Fifth Chukker Vol 2 Issue 12

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Adventures in Luxury

Where To Go For

WELLNESS Around the World

How You Should Invest in

Emerging Artists What beats a safari?

A Sky Safari!

Sculpture by Bale Ola-Olu Olawale Photograph by Fiorilla Francesco

Contents VOL 2 ISSUE 12


EDITOR’S LETTER Yasemen Kaner-White

21 FORTUNE HEIGHTS Snow Polo World Cup 2017


10 CHARITY SHIELD Polo gives back with royal flavour 11 ARGENTINA POLO DAY Nigerian polo bids farewell to Ambassador Gustavo Dzugalla 12 FIFTH CHUKKER HOSTS EMIR OF KANO 13 CHILDREN’S DAY Children’s Fun Day adds spice to Access Bank Polo 14 THE ACCESS BANK CUP AT GUARDS


16 QUEEN’S CUP RH Polo wins it with last gasp goal 17 LAGOS INTERNATIONAL 1-2-3 for Fifth Chukker 18 VEUVE CLICQUOT Masters Polo 2017 at Val de Vie


24 ELEWANA ENSURES EAST AFRICA IS EVEN MORE ENTICING What could begin to beat the thrill of a safari? The answer is simple, a Sky Safari! 34 WHERE IN THE WORLD TO GO FOR WELLNESS What is wellness? Is it about your energy levels or is it being able to fit into those trousers without a muffin top over your belt? 42 COVERING ALL THE CONTINENTS We have covered the continents to bring to you a guide of the top picks of where to go in each


51 PER WIMMER The global financier whose sights are set on space


54 EXTRODINARY ADVENTURE CLUB There is nothing ordinary about the Extraordinary Adventure club




103 SPAIN’S KING OF THE COURTS Rafael Nadal is one of the all-time greats of tennis

73 PATRICK MAVROS Forged in Africa


78 HOW YOU SHOULD INVEST IN EMERGING ARTISTS Fifth Chukker meets Conrad Carvalho, owner of Oaktree and Tiger Gallery 86 ARDMORE It is said that one silk moth yields a single Hermès scarf, each design tells a story


92 AFRICA STRONG Seventh edition of Africa Fashion Week London ZARIA DURBAR 100 THE DURBAR ROAD On the 130th Annerversary of the Imperial Durbar in Delhi, we track down to Nigeria’s leading Durbar on Eid al-Fitr day


107 ATELIER BARTHEL Maxime Barthel left his hometown Marseille in France as a young boy seduced by the sea




GOOD BOOKS – BOOK REVIEW 116 Empire of Things 117 A Monkey at the Window 118 GLOBAL EVENTS Go where the action is 121 WHO’S READING FIFTH CHUKKER

UNICEF MESSAGE I am delighted to have found a robust and vibrant private sector partnership between UNICEF, Access Bank and Fifthchukker for more than ten years of active collaboration delivering quality results for children in greatest need. I also appreciate the equity approach towards supporting the education of children who are mainly orphans and vulnerable children. The opportunities this partnership has brought in the lives of many Nigerian children is very commendable. Moving forward, I commit our readiness to continuously, strategically and judiciously utilize the annual N10 million (about 28,090.68 USD) donation to achieve greater results for the less privileged children of Nigeria. We need to continue to promote the agenda of the children of today and tomorrow as central to sustainable development and the future of our planet and all its inhabitants. All too often in practice, however, the issues of children and young people are relegated to being only a “social” issue – and their health, safety, education and rights are not seen as being inextricably linked to ensuring economic growth and shared prosperity, a protected natural environment and more stable, safer societies. Overlooking their role is to the peril of us all, the communities in which we live and to the planet. To address issues such as above, UNICEF works with a wide range of development partners, government, individuals, businesses, foundations and civil society organizations to help children realize their full potential. In Nigeria, UNICEF supports the government of Nigeria and its partners to protect the rights of all children across the country and help Nigeria achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for children. UNICEF Access Bank and Fifthchukker partnership has over the past ten years helped UNICEF to support approximately over 15,000 orphans and vulnerable children with scholarships, construction of bore holes in communities, toilet facilities in schools for boys and girls and renovated dilapidated class rooms, school uniform for boys and girls, furniture and instructional materials among other interventions support all resulting in increased enrollment, retention and completion rate of children. Six communities also benefited from small scale women entrepreneurs to help them with a means of income to support their orphaned children. The partnership has continued to generate public awareness on issues affecting orphans, and created opportunities for community members to discuss issues that affect children especially those from the poor families. Therefore, UNICEF, as always, appreciates Access Bank and Fifthchukker for coming together to impact on the lives of those children in need. UNICEF would like to reiterate our commitment and readiness to take this partnership to scale, focusing on equity and to make education as the central theme, more specifically focusing on girl’s education, and make deliberate efforts to promote the rights of children through children related special events as frequent as possible every year. We take this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to our donors and partners for providing funds and other forms of support to our work in Nigeria.

