It’s Happening –CUBA Live! 2017

January 10th, 2017 by admin Categories: Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Featured, Field Study Research No Responses
It’s Happening –CUBA Live! 2017

The Africana Cuban Culture and Traditions Travel Project.

La Habana, Santiago de Cuba, Trinidad, Matanzas, Cienfuegos.

Conversations |Tours | Visits | Art | Food |Science | Authenticity | Variety||

Daily departures from many U.S. cities.

Information and details 404.915.6701.

Feeling good in Cuba, Join Us!

 

 

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Warm Temperatures, Sun, Sand, Surf.
Shoes not required.

 

Feel at home in Cuba. Join Us!

Feel at home in Cuba.
Join Us!

 

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Mountains and hills dominate the landscape.
Santiago de Cuba.

In Santiago de Cuba; you are either traveling up hill or down hill.

Compared to La Habana, Santiago is cleaner, quieter and more picturesque.

Mountains are everywhere, glimmering in the distance.

This started as a video, then accidentally the slo-mo setting was activated.

Pardon the change in pace.

Slo-mo is only fun when we are doing the business 😉

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#cubatravel #cuba #afrocuban #cubaculture #santiagodecuba #lahabanacuba #uscubatravel

YaoundĂ© to Douala – Good surprise.

January 3rd, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Field Study Research, Mobile No Responses

Tuesday afternoon, November 15.

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Transportation from Yaoundé to Douala is affordable tourist class coach service.

 

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This is Cameroon, bus tickets have your name, boarding is orderly and organized. Passengers enter the coach in the order of purchase. There will be no skipping the line.

 

Bus attendent, lunch service and decent seating.

Bus attendent, lunch service and decent seating.

 

Best choice for price and comfort for transportation between Douala and Yaoundé

Best choice for price and comfort for transportation between Douala and Yaoundé.
Great way to build marketshare and customer loyalty.

 

Tasty fish sandwich. Better meal offering than what is available on some U.S. airlines.

Tasty fish sandwich. Better meal choice than what is available on some U.S. commercial airlines.

 

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Entering the edge of the forest between Yaoundé and Douala.

 

15 Nov. 2016, 3:11:40 PM

15 Nov. 2016, 3:11:40 PM

The U.S. election upset was in the news. At a routine check point, soldiers had jokes for my U.S. Passport.

The next day when sharing the jokes with Mr. Honey Muse, he said that Trump jokes were not funny.

Well in hindsight, guess not perhaps one week after was still too soon.

Blessed to be living outside the country. Enjoying the luxury of looking from the outside IN.

Blessed to briefly be living outside the U.S.
Experiencing the luxury of looking from the outside IN.

 

Yaoundé Super Moon

January 1st, 2017 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Field Study Research, Jengu Health Traditions, Mobile, Random No Responses

Monday, November 14, 2016.

Locally grown culture is real.

Soil celebrity.

Edith Rose’s birthdate.

Full Moon Taurus.

Customs.

Place.

Space.

Music.

New Music.

Brymo

Yemi Alade

Davido

Elana

Dinner.

Lessons.

Night drive around Mont Fébé.

City lights.

Protocol is everything.

Immerse.

Embrace.

Time to Learn.

Spirit.

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Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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City Lights of Yaoundé. View from Mont Fébé. Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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City Lights of Yaoundé. View from Mont Fébé. Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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Dovv Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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Full Moon in Taurus over the city. Dovv Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon. #supermoon

 

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Pan African University, Dovv Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

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Pan African University. Dovv Bastos, Yaoundé, Cameroon.

 

 

 

Douala to Yaoundé

December 25th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Destinations, Field Study Research, Jengu Health Traditions, Mobile, Public History Programming No Responses

First Sunday in Cameroon – Day 4

Road trip: Douala to Yaoundé

On the road Next stop Yaoundé

On the road.
Next stop Yaoundé.

 

The days were full; movement in the day, meetings and lessons at night.

In total the journey on the ground was a full 26 days. Information overload was the norm.

Some days I was nodding during lessons, but trust I was paying attention.

Twenty six days of growth and learning. Cultural immersion at its best.

My mantra was, I Am In Africa.

Saying I Am In Africa once a day, always with smile, helped to keep my teeth white.

Lol!

Modern building facades use ancient symbolism as ornamental appointments that signify identity and place.

Location: Somewhere between Douala and Yaoundé.
Modern building facades use ancient symbolism as ornamental appointments that signify identity and place.

 

FENAC - Yaoundé Musee national a Yaoundé wow, Wonderful, WOW!! Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.

FENAC – YaoundĂ©
Musee National a Yaoundé.
Wow, Wonderful, WOW!!
Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.

