Via his instagram account, 26-year-old Nigerian singer Adewale Mayowa Emmanuel, mononymously known as Mayorkun, shared a bit of his successful musical journey.
In a video posted to his Instagram account, the singer revealed how he quit his job in a bank, as a banker, to chase his dream in music. The ”Betty Butter” singer revealed how he wasn’t happy in the financial sector (due to bad pay) and decided to quit the banking profession then follow his dream, to do music.
“I am here to tell you to do you. I used to be a banker…I went on to do music and ever since I’ve been happy,” said Mayorkun.
Away from that, the singer also disclosed to his fans how he used the corona virus period at home to learn video editing, and hence encouraged his fans as well to utilize their opportunities efficiently and effectively and live out their true selves and be happy.
“Banker turned Superstar. No fear. Talk your own? Use the hashtag #DoYou,”read Mayorkun’s caption on his post.
Such an inspirational story from Mayorkun!!! Blessings………
“I hope you have an experience that alters the course of your life because after Africa nothing has ever been the same again…” So said Suzanne Evans. To many of us in Africa, we never understand the strange fascination that foreigners have for our continent and the fact that most of them think Africa is just one large country with several wild animals and mud and wattle huts and kids with hungry bellies that have not been fed in a while.
The thing is, Africa is more than the ads you see on TV asking you to contribute to a hungry child by sending money to a non-profit organization. Africa is several different shades of people, speaking different languages in several different countries scattered all over the continent and brought together by the love of community.
You have not traveled until you have moved out of your country to see the beauty that our continent has to offer.
We have developed an ultimate bucket list that you need to experience at some point in your life.
Okay. Let’s go.
Trek the Ethiopian Highlands
Ethiopia is a traveler’s gem; you have to add this country to your African travel bucket list any day. The highlands (pictured above), or rather rugged mountains located in the “Horn of Africa”, are sometimes referred to as the “Roof of Africa” and extend up to Eritrea.
They were formed when Magma from the Earth forced its way into the surface. They used to be home to the ancient kingdom of Kaffa, which has several remnants that were dug up by archaeologists. They’ll make a good history lesson on your tour.
The highest peak of the highlands is the Ras Dashen from the Semien Mountains.
2. Victoria Falls, Zambia/Zimbabwe
Located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe off the Zambezi River in Southern Africa, these falls are the widest of their kind all over the continent and some of the best tourist attractions.
With amazing water rafting, bungee jumping off the Victoria bridge, the falls make the ultimate destination for any thrill seeker. Even better, you can take a guided walk over the falls and wait for the moonbows that occur when the moonlight rays hit the waterfalls, creating a cascading play of lights.
3. Marvel at the Old Quarters of Zanzibar
Zanzibar is just off the main coast of Tanzania and will make a good destination for your wandering feet. You will love the architecture of the old Stone City with the slave quarters that were used to hold slaves before they were shipped off.
There is an overwhelming vintage beauty within that tiny coastal town filled with churches and mosques built years ago with a mixture of Portuguese and Arabic architecture styles, a distance from the expansive ocean.
4. Frolic with mountain gorillas
Rwanda is beautiful; even more beautiful is its green lush countrysides filled with the wonders of the wild, ready for your eyes to explore. You will see the several endangered mountain gorillas on your trek in their green natural habitats. And if you get the chance you will also spot the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo almost at the border of Rwanda. You can also go and meet these great apes on a gorilla safari in Uganda.
5. See King Khufu’s Pyramid
Also known as the Pyramid of Giza, this is the oldest pyramid in Egypt that was built around 2560 BC. The pyramid is said to be the tomb of the Pharaoh Khufu, who is also known as Cheop. This pyramid used to be the tallest manmade structure in the several wonders of the world.
The pyramid features several structures that are divided into chambers for the Pharaoh, his wife and their servants. There is a very beguiling history surrounding the pyramid and the more you learn, the more you understand how superb the structure is. Don’t try to climb to the top of the pyramid because it is illegal.
6. Sossusvlei Dunes
The southern part of the Namib desert in Namibia offers travellers a chance to marvel at the Sossusvlei Dunes. The name of this wonder is a mixture of Namib and Afrikaans languages meaning “dead-end marsh” due to its structure and formation that acts as a drain for the Tsauchab River.
The sand dunes are very tall and are estimated to be over 200 metres with the highest being 380 metres.
7. Cape Winelands
The Winelands are located in the northeast of Cape Town with some of the best views in South Africa and are easily accessible from Cape Town through tour buses and by car. You can visit some of the best vineyards in the country that are usually open throughout the week until the weekend, so you get a chance to taste the wines on site and enjoy a walk through the expansive vineyards.
8. Bird watching in the Mabira
The Mabira forest, located in eastern Uganda, is an expansive stretch of mixed tree species that harbour different animals within the thick vegetation. The best of the sights are the various bird species that are considered indigenous to Uganda and quite rare. The forest is home to an estimated over 300 bird species such as Dusky Long Tailed Cuckoo, Grey Parrot and several others that are undocumented or not yet sighted.
9. Touch the sky at Kilimanjaro and Rwenzori
How would you write a bucket list without adding the two most climbed mountains in East Africa? Mount Rwenzori is found in western Uganda and is famous for its glaciers and several beautiful views of the wildlife parks in the areas surrounding, not forgetting the lakes. Then, Mount Kilimanjaro crowns off in Tanzania with a beautiful sky-high limit with its three top summits. The two mountains are breathtakingly beautiful!
10. Experience Mozambique’s coastline
Almost similar to Zanzibar, the long and beautiful coastline is almost beguiling to experience; you will love touring it via several dhows and seeing how expansive and lively it is. It used to be one of the main slave ports along the shores of the Indian ocean and since Mozambique was once colonised by the Portuguese, you will find several old but beautiful church structures mixed among the many mosques in the small towns along the shores.
11. Tee off at the Legends Golf Course
An ardent golfer would definitely have to experience this very famous golf course in Limpopo with the extreme 19th hole only being accessible by helicopter. Limpopo is located in South Africa.
12. Rush through Kampala to the parks
You will never know that going through a traffic jam in the city centre is such a thrilling experience not until you travel to Uganda. Take a boda-boda (motorcycle taxi) ride in the busy Kampala City centre amidst several moving cars and tour the hidden gems of the city. The boda-boda is another important form of transportation in Uganda that makes it faster and easy to reach your destination, even better when doing budget tours in the national parks. Several people seem to opt for the certified boda-boda guides.
If there is something the African continent was blessed with, its plenty of everything beautiful. Every country on this continent has something worth exploring, something that will give you an experience of a lifetime.
Across the continent, there is something for everyone, including some of the best white water rapids that any thrill seeker would want to experience at some point on their adventures.
Blue Nile Falls
Cascading down from the Tana River, one of the major tributaries of the River Nile in Ethiopia, the Blue Nile Falls give you a spectacular experience with gorgeous views of the wildlife in the area. The rapids are classified as Class V.
Madagascar is beautiful, magical and full of many unexplored wonders. The rafting experience here will take you through an adventure on the bubbly Mangoky River, whose surroundings are home to many different species of lemurs, butterflies and birds, You also get a chance to see baobab trees along the Class II rapids.
Up the Atlas highs through Marrakech runs the Ahansel River,which gives birth to the Cascade D’Ouzoud, a phenomenal waterfall that will cost you approximately 30 Dirhams to paddle through for a good experience near the Ouzoud.
No, the river is not Orange as its name suggests. It was named after the Dutch Royal House by Robert Jacob Gordon and has its origins from the Drakensberg Mountain. Orange River, or Senqu River, is the longest river in South Africa and is also ranked among the best locations for beginner or expert rafting experiences right from the Augrabies Falls. You will pay close to 4,000 rands for the full experience.
The most popular rafting destination in East Africa, Bujagali, known to the Basoga (a tribe indigenous to the area) as Budhagali, is one of the best white water rafting locations Uganda has to offer. Right on the White Nile with Class V rapids, get ready to be excited and thrilled at the same time. The area is also best for bungee jumping and kayaking.
The Zambezi is one of the longest rivers in Africa and is also home to one of the highest falls in Africa.