Mohamed Malick Fall, Representative, UNICEF Nigeria


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Reflecting on this edition, I think the key word is ‘inspirational’. Whether reading my interview with Calum Morrison, founder of the Extraordinary Adventure Club persuades you to pursue your innate passion; or perhaps Conrad Carvalho’s top tips on how best to invest in emerging artists, in turn reaping the rewards, encourages your next art buy – your personal growth will be galvanised. Per Wimmer’s perseverance, both within pushing his personal limits but also working to enlighten the world to the global benefits of green energy, is another motivating memoir, not to mention Nadal’s achievements, featured, telling us that tenacity pays off in the end. Then there is the story of working on ships, to shoemaker to the stars, Maxime Barthel’s bespoke creations are every fashionista’s fantasy. Talking of fashion, within, you will find a fulsome report on this year’s African Fashion Week, then there is Ardmore’s clever collaboration with Hermès, producing scarfs to savour for a lifetime, especially when worn with one of Patrick Mavros’s terrific precious trinkets, or one of Pro Hunter’s personalised watches, all showcased inside. As well as nurturing within, to keep a body young and healthy, one has to take time

A wise man Saint Augustine was, when he said “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”

out to pamper every now and then, our wellness guide will lead the way. A wise man Saint Augustine was, when he said “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page,” which is why along with suggestions of where to go across all continents, I recount my superb sky safari experience in Tanzania, urging you all to go for yourselves, at least once. I also tempt you to taste the dishes of Turkey and Cyprus in Cuisine Scene, both with fabulous weather most of the year, to lay by the pool and read one of Frances White’s selected books, reviewed in Good Books. Last but not least, as always, Last Season at Fifth Chukker keeps you up to date with their polo and social scene, from games to partaking in the traditional Durbar, to hosting a delightful day at Guards, raising all important funds to help the children of Nigeria, inspiring them to dream big and help them attain their goals.



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CHARITY SHIELD Polo Gives Back with Royal Flavour Lilby Skaz

His Royal Majesty the Emir of Kano, assisted by Access Bank CEO Herbert Wigwe and Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State presents a N10million noveltycheque to UNICEF Country Rep Pernille Ironside

Team Saopolo celebrate

Ayo Olashoju of Tavia GoodFellows receives the WAPIC cup from the Emir of Hadeija, HRH Adamu Abubakar and MD of WAPIC Insurance Bode Ojeniyi

Sheyi Tinubu receives the UNICEF trophy from Country Rep Pernille Ironside

WAPIC cup winners Tavia (right) and Runners-up STL-Titans Throw-in by Access Bank CEO Herbert Wigwe, watched by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State and Bashir Dantata, Chairman of Kano Polo Club

Access bank CEO Herbert Wigwe presents the Access Bank cup to Seyi Oyinlola


agos teams made a clean sweep of the honours at the 2017 Access Bank UNICEF Charity Shield polo tournament by winning all three major trophies. In the high goal Charity Shield, Leighton Kings outpaced Keffi Ponys 10-7 in a keenly contested final match to win their first title. Team Leighton (Bowale Jolaso, Babangida Hassan, Santiago Cernadas and Martin Jauregui) jumped into the lead from the starting bell and maintained their advantage till the end despite spirited efforts by Keffi Ponys (Aliyu Wadada, Belo Buba, Leroux Hendricks and Dale Patterson) to rescue the match. The Charity Shield decider was preceded by the Access Bank Cup


His Royal Majesty the Emir of Kano hands over the Charity Shield to Bowale

Emir of Bauchi, HRH Rilwan Suleiman Adamu(L) and Emir of Keffi HRH Sheu Chindo Yamusa III

final game where hot favourites Saopolo (Seyi Oyinola, Martin Jaurequi, Fernando Munoz and Yasin Amusan) outclassed Kano Susplan 6-1 to retain the trophy they first won last year. Another Lagos team, Tavia- Goodfellows (Ayo Olashoju, Tobi Edun, Diego White and Fernando Munoz) completed the treble by defeating STL Titans to win the WAPIC Cup. Previously at the Argentina Polo Day subsidiary final, keffi Ponys upset Rubicon 7-4 to lift the Argentine Ambassador’s Cup. STL Titans (Khaifa Ibrahim Mumuni Musa, Ibrahim Dantata and Seyi Tinubu) also triumphed in the second subsidiary final by taking the UNICEF trophy.

At prize presentation Access bank CEO Herbert Wigwe pledged the bank’s continuous commitment to the tournament and the cause it champions: “At Access bank we pride ourselves as change agents and we shall continue to explore ways to scale up our involvement with Fifth Chukker and UNICEF for the welfare of these disadvantaged children,” he said. To round off the polo, His Royal Majesty the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, assisted by Access Bank CEO Herbert Wigwe and Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State, presented a N10million novelty cheque to the UNICEF Deputy Country Representative Mrs Pernille Ironside. Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12


ARGENTINA POLO DAY Nigerian Polo Bids Farewell to Ambassador Gustavo Dzugalla Lilby Skaz Governor Abubakar Sani Bello and Argentine Ambassador Gustavo Dzugalla present the Argentine Ambassador’s trophy to Ahmed Wadada of Keffi Ponys.


