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Touching Africa, Touching The World!

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DISCOVER WEST AFRICA’S BEST BEACH HIDEAWAYS

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PRESERVING THE FOOD OF THE FULANI PAGE 14

DAVID AVIDO’S JOURNEY FROM SLUM TO STYLIST

COMPETITION

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A MEAL FOR TWO AT PALM MOMENTS



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BEACH HIDEAWAYS

West Africa’s best

Africa World Airlines (AWA) Head Office - UNA Homes Building 2nd/3rd floor Airport Bypass Road Airport City Road PMB CT67 Accra, Ghana Tel: +233 24 243 8888 Toll Free: 0800 200 200 Email: awaoffice@flyafricaworld.com www.flyafricaworld.com FLYafrica Magazine is published for Africa World Airlines by: Land & Marine Publications Ltd 6 The Square, Ipswich Suffolk IP5 3SL, United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)1206 752902 www.landmarine.com ADVERTISING: Email: flyafrica@landmarine.org Anita Ottenhof Cell: +233 542 476 370 (WhatsApp) Email: corehospitalitygh@gmail.com

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Features

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Foreword

A message from our CEO

STARdestination

Capital of Nigeria, Abuja

AWAnews

Meet the award-winning chef preserving the traditional cuisine of the Fulani tribe

14 From slum to style empire

Kenyan fashion designer David Avido has never forgotten his Kibera upbringing

20 Total recall

18 AWAinterview

Quick tips on how to improve your memory

Meet our new CEO, Zhou Yingli

22 My Kumasi

Laetitia Nzingha Samuel on why so many Americans are following her to the city

25 WINafrica

Win a meal-for-two at Accra restaurant Palm Moments

26 Mushroom Rocks

A trip to a Ghanaian hidden gem

28 Unfinished business

34 EATafrica

The food service bringing carb-free pizzas and cakes to your door

36 TECHcorner

The rise of architecture studio Limbo Accra

31 Sand and solitude

West Africa’s best beach hideaways

38 Wake up your walls

Gifts to get

How a gallery wall can brighten blank spaces in your home

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Dear passenger, It is my great pleasure to welcome you our cherished customers onboard your flight today with Africa World Airlines (AWA). I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new chief executive of AWA and outline some of my goals for what I hope is going to be a very exciting future for the airline and our passengers. I took over in June and it has already become clear to me that AWA is well set in the aviation industry as a cost-efficient operation with welltrained and motivated employees. We have a lot of room to expand. To that end, I have already begun to put measures in place to make AWA the dominant carrier in Ghana, growing our domestic capacity to a 70% market share. Recent initiatives to enhance aircraft frequency to Abuja and bring three daily flights to Lagos are also part of our strategy to capture 60% of the Nigerian market. Just as I am glad that AWA is hosting you on your journey today, I am looking forward to starting my own with the company. I am confident it will be auspicious. Thank you for choosing AWA. Zhou Yingli CEO Africa World Airlines

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STAR DESTINATION

Abuja

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With AWA now flying to Abuja every day of the week, we thought we’d turn the spotlight on Nigeria’s young capital and give you some ideas on how to make the most of your stay

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ASO ROCK Abuja’s unmissable backdrop

FLIGHTS: AWA now flies daily between Kotoka International Airport in Accra and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. On Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday outgoing flights from Accra are scheduled to leave at 9.45 am and arrive in Abuja at 10.30am with return flights departing Abuja at 1pm and arriving in Accra at 1.45pm. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays outbound Accra flights leave at 7.30pm and arrive at 8.15pm with return flights departing Abuja at 8.45pm and arriving in Accra at 9.15pm. SEE: You really can’t miss Aso Rock on your trip to Abuja. The 936-metre outcrop of granite is visible wherever you are, looming over the city and providing a dramatic backdrop to the official residence of the Nigerian President, the Aso Rock Presidential Villa. There are organised hikes to the top of the rock for unparalleled views across Abuja. Another gigantic feature is Jabi Lake, a 3,200-acre reservoir that is water supply for the city’s residents. It’s also a great spot for boat trips and the neighbouring Jabi Lake Park is the place to go to take in wonderful views across the lake’s tranquil waters. When it was decided that Abuja – located right smack in the centre of Nigeria – would be the country’s new capital just over 50 years ago, a monumental city planning programme

was put in place. Check out its many manicured green spaces such as Millennium Park with its footpaths cooled by sprays of water mist and its wealth of ornate architecture with the Abuja National Mosque – opened to the public except during prayer times – a neo-gothic highlight. DO: There are plenty of options for retail therapy in Abuja from slick shopping malls such as Banex Plaza and Jabi Lake Mall to bustling outdoor markets like the always-lively Utako Market – great for fresh fruit and vegetables – and The Abuja Art and Craft Village, which is filled with bags, sculptures, masks and jewellery made by local artisans. If your artistic tastes are more contemporary, independent galleries such as Thought Pyramid Art Center and Retro Africa Gallery showcase some of the city’s best young talent. Another arty option is Bwari Pottery Village, where you can see the skilled ceramicists at work and buy the results.

skewers and served up with fresh tomatoes, onions and fiery local spice yaji. If you’ve got the chance to chill, check out Salamander Café with its cushion-strewn sofas, bookstore and shady terrace making for a lovely, laidback breakfast, lunch or dinner. Affluent Abuja also has plenty of fine dining options. Rooftop restaurant Tar Tar has a menu that winningly fuses Asian and Nigerian cuisine while dining at Panache Restaurant, situated within L’eola Suites Boutique Hotel, is a five-star experience. SLEEP: A good budget option is the Nordic Hotel, a collection of unique rooms and suites in a calm, leafy setting suffused with Scandinavian style. If you want to go all out, Fraser Suites – named Africa’s best at last year’s Luxury Hotel Awards – has 126 spectacularly appointed rooms.

Families will enjoy a trip to the city’s theme park, Magicland, or the Abuja Children’s Park Zoo, which while rather light on animals is still a fun day out with plenty of picnic space. EAT: Foodies can certainly get their fill in Abuja. There is a rich street food culture here with plenty of roadside cafés selling local favourite suya – spiced cubes of beef grilled on

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AWAnews

AWA teams up with

Kenya Airways

AWA’s passengers can now enjoy seamless connections to destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia thanks to our recent partnership with Kenya Airways. The landmark interline agreement was

Commercial, said: “Our combined

Airlines underpins our commitment

set up in May and will also provide

networks will allow our customers

to provide greater connectivity and

passengers with flight connections

the convenience of seamless onward

market access in the West African

from the Kenya Airways network

connectivity to and from the Kenya

region and across Africa. The future of

to various points in the domestic

Airways network onto Africa World

travel will be drawn from a sustainable,

Ghanaian market and the West African

Airlines’ network. It is imperative that

interconnected, and affordable air

region.

we continue to interlink Africa and

transport industry in Africa through

allow access within Africa for our

partnerships and collaboration that

The move is an important step in AWA’s

passengers.”

drive the growth Africa’s travel

strategy of providing an extended

industry,” he said.

network of destinations to its cherished

‘Greater connectivity’

passengers through partnerships with

Kenya Airways Chief Commercial

AWA passengers will be able to

similar agreements already in place

and Customer Officer Julius Thairu

purchase flights on a single ticket

with South African Airways, Emirates,

added that the growth of air travel in

from our hub in Accra to any of Kenya

Africa is dependent on partnerships

Airways’ 41 international destinations,

Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines.

and collaborations that open up the

including London, Amsterdam,

continent. “The agreement between

Guangzhou, Sharjah, Mumbai and over

Adedayo Olawuyi, AWA’s Head of

Kenya Airways and Africa World

25 intra-Africa routes.

Brussels Airlines, ASKY Airlines, United

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AWAnews

Black Stars

Temporary suspension of flights to Freetown and Monrovia

fly with AWA to the World Cup

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Recent developments within the region and beyond, have necessitated a review of our domestic and regional operations, with particular focus on extended flights to Freetown, in Sierra Leone and Monrovia, in Liberia.

Congratulations to Ghana’s national football team for becoming the first African country to book their place at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November. Africa World Airlines was honoured to fly the Black Stars to Kumasi for the first leg of their World Cup qualifier against Nigeria’s Super Eagles. We even specially scheduled an extra 11pm flight from Kumasi to get fans back to Accra after the game. That match ended 0-0, but Ghana booked its place in Qatar after the second leg in Abuja, which finished 1-1 with the Black Stars going through on away goals. Thomas Partey scored the vital goal in the match that had been branded the ‘Jollof Derby’. Africa World Airlines would like to offer its congratulations to the team and wish them the best of luck in the World Cup Finals.

Rising fuel prices have resulted in higher than anticipated operating costs on all routes but especially for flights to these two cities. To remain competitive and maintain business sustainability, we are in the process of restructuring our route network to suit our fleet capacity. As a result, we have decided to suspend flights to Freetown and Monrovia for the remainder of this year, effective from September 15. It has been a difficult decision given the attention we pay to serving our cherished customers and business partners in these regions, but it cannot be avoided. Customers with bookings or pre-financed tickets for these routes should kindly contact their booking agents or local Africa World Airlines offices for assistance and additional information. We take this opportunity to express gratitude to all stakeholders who have facilitated our operation to Freetown and Monrovia and greatly appreciate the patience afforded us during our planned temporary absence on these routes.

