Category Archives: Africa

All topic relating to the African continent

KIVA – Small Loans that make a Big Difference.

I first heard about KIVA last year when my husband and some colleagues registered with the organization. After reading about KIVA and what they do, I was immediately impressed. KIVA, in a nutshell, plays the role of the middleman in … Continue reading

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A Man of The People – Chinua Achebe

When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool. -Chinua Achebe By Francine Holmes Nigerian author Chinua Achebe was one of … Continue reading

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Ginger Drink – “Gnamakoudji”

by Francine Holmes ‘Gnamakoudji’ as it is called in my native Ivory Coast or translated literally ‘ginger water’ is the ultimate tonic, that is seen by some as somewhat of a cure all.  It is made with ginger which has … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day 2013

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women” seeks to strengthen international community’s commitment to put an end to violence against women. For more information, go to http://www.un.org/en/women/endviolence/Continue reading

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International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation 2/06/13

By Francine Holmes Today marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation – a day when we raise global awareness about this issue and reaffirm our strong commitment to eradicating this extremely harmful practice that violates the … Continue reading

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Shea Butter, Beurre de Karite or Butyrospermum parkii, A rose by any other name

By Francine Holmes What is it with our new-found obsession with Shea butter, is it really that new? It’s interesting that in recent years, Shea butter has become the ‘new’ miracle product.  You would find it in almost everything.  Shea … Continue reading

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