 

Bamileke nation.

FENAC – YaoundĂ©,
Musee National a Yaoundé.
Wow, Wonderful, WOW!!
Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.
Sistars from the Bamileke Nation getting into position for a picture.
Exquisite embroidery on black cotton velvet.

 

FENAC - Yaoundé Musee national a Yaoundé wow, Wonderful, WOW!! Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.

FENAC – YaoundĂ©.
Musee National a Yaoundé.
Wow, Wonderful, WOW!!
Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.

 

Yaoundé. There is a six hour time difference between the East coast and Cameroon, which means that since arriving my sleep has been choppy. You know, I fall asleep on EST but still wake up in local time with everyone else. Or I fall asleep at reasonable local time, then wake up at EST evening time. Jet lag is a a beast, but I did take a cat nap though, on the drive to Yaoundé. Yet despite the resetting of my body clock, I am hanging tough. This picture was taken at the FENAC Festival. Wow, Wonderful, WOW!!! Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people. So I posed with the sculptures of the Mother and the Invisible Lady. Yeah, I was diggin' everything about this FENAC Festival scene. After the festival we went for a Sunday evening visit with our Padrino. Then to the grill space for dinner. Beauty in abundance. #thisisafrica

FENAC YaoundĂ© – Musee a National YaoundĂ©.
Beauty in abundance.
#thisisafrica

There is a six hour time difference between the East coast and Cameroon, which means that since arriving my sleep has been choppy.
You know, I fall asleep on EST but still wake up in local time with everyone else.
Or I fall asleep at a reasonable local time, then wake up at EST evening time.
Jet lag is a a beast, but I did take a cat nap though, on the drive to Yaoundé.
Yet despite the resetting of my body clock, I am hanging tough.
This picture was taken at the FENAC Festival.
Wow, Wonderful, WOW!!!
Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.
So I posed with the sculptures of the Mother and the Invisible Lady.
Yeah, I was diggin’ everything about this FENAC Festival scene.
After the festival we went for a Sunday evening visit with our Padrino.
Then to the grill space for dinner.

 

 

Ancient styled warrior armor.

FENAC – YaoundĂ©.
Musee a National Yaoundé.
Ancient styled warrior armor.

 

Beauty in abundance.

This picture was taken at the FENAC Festival. Wow, Wonderful, WOW!!!
Great atmosphere, fabulous Art, excellent live music and beautiful people.
This floor photo, captures this beautiful mask, the vendor’s sneaker, the edges of my dress and a glimpse of my happy toes.
Yeah, I was diggin’ everything about this FENAC Festival scene.
After the festival we went for a Sunday evening visit with our Padrino. Then to the grill space for dinner. Beauty in abundance. #thisisafrica

 

 

Love the effect of the b/w treatment, as it perfectly reflects the mystery of that moment. #wearableart #fenac #yaoundé

FENAC – YaoundĂ©
Musee a National Yaoundé
Love the effect of the b/w treatment, as it perfectly reflects the mystery of that moment.
Beauty in abundance
#wearableart #fenac #yaoundé

 

Dignity, beauty, style. #wearableart #fenac #yaoundé

FENAC – YaoundĂ©
Musee a National Yaoundé
Dignity, style, magic.
Beauty in abundance. #wearableart #fenac #yaoundé

 

Sunday night dinner in a very popular grill space. Located somewhere off the beaten path. Fork not necessary. #delicious!!!

Sunday night dinner in a very popular grill space.
Located somewhere off the beaten path.
Superb seasoning, memorable flavors!!
Fork use is optional.
#delicious!!!

Make Something Happen – Douala

December 25th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroon Architecture, Cameroun, Destinations, Field Study Research, Jengu Health Traditions, Mobile, Public History Programming No Responses

Day Two, – Orientation – A Tribe Called Quest released the 2 CD set, We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service 

Day Three  – Exploration, Planning, Tributes.

On the ground, introduction and adjustment to Douala, the time zone, Sawa culture, protocol and traditions.

These were memorable days, filled with many firsts and the grooving rhythms of the latest ATCQ sounds.

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Canton Bell. Tribute to the Ancestors.

 

Vault of Douala Manga Bell

 

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Canton Bell. Learning the history, the geography. Understanding the course of events.

 

Canton Bell

Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

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Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

Canton Bell

Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

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Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

Canton Bell.

Canton Bell. Acknowledging the significance of image, identity and cultural sovereignty.

 

Upscale Apartment House Living in Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon. Multi story, brick fascade, balconies, ironwork and decorative ornamentation are popular characteristics of modern architectural design in Douala.

Upscale Apartment House Living in Bonapriso, Douala, Cameroon.