The Zambezi is one of the longest rivers in Africa
The river is located in Zimbabwe with Class V rapids near the Victoria Falls, making them very conducive for a thrilling paddle adventure. White water rafting near the falls is very suitable for experienced rafters and not advisable for beginners.
Formed by the confluence of Luwegu and Kilombero rivers, Rufiji is found in Tanzania, an East African country with unfound beauty. Though the rapids are rated at Class III, rafting along the river is worth experiencing with the surrounding scenic beauty along its shores.
There are a number of other other locations you can choose from, including Manambloo and Breed rivers in South Africa, Tekeze and Omo in Ethiopia, among many others.
Nigerian power-house singer’s, Davido’s, new album has debuted on this week’s US Billboard 200. The ‘Fem’ singer’s new album is dubbed ”A Better Time”, which is his third studio album.
The Album debuted at #170 on the album chart and becomes the singer’s first-ever album to debut on the US Official chart. The ”A Better Time” album is a follow up to Davido’s second studio album known as ”A Good Time” that he unleashed last year, in 2019.
The 17-track ”A Better Time” album features a line-up of international artists such as Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, Hitboy, Lil Baby, Sauti Sol, Nas, Mugeez and Sho Madjozi. The same album also features some Nigerian icons like Tiwa Savage, Mayorkun, C Kay and Bella Shmurda.
Talking about his ‘A Better Time’ album, the singer stated that regardless of all the happenings of 2020 (especially covid-19, obviously), he found hope of a better time.
“I won’t keep you any longer. This year we’ve been through crazy times. Real crazy times. And through it all, we’ve all had to look inwards to find our unique hopes of better times ahead. I found a few. In human form and creative form. I’m so glad I can finally share them with you. I present to you ‘A Better Time’, stated Davido.
After cancelling his musical tour back in March this year, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Davido started recording this album.
“During A Good Time [last year’s album], I was in America most of the time talking to my producers over email and WhatsApp, but for A Better Time [this year’s album] I was in Nigeria, it was during the pandemic [COVID-19] I was on tour in America before but when it hit I had to cancel the whole tour and move back to Naija. There was nothing we could do [no clubs, no shows] so we stayed home and made music. For this new album, we call it a masterpiece because we really took our time with it,” Davido explained.
Meanwhile, Davido is not an offcomer to the Billboard charts. On the Top Thriller Global chart, Davido has had four entries. “FEM” off “A Better Time” album peaked at number 3 on September 26th this year and spent seven weeks on the chart.
His duet with Mayorkun dubbed “Betty Butter” also peaked at number two this year while another of him and Mayorkun still dubbed “The Best” peaked at number seven. His Nicki Minaj-abetted song known as “Holy Ground” also peaked at number 13.
Ugandan legendary singer, Jose Chameleone, is soon following the footsteps of his fellow East African singer, Diamond Platnumz, of starting up his own television station. Yesterday afternoon the East African legendary artist revealed the launch of his own TV Station via his various social media platforms.
The ‘Baliwa’ singer named his TV station after his own crew (Leone Island); Leone Television. The singer-cum-politician seems to have eventually realized the benefits of investing in media, a dream he has had for several years but had never really made a decision on.
The Kampala Lord Mayoral Candidate has been ‘on many occasions’ telling the media about his plans of starting up his own TV and Radio stations. However, after a long wait, time might have reached for Chameleone’s plans and ideas to be practical as yesterday he showed the world when his TV station was on signal testing.
Through his social media platforms, the singer divulged that the station will be available soon on Channel 541 on GO TV as well as on free to air.
”20 years down the road! Leone Television Loading for all my youths. #ALAALI OUR TELEVISION STATION LOADING! Signal Channel 541 Gotv and free to air”, posted Jose Chameleone.
The singer has already set up social media accounts for his upcoming Leone TV station and it’s believed that before the end of this year, or even sooner, it will be fully active, broadcasting.
However, the early criticism that the singer will face is that this is not the very first attempt towards a long term business project as he has been always talking about them but all in vain and those he has managed to put into practical, like the DNA Lounge, already failed and are no where.
