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Agbada is a large boubou-style garment that is mostly worn by men in most of the West Africa sub-region. It originated form Hausa land where it is referred to as Babanriga.
The Agbada has gained various names in different ethnic groups and languages that adopted it from the original Babanriga of the Hausa People. Obviously, it is called agbada in Yoruba and Dagomba, while some of the other various names include boubou in Wolof, k's or gandora in Tuareg, darra'a in Maghrebi Arabic, and grand boubou in different French-speaking West African countries.
In addition, one of the French-speaking country in West Africa, Senegal, also call the agbada the Senegalese boubou or the Senegalese kaftan.
However, in recent times, the Agbada fashion - though, a part of traditional attire in West Africa - has slowly eased its way into urban fashion. It has witnessed many adaptations by modern fashion and has incorporated women into the Agbada fashion as well.
The Agbada was also replicated in the famous Black Panther movie.
The Agbada isn’t just one outfit. It traditionally consists of a pair of wide legged pants, a long/short sleeved shirt and the robe that is worn over it. With the development of the styles, the robe length has been modified and the traditional designs have been altered.
Also, the sleeves of the robe are wide opened and very long so they could be folded over on the shoulders of the wearer. But with the progress in fashion and creativity, short-sleeved Agbadas have become a trend.
The styles and designs have evolved from the simple cotton cuts they used to be to more elegant and sophisticated designs. Incorporation of different materials are now being used in the creation of Agbadas, whereas they were basically made with high-grade cotton and the three pieces of the attire were made from the same material and colour.
In recent times, however, the colours and materials of the pants, shirts and robes have been switched up. A mix and match of colours with a variety of materials are no longer uncommon for an Agbada style. As with most fashion items, Agbadas have become unisex attires and we can’t deny that women wear them beautifully!
Agbada is an outfit that entraps culture at its most exquisite in fashion.
Nature is truly unadulterated perfection. There is something about it that is entirely wholesome and leaves us stunned. From falls that are breathtaking to mountains that go sky-high - natural sights continue to be major points for tourist attractions.
Ado Awaye in Oyo state, Nigeria is one of such wonders of nature. This suspended lake is the only one that exists in Africa and what’s more? There are only two suspended lakes in the world.
Oyo state boasts of this body of water atop a mountain that is a rare sight in the entire world. This only serves to boost its selling points as a major tourist location and must-see spot. Located on the Iyake Mountains, the journey from levelled ground to the mountains is a strain, but the Ado Awaye suspended lake is worth all the trouble.
Commonly referred to as the Iyake Lake named after the mountains that house it, this natural body has no known depth as it has proven difficult to be deciphered. The indigenes of Ado Awaye have thrilling myths about the lake and the mountains but tourists are drawn in by both the excitement and wonder.
Surrounding the Iyake Lake is a foot-shaped hollow, which many believe to be a channel to the lake and the elephant tree, which takes the replica of an elephant’s face.
Ado Awaye is a resource generating tourist attraction but more than that, it is a wonder and a beauty to behold!
Festivals happen all across the world, but in Africa, the sheer beauty of each moment is an astonishing one. The vast ethnicities and their amazing cultures are an intensely beautiful experience that everyone should have.
Here are some exciting and captivating African festivals to watch out for in 2019!
Rwanda is home to the unique species of mountain gorillas. what better way to celebrate this than with a national gorilla naming festival? A truly captivating event, the Kwita Izina is held yearly to name every gorilla born in the year before.
Fear not, the gorillas aren’t going to be in attendance. This festival of animal conservation in September 2019 is celebrated with dancing and singing.
2. BUSHFIRE –SWAZILAND
The Bushfire festival in Swaziland is all about the beauty in aesthetics. The three-day festival that’s set for May 2019 features artistic performances that are simply breathtaking.
This celebration comes along with some enthralling music. And at the end of the festival, they give a portion of proceeds to charities and NGOs in Swaziland.
3. LAKE OF STARS –MALAWI
September 2019 is bringing with it the 15th edition of one of the best festivals in the world right at the shores of Lake Malawi. A combination of music, culture, fashion and dance, it’s not hard to see why the Lake Of Stars is a renowned festival.
The three-day festival is a wholesome event to look forward to. Thanks to the scenery and all the excitement it promises!
4. FELABRATION – NIGERIA
The afrobeat legend, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, is celebrated in this week-long festival held in Lagos. The event in October will bring out top artists in the Afrobeat genre.