Multi story floor plans, brick masonry facade, balconies, elaborate ironwork, border walls and gates are typical decorative ornamentation that are popular characteristics of modern architectural design in Douala.

Pictured on the lower left is a man washing his hands at a water spigot. It is customary for affluent property owners to provide a water spigot for public use, outside the gates of the property.

Many apartment houses are mixed use family compound; income property. Many upscale apartment houses enjoy impressive monthly rental revenues and appear to be sound real estate investments.

Traditionally called Canton Bell, the traditional community extends from Bali to Bonapriso, including Bonanjo, Bonaduma.

Traditionally called Canton Bell, the traditional community extends from Bali to Bonapriso, including Bonanjo, Bonaduma.

 

Akwa Palace, the home of Dika Akwa, Legal Anthropology Scholar, (1933 - 1995). Documentarian of Sawa culture, traditions and Nile Valley cultural retentions in Cameroon.

Akwa Palace, the home of Dika Akwa, Legal Anthropologist, (1933 – 1995).
Researcher, Preservationist of Sawa culture, traditions and Nile Valley cultural retentions in Cameroon.

 

Akwa Palace, the home of Dika Akwa, Legal Anthropology Scholar, (1933 - 1995). Documentarian of Sawa culture, traditions and Nile Valley cultural retentions in Cameroon.

Akwa Palace, the home of Dika Akwa, Legal Anthropologist, (1933 – 1995).
Researcher, Preservationist of Sawa culture, traditions and Nile Valley cultural retentions in Cameroon.

 

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On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido – Douala.

 

On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido - Douala.

On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido – Douala.

 

On the Move. Bali, Akwa, Deido - Douala.

On the Move.
Bali, Akwa, Deido – Douala.

On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido - Douala.

On the move: Bali, Akwa, Deido – Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in evidence throughout the Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place in everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress in all communities throughout Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place in everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress in all communities throughout Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

 

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city. Major construction is taking place everywhere. Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Major construction is taking place everywhere.
Growth and development projects are in progress throughout every community in Douala.

 

 

Moving through Douala traffic is no joke. #gooddriver

Contemporary Douala is a vibrant city.
Moving through Douala traffic is no joke. #gooddriver

 

Preservation of Sawa culture, lineage and traditions is competitive sport. Sawa villages in Douala, host competitions in pursuit of excellence and recognition at the annual Ngondo Festival, first Sunday in December.

Yes! Right on!

 

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Preservation of Sawa culture, lineage and traditions is sport. Sawa villages in Douala, host competitions in pursuit of excellence and recognition at the annual Ngondo Festival, first Sunday in December. Yes! Right on!

 

Received by the Mangon of the Canton Bell King, I was humbled to be in the presence of this regal lady. Blessed beyond measure.

Saturday Night in Douala. Received by the Mangon of the Canton Bell King.
High honor to extend warm greetings and be in the presence of an important royal elder.
Blessed beyond measure. Canton Bell, Douala, Cameroon.

Atlanta to Douala

December 22nd, 2016 by admin Categories: Atlanta, Cameroun, Destinations, Field Study Research, Jengu Health Traditions, Mobile, Public History Programming No Responses
Atlanta to Douala

Day One: The journey begins.

Passing through the time space continuum.

In search of Jengu Restorative Healing.

Look for me.

Six hours forward.

Peace on.

See you in a day…

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Look for me in the wind.
See you in a day…

 

Moving Thru Time Space Continuum November 9 November 10

Moving
Thru
Time
Space
Continuum
November 9
November 10

 

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Moving
Thru
Time
Space
Continuum
November 9
November 10

 

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Moving
Thru
Time
Space
Continuum
November 9
November 10

 

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Moving
Thru
Time
Space
Continuum
November 9
November 10

 

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Moving
Thru
Time
Space
Continuum
November 9
November 10

 

Welcome to Cameroon Bienvenue au Cameroun

Welcome to Cameroon
Bienvenue au Cameroun

 

Taste - Lean, Fresh Jengu Restorative Health

Nourishment, Togetherness, Fresh, Lean, Taste.
Jengu Restorative Health.
UNITY.

La Habana – Santiago

December 11th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroun, Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Destinations, Field Study Research, Havana Jazz Festival Tour, Mobile No Responses

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Day 31 La Habana – Domingo

My body clock is still on Douala time, but I promise, it really is getting better. Slowly, surely, one day at a time I am slaying the tight grip of the jet lag beast. For instance, instead of awakening at 2:00 am EST like I did on Day 28, today I woke up at 4:00 am EST. That is two more hours, this is progress, my spirit is catching up with my body, so I have no complaints. Being optimistic, the early morning wake up has given me the opportunity to get organized, plan and complete important paperwork for the 2017 season.

Plus yesterday, the West Coast contingent arrived via commercial airlines for a 10 day maiden journey to Cuba. This cultural immersion field research project focuses on Afro Cuban Cultural Traditions, Architecture and Music in Public Spaces. On this project itinerary we will explore La Habana, journey to Santiago de Cuba for two nights visit, enjoy a day trip to Las Terrazas and Viñales, then mid week three more guests will join the fold and we will all attend the 32nd International Festival Jazz Plaza.

Although later today I might get sleepy, no worries, we are here in Cuba, we have our Festival passes, Santiago flight tickets, and we are ready to have a good time.
Bless.

December 10, 2016

December 11th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cuba, Destinations, Field Study Research, Random No Responses

img_0320Day 30. La Habana – SĂĄbado.

December my birth month has begun with a bang, christened with kisses from Ocean, Rain, Sun. Kribi, Douala, Bwassalo, Douala, Paris, Miami, La Habana.

Straight up and down, the Universe says that big girls like me, get no shorts. Since none are needed, none will be given.

Which basically means that all big girls, eh all grown woman are clear about their needs, weaknesses and boundaries. Yes I be lady o.

And that lady over there, she’s my sister, so watch it, we are moving through this thing together!!

So Ms. December, off into the wild blue yonder you go. Those who care about your progress and happiness, will watch your back. As for those who do not –fuck ’em. Remember that unless you let them, they can’t touch you anyway.

Meantime queens are born in December, so carry on and proceed accordingly.

Miami Layover

December 8th, 2016 by admin Categories: Cameroun, Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Destinations, Field Study Research, Havana Jazz Festival Tour, Mobile No Responses

Day 28 – Stateside layover.

Miami = My Am I _______ fill in the blank.

Body in Miami. Spirit still in Douala.

Should be sleeping. Jet lag is a beast.

Will take a nap when I get where I am going.

Usually I say when I arrive in Miami— My am I the most beautiful woman in the world. But today I will say— My am I the most jet lagged woman in the world.

Bless!

I just came out of my clothes and crashed. Feel asleep Miami time only to wake up on Douala time. #jetlagged

I just came out of my clothes and crashed. Fell asleep Miami time only to wake up on Douala time. Reusing the plastic wrap from the Super Mont water, from Cameroon.
On the wagon and off the grid. Next stop La Habana.#jetlagged #bless

#jetlagged #blessed #roadrunner #Cameroon #Cuba

Diaspora Journey Project Fall 2016

October 15th, 2016 by admin Categories: Brasil, Cameroun, Cuba, Featured, Field Study Research, Martha's Vineyard No Responses
Diaspora Journey Project Fall 2016

Recently we realized that our 20th anniversary is 2018!

Now is the moment to create something significant and special to celebrate.

Earlier this year I enjoyed my virgin trip to the Motherland with a visit to The Cameroon.

Douala, Bwassalo, Bafoussam, Bandjoun, Bayangam, Yaounde, Kribi, Limbe and Bimba, it was a milestone indeed.

Since then there have been visits to Cuba, Tacoma, Seattle, Martha’s Vineyard and New York.

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Over the course of these trips and many conversations, my tribe has kept me thoroughly engaged and inspired.

One especially memorable chat was with my sisterfriend Joye.

She shared with me that as travelers we do not engage in any type of retreats.

That we Sisters are forward thinkers, and therefore we travel for Advances.

The purpose of travel is for advancement.

 

 

Enlightened by this outlook, came the birth of the Diaspora Seasonal Advances 2018.

Diaspora Seasonal Advances are travel projects that explore, practice and restore African Diaspora cultural ties for Afrocentric people.

Offering intelligent, responsible African Diaspora travel in community.

We make space to enjoy culturally meaningful group travel experiences.

 

The 2018 Diaspora Seasonal Advance Project will happen at minimum, once per season and twice in summer.

Each Diaspora Seasonal Advance covers one region significant in African Diaspora history.

The idea is to visit fun and interesting destinations.

A few destinations where we are making plans to contribute to the conscious global vibe.

Africa – Cameroon

Caribbean – Cuba

South America – Brasil

North America – American Beach FL, Sullivan’s Island SC, Martha’s Vineyard MA.

 

 

Update with details for the 2018 Diaspora Seasonal Advances will get posted here in January 2017.

Adventurous Journeys

 

 

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Ready for this next project.

Thought, care and attention to the details of this journey

Will prove a wise investment.

Asé.

 

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Introduction

 

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This is Africa.

This is Africa.