Don’t Invest in Africa

Don’t. Don’t invest in a whole continent. Or have you ever heard of someone who got an investment right at the same time in 54 countries? Invest in a sector. Invest in a country. Invest in people. But please, let’s stop seeing Africa as a country. Guinea differs from Mozambique just as Peru differs from…

Cockroach Polo

…never heard about this game? No wonder. I just invented it. Instructions are easy. Coincidentially step on the various cockroaches running around by night. As you wake up in the morning, take a broom and kick the dead ones out like you’d play Polo. For someone like me who is usually scared of such animals,…

Back to Mama Africa

You know you are back to Africa when you get welcomed by this beautiful sunrise, here right over Ethiopia. It is the people calling you “Mzungu”, (cosmetic) shops with names like “Remember Love” and the relaxed mindset and not necessarily always checking your watch that makes this part of the world so unique. A short…

Asante sana Zanzibar!

A country? City? Region? Or what? General confusion when you hear the word “Zanzibar”. For most European ears it sounds very far away. Only the name “Zanzibar” already rings tones of holiday, easy life, beautiful beaches and relaxing. What it feels like to touch the shell of a turtle?! Or drinking honey wine? Where you,…

Ife – Cradle of humankind

Arriving during noon at Lagos Murtala Muhammed Airport welcomed me to a completely different world. It was hot, and humid. I started qeueing for getting my immigration approved. And waited. And people passed. I tried to ask one officer if I could pass because someone is waiting for me. Hardly any reaction. (You will find…

Soweto – The other side

What everybody thinks he/she knows about Soweto: –          Poor people –          One of the biggest slums in the world –          Dangerous –          Illiteracy Yet, did you know that Soweto (~5 Mio. People) is even bigger than Johannesburg? Read me!