r. Gustavo Dzugalla has been the Ambassador of Argentina to Nigeria since 2014. He initiated the Argentina Polo Day at Fifth Chukker, one of the largest annual gatherings of foreign diplomats outside the capital Abuja. This weekend event usually includes a highgoal polo match featuring several professional Argentine players, and an Asado evening served with all-important imported prime Argentine beef. As the quintessential diplomat, Dzugalla’s energy, interpersonal skills and cultural curiosity have deservedly earned him a wide network of professional and personal relationships in his host country and deepened the respect and admiration he enjoys amongst Nigerians. Fifth Chukker captain Babangida Hassan says “Dzugalla has had most positive influence in the relationship between Nigeria and Argentina in living memory.” Citizens of Northern Nigerian will not forget the brave solidarity Gustavo and his wife Dolores espoused by consistently making the treacherous trips to Fifth Chukker polo tournaments during the darkest days of the Boko Haram menace in Kaduna, as well as other more contemporary security challenges. Gustavo’s genuine affinity for Nigeria’s cultural heritage is well known and few gestures would surpass his boisterous participation in the 2017 Eid El- Fitr Durbars in Zaria and Kano. Gustavo’s tenure in Nigeria has now ended, appropriately rounded off with another fabulous Argentina Polo Day and Asado. Fifth chukker wishes him and Mrs Dzugalla the very best. Bien Hecho, Gustavo!

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Ushers in Kaduna tribal costumes

Barbara Burungi of ADB and Perille Ironside of UNICEF

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State

Adamu Atta and Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State


ifth Chukker played host to the Emir of Kano at the finals of the 2017 Access bank UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament. HRM Muhammadu Sanusi II, a very vocal and passionate advocate of girl-child education and emancipation literally stopped the show with his dramatic entrance in a Tiffany blue 1957 Mercedes W189 300 Adenauer. The eye-popping classic Cabriolet was part of a long convoy including the royal back-up car – a Rolls-Royce Phantom. After watching the polo match with keen interest, being a former player himself, the Emir presented the Charity Shield to the winners,


and an Access Bank N10 million novelty cheque to the UNICEF country representative Mrs Pernille Ironside. Apres polo, the Emir was ushered into the spanking new events centre by Fifth Chukker’s Adamu Atta, to view the Kaduna Centenary Exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of Kaduna as the political capital city of Northern Nigeria. The photographic exhibition is a timeless peer into the city’s transformative frames and the profoundly defining episodes at the core of its character. It captures Kaduna’s evolution from a rural farmland to the modern regional metropolis we know today through the cycles of boom and bust, harmony and crisis that

persistently reshape the city’s sensitive political, economic and social architecture. “I still have that car,” the Emir exclaimed in front of a photograph of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh riding in a 1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith during their 1956 visit. The car was bought by his great grandfather, Emir Abdullahi Bayero. The Exhibition opened in May 21st by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State and runs until December 31st 2017. The gallery has also attracted several other personages including Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State and Deputy Governor Bala Bantex. Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12


CHILDREN’S DAY Children’s Fun Day Adds Spice to Access Bank Polo Lilby Skaz


t Fifth Chukker CSR (corporate social responsibly) isn’t just a buzzword, it is an enduring culture of corporate conscience. Since it threw its gates open in 2003, Fifth Chukker has articulated a corporate citizenship model that explores every opportunity to give back to the communities in which it operates, thereby demonstrating that the Access bank sponsorship of the UNICEF Charity Shield Polo Tournament is not a onedimensional act. In addition to funding better educational, social and healthcare facilities that directly benefit orphans and vulnerable children in Kaduna state, Fifth Chukker and Access bank have since 2014 hosted an annual Children’s Day as one of the highlights of the UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament week. Children’s Day celebrates children with a series of fun and recreational activities and provides an opportunity for pupils from different schools and diverse backgrounds to interact and bond through shared experience. It is a day that always gives them something to look forward to and happy memories they can look back on. “Today is all about celebrating our children. It’s awesome to be able to provide lots of fun activities free of charge that some of the families could not normally afford,” Says Ikechukwu Iheagwam of Access bank. Dr. Bahijjatu Bello Garko of the United Nations Population Fund UNFPA hailed Fifth Chukker and Access Bank for providing the platform during the UNICEF polo tournament for local children to mark the 2017 Children’s Day in a most special way. “There is an important need for both private and public sectors to do a lot more in support of the Nigerian child, particularly the orphans and vulnerable children to enable them to look forward to a better tomorrow,” Garko added. For the Children the day was further spiced up with lunch and goody bags in tow. They also watched the polo match between Saopolo and Amana Insurance before going home. Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12





Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II joined by the winning teams at the 2017 Access Bank polo challenge in Windsor, UK, Keffi Ponies winners of the 2017 Emir’s Cup and Access Bank team winners of the 2017 Access Bank Cup. With the Emir,(L-R) are the Captain of Keffi Ponies, Ahmed Wadada; President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede; President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Managing Director/CEO of Access Bank Plc, Mr. Herbert Wigwe; and the Captain of Access Bank team, Adamu Atta.


ccess Bank Group, along with 5th Chukker, The Access Bank UK and Access Private Bank hosted the 10th annual ‘Access Bank Polo Day’ at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor. The annual event is part of its continued support of UNICEF and the climax to the high-profile Access Bank/ UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament, celebrating a decade of commitment to UNICEF projects and aimed at reaching out to and highlighting the plight of vulnerable children and orphans and internationally displaced persons. From its’ base with 5th Chukker in Kaduna, Nigeria, the Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield has grown to be the biggest charity polo tournament in Africa and generates interest and support from organisations and individuals across Africa for the UNICEF/Access initiative.


