54 Ways to say “I Love You”; in Africa


I Love You

I Love You

It’s the month of love!
Forget roses.

We’ve got 54 unique ways to show your love–one for each country within Africa.
And if you want to learn how to say “I love you” in 54 African languages, start practicing with our language list!

Algeria: Read a love poem written in French, one of the languages of Algeria

Angola: Give a back massage with palm oil, sourced in Angola

Benin: Listen to a bedtime story sung by Angelique Kidjo from Benin, a Grammy-Award winner

Botswana: Buy a piece of jewelry—maybe a ring?—with diamonds mined in Botswana



Burkina Faso: Serve a gluten-free sorghum beer, brewed in Burkina Faso

Burundi: Bake heart shaped cookies with sugar exported from Burundi

Cameroon: Make a ceramic heart-shaped dish, with the clay found in the highlands in Cameroon

Cape Verde: Drink Portuguese-style wine, made in the vineyards of Cape Verde

Central African Republic: Make a rich, vanilla-flavored tapioca pudding for dessert, made from cassava imported from Central African Republic

Chad: Listen to a love ballad played on a kinde, a harp from Chad

Comoros: Delight in a triple-thick vanilla milkshake, flavored with natural vanilla imported from the Comoros

Congo-Brazzaville: Learn to paint at the Poto Poto School of Painters in Brazzaville, Congo

Congo-Kinshasa: Watch the film When We Were Kings, about Mohammad Ali’s famous match against George Foreman in Kinshasa, known at the time as the famed “Rumble in the Jungle”

Cote d’Ivoire: Buy a gold mask to hang on the wall, from extensive collections crafted in Cote d’Ivoire

Djibouti: Get a hand-woven wool rug from Djibouti to keep your feet warm

Egypt: Purchase tickets to the Cairo International Film Festival

Equatorial Guinea: Drink a cup of osang tea, grown organically in Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea: Read My Father’s Daughter by Hannah Pool, a heartwarming book about an Eritrean girl adopted by a British family



Ethiopia: Wake up to the smell of coffee, made with beans sourced from Ethiopia

Gabon: Obtain a stone sculpture of a woman’s face, items for which Gabon’s artisans are famous

Gambia: Take a bird watching trip for two around MacCarthy Island, an ornithologically rich part of The Gambia.

Ghana: Serve authentic Ghanaian dark chocolate, the birthplace of the cocoa bean

Guinea: Take a stroll down the streets of Conakry at sunset

Conakry; Guinea

Conakry; Guinea

Guinea-Bissau: Pound away on a dried calabash, or gourd, which is used to make music in Guinea-Bissau

Kenya: Try purple tea sourced from Kenya, a country considered by connoisseurs to be among the best tea producers in the world

Lesotho: Travel to the Oxbow, one of the only places in Africa to go skiing

Liberia: Sing the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s Liberian Girl: “You know that you came and you changed my world”

Libya: Enjoy bazeen, an unsweetened cake made with barley flour and usually served with tomatoes and eggs

Madagascar: Purchase a blue sapphire gem, extracted from the sapphire mines of Madagascar



Malawi: Find a nyau mask, still used by the Chewa people for initiations and important events

Mali: Plan a romantic dinner with a desert view in Timbuktu

Mauritania: Hand make soft bed linens from the ultra soft tie-dyed cotton fabric from free-trade cooperatives in Mauritania

Mauritius: Have your hotel arrange a white linen and china dinner for two on the beach at sunset



Morocco: Buy a token of love in one of Morocco’s many souks

Mozambique: Experiment with a marimba, a type of xylophone native to the country

Namibia: Express your inner child by sandboarding down the sand dunes

Niger: Wrap yourself and your lover with a traditional hand-woven wedding blanket in colorful patterns

Nigeria: Listen to the soulful rhythm of Zombie, one of Fela Kuti’s most acclaimed albums

Rwanda: Perform the Intore, the most famous, traditional Rwandan dance for your loved one in private

Sao Tome and Principe: Savor Corallo Chocolate, voted by some to be amongst the world’s best organic chocolate

Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe

Senegal: Give your valentine a sand painting, made from Senegalese volcanic sand, beach sand, and dune sand

Seychelles: Visit the white, sandy beaches on the island of Mahe, while indulging in the French-African creole culture

Sierra Leone: Drink Star Beer, produced by the national brewer, Sierra Leone Breweries

Somalia: Read Crossbones by Nuruddin Farrah, a novel about a family returning to Somalia 