Otherwise, it is good news for the entertainment fraternity as a whole and a great achievement for an artist in Chameleone’s caliber who has been in the game for over 20 years.
Africa has some of the best beaches in the world. Tourists will be flocking to them soon as those in the southern hemisphere take summer holidays and those from the north look for ways to escape their winter.
So where are Africa’s top beaches?
In drawing up the list I have taken both an objective as well as subjective approach.
For the objective assessment I have used the ratings of the Blue Flag awards as well as my own research. South Africa is the first country outside Europe as well as the first African country to implement the Blue Flag scheme. It currently has 39 fully complied beaches with another 30 in the process of complying.
For my subjective list I have drawn on my own experience and knowledge as well as experiences of friends and family.
The top performers
Africa has some wonderful beaches. A serious traveller or beachgoer should certainly visit at least one of them once in a lifetime. The list below is not in order of preference, but offers would be travellers different opportunities and experiences.
Most of South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches are in the Western Cape followed by KwaZulu-Natal and then the Eastern Cape. Blue Flag award beaches have to comply with 33 criteria including safety, cleanliness, environmental management and water quality. The award can be revoked if a beach does not comply.
The longest running Blue Flag beaches in South Africa and a must visit are Grotto Beach in the Western Cape, Humewood Beach in the Eastern Cape, and Ramsgate and Marina beaches.
From a more subjective standpoint I would recommend Tofo Beach at Inhambane in Mozambique. This is an 8 km stretch of beach that also offers diving and great sea life. Added benefits are facilities for rest and relaxation – as well as excellent prawns.
Namibia also offers tourists beautiful beaches. One of my favourites is the Skeleton Coast. It offers space and great marine life as well as ship wrecks. Crowded beach won’t be a problem. There might in fact be nobody around depending on when you visit.
Another country that offers wonderful beach experiences is Kenya. The beach I propose is Shela Beach in Lamu. It is also a Unesco Heritage Site and is generally accepted as the country’s top beach.
I also have to include Angola. This is the new kid on the block and I propose Mussulo Bay peninsula. This is for the adventure traveller, offering wonderful beach as well fishing.
And then the islands
One of my ultimate favourites is Tanzania. I must admit I love Zanzibar. It offers great diving, snorkelling and swimming. This is a little piece of heaven on earth. Enjoying the locally produced gin is a treat as well.
If we move to Madagascar, my choice is Sainte-Marie Island. It offers beautiful sandy beaches with palm trees. Once again, diving and great sea life are on offer as well as good food.
It would unfair if I didn’t include Malawi. My choice falls on Likoma Island, which is part of Lake Malawi. This is one of Africa’s jewels. Clear clean water, great for swimming, diving or snorkelling, and friendly communities.
And then there is the Seychelles’s Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue. It is regarded as one of the world’s greatest beaches, truly something out of this world.
I could add more beaches in the west and north of the continent. But this list at least provides a taste of what Africa can offer. Hopefully the Blue Flag award scheme will be implemented in other African countries so that the continent can get its lion’s share of beachgoers, one of the biggest generators of revenue globally.
Nigeria’s powerhouse singer, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun mononymously known as Wizkid aka Star boy treated his fans to boundless fun on last night’s Youtube Virtual performance with some of his old songs with a blend of new songs on his latest album dubbed ”Made In Lagos”.
The electric performance caught several people’s attention all over the world, who were watching, including 26-year-old Barcelona Femeni FC’s striker Asisat Oshoala Lamina and Ex-Arsenal and Everton winger Alexander Chuka Iwobi, 24, among other revelers at home.
FC Barcelona Femeni is a female team for Spain soccer giants, FC Barcelona. Asisat Oshoala, who joined the club last year (2019) from Chinese side Dalian Quanjian FC made a panegyric on the ‘Joro’ singer after putting up an electrifying performance on YouTube for about four hours.
Via her Instagram story posts, the Barcelona striker averred that the 30-year-old music star is nobody’s mate during a recording she made while streaming the live virtual concert. ”Original star boy, you see this guy is nobody’s mate”, said Oshoala.
The arresting virtual concert also saw Everton attacker Alex Iwobi hailing the proclaimed StarBoy as he recorded himself singing along with singer.