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Our reliability ratings for July Africa World Airlines is proud to release our operational performance statistics for July 2022, in line with our commitment to transparency.

Flights delayed beyond two hours due to weather

Number of flights scheduled

Schedule execution rate

1,158

98%

Total flights delayed beyond two hours

Numbers of passengers booked

Passengers denied boarding due to oversales

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50,662

0

Number of bags checked in

Bags delivered on time

45,615

99.96%

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AWA named African and International Airline of the Year Africa World Airlines (AWA) was honoured to be named African Airline of the Year and International Airline of the Year at the Jabamah Travellers Awards held in the Nigerian capital Abuja recently. AWA was presented with its awards at a ceremony Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja. Both these awards mean a lot to us and we’d like to thank all of our wonderful customers for their unwavering support. We will continue to renew our commitment to providing you with a firstrate travel experience every time you fly with AWA.

How to book Passengers can book flights online by visiting flyAfricaWorld.com and using the ‘BOOK’ function. You can then choose your flight, book your seats and select your payment method. AWA offers various methods of payment for customers across the world, including debit/credit card, MTN Mobile Service (Ghana only), Quickteller (Nigeria only) and bank transfer. For detailed information, check out our website. Telephone bookings can be made by calling +233 24 243 8888

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The chef spreading the word on

THE FUTUREPROOFED FOOD OF THE FULANI

SUPERFOOD Preparing fonio in a Fulani community

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In June, chef Fatmata Binta became the first African to win the Basque world culinary prize – considered the ‘Nobel of Gastronomy’ – for her efforts to preserve the cuisine and culture of the Fulani, the 20-million-strong nomadic tribe she was born into. Here she tells Mark Edwards why the traditional dishes have much to teach the modern food movement.

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omadic pasturalists the

teach the modern world about

bookings worldwide – Dine On A Mat

Fulani have migrated across

sustainable living. To this end she

even made an appearance at this

Africa for more than a

has made it her mission to preserve

year’s Venice Art Biennale – Binta

century, supporting themselves with

and share the recipes she grew up

has done much to raise awareness

a mostly plant-based diet supple-

with. “I had a desire to understand

of Fulani culture. Spreading the

mented by meat and dairy from the

my cuisine and I wanted to tell food

word is vital to the tribe’s future, she

cattle they rear. Chef and entrepre-

stories that were not being celebrat-

believes. Despite their number, the

neur Fatmata Binta – who was born

ed,” she tells me.

itinerant Fulani often live a disen-

into a Fulani community in Freetown,

The Fulani are considered the

franchised existence in their adopted

Sierra Leone – believes the ancient

largest nomadic tribe in the world

homes, excluded from the rights of

lifestyle and its food has much to

with more than 20 million dispersed

citizenship.

across West Africa and Binta has visited remote communities across

Landmark award

Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Senegal

Binta’s efforts recently saw her

and Nigeria to capture the variations

become the first African to win the

of the cuisine.

Basque world culinary prize. The pres-

Fulani favourites

tigious accolade comes with a monetary award of EUR 100,000, which the

These regional subtleties of flavour

well-travelled chef – who has currently

are reflected in the ever-changing

made Ghana her home – is putting

tasting menus she puts together for

towards the setting up of the Fulani

her globe-trotting pop-up restaurants

Kitchen Foundation on a four-acre

Fulani Test Kitchen and Dine On a

site in Daboya in the Savannah Region

Mat (the Fulani traditionally eat from

of north Ghana. While Dine on a Mat

bowls with their hands while sitting

is a movable feast, the foundation will

cross-legged on floor mats). Here

be a permanent complex that show-

guests are invited to share freshly

cases Fulani culture and provides

prepared Fulani favourites such as

facilities to cultivate and process the

sun-dried okra soup; lamb cooked

tribe’s food for local and international

in shea butter and served with a

markets.

nutrient-packed grain called fonio;

Overnight guests will be accommo-

and wagashi, a sweet but sugar-free

dated in traditional Fulani homes built

cheese fermented in clay pots.

from scratch from sorghum straw – it

With the events available for

makes for welcome cool interiors

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during the heat of the day – and they will get a revelatory insight into how the tribe produces healthy, tasty food without compromising future generations’ ability to do the same. In fact, century-old Fulani cuisine chimes with many of the buzz words of the modern food movement such as gluten free, raw foodism, minimalism and low-food waste. It is classic farm-to-fork (or should that be fingers?) cuisine. “We can all learn from Fulani cuisine,” Binta says. “The diet is mostly plant-based and most of their ingredients are sun dried and ready for on the go. When we do cook, we use wild harvested shea butter or ghee. Everything is made from scratch, and nothing goes to waste. “We even sun dry our meat [usually reserved for feasting on special occasions such as weddings] which means it retains all of its nutrients. Every part of the animal is made use of. We cook with offal and gizzards and even the skin of the animal is used to make shoes.” Binta adds that the no food waste philosophy even extends to Fulani dining etiquette. They eat with their hands, but with an adroitness that

plough it. It is part of the millet family,

ensures all the food ends up in their

and it is gluten-free and has a high

stomach with not a scrap on the floor.

protein content as well as containing

Zero food waste “My grandmother instilled in me as

and zinc.” Binta and her team have already

aiming to parade the art and food culture of the tribe, it will be staffed almost exclusively by women – a move Binta hopes will empower them with more financial and spiritual independence.

a child that you are not supposed to

begun increasing the distribution

drop even a grain of rice because if

network of the grain. The arrival of

Visiting communities

you do it will cause crying in the rice

the Fulani Test Foundation will scale

The strict gender roles hint at what

kingdom,” Binta says. “I still eat with

up production with Binta planning to

prompted Binta to pursue a career

my hands without spilling a drop – it

install machinery to grind the grain.

outside Fulani society. We meet for

has become an OCD habit – and I

Currently, that job is done by hand

this interview in a coffee shop in

believe the care with which the Fulani

– a skilled and arduous process that is

Accra’s affluent East Legon neigh-

eat teaches you contentment and

traditionally performed by the women

bourhood and the 37-year-old is

patience.”

of the Fulani community. There are

DINE ON A MAT Binta’s modern take on Fulani cuisine

the picture of an urban professional

Fonio is the rice – it’s actually a

clear role divisions between the sexes

whole grain used as a rice substitute

among the strictly Muslim tribe. Binta

– that is valued so highly. It is a staple

says: “The men get up to pray then

of Fulani cuisine and Binta sees the

milk the cows while the women make

communities during which time, she

superfood that can be harvested in a

cheese for breakfast. The men then

also communicates in the indig-

hurry playing a key part in combatting

head to market to sell cattle while

enous language Fulfulde. However,

food insecurity in a world increasingly

the women stay at home crafting

it becomes clear that while she is

at the mercy of rising temperatures.

calabash (bowls made from the dried

keen to preserve many parts of the

“Fonio thrives in dry areas and

husk of the gourd fruit) and weaving

close-knit Fulani community, there are

baskets.”

some elements she has happy not to

grows in just eight to 12 weeks,” Binta tells me. “You don’t even need to 12

minerals such as iron, magnesium

AWARDWINNER Binta has been recognised for her culinary and humanitarian achievements

With the Fulani Test Foundation

with her braided hair and jeans. She admits this look needs to be toned down when she visits the Fulani

continue.


RAW FOOD Much of Fulani cuisine, such as its corn, is sun-dried, not cooked

reaction to her food in Madrid, she decided to enrol at a culinary school in Kenya, working her way up to chef in some of Nairobi’s finest hotels and restaurants before going it alone with Fulani Test Kitchen. In 2020, she found the pop-up project’s international reach curtailed by travel restrictions amid the covid pandemic. In Ghana at the time, she found the enforced stay here brought an “aha moment”. She based herself in Accra and with a Fulani settlement just an hour’s drive east in the Shai Hills and a far larger community north in Daboya, Ghana has been the inspiration for Dine on a Mat. Just as the increased availability of fonio is showing West Africans there is a homegrown, sustainable alternative to the mass of imported rice, a series of hugely popular Dine On A Mat events in the capital is introducing locals to dishes that are both exotic and quintessentially African. The Fulani are known for their large families – Binta reckons she has more than 600 cousins – and girls are encouraged to get married in their early teens. When this option was presented to Binta – at this time living with her grandmother in a village in Guinea after the civil war forced her

Seeing food bring adults in the village community together she gained a profound respect for its power

to leave Sierra Leone – her reaction was an unequivocal “no”.