Since the UNICEF/Access Bank initiative was started in 2007 it has seen the rebuilding of two schools in Kaduna and more than 8,000 students sustained in continuous education, at the same time developing new school blocks and a computer literacy building all in a more secure and friendly school environment. The communities surrounding the schools are being supported with bore-holes for water, and sewing and grinding machines to secure employment and stimulate economic and social development. Access Bank PLC group managing director and chairman of Access Bank UK Ltd, Herbert Wigwe explained the reasons behind the Bank’s continued support for the Fifth Chukker UNICEF initiative. “We are conscious of our role as a change agent in Nigeria that can help institute socio-economic development through responsible business practice and environmental considerations,” he said. “In addition, we are continually seeking ways through which more resources can be Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12


pooled towards supporting the children. We are part of the community and as such should support its wellbeing.” The UK event which is the culmination of the tournament was organised by The Access Bank UK Limited which has just published its Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2016. This shows impressive growth indicators including a growth in assets of 81% to £1.1bn, operating income of 27% to £25million, with profit before tax up 45% to £12.5million. Commenting on this success The Access Bank UK’s Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Jamie Simmonds said: “Our objective is to grow a sustainable business through customer service excellence, and innovative solutions in trade finance, commercial banking, private banking and asset management. ”The Award as Best Africa Trade Finance Bank, for the second year running, as voted by CFI-Co readers and contributors is testimony to the value of our principles of relationship-based banking, growing our business through the depth and quality of customer relationships, while at the same time maintaining a moderate appetite for risk. “Our achievements owe a great deal to the strong partnership that we have with our parent company, as evidenced by our joint support of the Access Bank Day at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor.”

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QUEEN’S CUP RH Polo Wins it With Last Gasp Goal Lilby Skaz RH Polo


RH Polo v La Indiana

Cambiaso celebrates with family

Tom Beresford receives his MVP


here’s perhaps no more exciting way for polo fans to kick off the English summer than a cliff-hanger high goal final in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. This is exactly what they got in the 2017 Queen’s Cup decider between RH Polo and La Indiana on a sweltering summer day at Guards Polo club. And it was who else but the maestro himself Adolfo Cambiaso that delivered the sucker punch on the bell to win it for RH polo. As one of the top six tournaments in the world, the Queen’s Cup’s 10 high-goal entries aptly rewarded the packed grandstands on Queen’s ground with some of the season’s most entertaining 22-goal action: fast flowing, end-to-end and with fewer whistles. It was far from inevitable that it would be La Indiana and RH Polo progressing to the final as they had to dig really deep to overcome Munus Sanctus (14-11) and El Remanso (14-13) respectively in the semi-finals. Chasing a 10th Queen’s Cup glory, Cambiaso rallied his RH Polo team mates, Ben Soleimani (0); Tomas Beresford (4) and Rodrigo De Andrade (8) to a 6-3 half time lead, a somewhat flattering score line considering that La Indiana, in the final for the second successive year, was very much in the game throughout but just struggled to make their chances count. Few people would have been surprised when La Indiana, Michael Bickford (1); Nic Roldan (7); Agustin Merlos (8) and Luke Tomlinson (6), turned the tables in the fourth chukka after brilliant combination


plays by Merlos and Roldan pushed five goals in as many minutes to lead 8-7 and for the first time. Merlos, a former ten-goaler ensured La Indiana stayed ahead after five chukkas despite the best efforts of RH Polo’s de Andrade. The sixth and final chukka started with La Indiana maintaining a narrow, 9-8 lead. With the game wide open and all to play for, both sides tightened up to avoid giving away costly fouls. That meant no goals for a considerable stretch until Beresford converted a 30-yard penalty to draw level again for RH Polo. This left the crowd musing a possible sudden-death seventh chukka, more so when Cambiaso kept everyone holding their breath by riding over the ball close to goal and then sending a shot wide. For sure another opportunity should come even as the clock ticked down. And when it did, Cambiaso held his verve to fire through the winner, right on the bell. With the widest smiles on the British Isles, Patron Ben Soleiman proudly received the coveted golden prize from The Queen and Laurent Feniou, Managing Director of Cartier UK. The Most Valuable Player honours went to team-mate Tommy Beresford, the youngest player on the field who only celebrated his 21st birthday a couple of weeks before the final. For Cambiaso, the Cartier Best Playing Pony prize was awarded to his 12-year-old chestnut mare Caraquenia, whom he had played in the third chukka and whom he referred to as his “fourth favourite horse”. Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12