However,among the songs performed by Wizkid during the lively concert included joro, socco, and ojuelegba – that mostly got the four-time Africa women’s footballer of the year winner,Oshoala, grooving while in her apartment all the way.
Gorilla tourism is ranked number one activity in Rwanda. As far as tourism is concerned many Rwanda travelers/ guests visit Rwanda purposely to see mountain gorillas. Other activities are regarded as additional. For more information, gorilla trekking earn Rwanda huge revenue per annum. The most expensive activity which goes to US$1500, is the face of Rwanda Tourism.
Rwanda Gorilla Tourism is conducted in Volcanoes national Park which is situated in Virunga crescent with Mgahinga National park (Uganda) and Virunga National park (Democratic Republic of Congo). It’s a daily activity and a maximum of eight people are allowed to encounter each gorilla family.
Easy accessibility – It takes a maximum of 2 hours to reach Volcanoes National Park from Kigali city/ Kigali International Airport. Clear roads to the park smoothen road transportation hence saving time. For that case, guests can even go for one day Gorilla trip in Rwanda. Pick from Kigali city- transfer to the park – trek Gorillas – return to Kigali Airport – Departure.
Rwanda hosts Ten Habituated Gorilla families – Today, ten habituated mountain Gorilla families are recorded in Volcanoes national park. They include Susa family (Susa A) Susa group- is the biggest Mountain Gorilla family in Volcanoes National Park, Sabyinyo Family. This family currently has 13 members and 2 Silverbacks, Amahoro family, Agashya Family, Umubano (‘Live Together’) Family, Kwitonda family, Hirwa family, Karisimbi family, Bwenge group and Titus Gorilla family. Imagine! The park is capable of hosting eighty trekkers per day since a maximum of eight people are allowed to meet each Gorilla family.
The beautiful Relief of Rwanda – Rwanda is nicknamed “the land of a thousand Hills” its because of her mountainous nature. The largest land surface is mountainous, while the road to Volcanoes National Park is rolling through mountains, the Virunga volcanoes (Mt. Bisoke, Mt. Gahinga, Mt. Muhabura, Mt. Sabyinyo and Mt. Karisimbi) in the park are amazingly offering unforgettable views and photography. A serry of Virunga Volcanoes attracts more visitors to go gorilla trekking in Rwanda.
Rwanda is peaceful – Since 1994, Rwanda has never engaged any war making it peaceful for tourism to flourish. Day and night security patrolling is the order of the day and all boarder posts are tightly guarded. Volcanoes National Park its self is highly guarded by tourism police and Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) to ensure that guest come and go back in peace.
Hospitality of the citizens – people in Rwanda are friendly and welcomes guests. It should be noted tourists spend most of their time in local community, chatting and sharing. If the locals turn hostile, tourists can not enjoy the destinations. Among areas with hospitable people is Musanze province where Volcanoes National park is located.
In conclusion, Rwanda has comparative advantage as far as gorilla trekking is concerned. It has the most expensive Gorilla permit at US$1500 but still receive a large number of mountain gorilla trekkers.
Renting a car in Rwanda is undoubtedly the best way to explore and experience this beautiful country. Planning for a Rwanda safari soon but not sure of how to hire a car in Rwanda? It is no secrete that everyone dreams to have that one exceptional rental with the best offers, affordable prices and favorable terms and conditions.
But you can benefit from all these if you choose the best rental agency to deal with, conduct adequate research on the best rental deals among other factors. Well, in this article, we provide relevant information on how to hire a car in Rwanda. There are many ways one can rent a car in Rwanda for their Rwanda safaris and they include;
Contact the rental company directly
This is the most preferred criterion by majority of travelers on Rwanda safaris. Majority of rental companies have active websites for clients to get in touch with them. On the other hand, friends can recommend and you will be provided with contacts of rental agency/company he or she wishes to deal with.
Majority of rental companies-car rental Rwanda inclusive has websites with company email addresses. The rentee can easily get in touch with reservation team to book his or her dream rental car for Rwanda safaris. This is preferable for travelers who are far or outside Rwanda.