Globetrotter

it as her curiosity to see what her

heritage in its globetrotting. Once

mum was preparing for the family

it was safe to do so, she returned

dinner led to her plunging her hands

to Freetown where she worked as

in hot oil and an emergency trip to

a TV presenter while also studying

Freetown hospital. Undeterred, aged

international relations. She continued

eight and living in Guinea she loved

her studies in 2010 in Madrid, Spain,

assisting her grandmother in her

earning extra money by teaching

‘baffa’, the Creole word for a small

English to other students.

street restaurant or chop bar. Seeing

When that job unexpectedly fell

“I think that should be saved for America.”

On A Mat events near you, visit

she was a young girl in Sierra Leone

owed much to her nomadic Fulani

in an African restaurant?” she says.

recipes and the nearest Dine

cooking. The interest began when and she still has the scars to prove

“Why do I have to order apple pie

For more information on Fulani

time when she was not crazy about

Still, Binta’s alternate career course

This, Binta believes, is what dining on the continent should be about.

@dineonamat and @chef_binta on Instagram

SUPER SALAD Greens with fonio

food bring adults in the village

through, she drew on her love of

community together she gained a

food and started making sandwiches

profound respect for its power.

for students. Binta can’t remember a

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The ‘Kibra kid’ who built his own

Fashion empire Kenyan designer David Ochieng, the founder of the Beyoncéendorsed clothing brand Lookslike Avido, on why the creativity of Nairobi’s largest slum needs to be celebrated

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enyan designer David Ochieng – popularly known as Avido – has built a sustainable fashion brand, Lookslike Avido, with his colourful, made-for-movement clothes worn by an international array of A-list clients including Wonder Woman actress Connie Nielsen, US singer Ty Dollar Sign and Jamaican reggae artist Chronixx. Most recently he has been endorsed by musical megastar Beyoncé, who included Lookslike Avido in her Black Parade, a directory that celebrates black-owned enterprises in the creative sector. Avido’s future hasn’t always looked so bright. Indeed, there was a time when it looked unlikely he would make it into his teens; just another casualty of the desperate vortex of crime and gang rivalry that so many young people who grow up in ‘Kibra’ – the name Avido and other locals give to Nairobi’s sprawling slum development, Kibera – are sucked into.

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“Almost all of my friends as a kid were involved in gangs,” Avido says, “and about 70 per cent of them were killed. I was involved a bit by knowing them, but it was not my thing. I was more interested in football and I was a good player, but getting to play for a club that pays is all based on bribery here. Football would not be my escape. I was fit and fast, but you can’t outrun a bullet. The gangs knew about me and they would tell my mum: ‘Your son is next.’”

Early years There were few places of sanctuary from the dangers of the streets. By the time Avido was seven, his father had left the family home and his mother

UNISEX The Lookslike Avido bomber jackets

– who made just 235 Kenyan Shillings (US$ 2) a week cleaning clothes for neighbours – could no longer afford to pay for his schooling. For a time Avido would sneak into school on days when he knew there would be no inspectors demanding fees, but soon he stopped going altogether. Feeling targeted on the streets, he retreated to the family home – a one-bed shack with a corrugated iron roof he shared with his mum and his four younger siblings in Kibra’s Silanga neighbourhood. Alone in the house and not feeling there was anyone he could share his despair with, Avido says he started “lightening [his] heart” by talking to himself. The words and tears flowed as he


poured out his frustrations at the injustice of his situation. Soon these words became a mantra that Avido would recite while out and about. He began to frequent an outdoor area in the Kibra neighbourhood of Olympic, which was a popular place for social gatherings and, crucially, was far enough away from Silanga not to alert any of the criminal gangs who were targeting him to his presence.

Spoken word Avido had no audience in mind when

he started talking, but one soon gathered with people taken by the way the charismatic youngster articulated the suffering of slum life. “I remember one person coming up to me and telling me what I was doing was spoken word poetry,” Avido says. “I had never thought of it as a performance before that.” The area was also popular with dancers, who would put on shows for the crowds. Promotional vehicles for big businesses would turn up with reps handing out prizes to the best performers. At one roadshow, the best dancers were winning packets of a new vitamin-fortified maize meal. Avido had never really danced before, but he practised acrobatics and felt emboldened by his ability to hold a crowd with his spoken word performances. A series of back flips won him screams of delight from the crowds and the maize meal prize, which he took straight home. His family, which often did not know where the next meal was coming from, ate well that evening. In Olympic he found people who thought differently to his friends in Silanga. They were creative and eager to make a positive impact with their lives.

Among the new acquaintances were local dancers impressed by Avido’s acrobatic abilities. He soon found himself a member of local troupe the Chopper Dance Crew. They were paid for appearances at parties, competitions and road shows in the neighbourhood, but with 10 in the crew, each dancer took home a paltry amount. More important than the money, though, to Avido was that he had discovered an outlet for his creativity. Not having school like the others to occupy him during the day, he spent his days putting together a long-term business plan for the crew. Avido knew he wasn’t the best dancer in the crew so he focused his talents on improving their collective look, designing a loosefitting, dance-friendly uniform that would get them noticed. He began hanging around with local tailors, earning their help and advice by doing odd jobs for them. Avido’s mother could see the change that had come over her son and wanted to support it. When her biggest

I was fit and fast, but you can’t outrun a bullet. The gangs knew about me and they would tell my mum: ‘Your son is next’

FOUNDATION Avido has been passing on his sewing skills to young mothers

cleaning client announced he was moving away from the area, he gave her a US$ 2 tip. She gave it all to Avido and he knew exactly what to do with it. He says: “I spent 20 cents on transport to get me to Gikomba market [in Nairobi City] where I bought two bed sheets for 60 cents. They were old and had holes in them, but I liked the colour. For another 60 cents, I bought two spools of thread, which left me just enough for a bottle of water and transport home.” Working from his own sketches and with help from the tailors, Avido soon had costumes for the crew and there was enough material left over to make a pair of boxer shorts – a basic item of

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clothing he had always wanted but been unable to afford – for himself. Avido tells me his mother likes to say she founded Lookslike Avido with her US$ 2 investment. He doesn’t let on, however, whether she briefly regretted the gesture a short time later after coming home to find Avido had taken the curtains in the family home to make a shirt for himself. Handsome and athletic, Avido proved an eye-catching model for his handmade, one-off clothes and would have people coming up to him to request whether he could make an outfit for them. One of the most influential of these new clients was Ken Okoth. The Kenyan politician, who grew up in Kibra, requested a series of outfits be designed for him and started wearing them to Parliament, becoming an ambassador for the brand. He also gave the designer – who had until then been sewing by hand – a Singer machine to improve the speed and exactness of his work. With more commissions coming in, Avido worked at home on the machine every day, but come the night when the five children and their mother would use up every spare bit of space in the oneroom shack to sleep, it had to be put outside, secured with dog chains to ensure nobody stole it.

Top student The building demand for his clothes and a new job as a dance instructor meant Avido had the funds to return to school and gain the qualifications needed to pursue higher education. In 2015, he presented a series of costumes he had made to Nairobi’s Buruburu Institute of Fine Arts (BIFA). The impressed judging panel offered him a scholarship – with funds covered by the Maisha Foundation, which supports the education of slum

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children around the world – to study fashion design. Avido graduated as that year’s top student. Lookslike Avido was launched around the same time. Key looks included customisable bomber jackets with a choice of design and Ankara fabric combinations and Avido’s urban take on the kimono – loose-fitting hooded jackets patterned with gorgeous African prints and contrast black sleeves. These are clothes cut and designed for movement. “I like styles that are free on the body,” Avido says. “I used to dance and jump around a lot, and I valued clothes that let me do that and look good.”

Stylist to stars Artists from Kenya’s vibrant urban music scene took to the clothing range’s fusion of street style with traditional African fabrics while international artists who came to Nairobi to perform could often be seen wearing Lookslike Avido creations on stage. Legendary reggae artist Don Carlos was so taken by a custom-designed shirt Avido presented to him he became a brand partner and soon there were collaborations with fellow Jamaicans singer Romain Virgo and world record-holding sprinter Usain Bolt as well as US musician Bruno Mars. With the clothing range now available online and seen on the catwalk at Berlin Fashion Week this international reach continues to grow, but the brand remains a 100 per cent Kibra operation – from the colourful fabrics sourced from stalls at the neighbourhood markets to the sevenstrong team of local tailors Avido heads up. In this way, Avido is supporting the local textile industry, which has to compete with the prevalence of ‘mitumba’ markets selling used clothes from overseas.

“I like styles that are free on the body,” Avido says. “I used to dance and jump around a lot, and I valued clothes that let me do that and look good.”