LAGOS INTERNATIONAL 1-2-3 for Fifth Chukker Ernest Ekpenyong


igeria’s top polo prize is not going anywhere soon. Having won the Majekodunmi cup six times in the past decade, it is increasingly difficult to get a team that could mount what is becoming a sacrificial challenge to Fifth Chukker’s domination of Lagos high goal. Umpire Marshal Sahabi Tukur renders it pithily: “It is a tough call but someone has to play.” This time the lot fell on Centaur to provide the latest scalp to complete a Fifth Chukker 1-2-3 in three years. Yet the first of the two-leg final was anything but a walkover as Centaur turned the form book on its head, going toe-to-toe with Fifth Chukker before narrowly losing 14-13 after six chukkas. Bode Makanjuola, Bashir Dantata Jnr, Leroux Hendriks and Tom De Bruin became instant clubhouse heroes for holding down Fifth Chukker (Adamu Atta, Babangida Hassan, Manuel Crespo and Santiago Cernadas) and ensuring an electrifying build-up to the final match. That match came four days later, before a full house including President of the Senate Bukola Saraki and billionaires Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola. With the partisan crowd naturally rooting for the underdogs, Centaur gave it another blistering crack but couldn’t quite re-enact the heroics of the first encounter. Fifth Chukker seized the initiative from the get-go and ran away with the match 15-6. Manuel Crespo was awarded back-to-back MVP for his pivot role. Fifth Chukker Captain Babangida Hassan Katsina was somewhat subdued in victory: “I can only say it’s a big relief to get back to our best level in this match especially after our very shaky performance in the first one.” Other big winners in the 11-day tournament include Leighton Kings (Hassan Fayad, Bowale Jolaosho, Santiago Cernadas and Martin Juaregi). They defeated Lagos Lintex (Baba Dangote, Bashir Dantata, Khalifa Ibrahim and Bello Buba) 11-5 in a fiercely fought final match to lift the Open Cup. Debuting Lagos STL 57 (Lolou Agoro, Seyi Tinubu, Tata Ali and Ibrahim Dantala) had earlier set the pace for Lagos club mates with the tournament’s first trophy, a hard earned 6-5 win over Ibadan Jericho (Edozie Onwuli, Nurudeen Akibu, Seidu Umar) in the Silver Cup final. In the Low Cup, Kano Agad (Nabil Dantata, Sadiq Dantata, Idris Badamasi and Malik Badamasi) was the only non-Lagos side to win any of the four major trophies, beating Lagos Balmoral (Baba Dangote, Isa Kwame, Luqman Adebayo and Kabiru Seidu) 6 ½ - 4 in the final, and giving their travelling fans plenty to celebrate. The Oba of Lagos, HRH Rilwan Akiolu turned up with several of his high Chiefs to watch and present the Oba of Lagos cup to Leighton kings after they defeated Lagos Lakeside Caverton (Yemo Alakija , Rotimi Makanjuola, Tobi Edun and Diego White) in the first subsidiary final. The Lagos International tournament’s headline sponsor for the fifth successive year was GT Bank. Other sponsors were Bell Oil & Gas, Veuve Clicquot, Wapic Insurance, Old Mutual, Chapel Hill Denham, Metro Capital and Arbico.

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L-R; Haruna Musa ( Executive Director,GT Bank); Dr. Bukola Saraki(President of the Senate); Aliko Dangote; Femi Otedola; Ade Laoye (President, Lagos Polo club); Adamu Atta; and Santiago Cernadas

Majekodunmi cup winners Fifth Chukker

Open Cup winners Leighton Kings (in red) and runners-up Lintex

Silver cup winners STL 57 and runners-up Ibadan Jericho




MASTERS POLO 2017 Val de Vie

Once again Val de Vie Events and Vivid Luxury has raised the bar for polo events in South Africa. The Veuve Clicquot Masters Polo held here at Val de Vie Estate has brought a taste of the international series right to our doorstep. An ideal setting for guests embarking on their #ClicquotJourney in style.


luxury experience was the order of the day. While guests enjoyed Veuve Clicquot champagne, international celebrity and E! Entertainment host, Zuri Hall, chatted to the VIP guests. Food and snacks, inspired by international Iconic Cities, were served throughout the afternoon while the guests socialised and enjoyed the high goal matches. Official Fashion Partner for 2017, Africa Fashion International (AFI) set the tone with a selection of South Africa’s top designers. Swimwear by Craig Port preceded a classic Carducci Menswear Collection.


Gavin Rajah sensational gowns topped off the fashionable affair. GHD, the Official Hair Sponsor of the event, showcased international hair trends and together with the flawless natural runway looks, complimented the clothes perfectly. The MC for the day, Isibaya actress and social media darling Nomzamo Mbatha, landed on the Val de Vie field in a private Execujet helicopter before captivating the guests with her charm and flair. Mathew Pohl, polo commentator, kept the spectators glued to the fast paced polo action. Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12


The ‘Sport of Kings’ has grown beyond expectation, attracting discerning guests from near and far. The VIP guest list included SA’s most phenomenal personalities like Bonang Matheba and AKA, Somizi, Jeannie D, Basetsana Khumalo, Carol Bouwer, Lee Ann and Nicky van der Walt, Bonnie Mbuli, Afrika Melane, Maps Maponyane, Siv Ngesi, Bridget Masinga, Boity Thulo, and Jessica Nkosi amongst others. Given the high level of style on display at this year’s event, The Best Dressed were chosen with difficulty by judges Emilie Gambade, Editor of Elle SA, and Anina Malherbe-Lan, event founder and CEO of VIVIDLUXURY. The Best Dressed Female of the day was gorgeous Carol Bouwer, the Best Dressed Couple was Mandla Sibeko and Naledi Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12