The felabration week also showcases some stage productions and exhibitions.
5. AFRIKA BURN – SOUTH AFRICA
Like the United States’ Burning man festival, the Afrika Burn coming up in April 2019 is all about aesthetics and expressions.
The exciting part of this fest is that the people in attendance create art pieces with complete liberty of self-expression and at the end of the event some of the creations are set on fire and look even better when lit up!
6. INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE SAHARA – TUNISIA
It doesn’t get more exotic than the desert, does it? Douz, Tunisia is sure to receive throes of foreigners at the end of the year between December and January when thousands will flock in to take part in the four-day-long cultural celebration. Horse rides, camel marathons, rich music and poetry are some of the highlights to look forward to at the international festival of the Sahara.
7. SAUTI ZA BUSARA – ZANZIBAR
The ‘Sounds of Wisdom’ festival from Zanzibar is everything a celebration of music should be. Different musical acts from across the expanse of Africa come together to put on an amazing festival. The name depicts everything you can expect from the festival in February 2019, sounds that are certain to entrance you!
Listening to your favourite song with earphones in a serene environment brings an amazing sensation. Albeit, nothing compares to the feeling of listening to music with a crowd of people who are most likely feeling the same things as you are. it’s like an overflow of good vibes.
That being said, being in a concert and having the full intense experience banks on some important things; the arena, the artiste, the musical lineup and your outfit! Yes, even in the most carefree, soul-searing settings, you still need to pay attention to your outfit.
Doesn’t seem rational? Well wait till you’re decked out in one of the outfits highlighted below and watch someone else struggle with their improperly planned outfit –you’d be glad you took the care to plan.
Coordinating outfits with the concert type can seem bothersome, rest easy –we’ll do the sorting.
Your favourite artiste could be a very unique alternative singer, which automatically means there likely won’t be a lot of jumping around. This dress is perfect for such a concert. It gives you the freedom of comfort without pounding on your fashion sense. Coupled with a beautiful chiffon shirt or a strapless cotton tank top and a nice pair of heels or sandals, you get a stunning look!
For men, dressing for a concert can be tricky. Sometimes you want to pull on your favourite tee and some crazy jeans and be on your way. While other times, you want to tuck a dress shirt in and call it a day. This kaftan number solves that dilemma with so many benefits in just one look. With this, you get elegance, style and comfort.
So, you can either sit back and listen to some soul music or break out in impressive moves without worrying about fitting in.
The macho man will find this tee to be a jewel. Comfort, style and all the manly vibes your heart desires. Pair this with some jeans and stylish sneakers, you are well on your way to having an amazing night with good music and the right crowd.
Nothing screams concert like a checkered shirt, you can try to argue but you would come up short. The checkered shirt might as well be the universal concert uniform. Add jeans and a nice pair of shoes, you’ve got yourself a winner! It’s a classic look that promises a fun time.
Happy hour cannot be a happy hour without a polo. When all else fails, and you don’t feel like being decked out in too much, a polo can come to the rescue. As seen in the picture, the right shoes can effectively do justice to your concert look with a polo decked on!
We know what you are thinking. A sweatshirt? Really? But hold up, you’ll be thanking us when you are at an outdoor concert and watching people rub their arms due to cold while you are all cosied up. Sneakers, sweatshirts and jeans are the perfect combos for an outdoor concert that will likely run till later in the night when it gets cold.
Like it is stated in the Kalakuta Republic, having your own warmth at a concert is not a bad idea. However, if you’re an urban/chic lady then this hoodie piece is just for you. It serves two purposes with the added benefits of a feel-good outfit. One: it allows you to express your feminine side, and two: it keeps away the pests that try to interrupt a good concert (bugs). It’s the complete package, don’t you agree?
Just like the camo tee, this is a typical macho man outfit and we love it because it is such a unique colour for men’s wear. It is not every day you get to see a man wear a yellow tee, and one as bright as this! So, if you don’t mind the attention and would like to stand out at a concert then this is the shirt for you. You can add on a face cap for extra style points.
Concerts aren’t an excuse to be dressed in basic outfits. Most people opt for the easiest things but one of the best parts about a concert is receiving and dishing out compliments to people.
This Dede pant is a sure compliment magnet. The stripes are all the allure and style you need. To pull off this gem, just top it off with some chiffon or linen. There is no rule that says you can’t look stylish while screaming your favourite song at a concert.