South Africa: Uncork a rich, red Merlot from the Cape winelands, and give your lover a bouquet of protea flowers, the national flower of South Africa

Sudan: Read the poem The Trees Have Passed, by formerly imprisoned poet Mahjoub Sharif

South Sudan: Take a rafting expedition along the White Nile river and get a glimpse of wildlife along the untraveled section of the Nile

Swaziland: Light your bedroom with the gentle and romantic glow from Swazi candles

Tanzania: Indulge in a konyagi, an indigenous, gin-like beverage

Togo: Hang a zota painting (which is made with scorched wood and smoke) made by Paul Ahyi, the designer of Togo’s flag



Tunisia: Visit a hammam, a traditional Tunisian public steam bath

Uganda: Take a romantic safari in one of Uganda’s many safari parks

Zambia: Wrap your gift in a tonga basket, which are woven by Tonga women, renowned for their weaving abilities

Zimbabwe: Propose to your loved one at Victoria Falls with a platinum engagement ring, with platinum exported from Zimbabwe.


Mr. Footballer, Osi Umenyiora, Nigerian Engaged to Former Miss Universe, Leila Lopes, Angolan


Osi Umenyiora and Leila Lopes

Osi Umenyiora and Leila Lopes

Congratulations galore are pouring in for NY Giants Osi Umenyiora and former Miss Universe Leila Lopes, who tweeted their engagement from Europe.  The newly engaged couple spent this week in Europe with friends and family (his brother Okwi and his wife) visiting such sights as Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo and posted photos from Twitter and instagram. The couple are both African. He’s Nigerian and she’s Angolan!

When Kim Kardashian came to Lagos and “419ed the 419ers” by Jeremy Weate


Kim Kardashian arrives lagos, Nigeria for Darey's Love Like A Movie Concert

Kim Kardashian arrives lagos, Nigeria for Darey’s Love Like A Movie Concert

Eko Hotel, Victoria Island: the scene of so many expensive misdemeanours in the past, did its best not to disappoint. Kim Kardashian (pictured sailing into the salubrious Murtala Muhammed International Airport) was billed to “co-host” an event with R’n’B crooner Darey Art-Alade in honour of “Love..Like a Movie”. In other words, it was a “Vals” thing. Lagos being familiar to the metallurgy of snobbery, this involved platinum ticket holders being invited to an exclusive pre-dinner event with her K-ness. Pseudo-ogas lower down the corporate food chain only got to see the show.
I was just over a thousand miles away from the action in Freetown, watching my Twitter timeline cascade with commentary as the evening unfolded. Tweets purred with pleasure at the acrobatics segment, and at the godly qualities of Waje’s voice. There was a sense that in production values and packaging, Lagos had outblinged itself.
And then Ms Kardashian appeared, said, “hey Naija” and vamoosed. The rumour was that she’d been paid 500,000 Benjamins for the honour of mixing with the petro-class. She arrived on Saturday evening (on Air France), and left within twenty-four hours (someone Instagrammed her back at MMIA). Prole class tickets were apparently N100,000 ($640), although quite a few got in gratis on the guest list.
The Lagos elite blows money at puffery, while most of Nigeria suffers. It’s the same as it ever was. I recall Carlos Moore railing against the Gowon era on his trip to Nigeria a couple of years ago – how Lagosians were partying while bodies were lying unburied in the street. Gowon was famous at the time for saying that the problem in Nigeria was not money, but how to spend it.
Reflecting a little on the unfolding disappointment in Lagos, I couldn’t help but think that the narrow slice of KK the audience were granted reflects a cargo cult/import economy/colo-mentality, that dresses its shame in dandified arrogance. Last year, Hugh Masekela played the Motor Boat club. I was lucky to be there (I think I paid 15,000 naira for the privilege). People chatted noisily throughout. The great jazzman could hardly hide his disgust.
There’s something Dubai-esque about the children of the Islands. Pampered lives told in British public school brogues. Bubbles of air-conditioned comfort, which we might think of these days as “Lekki blindness”. Fela is long since dead, but his words rework themselves in the present with ease.
As the disgruntled tweets flowed out on my timeline, I thought of Special K, comfy in her jimjams, the plane rising gradually above the Atlantic, safe from all Lagos harm, smiling to herself that she’d actually 419’d the 419ers. And I went to bed with one final thought: oil turns all who touch it completely insane.