Mabuse, and the Best Dressed Male award went to Alino Balenda. A difficult decision considering the incredible efforts made by all in their cruise collection outfits. THE POLO MATCH: VEUVE CLICQUOT VS SHIMMY

The talented local and international players captivated the fans as team Jaeger LeCoultre won the opening match against Team Val de Vie. Veuve Clicquot President and CEO, Jean Marc Gallot, enthusiastically threw in the ball at the start of the final game. With a burst of energy in the last minute, Team Shimmy took the match against Team Veuve Clicquot with a score of 5-7 after five riveting chukkas. Vodacom awarded the polo pony ‘Honours’, owned by Fifth Chukker’s Adamu Atta and

ridden by Tom de Bruin, the Best Playing Pony of the day. Tom de Bruin was selected by La Martina as the most valuable player of the match. After an action packed day of polo and a Happy Birthday song for Shimmy team owner, Nicky van der Walt, guests gathered for the Shimmy after party and one final toast to the #ClicquotJourney. OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER, ISPS HANDA

ISPS Handa presented a generous cheque of R200,000 to Ryk Neethling (Marketing Director of Val de Vie Estate) for Tusk. Tusk is a British non profit organisation established in 1990 to help protect African wildlife and nature through various educational and awareness initiatives.


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Snow Polo World Cup 2017 As one of the most popular annual events among the international polo community, the largest snow polo tournament in the world was held for the sixth year running, at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club in January 2017. Six nationally selected top teams from Argentina, Australia, England, Hong Kong China, South Africa and USA gathered to compete in the 16-goal Snow Polo Word Cup at the world-class polo venue in China with a victorious Argentina fetching the highest prize money in Asia. Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club


tanding before one of the most impressive facilities in the world by far, one can only be in awe of the impressive structure of it all. The Metropolitan Polo Club’s double-tiered grandstand mansion overlooks the splendid South Field, framed by the regal skyline of the Fortune Heights apartments and villas, Tianjin’s most prestigious real estate development. It is a theatrical experience with horses breathing white clouds and pawing impatiently at the crisp snow underfoot, eager to show their talents on the high-traction snowy pitch. And it wouldn’t be Snow Polo in Tianjin without gourmet epicurean delights and the soaring arias of the Buenos Aires Opera Troupe, a regular feature at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, all set to soundtrack five days of fierce competition on the snow. The first semi-final was a repeat of last year’s Grand Final, when Hong Kong China clinched the trophy by beating England by five goals to four. The defending champions fought hard to secure a place in this year’s final and beat England again by one goal with a final score of 8-7. In the second Semi-Final, the unbeaten South African side faced off against polo colossi Argentina in a breakneck match but came second

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after Cernadas’s goal sealed the deal and brought the score to 6-5. Argentina has been a regular fixture at the Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup since the inaugural tournament back in 2012, when the FIP-endorsed event debuted as Asia’s first ever snow polo tournament. Since then, the trophy has been hoisted five times, but never by the South American side. Argentina trio of Dylan Rossiter, Francisco Menendez, Santiago Cernadas and their ponies, who played hard and fast and took their chances against Hong Kong China, denying the tournament’s most successful team a fourth championship by scoring six goals to their five over a breathless four chukkas. Mr. Nicholas Colquhoun-Denvers, President of the Federation of International Polo, threw the ball in to get the Grand Final of the 2017 Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup underway, and it was Hong Kong China who came out of the blocks the fastest, early chances falling to Gaston Moore and Matias Vial. But their teammate John Fisher pinched the first score of the day, galloping on to a loose ball and unleashing an open forehand that sailed through the posts. Almost immediately, Gaston Moore made it two, capping off a confident start by the local side.



THE SNOW BALL EFFECT Snow Polo originated in Switzerland back in 1985 when the world premiere of a polo tournament on snow took place on the frozen lake of the renowned ski resort of St. Moritz. Today, polo on snow is played across the globe from Aspen in the US and Cortina in Italy to Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club in China – the cradle of snow polo in Asia. Played on a flat area of compacted snow or a frozen lake, Snow Polo provides the same speed and physicality as traditional field polo but is considered much quicker due to the smaller playing field. Snow Polo audiences also get to see the game at much closer quarters thanks to the high sideboards right at the edge of the pitch. Unbowed, Argentina pulled one back with a beautifully measured neck shot by Dylan Rossiter, who pumped it home with great pace and power. Rossiter had another chance soon after, which he put wide, but Argentina were finding their rhythm at last. Then it was all square, Dylan Rossiter capping off a fine personal spell by galloping onto a loose ball and thwacking in his second to make it 2 – 2. The scores didn’t stay even for long, Matias Vial smashing a monster hit goal ward for Hong Kong China, which bounced innocently over the line after just 30 seconds of play in the third chukka. Argentina brought the scores level again with a simple penalty, but then it was Hong Kong China back on the offensive, Gaston Moore unhorsed after a collision, and the resulting penalty making it 4 – 3 to Hong Kong China. With the two sides so evenly balanced, the momentum swung back and forth; Menendez and Cernadas linked up expertly for Argentina to make it level, and then Menendez popped out of the scrum with the ball on his stick to score and put Argentina ahead for the first time in the match. It didn’t last long, however, Matias Vial making no mistake with his penalty to make it 5 – 5 going into the fourth and final chukka. Hong Kong China started with intent, Gaston Moore almost finding the goal with a searching backhand before Matias Vial floated in a shot that looked straight and true until the last wayward second. Santiago Cernadas was also off-target for Argentina, his galloping charge and shot ricocheting off the post. With less than two minutes on the clock, Cernadas got a chance from the penalty spot, which he tapped in to give Argentina the advantage. Patient build-up by Hong Kong China then won them a penalty, but Matias Vial elected to blast it rather than guide it in, his shot careering wide of the post.