This top is just amazing and should always be at the top of your options for a concert outfit. The material is soft and comfortable, so you can raise your hands and sing your heart out with no worries. The little details on the design up the ante of style and fashion in a normal, adrenaline-driven environment.
Now that you’ve made plans with your squad this weekend, there’s only one thing missing–the club dance outfit!
It doesn’t necessarily matter if you’re a hot stepper or a clumsy one, whatever outfit you decide on, you should be able to turn heads and dazzle at the occasion.
Jeans and all super-tight outfits should be thrown far from your mind when the subject of dancing comes up –you have to be free to move.
However, if we’ve just taken away all your wardrobe options, don’t fret! Put your seat belt on and let your hair down, we’re about to take you on a cruise for the best club outfits.
Going dancing is best done as comfortably as you can. If we are being honest, comfort is the first thing you actually consider while selecting an outfit to go dancing in.
Skirts can be comfortable but risky, jeans may get very uncomfortable after a while but a jumpsuit will do absolutely no wrong --especially if it is sleeveless like this beautiful piece.
The slit sides also give you the added advantage of allowing air into your legs while you get your groove on!
The club isn’t the best place to find a lover like Ed Sheeran claimed, but it is a pretty decent place to let your hair down and have a good time. When it comes to clubbing, however, most people opt for the shortest numbers in their closet --that’s a no for us.
You can look sultry and jaw-droppingly gorgeous without flashing anything. This blue three-piece outfit is going to put the spotlight on you without a doubt -and without the roaming eyes.
The open shoulders and high slit give you the sultry vibe while the material allows you to breathe comfortably while making your way across sweaty bodies.
If the Elley set is too long for your personal taste then this Nessa number is perfect for you. With the skirt length, you can comfortably do the tango and salsa without having to worry about accidentally flashing onlookers. Also, the ruffles on the arms add an air of adventure to the general look of this piece.
A lovely night out at your favourite elite club calls for the Zita dress --trust us on it! This dress is literally perfection in lace, with the right amount of transparency and just the right length to make you feel free enough to leave your stress on the dance floor.
The cut and style of the dress are elegant in the total ‘I know how to have fun’ way. So, if you’re headed out and need to maintain your standards, this is the one for you.
A night of fun is what you seek? Look no further, just pick this. The playsuit is the shorter version of the jumpsuit which basically means, more airless stress. This beautiful black playsuit is all you need to look the part on the dancefloor.
The gold buttons on the sides are a chic-inclusion to the fun style created by this look, and guess what? For extra comfort, you can pair this off with strappy sandals for ultimate comfort.
If your style is all elegance and class then you’re going dancing in this gown. It allows you to carry yourself with perfect sophistication while ensuring that you don’t look like a prude (no offence intended). The halter neck adds a dash of style to the perfection that is this dress for an elegant thrill seeker.
A picture speaks a thousand words and we believe this dress has done itself enough justice. The shirt bodice promises comfort and style while the lace emphasizes the beauty of feminine grace. If your style is low-key then this dress is high-key your perfect choice for a night out.
Daring, bold and beautiful. This jumpsuit can only be described and worn by a person who is those three adjectives. The top part is designed to be sultry while the bottom reaffirms class. So, if you are adventurous with a huge love for all fun-related activities then, by all means, this is your outfit.
This is literally, the studded version of the Zita dress. If the Zita dress is too calm for your taste but you want all the perks the style offers, then Yvonne was made for you. With some extra glam to suit your glow.
This blouse is everything you need and more. Seriously, it is.
If you want to be spontaneous and racy with caution you can have just a bra or tube beneath it but, if you are not so daring you can put on a camisole before putting it on. Either way, paired with high-waisted shorts or skirts and you’re good to go!
Fashion trends are one of the most exciting aspects of urban living. As new trends are introduced, the fashion scene evolves and another trend follows closely behind. However, these trends are like guidelines for designers and stylists in order to keep their looks within the range of what is and isn’t acceptable by the fashion community at a particular season.
Fashion enthusiasts and stylists alike are constantly on the lookout for wave-making, awe-inspiring and cringe-inducing trends to either join the bandwagon or steer clear from.
Just like past years have seen some of the most interesting and horrifying trends come and go, trends are often recycled and revamped to be re-introduced to the fashion world with massive reception from fashion enthusiasts.
Wide-legged trousers, mom jeans and vintage shirts are some of the recycled trends that have been re-introduced to the scene and are major hits in the urban fashion world.