DETAIL Jackets have colourful linings

Africa’s largest informal settlement is ever-present from the moment Avido starts sketching his designs. While the striking conical straw ‘bucket’ hats that have become the designer’s signature look owe a debt to the Orient, Avido says they were inspired by a moment from his childhood when he used one of the woven baskets his grandmother made to keep him dry during a downpour. Such innovation born of necessity is what fuels the unique creativity of Kibra, in Avido’s opinion, and he hopes his clothing reflects that. “I want to show that good clothes can come out of Kibra. That, despite the hardships we have a passion to look good,” he says. Avido has moved out of the family home, but still lives in Kibra. He has built a twobedroom extension to the


Lookslike Avido workshop in Olympic and has converted the living room into a studio where his clothes are on display and available to buy. There is also an upstairs office, which has become a hub for other Kibra creatives such as graffiti artist Banknote, whom Avido collaborated with on a limited edition run of bomber jackets for Germany’s biggest sustainable design festival, ökoRAUSCH. Avido is keen to do all he can to showcase the abilities of around him. He says: “People who have never been to Kibra associate it with drugs, abuse and prostitution, but despite all this we also have bright minds, energy, creativity and colour here. I know people who are more talented than me here and I want to give them the opportunity to show what they can do.” He is currently putting plans in place to achieve this aim on a grand scale by looking for partners to help him launch Kibra’s own fashion week in the first half of next year.

Giving back to Kibra Avido is grateful that he has now found his own path in life and believes it could only have happened in Kibra. “I’m glad I was born here,” he says. “I’m living the life I wanted to live.” However, he knows that the settlement in home to many bright kids like him that are not so fortunate. Just as Avido grew up feeling a sense of responsibility to his family as the oldest child in his household, he now feels that duty of care to Kibra. He says: “I would ask myself: ‘What if I was the first born of all of Kibera?’ I knew I had to do more with my fashion business.” From the start,

Avido ensured that 20 per cent of the proceeds of every sale he made went to support locals most in need. That money has been invested in projects such as food distribution, sewing workshops for young single mothers and the deaf to give them financial independence; scholarships and school uniforms to high-performing pupils and internships at Lookslike Avido. When the pandemic hit in 2019 there were fears that Covid would spread fast amid Kibra’s cramped living conditions so Avido, in partnership with Uweza Foundation, produced and distributed 25,000 free face masks to residents. This earned Avido the 2020 Uzalendo Presidential Honor in Kenya. The charitable operations were stepped up in 2021 with the establishment of the non-profit Avido Foundation with a young team in place to come up with new ideas for projects to break the cycle of poverty in Kibra. So far, 74 local schoolchildren have received new uniforms handmade by Avido tailors. The pupils are chosen based not just on financial need, but also their willingness to learn. “If you don’t want to better yourself, it’s not my problem. But

MASKS A LA MODE Getting creative during covid

SIGNATURE LOOK The bucket hat

if you do, I’ll help you. We are all caught up in the same problem here so what are you doing to get out?” Avido says. He visits many schools in the area and each time he sees a poor, but hardworking pupil there is a pang of recognition. “It is like seeing a younger me,” he says.

Clothing pupils Avido’s early years at school were difficult. He was a bright pupil who was often asked by the teacher to come to the front of the class to solve a problem on the blackboard. However, this brought mortifying embarrassment as the seat of his trousers was so ragged and worn that the other pupils would fall about laughing, saying they could see his backside. “My self-esteem just got lower and lower. Situations like that can really hurt a child.” Avido sends me pictures of some pupils looking proud in their new uniforms, including one young boy who until recently had been turning up to school in ripped shorts and Wellington boots because that was the only clothes he had. The foundation is still young and there are many more people to help, but Avido believes its influence is growing. Customers are contributing with every garment bought. The Jamaican singer Etana was resplendent head-to-toe in Lookslike Avido on stage at a recent concert in Nairobi and explained her choice in a touching Instagram post. “It’s not charity,” she said. “It’s style with love.”

To shop the range, visit lookslikeavido.com For more details on the work of the Avido Foundation, visit avidofoundation.org

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AWAinterview

Introducing our new CEO Africa World Airlines (AWA) has a new CEO. Zhou Yingli was welcomed into the top job in June and FLYAfrica was lucky enough to be given a few minutes in Accra amid his busy schedule to find out about his plans for the airline as well as a few personal details.

I believe I can make some adjustments with our team, and by doing so, AWA will improve, which is an accomplishment I would be proud of. The challenges for the aviation industry in the past couple of years have been unprecedented, but how confident are you that things are improving and that AWA is well placed to

domestic capacity to 70 per

take advantage.

cent market share and 60 per

We chose the right size of the Can you give us some details on your professional career prior to joining Africa World Airlines?

nant position in Ghana.

and well-trained engineers. The most important positive factor

Prior to joining AWA, I spent eight years as the regional manager of

huge.

the US. Prior to that, I spent two years as the general manager of

Where is your focus in the short term at AWA?

Hainan Airlines’ Zurich office in

My focus is to shift some flights

Switzerland. I have worked for

from the low-yield market to the

Hainan Airlines, the company that

high-yield market and increase

owns the majority of AWA, for

fuel surcharges and fares to offset

20 years. During that time, I have

the fuel price surge.

been sent to numerous foreign locations where I have enjoyed getting to know new people and experiencing various cultures. What most attracted you to your role at AWA? 18

allowing AWA to gain a domi-

cost-efficient operation control

is that the market potential is

Hainan Airlines’ office in Seattle in

cent market share in Nigeria,

fleet to fit the market, we have

What new features can AWA passengers look forward to? Are there plans in place for new domestic or international destinations on the network? The objective is to develop the

Will you be continuing AWA’s drive towards partnering with NEW ROLE Zhou Yingli has been AWA CEO for just a few months

other airlines to increase the scope of one-ticket travel for passengers here in Ghana?


I have been immediately impressed that our engineers can execute the best repairs for our aircraft relying on rudimentary facilities with simple equipment. What are some of your favourite places in Ghana to explore when you have time for a break?

I intend to expand our fleet’s capabilities so that we can reach cities in Africa’s central and eastern regions. I also want us to become the pre-eminent airline in West Africa.

Since arriving in Ghana, I have not travelled anywhere. The truth is I have no idea where to start. I have heard of so many wonderful places in this country and I want to visit some of them as soon as I have the chance. I believe I will begin with our existing domestic destinations. What plans do you have for the Yes, we will continue to partner with international carriers through

growth of AWA’s influence in Africa?

an interline arrangement so that

I intend to expand our fleet’s

our customers can fly to cities

capabilities so that we can reach

beyond Accra.

cities in Africa’s central and eastern regions. I also want us to

Have you made use of a one-

become the pre-eminent airline

ticket journey from Kotoka

in West Africa.

International Airport to a distant destination recently? If so, can

AWA has drawn praise for the

you tell us about the experi-

standard of its safety and sani-

ence?

tation procedures during the

Not yet. I plan to do so soon. What is your favourite route among the AWA network and

Covid-19 outbreak. How proud

So, let’s find out a little more about you away from AWA. How do you like to relax? I like to listen to music. Do you have a morning routine you follow to kick start your day?

are you of the work that has

Every morning when I wake up, I

been done and can you share

walk up to 6,000 steps. That sets

details on how this will develop

me up for the rest of the day.

why?

going forward?

Kumasi as it is the most profitable

Our company’s culture prioritises

route.

RISING STAR Zhou has risen through the ranks at Hainan Aifrlines

safety and we have a specialised crew to ensure our aircraft

AWA is a proudly Ghanaian

are thoroughly sanitised. We

operation. How impressed have

will strengthen our weaknesses

you been with the team since

in order to be great in terms of

joining?

service quality in all areas.

What is your favourite food and do you like to cook? I don’t really have a favourite food and I don’t like to cook. What makes you laugh? Any joke usually works on me. FLYafrica

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TOTAL RECALL:

Quick tips on how to improve your memory Getting a bit forgetful? If you have the memory of a …oh what’s the word, it just swims around and around in a bowl and isn’t much of a pet…anyway, don’t worry because memory is a skill that can be improved through practice. There are a few things that have been claimed to boost memory, from eating the right foods to doing regular exercise, so here’s some tips you’d do well to remember.

Improve your sleep Research has shown that getting a regular seven to eight hours of restful sleep each night helps strengthen our memories. If you are taking on a new skill – such as playing a musical instrument or learning a language – plenty of deep sleep will help link together this new information for use the next day. Prioritise your sleep by putting a night-time routine in place. Useful rules to abide by include no screens after 8pm, not eating or drinking too late and going to bed and waking up at the same time.

Get in the gym There are plenty of reasons to recommend regular exercise, but alongside the improvements to your heart health, blood pressure and overall mood, your brain benefits too. Physical activity increases blood flow to your whole body, including the hippocampus, the part of the brain that controls learning and memory. If you don’t have time for a full workout, just getting a few 10-minute walks in throughout the day will keep those alertness levels up. 20


Test yourself

Get organised

When you learn something new – whether it is the driving route to a job you have just started or the names of your new colleagues – testing yourself can help you retain and retrieve that information. Over time, regular self-testing can help improve your long-term memory. Make notes on what you need to learn and ask a friend to quiz you. Flash cards are also a useful tool. Put the question on one side of the card and the answer on the other. When you look at the front “question” side of a flashcard and think of the answer, you are engaging a mental faculty known as active recall, which has been shown to create stronger neuron connections that memory trace. And because flashcards can so easily facilitate repetition, they are the best way to create multiple memory-enhancing recall events. Some research has found that this kind of active recall retrieval practice leads to 150% better retention than passive studying.