The miss proved costly, Argentina hanging on to their single goal lead as the seconds ticked away, the score at the final bell, 6 – 5 to Argentina, world champions at last. In the subsidiary final for third place, the South African trio of Jannie Steenkamp, Chris MacKenzie and Tom de Bruin took on Ali Paterson, James Harper and Jack Richardson of England. Neither side could break the deadlock in the opening chukka, but the game’s first goal came just after the restart from South Africa’s Tom de Bruin. South Africa looked sharpest in the closing minutes, Tom de Bruin coming close with two fine long-range efforts, before teammate Chris MacKenzie pumped in an absolute peach from range, which arced in the air and snuck in at the near post. England rallied with a penalty goal by Jack Richardson, but it wasn’t enough, South Africa galloping out worthy winners and taking third place by five goals to three. With the 2017 Fortune Heights Snow Polo World Cup concluded, polo fans watched the chilly skies light up with fireworks as the winning teams took to the podium for the post match medals ceremony. The Most Valuable Player accolade was awarded to Argentina’s Francisco Menendez, while the Best Pony award, a polo tradition, went to Gorda and Bagi. In his closing address, FIP President Mr. Nicholas Colquhoun-Denvers praised the “vision and drive” of Chairman Pan, the man behind Fortune Heights and the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club, for helping to bring back the sport of polo to China, a part of its ancient heritage dating back to the Tang Dynasty. It is no doubt that those with common passion for horses so deeply rooted in the international culture of polo, will continue to celebrate the sport of kings in one of the most magnificent places in the world.

The Teams: South Africa • Jannie Steenkamp • Chris MacKenzie • Tom de Bruin Reserve Player • Gareth Evans USA • Shane Rice • Pelon Escapite • Tommy Biddle Reserve Player • Patrick Uretz Hong Kong China • Gaston Moore • Matias Vial • John Fisher Reserve Players • Alejandro Vial • Henry Fisher England • Alastair Paterson • James Harper • Jack Richardson Reserve Player • David Allen Australia • Jack Archibald • Dirk Gould • Matt Grimes Reserve Player • Jake Daniels Argentina • Diego Braun • Santiago Cernadas • Francisco Menendez Reserve Player • Dylan Rossiter

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Elewana Ensures East Africa Is Even More Enticing What could begin to beat the thrill of a safari? The answer is simple, a Sky Safari! Exploring in an executive plane up above and four-by-four down below in complete and utter luxury. Boxes ticked, bucket list item achieved, mystical memories stored forever‌ Yasemen Kaner-White

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une this year was a jubilant month, for I was heading to Tanzania for the first time, to go on safari, for the first time, two thrills at once. Knowing the itinerary would be jam-packed with an exciting explorative agenda, from town tours to looking for lions in the plentiful African plains, I booked some time tacked onto the end to zonk out in dreamy Zanzibar. At the moment of booking, the Telegraph reported that Tanzania’s tourism was up 15.6%, and looked to grow more, I knew I was on to a good thing. Elewana had everything covered for my East African adventure in their Sky Safari Classic, living up to, and in-fact, seamlessly surpassing all expectations… © Jim Soles


After a faraway flight to Kilimanjaro airport, guest relations, Pendo (Swahili for ‘love’) collected us. Hyped, I asked a million questions, all of which she lovingly relayed, from the 120 tribes, to the popular local snack buwa; bright red sweet peppery coated baobab seeds - straight onto my ‘to-eat-list’. Arriving at Arusha Coffee Lodge, nestled in the foothills of Mount Meru, we were met by our bubbly Butler to be, Dennis, who proudly lead us to our private Plantation House. Plonked in among the bountiful coffee bushes, whilst sitting on the decking outside, sipping a coffee made from the very flora before me, resident vervet monkeys playfully swayed between the treetops. Settled in the Garden Terrace, for the buffet lunch of BBQ meats and various scrummy salads and veg, freshly squeezed watermelon juice in hand, Dennis told me all about the local fare. He promised the chef would make me ‘chips mayai’ tomorrow, a popular Tanzanian treat, essentially a chips omelette - waistlines beware! A stop-off at Shanga, the on-site project supporting

and empowering disabled locals who create beautiful Objet d’art using recycled glass was inspiring. The Soko Gift Shop housed yet more unique African keepsakes. For those after Tanzanite, the bright blue indigenous gemstone, Tanzanite Experience offers value for money. Dinner was divine; continental cuisine with an African twist.