Keeping up with the fast-paced changes can prove to be exhausting, especially when preparing your closet for the new year’s fresh wave of trends. Don’t fret it, we have compiled a list of thirteen trends that are going to help you jingle the right way this year!
Capes have made a new appearance on the urban fashion scene and they have been widely accepted, no surprise there. Despite being extremely stylish, the capes are super easy-to-wear outfit perfections. Throw a beautifully designed cape over crazy jeans or snug-fitting yoga pants and your look becomes a 10/10 real quick. The more intricate and unique the design of the cape, the higher your style scale tips. This FIERCE CLOAK is a perfect example of the cape fever that has hit the fashion scene recently.
Art is making all the waves in 2019 and we can say this assuredly based on the high demand for aesthetic clothing from mid-2018 til now. Hand-painted jackets, jeans and sneakers have been in the fashion news as the new cool. However, one relatively untapped aspect of this trend that you can maximize in 2019 is hand-painted clutches.
Despite the overall aesthetic effects these clutches, like the SIGNATURE HAND PAINTED CLUTCH displayed above provide, they are unbelievably chic when it comes to style. Also, thanks to the hand-painting, you can have yours custom made to fit your needs and style.
Bags are one of the top accessories in a lady’s closet. They can really define your outfit by increasing the ante or taking it down a notch as may be required. The trends revolving around bags in previous years have been focused on colour and design, not the material used for the bag itself.
The Abike bag is a beautifully designed, cylindrical bag made with snakeskin but what makes it a great trend option for 2019 is the addition of bold, seemingly ‘clashing’ colours.
The older fashion design of tie&dye and wax work is making a huge comeback this season. A lot of top designers have already begun to infuse these patterns into their designs. One of the more unique variations of this trend is the Batiq shirt by Orhue. The design and cut of the shirt fall in line with the modern urban style but the print draws inspiration from the older adirefashion.
Just like capes, jackets are making a huge comeback this season. Fashion enthusiasts are definitely appreciative of this trend because the style and cut of the jackets allow them to be creative with the design. The Rabo cage jacket is of longer length than standard coats but the high-placed pockets, the buttons and the lapels (which are supposed to be exclusive to suits) all earn extra trend points for this jacket.
Jewellery are standard statement-makers. They accessorize every outfit and give a glammed appearance to the wearer. This Fiona jewellery set features most, if not all, of the characteristics of the bold jewellery trend. The use of aesthetic stones and interlock chains with dangling earrings is as daring as sophisticated jewellery can get.
Most people say the first thing we notice about another, is their footwear. True, as that maybe or not, shoes are the completion of every outfit and these Blue slides are just the best way to draw attention to your feet. The aesthetic effect of the colours are great trendsetters for the year.
Style is dynamic and constantly on the rise. The application of the different patterns and design evolve with each fashion trend. Infusing geometric shapes in outfits like these Signature pants is a firecracker way to wear this trend like a pro.
Creating a revolutionary fashion trend from the traditional culture can be tricky and trying but African prints have defied the odds. This Biodun jacket is proof of that. Style certified with a beautiful design, this is definitely a trend for 2019.
Jumpsuits are not a new look on the fashion scene but the styles and designs have been innovated since they first hit the streets. Jumpsuits now feature a series of cuts and styles that were not originally associated with them, like this Nancy jumpsuit. A mix of materials and accessories have been added to the standard looks of jumpsuits.
The Black Panther movie was a cultural turning point for most people and it inspired a lot of trends. Fashion stylists have drawn inspiration from the cast's wardrobe. In line with that, this Wakanda bracelet is one of the best ways to key into this trend.
When art meets style, it's sure to be a killer look. These UWA pant by ZVP are a perfect addition to your 2019 trends closet. They are comfortable, trendy and have a simple beautiful design. What's not to like? Styled with mesh tops, chiffon and snug-fitting tank tops, they are a hit look for any occasion.
Hoodies have been a comfort option for a very long time and justifiably so. They are typically made with pure cotton for maximum warmth but the latest trend on hoodies is the inception of different materials in making hoodies. Like this TEMI hoodie which is made with a mix of Ankara print and cotton for the cover. It is fashion savvy and trendy -did someone say perfection?
Christmas is an undisputed, crowd favorite, holiday. Like most holidays, it comes with a whole lot of events and occasions. This is a major reason why a lot of people look forward to the end of the year activities, it is simply the best outlet for the stress and pressure of the whole year –but with sentimental value.
