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Cheops and the Great Pyramid of Giza
Little is known about Cheops, the Egyptian pharaoh who was responsible for one of the most impressive structures on earth - the Great Pyramid of Giza. But his pyramid ensures his memory will last for at least another million years.

Chinua Achebe Remembered
The Nigerian writer and scholar Chinua Achebe passed away in March 2013. He used his love of language to bring the history of his people to light and is celebrated across Africa. The Biafran War shaped his life and his writing. He will always remain at the heart of African literature.

Christian Okoye
From the hilly Enugu state in Nigeria to the top of American football, Christian Okoye was the first African-born player in the NFL . His success gave other Africans the confidence to do the same and he is hailed as a “man on a mission”.

Coffee was born in Africa
Coffee has become so much a part of our lives that it is almost impossible to imagine a world without it. Centuries ago in Ethiopia, a shepherd discovered that the reddish coffee bean made his goats 'dance' and coffee was introduced to the world.

Djibouti – East African’s Smallest Country
Dwarfed by its neighbors, Ethiopia and Somalia, Djibouti is an untouched secret of East Africa. It has vast landscapes and a wide range of fauna and flora. Meeting the Afar people would be interesting and their unique skill means they will never forget you.

Dreadlocks
Many of us associate dreadlocks with Bob Marley, Whoopi Goldberg, Lenny Kravitz, Korn, Lennox Lewis, Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean and many more. In recent years there has been a rise in the popularity of dreadlocks in Africa which brings modern times in line with ancient history.

Eco-lodge Sustainable Tourism in Senegal
After spending time working and traveling in West Africa, Susanne Bohn realised her dream when she and her husband bought a piece of land in Senegal to develop eco-tourism in the Siné-Saloum National Park area.

Egyptian Mummification
The ancient Egyptian belief was that if a body was preserved after death, the person could live in the afterlife forever. The process of mummification thus became a very important aspect of the ancient culture.

Ethiopian Injera
Ethiopia has a rich food heritage. Tef, the smallest grain in agriculture, is used to make the traditional injera pancake, which is central to most meals and an important ingredient in the family unit.

Festival of the Sahara
Life in the Sahara Desert is difficult and lonely. Once a year, for four days, tribes from North Africa come together in Tunisia to celebrate the desert. The challenge each other in tests of survival and share desert tradition.

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