Make visual connections Albert Einstein said that: “Imagination is more important than knowledge” and his world-changing scientific theories are testament to allowing his imagination to run free and visualise outrageous answers to problems. Similarly, to super charge your memory it is important to get creative. You’ll get good results by linking what you want to remember to something visual. This technique is called mind mapping. For example, say you have a hair appointment at 5pm, you could think of the Adinkra symbol mpuannum with its five tufts of hair. Mnemonic devices are another associative tool for remembering information. They work best if you make them personal and add some humour. Come up with a rhyme, song, or joke to help remember a specific segment of information.

Our working memory functions best if we keep it organised. As the brain seeks the required information to retrieve, it all becomes quicker and easier if it knows where it is. At the start of each day, go over your upcoming tasks, step by step, in your mind. Making a mental to-do list stimulates your working memory. Going through the list in order will leave you with a sense of mastery over your day.

Thinking food Your diet has a strong bearing on your clarity of thought and recall. Food to avoid includes sugars, which have been shown to exacerbate cognitive decline. Alcohol and drugs can also cause mental fogginess and confusion. Instead eat plenty of fatty fish, which is packed with omega 3 fatty acids. About 60 per cent of your brain is made of fat and half of that fat is composed of omega 3 fatty acids which help build brain and nerve cells, essential for learning and memory. Coffee is also a good option for its powerful blend of caffeine and antioxidants. Studies show that three to four cups of coffee a day can help ward off dementia. Berries are another good antioxidant source as is – chocoholics rejoice – flavonoids-filled dark chocolate.

Stay mentally active The principle of ‘use it or lose it’ applies well to memory. The more mentally active you are the more neurogenesis – the creation of new nerve pathways – takes place and your memory strengthens. So, work that memory muscle. Have regular games of the traditional board game bao, learn a language or take an online course in coding. Make plenty of wonderful memories that you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

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Laetitia Nzingha Samuel

My Kumasi Social entrepreneur L Nzingha Samuel fell in love with Kumasi and now helps others from the diaspora own property as part of a growing community in Ghana’s second city. Here she talks about the ‘Kumerica’ connection and her favourite places to frequent in her new home.

K

umasi and the United States

my godfather in Kumasi and learning

have some cultural crossover.

about the traditions and spiritual

US rap is not only a major

culture.

influence on the city’s emerging ‘Kumerica’ music scene but also the

Q: You now split your time between

‘bling’ favoured by its stars has its

Kumasi and the US. How does that

parallels in the ostentatious jewel-

work?

lery the Ghanaian city’s Ashanti

I travel back and forth to Kumasi

tribe wear as a symbol their power.

every couple of months throughout

No surprise then when African-

the year. Since we have a home in

Americans from the diaspora look

Kumasi, the trip is relatively inexpen-

for a city to make their Ghana return

sive for me and my family. My fiancée

the excellence and opulence reflected

to, Kumasi is a popular choice.

lives in our Kumasi home with our

in the perception of America.

Helping facilitate that move is

family in Ghana and he manages

Laetitia Nzingha Samuel, who runs

our tour and development company

particularly through hip-hop culture –

E+Z with her fiancé Evans Owusu,

within our community.

based on the way the King and Chiefs

a family business that specializes in

- including the stories of the Golden Stool, the Ashanti Kingdom and their chieftaincies. As the heart of the country, they feel very connected to

‘Kumerica’ is also linked to the US,

I work remotely so as long as I

dress and their posture. The flashy

property development and manage-

have an internet connection, I am

style African-Americans showcase

ment. Here she talks about how a

able to maintain my employment

as a part of hip-hop culture is seen

new international community has

and contracts in the US while I travel.

as a shout-out and an ode to the

grown in the city and the wealth of

I have always worked remotely and

regal culture shown in Kumasi. It is

delights that await visitors.

travelled, so the transition was rather

said to have started with an image of

easy for me!

Kanye West with chains on that was

Q: What are your family links to

I honestly prefer to be in Kumasi

placed next to a picture of a chief in

Kumasi?

rather than the US, especially recently.

Kumasi. ‘Kumerica’ is also a way to

I began travelling to Ghana in 2004,

Here I feel at home and much more

use Kumasi’s swag to pull rank on the

almost 20 years ago on a cultural

connected to humanity. I also feel

rest of Ghana!

tour researching the spiritual and

much more connected to nature,

blood connections between African-

especially on the drive between Accra

Americans and Africans – specifi-

and Kumasi, which we make several

cally between Sapelo Island [a state-

times during my visits).

protected island in Georgia, which

Q: Can you tell me about your role in facilitating the relocation COMMUNITY An increasing number of Americans are moving to Kumasi

of Americans wanting a new life in Kumasi. I believe you even been

is the permanent home to about 70

Q: There have been strong links

full-time residents, many descended

between Kumasi and the US for

from the slaves of Sapelo’s plantations

some time, leading to the term

After my fiancé Evans and I began

before the Civil War] and Ghana.

‘Kumerica’ to describe some of the

building our home in Kumasi near

cultural cross-fertilisation. What is

family, some of my friends in Atlanta

traced back to Ghana. As I travelled

your take on why this has happened?

decided they would also join us. They

around Kumasi, I learned my people

Many citizens of Kumasi see them-

purchased one plot, then two, then

were Ashanti, of the Akan ethnic

selves as the heart and soul of Ghana.

three, and before we knew it more

group. So, I began visiting for one or

The people feel deeply connected to

than 20 plots were purchased and

two months at a time, living with my

the traditions they continue to uphold

the word was spreading via US media

I learned that my mother’s family

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HERITAGE L Nzingha has traced her Ghanaian heritage

involved in developing new housing aimed at the diaspora.


delicious food there. The Golden Tulip also has great food and the advantage that you can eat by its amazing pool. For more poolside dining, Momo Pool Bar has great food and cocktails. We also like to grab a coffee and snack in Kumasi Mall. Q: How about restaurants? Where would you recommend for some local delicacies? Ike’s Café & Grill is one of my favourite places in all Kumasi. The menu here is full of my West African favourite dishes such as jollof rice, fufu and light soup, diehuo with fried fish and a boiled egg and boiled yams and pepper stew. Q: Kumasi has a vibrant music scene. Where are some of the best places to go for live music? Ike’s Café again. On Fridays they have a live band and it is a vibe. +2 Pub and Kitchen and Scoreboard are also worth checking out. outlets. The community continues to

at The Adinkra Village and Bonwire, a

grow organically and now includes

village renowned as the home of kente

residents from the US, the UK, the

cloth. Traditional medicine is big here

Caribbean islands of St Thomas and

so visit the Medoma Shrine where its

Jamaica, and Colombia.

chief priest Nana Abass operates.

SECOND CITY Central Kumasi Daniel Mensah Boafo / Shutterstock.com

We assist them in acquiring their

Q: And nightlife? What are the clubs you head to? 1991 Lounge & Basement are both excellent lounge bars with lovely cocktails and good music. They are

plot of land, building their home,

Q: What is shopping like in Kumasi?

and renting it out when they are

There’s a huge choice. We go to

not present. It has been a labour of

Kejetia market to buy fabrics to take

Q: Kumasi is a fast-growing and busy

love and I discovered a true passion

to a local tailor to make custom-fitted

city. Where do you go to find places

of mine – creating an intentional

clothing. We also go to Adum to the

of calm and quiet?

community. We are also working with

vendors and local shops for African

We drive out of the city and relax

state departments in Ghana to also

fashionable fits. If you want more

at Lake Bosomtwe. We also go to

help them secure their official paper-

variety then Kumasi Mall is also a

Rattray Park, which is an ultra-modern

work as they visit for longer periods

great place to go.

recreation park with amusements and

of time. We are looking to truly invest

also both located in Kumasi Mall.

some nice green spaces. It also has an

in the area and become active partici-

Q: Where would go for a lazy brunch

pants in the growth and development

with friends?

of Kumasi.

The Sweet Garden Hotel & Restaurant

Q: Are there many American-run

is in the Danyame Estate, a very nice

restaurants, bars, shops etc in Kumasi

neighbourhood and you can get

that you like and where visiting

Q: Where would you recommend visitors go to truly soak up the character of Kumasi and its Asante heritage? Start with Manhyia Palace, the official residence of the Asanti leader, the Asantehene. Then check out the Prempeh II Museum and the Cultural Centre. You can learn more about the traditional clothes the Ashanti wear

amazing restaurant.

Americans could get some familiar

We assist them in acquiring their plot of land, building their home, and renting it out when they are not present

home comforts? Ike’s is run by Ghanaian Americans. It’s a chain with another branch in Georgia. We are working with more restaurateurs in US to open more spots in Kumasi, through our sistercity relationship with Stockbridge, in Georgia. FLYafrica 23


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Camping in the

Mushroom Rocks

Blogger, tour operator and nature photographer Selorm Sosu recently led an international group on a four-night stay at the remote Mushroom Rocks in Wuling in the Upper West Region of Ghana. Most of the group were novice campers and for the locals it was their first time entertaining guests. Here, Selorm recounts their adventures.