However, most personal calendars are usually loaded up with events right from the weeks/days leading up to Christmas and they continue till the New Year is ushered in. We don’t have to take a look at your planner to know that there are already scheduled places to be and a Christmas bucket list to cross out.
Getting ready for holiday parties can be tricky when you have to figure out what would be considered to be too much for a particular event or gathering. To ensure that you have a stress-free holiday while living your best life and simply having a good time, we have created the ultimate list of Christmas party outfits for the year.
The best part? Each one of this outfit allows you to express yourself when the music comes alive and you can swing your body to the vibe.
You can’t deny that this fringed perfection has ‘party’ written all over it and this should be at the top of
your options whenever you are considering an outfit for a relaxed night out at a high-end lounge or
restaurant this festive period.
Comfortable heels, light jewellery and some subtle makeup later, you are ready to party and celebrate the
successful end of yet, another year.
The sleeveless factor is more encouragement to the party like you mean it, without worrying about sweat
The picture speaks a thousand words but for records’ sake, this dress is amazing!
Now, we’re not just saying that because we can, but because it is the truth! Look at the dress and be honest,
don’t you feel like doing a shimmy in it?
This love game dress is the best outfit for any informal gatherings this festive period. It is beautiful, simple and
better still? It allows you to be as comfortable and unrestricted as you want to be.
Skirts have once again rocked the fashion wave and this year had one of the biggest waves. From denim to minis,
we have seen skirt successes and fails. Rest assured, this high-low skirt is a confirmed success.
Got a corporate Christmas dinner and your dresses aren’t doing it for you? This right here is the answer to your
closet longings. Let’s not forget the fact that skirts emphasize certain parts of the body and give you looks that
make you feel like amazons.
The best thing about sheer blouses is their sheer flexibility. See what we did there?
A sheer blouse can be styled with cashmere and tucked into a skirt for a day at work, while the same top can be
worn with a short tube and jeans for a night out.
For any of your outings this season, simply style your sheer blouse with heels or sandals as the occasion calls
demands. You don’t have to exhaust your resources to look good.
Nothing says ‘hair down, fun ready’, like these Loli pants.
Bust out your dance moves in these comfort beauties while enjoying the scenery at a BBQ or potluck
Christmas get-together with your friends.
Couple it with a patterned or solid coloured shirt or tuck a funky tee in the waistbands, you’ll rock both ways.
What better way to have fun and countdown the new year than in beautiful comfort?
There is just something about one-shoulder dresses that make them look so glamorous -even in the simplest of
This beautiful dress almost definitely screams ‘company Christmas’. Whether it’s a dinner, a get-together or an
actual party, this dress should be seen by your colleagues to reaffirm that you can slay in more ways than
The details and additional designs are bonuses to the perfection of this outfit.
Most outings at this period are typically before and after the Christmas day itself. A lot of people prefer to stay home and entertain their family and friends. If you are one of them but you still want to get dressed up, then this dress is all you need.
The colour complements the season perfectly and the design is simple enough not to have you looking weird at the Christmas dinner.
The style allows for free movement while guaranteeing elegance and beauty all in one dress.
Despite its name, this dress has no likeness to the reckless flamboyancy of the Great Gatsby. However, let us
leave that aside and admire the sheer simplicity. It is so easy flowing yet shape-defining. Magical is the word
that comes to mind.
The perfect option for a late-night Christmas party when worn with heels or a boxing day brunch when
paired with beautiful strappy sandals.
The beauty of this dress is incomparable and between you and us, we think the name Gatsby is perfect for it.
The Liza gown is a sincere beauty to behold. The solid colour and design give you an immediate air of
sophistication which is perfect for a corporate Christmas dinner like your office’s end of the year gathering.
The off shoulder and ruffles ease off the seriousness of the gown so it doesn’t seem like you came to the party in
your work clothes.
Throw in some dangling earrings and a beautiful wrist piece like a wristwatch or bracelet with comfortable heels
and dazzle everyone at the party.
This dress is literal perfection. Its style is so simple and beautiful that when paired with some pearls and it becomes classy enough for a Christmas dinner. Swap the pearls for some studs, accessorize with rings and a bracelet, it becomes a look for a casual party or lounge tour.
You can do no wrong with this dress whether you wear it with heels, flats or sandals. It allows you to be comfortable and stylish, two of the most important things when it comes to picking an outfit.
Going by these impeccable options, your look for every occasion would be nothing but a straight up hit! Have fun this festive period while looking your very best!!
With an average of just five people for every square mile, Namibia is the second-least-densely populated country in the world. And one can easily see why: the bulk of the country is taken up by desert and so outside of Namibia’s short rainy season, it’s a very arid place.
One could drive for hours straight and not see a single human, car, or building over that time. If you’re an introvert with a love of wide, open spaces, you won’t get enough of the isolation.
Known as the land of endless horizons, Travel in Namibia is unlike travelling anywhere else on earth. The epic landscapes and great big distances of this country will leave you feeling both insignificant, small, in absolute awe and carefree and at every turn. A visit to Namibia is well worth it; It's epic in every single way.
Vast and breathtakingly beautiful, wild and dramatic; from the depths of Africa’s largest canyon to the soaring dunes, Namibia is a must-see. And what's more, Namibia was rated the #2 best value destination in Lonely Planet's 'Best in Travel 2017' which means it is very affordable right now.
Here are some breathtaking places to visit in Namibia:
Make time to visit the red desert dunes of Sossusvlei, If you only have time to see one thing in Namibia.
Considering the country in its entirety is remarkably beautiful, it’s a big call. But not many places on earth can boast a landscape quite as special as the one inside the Namib-Naukluft National Park.
How it feels when you stand before a towering orange sand dune stretching some 300m towards the bright blue sky or touch the shifting sands of the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, or walk amongst 900-year-old fossilised Acacia trees in the vast white clay pan of Deadvlei – can’t be described in words.
During sunrise is the best time to see the dunes in all their glory; when the light coming from the east paints the dunes in vivid orange and black contrasts. You can get in a little workout by climbing Dune 45 at sunrise, the most accessible. Explore Big Daddy or Deadvlei late in the afternoon, when the golden light again illuminates the area in all its magnificence.
2. FISH RIVER CANYON
Legend has it that this dramatic void that snakes through the dusty Namibian landscape was whiplashed into existence by the tail of an angry dragon. And it won’t be hard to see why - when you’re standing at the lip of Fish River Canyon.
After the Grand Canyon, the jagged canyon is the second largest in the world and will surely make you feel small in the best possible way. It also counts its birthdays in the league of ‘almost as old as time itself’ at 500 million years old.
Heavy wet season rainfall transforms the Fish River from a series of narrow interconnecting pools on the canyon floor into a raging flash flood and you might also be lucky enough to catch sight of it if you’re there towards the end of summer.
You can take on the challenge of the four-day day Fish River hike that winds along the canyon floor if you’re feeling particularly brave. It will be tough but absolutely unforgettable.
3. SKELETON COAST
An intoxicating mix of bleak desolation, treacherous history and harsh terrain, make the dangerous-sounding ‘Skeleton Coast’ the tourist attraction it is. Here, the wild desert meets the sea - the hot, dry air of the Namib desert colliding with the Atlantic’s cold Benguela current to create a fog that rolls thickly over the sea.
Coupled with strong water currents and a howling wind, it’s little wonder that hundreds of unlucky ships (and their seafarers) have met their demise along this coast over the centuries. While the skeletons of whales and seals litter the shoreline - the last vestiges of the old whaling industry, Some of the shipwrecks are still clearly visible today. To top it off, elephants and desert lions still stalk these dunes as well.
The Skeleton Coast remains some of the most pristine coastal wilderness in Africa- and potentially the whole world, despite its lack of hospitality and eeriness. It is bleak but stunningly beautiful.
4. THE SPECTACULAR SPITZKOPPE
Damaraland, a towering 1987m high granite mountain rises straight out of the desert, is situated In the heart of one of Namibia’s most wild and beautiful landscapes.
Nicknamed the ‘Matterhorn of Africa’ due to its dramatic shape, Namibia’s Spitzkoppe is all that remains of a 700 million-year-old ancient volcano. There’s just as much adventure to be had in the surrounds, though you can climb to the top (with technical know-how and some ropes).
Explore the unique landscape and head out on one of the many hikes; rich vegetation, ancient caves, imposing boulders, and desert plains, or hang out at the Rock Archway taking some epic photos. You can go in search of ancient bush paintings estimated to be up to 6,000 years old if you’re after something a little more cultural.
Then watch the sunset light up the granite boulders with streaks of orange and red before retiring to your campsite under the endlessly starry Namibian sky. The things desert dreams are made of.
