Writer, Researcher, Photographer

Freelance writer, researcher, photographer and documentary filmmaker specialising in arts and culture, lifestyle, society and development, and travel in East Africa, South East Asia & Europe mainly.

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The conservation success story of the sacred forest in Kenya | LifeGate

Kaya Kinondo is a sacred forest in Coastal Kenya originally home to the Digo people. Thanks to successful conservation efforts, they now live nearby and use the forest as a place of worship.

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Colobus Conservation, restoring Kenya’s coasts to protect monkeys

With the degradation of Kenya’s coastal forests colobus monkeys are struggling to survive. We visit the Colobus Conservation centre, working to save these rare animals.

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Catching a glimpse of everyday life in war-torn Syria through Avo Kaprealian’s lens

We talk to Avo Kaprealian, the documentary filmmaker who shares a compelling account of everyday life in war-torn Aleppo. The city he once called home.

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Akagera welcomes lion cubs as part of a successful conservation initiative

Three new cubs were spotted in Akagera National Park in Rwanda. Lions were reintroduced last June and tourism has spiked ever since.

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Haute Baso uses fashion to empower women in Rwanda

Haute Baso is a contemporary Rwandan fashion and accessories brand.

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Belgium’s Repair Cafés. Where you can recycle your favourite objects while making new friends

Why throw away things that could be brought back to life? Repair Cafés teach how to value what you have, whilst giving you a chance to meet your neighbours.

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trueafrica.co

Photographer Yakubu is helping Kigali's street kids tell their own stories

Jacques Nkinzingabo aka Yakubu has gone from selling CDs on the streets of Nyabugogo, Kigali to becoming a successful young photographer helping other Rwandese do the same.

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Fighting in the Caucasus. Tensions between Nagorno Karabakh and Azerbaijan resume

Following fierce fighting in Nagorno Karabakh, a region demanding self-determination, Armenians are asking Azerbaijan to stop the aggression.

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trueafrica.co

Women can rap and Angel Mutoni's here to prove it | TRUE Africa

Angel Mutoni is a young and talented Rwandan female rapper who aims to show women, especially young girls, that nothing is impossible.

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trueafrica.co

The Rwandese music scene keeps growing with young talents like Mike Kayihura

Mike Kayihura is a self-taught R’n’B and soul artist from Rwanda. The 22-year-old sings about the many temptations confronting young people.

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trueafrica.co

Dancing Afro-poppin' hip hop in Kigali

Interview: Chris Hirwa, known as Poppin' Chris, the Rwandese hip hop dancer who uses his art to improve the lives of orphans and street kids.

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Vayando: ditch the guidebook, leave the beaten path and do as the locals do

Vayando puts local micro entrepreneurs in emerging countries on the tourist map by connecting them to travellers in search of immersive cultural experiences.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Thailand

As a famous tourism hub attracting travelers from all around the world year after year, Thailand’s beauty is indisputable. But it is not all about white sand beaches and clear waters. Of course, Thailand has these, but the country also offers ancient sites, stunning temples, charming villages, breathtaking natural and city landscapes, strong cultural identities, mouth-watering cuisine, and more. We explore the 10 most beautiful towns in Thailand that you would not want to miss.

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Armenia will be part of the Eurasian Transport Corridor connecting India to Europe via Iran

While exploring new ways to do business with Iran and grow, Armenia is working on improving connectivity by completing the puzzle of the North-South Transport Corridor.

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Some say the poor can’t save: Rwanda’s Abarikumwe women prove otherwise

The women of the Abarikumwe Association dispel the myth that villagers in developing countries spend their earnings instead of saving them. #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou.