might sound like the impossible. But there’s a quote that says; “Things of quality have no fear of time”. I am sure you would agree with me then, that there’s a rare but possible chance of there being a modern antique. Such is the case with the exquisite crafts and designs by of the amazing Made In…

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Checkout The ‘Unscrambling Africa’ Project

5th January 2017 BY checkoutafrica

Our Story Anyone who has googled most African cities like Nairobi will most likely know that the images that come up are not exactly flattering. It’s mostly slums, conflict or at best, wildlife. One day Mutua Matheka went up to the rooftop of one of the taller buildings in Nairobi and saw the city from a perspective new even to…

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Okavango Safari Lodge – Okavango Delta, Botswana

2nd January 2017 BY checkoutafrica

  A small boutique luxury hotel was recently completed in Okavango Delta, Botswana.  The Okavango Delta is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the African continent. The contemporary design was inspired by the pangolin, an inhabitant of the area that is also called the African armadillo. The curves and roofing of the structure resembles the hard carapace of…

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Tiwale, Empowering Malawian Women

31st December 2016 BY checkoutafrica

I recently had a chat with a 22-year-old Malawian girl named Ellen Chilemba who is the Founder and Director of Tiwale Community Based Organization. Ellen’s journey through life has been fascinating, and I discovered her while sifting through Twitter as I do. After asking her a few questions, I immediately knew I wanted to do a write up on her.…

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Tanzania’s Serengeti Voted World’s Best Safari

21st December 2016 BY checkoutafrica

Serengeti National Park, the second largest safari in Tanzania and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was voted the world’s best safari destination, beating 140 entries from 63 countries around the world. The result was published in June 2015 by Safari Bookings, the largest online marketplace for African safari tours. The Netherlands-based organization collected just over 3,000 reviews, over two-thirds of…

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Angaza Raises $4M To Make Clean Energy Affordable For Africa’s Poorest Countries

7th December 2016 BY checkoutafrica

It’s a common thing in certain rural parts of Africa that electricity is generated through energy devices such as solar panels and batteries. In some cases these devices are donated by non-profit organisation. The debate remains: how sustainable  is this model on a long-term basis? What’s required is to make clean energy scale in self-supporting way?   A San Francisco startup…

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