5. THE CAPITAL, WINDHOEK
Like most African cities, Windhoek is a mix of colonial history and African urban buzz. Here, you can learn about the country’s rich history, shop till you drop in the many markets, or simply enjoy great food and beer under the ever-present African sun.
Although we don't recommend spending too much time in Windhoek, be sure to check out Christuskirche, the ginger-bread style church in the centre of town, visit the local craft markets in town, have a local ale (or 10) at Joe's beer house, or relax in the African sun at the Parliament gardens.
What if we told you not only celebrities like Angelina Jolie enjoy chomping on insects or think of them as tasty delicacies?
You won’t believe some exotic African culture and beautiful traditions also find some insects to be edible snacks and delicacies. They eat some of these insects alongside meals while others are eaten in-between meals as quick munchies.
It is known as Entomophagy botanically - the practice of insects-eating by humans.
Surprisingly, this practice is not a twenty-first-century development, it dates back to the stone and iron ages. But in recent years, significantly improved research has been done and more classes of edible insects have sprouted.
So, next time you see a bug and want to crush it, keep those feet down –it could be a quick munch.
On a flip side, if you’re planning a visit to any African country, keep an open mind when exploring their cuisines, you will be delighted at the different delicacies that are available for your taste buds and more so, you have the explorer’s option of munching on some insects in between your sojourns as well.
Here are some insects you would never believe Africans eat –so don’t be surprised if you’re offered one during your visit to one of the most ethnically diverse countries.
Despite how unbelievable it seems, these critters are actually edible! They are eaten as a delicacy in Southern Africa countries like Zimbabwe. They serve them in their restaurants, and it’s actually considered as a staple part of the Zimbabwean diet.
They are harvested, dried and sold by the locals when they are in season. The locals eat them immediately they are dried out. However, they can be cooked in a spicy sauce and served alongside meals or deep fried. In Southern Africa, the harvest of these caterpillars is accounted as 9.5 billion every year which means $85 million in yearly sales.
Crickets are delectable insects you would find being sold on the roadsides in Niger, a country in West Africa. While in Kenya, cricket farming is already a major source of income.
The crickets are soaked in boiling water and dried before frying. They are served alongside main meals such as rice.
Locusts are vegetable pests so it’s quite ironic that they can be controlled by consuming them. They travel in large swarms and this makes them easily accessible for hunting and capturing.
Like the caterpillars and crickets, locusts are fried before consumption. Their legs are often removed during the process to avoid indigestion and other internal discomforts.
Research has it that locusts are as protein fortifying as beef.
Popularly known as stink bugs, Pentatomid bugs are another class of insects that you won’t believe Africans actually eat.
As opposed to the other insects, these bugs aren’t fried, boiled or consumed when dry. Stink bugs are roasted before consumption and the oil that is extracted from them in the roasting process is gathered to be used for preparing other foods.
Pentatomid bugs are commonly eaten in the sub-Saharan areas of Africa.
Termites are the second highest on the ranks of most eaten insects on this planet.
They are a popular delicacy in the eastern and southern parts of Africa.
Like ants, termites can be eaten raw if it’s urgent. Albeit, they taste better when fried, spiced or sauced. They are eaten as sides for main dishes in eastern Africa.
Don’t jump into that conclusion that bees produce honey and honey is consumed so in a way this article is talking about honey. It isn’t.
All the insects listed herein are eaten as they are, not their produces. Baby bees are consumed in their natural state in some parts of Africa. Bee farming has been diversified to include cultivating bees for direct consumption as opposed to the traditional method of bee farming for only honey.
Baby bees, otherwise known as larvae and pupae actually have very high protein content and are nutritious.
7. Palm weevil
Western Africa has experienced an increase in the overall consumption of palm weevil like you wouldn’t believe. Although the farming of palm weevils hasn’t been as widespread as the consumption, it is on the rise.
These weevils are highly nutritious and beneficial to health, therefore their consumption has been advised by researchers and scientists.
These might be a bit easier to believe because they are already consumed in several parts of the world. They are crunchy and a tasty delight when toasted, fried or roasted, and served alongside alcoholic beverages in some countries.
Grasshoppers are actually great sides for different kinds of courses and dishes. While Ugandans eat them during the rainy season as treats, different spices and sauces are added to up the ante of their taste.
What other insects have you eaten or come across cross people eating? Share with us.