See what Mediatakeout wrote about Kim Kardashian’s visit to Nigeria


Darey Art Alade and KimK

Darey Art Alade and KimK

Media Takeout one of the biggest urban websites in the world wrote.. ..WHAT THE FREAK?????? Kim Kardashian Is Paid $500K . . . To Make An APPEARANCE In Nigeria!!! (Pics)

“There is a minor SCANDAL going on in the African nation of Nigeria. You see, Kim Kardashian was paid $500K for a 45 minute appearance in a Lagos club. Nigerians were asked to pay $640 (US dollars) to party with Kim, and take a pic with her.
The average Nigerian earns a little more than $2 per day.”

Lol..there you have it.In other news,Darey has gone international. Isn’t that the whole idea ? Success if you ask me…

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom of forbidden romance {…In a nation that bans Valentine’s Day, love still finds a way}


Saudi Arabia's religious police have banned red roses ahead of Valentine's Day

Saudi Arabia’s religious police have banned red roses ahead of Valentine’s Day

The shop clerk was reluctant to discuss the matter, but finally relented. They are not taking orders over the phone these days, he said. And customers who come in personally are advised that when they pick up their contraband purchase, it will be discreetly wrapped — in a black garbage bag.

The forbidden item? Red roses.

Valentine’s Day may be in the air, but it is mostly unseen in Saudi Arabia, where religious conservatives regard it as a pagan Western holiday alien to Muslim culture.

Enforcing this belief falls to the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, whose agents are highly visible this week inspecting gift shops and florists for banned goods. That includes anything red, as well as hearts, cupids and teddy bears with tags that say “I love you.”

Anticipating unannounced visits from the mutawwa, as the moral police are known, most Riyadh retailers already have removed Valentine-related items from their shelves, stashing them in storage rooms or warehouses.

“I don’t have anything” that mentions love, said one shop owner who declined to be named. “It’s just too much trouble … People fall in love all year long, so there’s a market for this. But it’s just around Valentine’s Day that they don’t want people to celebrate.”

Faisal Abadoyo, a gift shop manager, said that the mutawwa remove “anything they want” from the shelves. “Maybe if you remove red colors, they will say pink colors are not allowed. Last year it happened to us, we removed all red (flowers) and they said the pinks also are not allowed.”

Abadoyo, who is Muslim, said he does not understand the ban. “There is no problem about love. You can love anybody. You love your Mama, your Daddy, your family … not only on Feb. 14, but all year long, you can love.”

The campaign against Valentine’s Day is an inconvenience for his many non-Muslim customers, Abadoyo added. “All kinds of people, all kind of religions, we have as customers here, Europeans, people from Asia, India, Africa.”

Despite the best efforts of commercial marketing, only a small, Westernized slice of the Saudi population is aware of Valentine’s Day. But the Saudi education department, a bastion of religious ultraconservatism, is taking no chances.

This week, it launched a “preventative” campaign to remind students of the need to steer clear of the holiday, local papers reported. Pupils were reminded of the fatwa or religious ruling from Saudi Islamic scholars declaring that Muslims only have two holidays a year, the religious feast days of Eid al Adha and Eid al Fitr.

All other holidays are “heresies,” and Muslims should not celebrate or “demonstrate the least joy” during them, the ruling states. “Celebrating Valentine’s Day,” it adds, “is a violation of God’s laws.”

Many Saudis endorse the religious police, regarding them as principled Muslims seeking to hold back the infiltration of non-Islamic practices in the kingdom. A smaller segment of Saudi society feels differently, resenting them for imposing a puritanical lifestyle on others.

Last week, agents of the commission raided several Riyadh shops selling abayas, the loose-fitting black robes women are required to wear in the kingdom. They confiscated all abayas trimmed with decorations, such as sequins, according to Eman F. Al Nafjan, who reported the raid on her blog.

In one store, an agent “went through all the racks and grabbed anything that looked ‘worldy’ and decorative and stuffed them all in his bags,” Nafjan wrote after interviewing the shop’s clerk. The mutawwa’s vigilance against Valentine’s Day forces sweethearts to resort to all sorts of stratagems. Shop owners report that many people purchased gifts weeks ago, knowing they would be scarce later on.

Elaborate Valentine arrangements assembled from ribbons and artificial flowers in one shop were being stored out of sight in a large cardboard box, shown only to those who discreetly inquired.

One young Saudi woman reported that a friend, whom she describes as “generally a prude,” is “scheming to buy her significant other a gift” (without her parents knowledge of course).

“If someone like her is doing this,” the woman added in an e-mail, “then I can only imagine what others are planning.”