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istory was made earlier this

to hike to Wuling of the Upper West

year when the small commu-

region of Ghana and stay for four

nity of Wuling hosted a group

nights at Mushroom Rock, a seeming-

EATING OUT Food was cooked on Selorm’s travelling stove

In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Mushroom Rock was used as a refuge for people to escape from

of campers on a research expedition

ly precarious natural rock formation

led by myself and digital marketer

in which one massive boulder seems

and Babatu. Nowadays, people see

Daniel Afunyo of AkdShares. It was

to be supported by a far smaller one,

the rocks as a holy place and village

an international group with Mamoore

giving the impression of a mushroom.

elders regularly visit to pour libations.

and Anke from Belgium, Aisha from

Rocks dominate the landscape here

There are also hollows in the rocks,

England and Janet, Swadika, Nadra

and there is an area with a circular

which collect rainwater and locals use

and Mormen all from Tamale. For most

arrangement of rocks that provides

them to bathe in. The rock also serves

of them it was most their first time

a peaceful sheltered place I thought

as the raw material for tools and

camping in the wild, but they agreed

would be ideal to set up camp.

weapons for hunting.

notorious slave traders Samouri Touri


Arrival at Jirapa We arrived mid-afternoon at the Royal Cosy Hills Resort, aka Jirapa Dubai. Set in around 360 acres with its own wildlife park, this is a four-star luxury safari resort. After an enjoyable meal, we set off for our camping site, which is about 15 minutes’ drive from the Jirapa Dubai.

First Camping Night Once our tents were set up and allocated, we set about a barbecue. Building a fire in the evening is one of the best things about camping, but we were respectful of our environment. We had been told not to make a bonfire as the place is sacred so instead, I set up my gas-powered travelling stove and lit incense. The team were all strangers to each other, so we took the chance to introduce ourselves. I held some burning sage

everyone. It fuelled us for a safari with

as I told everyone about myself and

Royal Cosy Hills. Safaris here in the

then passed it on to the next person

baking hot north of the country take

to say a few words. The whole place

place in the morning from 8.30am to

was charged with positive energy as

10.45am and the afternoon from 3pm

we got to socialise. Someone asked

to 5pm.

me: ‘Don’t you get scared of camping

The resort’s safari is the first of

Lunch was waiting for us after the safari and then we relaxed in the afternoon around the resort’s pool

in wild places all by yourself?” I told

its kind in the Upper West part of

her no. I said we are all here today to

Ghana and animals to be seen include

of this part of the country.

break away the fear of the unknown

alpaca, hippo, monkey, bushbuck and

all about facing fears. Jirapa Dubai

and have courage that everything is

zebra. Lunch was waiting for us after

organised a quad biking session for

possible. There is always the fear of

the safari and then we relaxed in the

us. We were split up into teams of two

the unknown and darkness. I thought

afternoon around the resort’s pool.

– Alpha team, Bravo team and Charley

The rest of the day’s activities were

this was perhaps not the best time

The second night at camp was very

to tell them that there were snakes

special as three elders from the village

series of tasks. After that, it was back

around these parts.

joined us for a storytelling session. We

to the pool again to cool off.

At about 11pm, I decided to take a

Team – and had to work together on a

gathered round our small fire as the

walk around. To my surprise the noise

elders narrate to us the real history of

Camping Day Four

we were making in the chamber of

the community.

Day four was tinged with sadness as

the rock could not be heard outside. You could also not see the light of our

Camping Day Three

fire. It was as though the chamber of

On day three some local children

the rock contained the sound.

joined in with us as we climbed the

We had a great evening. Nadra was

surrounding rocks. We later visited

grilling meats and vegetables and

some of the village elders who were

Daniel cooked up some tilapia. The

gathered under a big tree.

night was charged with excitement,

After we had exchanged greetings,

it meant the end of the trip. Before we left, we cleaned the whole area. You wouldn’t even know we had been WILD RIDE The team explored on quad bikes

there. Then all that was left was to say our warm goodbyes and return to our respective homes. Selorm organises many more trips

and we talked and partied long into

one of the elders said: “We hear of

like this to Ghana’s more remote

the early morning.

your expedition at the rock, and we

corners. For more information,

hope it was a successful one.” The

visit @detraveling-_fotografa on

elders were excited to host us in their

Instagram. To read more of his

I woke up at 7.30 am to find Nadra

community and hoped we would

travel blogs, go to

had already cooked breakfast for

share with others the beautiful nature

detravelingfotografa.wordpress.com

Camping Day Two

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UNFINISHED BUSINESS The rise of Limbo Accra

Image: Nii Odartey Aryee

Award-winning architecture design studio Limbo Accra was launched in 2018 with its name derived from an early focus on creating pop-up art galleries and installations in the Ghanaian capital’s wealth of unfinished buildings. It has gone on to create more accessible urban spaces such as the city’s first Skatepark and has also built up an impressive portfolio of private and commercial projects. Here co-founder Dominique Petit-Frère speaks to FLYafrica about designing cities with people in mind.

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RECLAIMING THE CITY Accra’s new skatepark

Q

How has the mission statement of Limbo Accra developed

Limbo’s growth into a fully operational architectural studio has been

over time?

organic in the sense that we simply

Limbo Accra is an award-winning

wish to manifest our core design

architecture design studio and was

philosophies of legacy, sustainability

established as a response to the spec-

and accessibility in all our projects.

ulative urban development happening

Whether we are approached with a

in Accra and other major West African

new build or re- adaptive project, we

cities. We are dedicated to architec-

always aim to respond within a site-

tural projects, art installations and

specific context. For us, there should

urban design and always with a focus

always be an alignment with regards

on the geo-political and environmental

to the context of the space, the story

implications. Our mission has stayed

it holds and the client’s overall vision.

the same since our inception and that is to address and respond to the

Q: How do you decide on what are

urban reality through the practice of

the right architectural projects for

architecture, art, and design.

Limbo Accra?

Q: Are there common themes

down into three key themes: legacy,

between your public work repur-

sustainability and accessibility. These

posing aborted buildings and your

three mandates guide the way we

commercial and private architectural

engage with the various projects

projects?

presented to us. We don’t want to

Our studio mandate is broken

say that we are selective, but we do prioritise projects that aim to make an artistic and architectural impact within the community we operate in.

GALLERY Limbo Accra has repurposed some of Accra’s unfinished buildings as art spaces

Q: Do most clients give you free rein to come up with your own design or is it a collaborative process? The relationship we develop with all our clients usually stretches beyond the transactional. From the very beginning we have been intentional about this approach as it feels genuine and natural to us as founders. We are very adamant about tailoring our architectural and artistic services specifically to the individual client’s needs and having that guide the design process and its output. How this process specifically unfolds is subjective to the conversation that evolves between us and them. © Limbo Accra

We are currently developing a four-acre private residence for a client in Awukugua, Ghana whose aim is to build a mix-used facility to honour his family’s chieftain legacy

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PEOPLE POWER Limbo Accra projects help build a sense of community

to contribute, launch and share the vision – and it’s this exact energy that is the fundamental driving force that we are constantly expanding. Q: You have been involved in innovative projects such as the Accra Skatepark that provide much-needed public space in the city. Are you always conscious with your private and commercial projects of how they will interact with the city and its Image: Nii Odartey Aryee

residents? Of course! Through our field of research and our practice in general, we’ve concluded that the urban domains of far too many developing cities are simply not built for the general citizen. As both architects and consumers, there is a sense of urgency that allows us to take responby supporting the local arts and the creative industry. Our key goal with this project is to develop the project on a human scale, guided by the client’s need. We have often seen big property developments become impersonal and that the living conditions get lost in the size of the

Limbo’s nature is constantly on the move in the sense that our operations are spread between Accra, Copenhagen and New York

of development we see taking root. As a boutique firm, it is the high level of care and impact that makes us unique and attractive to the clients we work with. Q: Can you tell us about an upcoming project you are excited about?

property or the house itself. With this project, we aim to bridge the

installation artist Serge Attukwei

two and to create an intimate and

Clottey, Afro-surrealist painter David

our practice in New York and across

personal space. It’s a legacy project

Alabo and digital artist Hakeem

North America so keep an eye out for

– one we hope can pave the road for

Adam – also involved. What do you

Limbo’s impact in the Big Apple!

future developments.

think this adds to your architectural

At the moment we are expanding

projects? variety of the architectural projects

the move in the sense that our

you have worked on? Are there

operations are spread between Accra,

elements in each one that make

Copenhagen and New York. We are

them a recognisably Limbo Accra

therefore fundamentally of the belief

project?

that we as humans need to unite and

While each project is different, it is

For more information on Limbo Accra, follow @limboaccra on

Limbo’s nature is constantly on

Instagram or visit limboccra.online TRIBUTE The skatepark remembers fashion designer Virgil Abloh

come together to exchange ideas

paramount for our practice that the

and knowledge to respond to the

projects we engage with contribute to

issues we experience in our day and

a greater story.

age. Collaboration is central within this philosophy because we all need

Q: Limbo Accra projects seem very

each other. When we started Limbo

much collective efforts with a range

in 2018, our whole community of

of West African creatives – such as

friends and family came together

© Limbo Accra

Q: Can you give me an idea of the

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sibility and have influence on the type


WEST AFRICA’S BEST BEACH

hideaways

From a pristine strip of sand separating a tranquil lagoon and the rolling Atlantic Ocean to a secret surfing spot, West Africa is home to some truly stunning hidden beach gems. Here are FLYafrica’s picks. Butre, Ghana Nearest AWA destination: Takoradi The small fishing village of Butre is located on a stretch of coastline in the Western Region of Ghana that is blessed with beautiful beaches – check out surf spot Busua and Asemkaw for proof – but its arc of sand hidden from view until a breath-taking reveal by dense woodland is arguably the most spectacular. Historic Butre was also one of the first cities in Ghana formed by inter-European and interAfrican conflict in the 17th century. Today it has a population of around 400 people with most residents mostly from the Ahanta ethnic tribe. Take a trip through the village to learn about the Ahanta people’s culture, traditions, and way of life. If you are feeling fit, a challenging hill hike to the ruins of Fort Batenstein will reward you with panoramic views over the village, the surrounding forest-draped hills and the coastline. FLYafrica

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WEST AFRICA’S BEST BEACH

hideaways

Patigi Beach, Nigeria Nearest AWA destination: Abuja

Keta, Ghana Nearest AWA destination: Accra The strip of sand that is home to the historic village of Keta is one of Ghana’s most delicate and dramatic landscapes. The promontory is positioned with the bird-spotter paradise of Keta Lagoon on one side and the rolling waves of the Atlantic on the other. The ocean’s rising waters have caused more than half of the village to be washed away in the last century, but the wonderful beaches of spotless sand remain. There are a number of resorts to choose from, but if you are after remote beauty, head along the promontory until you are almost at the mouth of the River Volta. Here you’ll find the gorgeous Emancipation Beach, a name charged with meaning given Keta’s history as a port for the slave trade and the ruins of Fort Prinzenstein – one of the last colonial forts to stop its slave trading – still standing sentinel on the shrinking coastline. 32

Patigi is not your average West African beach holiday destination. It is located on the shore of the River Niger rather than the Atlantic Ocean and its coastline is lush and wild with palm trees everywhere. Still, it is a great place to escape and enjoy the Niger’s crystalline waters. Life here is centred around fishing, which has provided the livelihoods for locals for centuries here. You’ll see colourful pirogues head out to set their nets for the day’s catch each day and each year the Pategi Regatta Festival has canoe races on the water and events celebrating the traditions of the local Nupe people in the town.


River Number Two Beach, Sierra Leone, Nearest AWA destination: Freetown

Robertsport, Liberia Nearest AWA destination: Monrovia Liberia has 580km of Atlantic Ocean coastline, much of it consisting of undeveloped paradisiacal beaches that have yet to reach the radar of international tourists. One of the best can be found in the tiny fishing village of Robertsport near the border with Sierra Leone. The nearconstant left-breaking waves that hit the coast attracted a handful of intrepid US surfers in the early 2000s and they passed on their knowhow and some second-hand boards to the locals, creating Liberia’s first surfing scene. There are now a few regular surfing competitions, a surf school and guest houses have popped up among the mango trees and banana groves that fringe the coastline. Even if you are not a surfer, the heavenly beach here that stretches as far as the eye can see is a wonderful place for a wild escape.

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While it is only 16km out of Sierra Leone’s bustling capital, Freetown, River Number Two Beach feels like a different world with its tranquil bay sheltering an eye-rubbingly beautiful crescent of golden sand. It is a popular city escape at weekends, but during the week there’ll be few footprints in the sand beyond your own. Facilities are basic, but there is a hut serving up huge prawn kebabs on spicy couscous and the fresh coconuts sold by the easy-going beach sellers make a wonderful dessert.

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EATafrica

Keto queen

Entrepreneur brings lowcarb treats to your door Lip-smacking pizza, pies and cookies with barely any carbs or sugar? Welcome to the guilt-free treats on offer at Elizabeth Okoro’s keto-friendly food delivery service. Here the Accra foodie tells Mark Edwards how you can still enjoy your favourite comfort foods on your weight loss plan.

G

hanaian cuisine is built

her radar when her elder sister – the

around starchy staples like

actress Yvonne Okoro – told her it was

fufu dough balls and jollof

the reason for her impressive recent

just intended, she says, as a “side hustle”. Elizabeth experimented with keto versions of her comfort

rice so you would think an eating

weight loss. Having just returned from

food favourites in the kitchen of her

regime that rules out carbohydrates

a holiday to Italy carrying a few extra

parents’ home in East Legon. “Once

and sugars would be a hard sell.

pasta pounds, Elizabeth signed up

I understood the science behind it

However, the keto diet has arrived

to a local keto-friendly food delivery

was easy to come up with meals

here and it is flourishing.

plan, but while she also started to

that fit the macros,” she says. Having

lose weight she was not that excited

attended Ghana International School

the word with people sharing stories

by the dishes on offer “The last straw

and gone on to study for her degree

of the weight loss and increased

was one lunch that was just sliced

at King’s College London University,

energy they have experienced on

cucumbers and sliced onions and

Elizabeth admits her tastes owe

achieving ketosis – the state the body

hard-boiled eggs,” she says.

more to Western fast-food culture

Social media has helped to spread

enters after keeping to an intake of

than Ghanaian cuisine. So, she got

less than 20g of carbohydrates a day

Side hustle

(approximately the carb content of

So, the next time the two sisters met

twists on pizzas and savoury pies

one standard chocolate chip cookie).

up for lunch, Elizabeth, a keen cook

along with a sugar-free desserts that

With such meagre levels of carbs

and self-confessed foodie, created

satisfied her sweet tooth.

in the body to turn into glucose for

a keto-friendly lunch that was more

energy, the body turns to an alterna-

to her tastes. It proved so delicious

always going to be the crust. A soft,

tive source to keep it going – fat.

that her proud sister shared it on her

chewy base is the foundation of a

Instagram page along with Elizabeth’s

great pizza and anyone who has

Even the leanest of us has plenty of body fat to spare as fuel and once you

contact details. The response was

are in ketosis – getting 70 to 80 per

immediate.

cent of your calories from fats with

“My phone was blowing up,”

the rest from protein with just a splash

Elizabeth tells me. “Everybody wanted

of carbs – you become a fat-burning

me to start cooking for them.”

machine producing a constant stream

Elizabeth was already a name in

busy in her kitchen creating keto

With the pizza the issue was

joylessly crunched away on a dusty STARCHLESS SNACKS Keto Base GH bagels

gluten-free version or one made of ground cauliflower knows how tough it is to improve upon. But, Elizabeth seems to have the answer. “I make what’s known in the

of energy that doesn’t suffer the

the Ghanaian food industry, having

keto community as fathead dough

peaks and crashes typical of relying

in 2016 set up Mind Snacks, her own

to form the crust,” she says. “It is

on fast-absorbed carbohydrates.

brand of low sugar, additive-free

made from almond flour, mozza-

granola, which is available in super-

rella cheese and egg and it makes a

markets across the country.

deliciously chewy crust with a hint of

Among the Ghanaians who have been converted to the keto way is Elizabeth Okoro. The diet first struck 34

FOODIE FOUNDER Elizabeth Okoro

The keto food service was initially

cheese. It’s the closest you can get


to that real pizza taste.” I can vouch for the chewy consist-

it seems impossible to believe there was no sugar involved in their making.

ency and the wonderful flavour as I

Indeed, for someone like myself who

was fortunate enough to be served

has eaten little beyond salad, steak

a sizzling veggie pizza straight from

and lots and lots of cheese since

the woodfired oven when I interview

embarking on my keto journey around

Elizabeth at her parents’ home. Here

six months ago, all the Keto Base

she has taken over the spacious

GH food I try tastes almost sinfully

garage as the operations centre of

indulgent.

what has become her latest food business, Keto Base GH. I turn up on a Friday – along with

Guilt-free treats But, Elizabeth assures me she has

They each arrive to the customer labelled with an exact breakdown of the fat, protein, carb and sugar content day. The interest has been strong. “The keto diet has really kicked off here,” Elizabeth says. “Ghanaians are becoming more health conscious.”

Tuesday, one of two weekly delivery

checked the macronutrients of every

days – and the garage and fore-

one of her dishes and indeed they

food has generated that one

court are a bustle of activity. Amid a

each arrive to the customer labelled

customer based in Tamale has their

bewitching aroma of sizzling quiches

with an exact breakdown of the fat,

weekly pizza order flown from Accra

and pizza as well as just-baked bagels

protein, carb and sugar content. As

– with AWA no less. “We double wrap

and pastries staff ferry just-cooked

for the desserts, Elizabeth uses only

the pizza and drop it at the airport,”

treats to a team of motorcycle couri-

keto-approved sweeteners. These,

Elizabeth says.

ers to deliver to customers across

along with the almond flour, are not

Greater Accra and as far as Tema to

yet available to buy in Ghana so

is always increasing with Elizabeth

the east of the capital.