Some travelers on Rwanda tour prefer walking directly to rental company offices rather than making calls, sending emails or other ways to have their car booked. This is actually one of the best ways because it allows you even to see the exact rental if available in the company’s premises.
Rental cars can also be hired via social media. Most rental companies have active social media pages and the renter can contact them via Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter accounts and others.
Are you planning for the most amazing wildlife safari in East Africa? You can visit Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda where you will experience the great wildebeest migration and mountain gorilla experiences. Tanzania is famously known for the 3 safari parks which include Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Park.
The great wildebeest migration can be experienced in either Kenya or Tanzania. This experience is encountered every year in Kenya, Maasai Mara National Reserve that is bordered by the Mara River to Serengeti, Tanzania.
What month is the wildebeest migration?
The best times to see the migration are between December and March or between May and November. The migration is largely driven by the rains. Just remember that the rains are unpredictable so the wildebeest migration doesn’t operate on a set schedule.
What month is the Great Migration in Kenya?
The best time to visit Kenya is during the Dry season from late June to October (these are the best wildlife viewing months). The wildebeest migration usually reaches the Maasai Mara in August and remains until October when they move back to the Serengeti in Tanzania.
Where do wildebeest migrate to and from?
Every year, more than 2 million animals (wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle) migrate in a clockwise direction across the ecosystems of the Serengeti (Tanzania) and the Maasai Mara (Kenya).
What month is the great migration in Tanzania?
From July – October is when the wildebeest are in the northern Serengeti plains, and you have a chance of seeing up to thousands crossing the great Mara River. As the sight of the wildebeest crossing the so dramatic, it is considered by many the most desirable time to see the migration.
Today, Eco Tours Rwanda has started new safari projects of offering bespoke luxury safaris offering wildlife trips and gorilla trekking experiences in East Africa. If you want to have the amazing great wildebeest migration in Kenya and Rwanda gorilla holidays, we can arrange for you this experience and we offer this trip with the stay in the luxury lodges and exclusive camps like Mahari Mzuri or Governor’s Camp and then the Sabyinyo Silver Back Lodge in Volcanoes, Rwanda.
Then this year we have again launched the 10 Day Luxury Tanzania Rwanda Safari and this one has highest opportunity of being exhausted with the wildlife experience in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania and you will have 06 full stay nights in this park and staying in the pure Singita luxury game lodges and exclusive camps. On this holiday in Serengeti, Tanzania you will stay in two different lodges like Mara River Tented Camp and Sabora Tented Lodge or other Singita games of your choice.
Singita Game Lodge last year opened its door services in Rwanda, putting up 08 room lodge and 2 family room house and it has eased our combined safari from Tanzania to Rwanda. After wildlife holiday fly to Kigali, Rwanda where you will take unforgettable gorilla experience after having your two nights at Singita Kwitonda Gorilla Lodge and Kataza House that is set at the edge of the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.
The most experienced activity at the Volcanoes National Park is the mountain gorilla trekking either normal experience or you can go in for the exclusive experience like behind the scene in the park.
Besides the endangered mountain gorillas, Volcanoes National Park is also a home to many other attractions including the golden monkeys and many other monkey species. On addition, the park is also a home to the Virunga Volcanoes of which a hike to one of them is so memorable!
There are several activities that tourists indulge in on their visit in the park, among them golden monkey trekking, visiting the Dian Fossey Tombs, hiking the Virunga Volcanoes, cultural encounters like the Iby’Iwacu cultural village, Kwita Izina ceremony (baby gorilla naming ceremony every 24th of September annually), among others.
Volcanoes National Park can be visited all-year-round (any time of the year) but travels in the Park are always at peak in June, July and August, as well as December to February. However, travels in the park are low during months of March to May, and then November. Therefore, if you want privacy, it’s better to visit the park in the low season because during the peak season the park is always congregated by tourists from various countries.
The park has all types of accommodations to fit every traveler’s interest and desires; there are high-end accommodations, luxury, mid-range, and budget. Among the accommodations in the park include: Bisate Lodge, One & Only Gorilla’s Nest Lodge, Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel, Lebambou Gorilla Safari Lodge, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge among others.