A young professional who wanted to be known only by his nickname, “Orange Head,” said he has no girlfriend right now, but that if he did, “I will buy some red roses for her, and sure I will tell her that it’s a special gift. Maybe it’s cheap but it means big things, between me and you.”

“Orange Head,” who is 25, added that he planned to attend a Valentine’s party, featuring music by an amateur Def Metal band, to be held at a friend’s week-end house on the desert outskirts of Riyadh.

Gatherings of boys and girls together listening to live music could bring a raid from the mutawwa, especially on Valentine’s Day.

“We said it’s a special party,” said “Orange Head,” “because on this day they circle every single place in Riyadh and capture people.”

But he plans to show up at the party, he said, even if it means living dangerously.

“I want to see people having fun.” Awwww!

Lovers’ hearts beat in sync, study says


When modern-day crooner Trey Songz sings, “Cause girl, my heart beats for you,” in his romantic ballad, “Flatline,” his lyrics could be telling a tale that’s as much physiological as it is emotional, according to a University of California, Davis, study that found lovers’ hearts indeed beat for each other, or at least at the same rate.

Emilio Ferrer, a UC Davis psychology professor who has conducted a series of studies on couples in romantic relationships, found that couples connected to monitors measuring heart rates and respiration get their heart rate in sync, and they breathe in and out at the same intervals.

To collect the data, the researchers conducted a series of exercises, sitting 32 heterosexual couples a few feet away from each other in a quiet, calm room. The couples did not speak or touch.

“We’ve seen a lot of research that one person in a relationship can experience what the other person is experiencing emotionally, but this study shows they also share experiences at a physiological level,” Ferrer said.

The couples, in one of the exercises, were asked to sit across from each other and mimic each other, but still not speak, and researchers collected very similar results.

The researchers also mixed up the data from the couples. When the two individuals were not from the same couple, their hearts did not show synchrony, nor did their breathing closely match.

Additionally, both partners showed similar patterns of heart rate and respiration, but women tended to adjust theirs to their partners more. This was true not only for physiological but for day-to-day emotional experiences as well.

“In other words, we found that women adjust in relationship to their partners,” said Jonathan Helm, a UC Davis psychology doctoral student and primary author of the study. “Her heart rate is linked to her partner’s. I think it means women have a strong link to their partners—perhaps more empathy.”

The research was published in two recent papers by the American Psychological Association, available at:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21910541 and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23107993 .
Provided by UC Davis

Kemi Olunloyo writes again


Kemi Olunloyo with Kanye West

Kemi Olunloyo with Kanye West

”Nigerians, why are yáll so WEAK to think my acct has been hacked when u see a shocking status. Don’t u have people that KEEP it REAL in Nigeria?,” she posted when people reacted to her post on the ‘Yorubas’.

Now read what she wrote on her Facebook page below;

1. Igbos are the wisest Nigerians. If they were all deported to Imo/Anambra/Enugu, the Economy of Ibadan will collapse!

2. Anyone WORSHIPING with Adeboye and Oyedepo are in a C.U.LT. they are all risking DEATH like Jim Jones congregation.

3. Yorubas treat Hausas terrible. They are not ur sooya slaves!

4. Good Morning, its 9.15am in the City of Angels. (Real Angels)
Stop messaging me about an AGENT of the DEVIL!
F**k Adeboye

5. One of my children was raped by a govt official at age 4. It was covered up. It has eaten me up inside for years and I am now on the phone with his US Senator while Im (sic) here. I want justice for my son.

6. Why are most of my FB fans in Ng MEN? Could it be the women are jealous and intimidated?

7. Madam Governor Lifestyle: YES I carry Guns around Ibadan. There are 5 of them and I owned them legally in the USA.

8. Madam Governor Lifestyle: NIGERIAN WOMEN, you irresponsible bitches that feel that I should have stayed in an abusive relationship at 26 need to know that domestic violence should not be tolerated in Nigeria.

9. Nigerian Muslim women, I know I rippped yáll last month and u gave me 1500 comments and failed to go burn the streets down. I’m one of you. Remember keep those HIJABS clean. I have had to cover my nose smelling ppl’s heads while waiting at the bus stop. Also it is absolutely NOT necessary to rinse your vagina during an abolition. Hands, legs and head ONLY.

My statuses are designed to read the Nigerian mind and mentality. I want to fix this country and being a politician is not the only way to do it.

10. I once proposed to AKON in Canada. He loves Nigerian women.