Elizabeth has to import them. “Keto

continuing to experiment with new

food is not cheap in Ghana,” she says.

ingredients and taste combinations.

fresh spicy meat, again made soft and

Her full-size pizzas range in price

Recent creations include keto burger

buttery by the fat dough. “People love

between 70 and 85 cedis (US$ 9 to

buns and avocado cookies and the

meat pies in Ghana so having a keto

US$11), which is at the expensive end

chef recommends them both. “I won’t

option is a crowd pleaser,” Elizabeth

of fast food here, but with just two

put anything on the menu I won’t eat

says. “We also do a fish version and

opportunities each week to have

myself.”

one with my own take on Cheddar

a guilt-free keto treat Elizabeth’s

Bay biscuits.”

growing network of repeat custom-

I also get to taste test an oven

Such is the following Elizabeth’s

The range of food available to order

ers believe it’s worth it. Customers

To explore the Keto Base GH range and make your order

a cinnamon roll and an oven-baked

make their orders on the Keto Base

on Mondays and Thursdays, visit the Facebook site.

chocolate chip ‘brookie’ (part cookie,

GH Facebook site on Monday and

To find out more about the Mind Snacks granola range,

part brownie). They taste so good,

Thursday for delivery by 11am the next

visit the Instagram site @mindsnacksgh

To round off my keto feast, I sample

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TECHcorner Organising tech gifts Here are some useful organising tech gifts for the neat freak in your life or perhaps the more disorganised people you know who could do with a nudge in the right direction.

Gear bag Fastidious folk love a good bag, especially one with plenty of pockets and compartments for keeping their tech gear protected and in place. Crumpler is known for producing lightweight but durable bags (and then giving them some very bizarre names). Its Vegetable from Inside the Mountain bag has a padded laptop sleeve, several additional compartments, an outside zippered pouch and two removable pouches, one of which acts as a soft headphone case. Price: US$ 145 Where to buy: amazon.com

Kindle Paperwhite Being a minimalist bookworm is not easy. A voracious reader will soon find books clutter their home and if you carry a paperback with you at all times to read a cheeky chapter or two whenever you have the chance, that book is going to be looking pretty scruffy by the time you reach its final page. So, e-readers are the perfect gift. You can store all your books on the one portable reader, e-editions of books are usually cheaper to purchase and you don’t have to pay at all if you join an online library. The Kindle Paperwhite is a great option with a screen that emits minimal blue light so you can read at bedtime and not disturb your sleep and it is wafer thin, lightweight and waterproof so ideal for travel. Price: US$ 139 for the 8GB model Where to buy: amazon.com

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Cordless Shark Vacuum OK, it’s not the most romantic gift (if Valentine’s Day is coming up, don’t even consider it), but your tidy friend will love a vacuum cleaner that gets every corner of their beloved home clean. The cordless Shark Vacuum is lightweight and easy to manoeuvre with its swivel steering. It also has a Hepa filter that traps all dust and allergens for a safe inside the vacuum.

Sleek document scanner Organised people might have clean homes, but they also like to have their digital life in order. Paperwork such as receipts, product guarantees, birth certificates and invoices can build up to the extent that individual items become almost impossible to locate when required. Digitising your documents with a scanner means keeping them safe and filed for easy access. There is now a range of sleek, small scanners that will get this done. An ideal gift would be the Irisscan, a cool portable mouse with integrated scanner which instantly creates a digital copy of any document placed beneath it – from articles, photos, maps, receipts, business cards and artwork. Just press the scan button on the mouse, swipe in any direction on a paper document and watch text and images appear on your Mac or PC screen.

Price: US$ 199 Where to buy: amazon.com Image ????

Price: US$ 112 Where to buy: irislink.com Image IRIS S.A

Label Maker There are few things in this world that excite an organised person more than a nice digital label maker. Bestow it and just watch them go – soon there will be labels on clothes, bins, boxes, drawers and perhaps even household pets to ensure everything is recorded and in its place. The Dymo LabelManager Pnp distinguishes itself by being able to print on fabric as well. Just connect it via USB to your Mac or PC and it will start producing water-resistant labels in a variety of colours, sizes and designs. Price: US$ 92 Where to buy: amazon.com Image DYMO, Inc

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ART ATTACK!

How a gallery wall can brighten blank spaces in your home A gallery wall of pictures, prints, plaques or photo frames can transform blank walls into your own miniature art gallery. It’s a quick and simple way to add a splash a character to your home so here’s a guide to creating one that truly reflects your personal style

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Decide on your theme

of pieces with seemingly no theme

Does your home already have a

at all! If you choose each piece

general theme, whether rustic or

because it means something special

vintage or modern? If so, your

to you then you become the theme!

gallery wall may well work best been building a rustic look, choose

Choose different sizes, shapes and textures

items that have wooden frames and

To make your gallery wall interesting

feature floral prints or woodland

and individual, choose products with

scenes. You could even create your

different sizes, shapes and textures.

continuing the theme. If you have

own box framed with dried grasses or corn pieces for a unique feel. Alternatively, your gallery wall

Why? Though some gallery walls can look great when only featuring framed prints, playing with sizes,

theme could instead focus on

shapes and textures creates a more

a specific interest of yours. For

interesting visual display for the eye.

example, music lovers might theme

THEME Keep to a harmonious look

CHOOSE YOUR HOOK What will be your theme?

Choose a mixture of prints, wall

their gallery wall around their

hangings, mirrors and shelves to

favourite bands, choosing an array

make your gallery wall more unique.

of music posters, vinyl records and memorabilia to make their gallery

Measure your space

wall showcase their passion.

Before you start hammering nails

However, some of the best gallery walls are eclectic, with a wide variety

into your walls, you need to measure your space to make sure everything FLYafrica 39


Leave the room then walk back in as if you were viewing your gallery wall for the first time. How does it make you feel? fits! Once that’s done, gather your wall art pieces and lay them on the floor in the order you would like to hang them, making sure they fit within the space you have measured. Does anything look like it doesn’t fit correctly? Play around with your

Stand back and admire your work Now all of your artwork and wall decor has been wall-mounted, take one last look before you put those tools away.

layout until you’ve designed a gallery

Do you like the composition?

wall that best displays your favourite

Do you think the overall gallery

artwork.

would look better with something

Hang your wall decor

adding or taking away? Leave the room then walk back in

You’ll need a measuring tape,

as if you were viewing your gallery

hammer, nails and some picture

wall for the first time. How does it

hooks. If you have chosen heavier

make you feel?

items like mirrors, we advise using

Don’t forget the great thing about

brackets and screws to ensure they

gallery walls is that they can be

are wall mounted securely.

updated easily, so if you aren’t totally

To make sure your items end up exactly where you want them, use

happy, you can always change it at any time!

spot on the wall. Remember to measure the distance between any hooks so you don’t have to make unnecessary

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holes in your walls. A spirit level

Tips and images provided by online

will be useful in avoiding a wonky

furniture company Melody Maison.

gallery!

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Tamale

Sierra Leone

Ghana Monrovia

Abuja Lagos

Kumasi

Liberia

Takoradi

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Accra

Takoradi Airport

Monrovia

Kotoka International Airport Capital city of Ghana with an estimated population of 2.27 million. Economic and administrative hub for Greater Accra region and home to Ghana’s government administration.

Kumasi Kumasi International Airport Located in Ashanti Region and one of Ghana’s biggest metropolitan areas with a population of 2.07 million.

Tamale Tamale Airport Capital of Ghana’s Northern Region and hub for administrative and commercial activities.

Port town combined with Sekondi to form Sekondi-Takoradi, capital of the Western Region.

NIGERIA

Roberts International Airport Capital and most populous city of Liberia with more than 1 million inhabitants.

Lagos

SIERRA LEONE

Murtala Muhammed International Airport

Freetown

Nigeria’s largest city and the most populous in Africa. Major financial centre and home to one of Africa’s biggest ports.

Capital of Sierra Leone and the country’s economic, financial, cultural and political centre.

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or communicate with the UM

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periodically.

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The parent/guardian receiv-

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as long as there is a proper

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than the designated parent/

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guardian.

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delivery date.

permitted to fly until the 28th week of pregnancy without a medical certificate.

Expectant mothers more than 34 weeks pregnant are not permitted to fly with AWA.

From the 28th to the 34th week of pregnancy, an

For pregnancies less than

expectant mother is required

28 weeks, passengers should

to provide a medical certifi-

possess an ante-natal card/

cate from her obstetrician

book stating the duration of

stating that the pregnancy is

pregnancy at the date of travel.

Length:

29.87 m / 98 ft 0 in

Height:

6.76 m / 22 ft 2 in

Wingspan:

20.04 m / 65 ft 9 in

Capacity: Engines:

50 passengers Rolls Royce AE 3007-A1 Turbofans

Range: Maximum speed: Number of aircraft:

2,870 km Mach 0.78 8 FLYafrica 43


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