Executive plane


After a peaceful night, lulled to sleep by nature’s lullaby, a melody of birds tweeting and trees rustling, I literally and figuratively woke up and smelled the coffee, radiating from the With Stanford our guide

Arusha Coffee Lodge


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Meeting the Masai

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100-acre plantation. After a surreal shower experience, with just a pane of one-sided glass looking out to the vibrant vegetation, soothing my soul with complimentary coffee and rose scented toiletries, it was breakfast time. Nassoro, our tour guide walked us through the plantation history. As we trekked the oldest coffee plantation in Tanzania, he pointed out the white coffee flowers lasting just 3 days, smelling sweetly like jasmine. The berries turn green, yellow and then red when ready. His knowledge, so comprehensive, that as the tour culminated, I felt myself an expert. Post lunch we were chauffeured to Arusha airport and whisked away in an executive aircraft, leather clad comfy seats transported us directly to Tarangire National Park where we were met by our smiling guide Stanford, and a murmuration of colourful shimmering superb starlings. A game drive spotting towers of giraffes (standing), the national animal of Tanzania, common waterbuck, naturally donning a white target-likemarking on their rear, herds of elephants and the odd ALT ‘animal looking thing’ treated our eyes en-route to the Tarangire Treetops residence. Upon arrival, like a child, giddy with excitement, I climbed the winding wooden stairs to reach an impossibly luxurious room sat in the tree, rich with intricate trappings. The en-suite with a double shower boasted dinky details including real Ostrich egg holders for shampoo. Dinner was superb and played out to a ‘soundtrack’ of performing local Masai, singing, clapping and jumping in the air, their multicoloured beaded necklaces flapping as they reached heady heights.



Manor main house


Waking up with the sunrise, only to zip open the ‘windows’ to expose your private enormous deck from which to gaze into the mystical landscape, is something words fail to convey. My eyes nearly popped out with the awe-inspiring beauty of orange hues lifting above the authentic African landscape. Nicholas, our attentive butler led us to breakfast, where I opted for traditional Tanzanian; arrow root, cassava and yam and readied myself for more safari. Today was a bush lunch, almost ludicrously luxurious but very welcoming, we were tended to as though transported to a Michelin starred restaurant with table cloths, napkins, chilled wine and exceptional food, all secondary to the views of endless landscape dotted with silhouettes of elephants shading themselves under Acacia trees. To my amusement, even the portable loo had a porcelain seat and wooden toilet roll holder. Back to Tarangire Treetops for a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the animal watering hole, we were joined by an inquisitive monkey watching our every move. Post-swim, snack of colossal cashew nuts and a glass of homemade baobab juice, before Stanford whisked us off to visit a Masai village. The raw realness of learning their way of life, from elephant dung as fire fuel, sandpaper tree leaves to file their nails and wild basil, as ointment to stave off mosquitos, was both refreshing and fascinating. Game walk followed by a G&T at sunrise, elephants digging for water behind us, our last ‘job’ of the day


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was a night game drive. I spotted bewildering bush babies whose eyes glistened green with the camera flash, as bijou bats danced in the sky to the calls of nightjar birds. DAY FOUR

Leaving Tarangire Treetops a game drive passing journeys of giraffes (walking), haughty hyenas hiding in the bushes, lazy lions under the trees, I tried to capture it all on camera. A pit stop for a delectable picnic in style added

to the excitement. Cleverly placed halfway through the fast paced safari was the sanctuary of The Manor in Ngorrongoro. We were welcomed by our butler John with homemade lemonade and a charcuterie platter with cheese. The star cheese being Shargrila Camembert a Manor specialty created after training from a Belgium cheese maker. All bread and cakes are made on site too, using wheat grown on the vast property. The day was ours to relax, and what better way than with an indulgent

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Serengeti Migration Camp, tent interior

Hippopotamus at Serengeti Migration Camp

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massage, music wasn’t required, the birds and breeze evoked an incomparable euphony. Dinner in the Cape-Dutch style grand Manor was as sophisticated as its setting and the lofty library was perfect to have a cup of tea and soak in the atmosphere. As we entered our cottage at the end of the day a bubble bath, adorned with rose petals waited for us…

in Africa at 10-15kg watched the lethargic hippopotamus roll in the water to keep cool. The solitary rhino who travels alone until mating season swanned past the grey female ostrich whilst she perched protecting her egg. The Manor didn’t disappoint with a rose petal bubble bath, pre private candlelight romantic 5-course dinner for two.



Waking early for a 6am breakfast wasn’t that hard to muster when embarking on a fun full day of meandering through Ngorongoro conservation area, all 8300km of it. As we bumped along the road with our enthusiastic guide Emmanuelle, the mist began to clear revealing Masai men walking their newly purchased goats to the village. A host of wildlife live in the Ngorongoro Crater, including troops of baboons clashing as the seniors fought each other to dominate. Wandering warthogs intertwined massive cacti, whilst wildebeest called out marking their territory in mating season. The dik dik and thompsons are small, yet stunning to see in their natural habitat. We learnt about the Ugly Five; hyena, wildebeest, vulture, warthog and the marabou stork, all of which we spotted. Thousands of pink flamingoes scattered across Lake Magadi like a pointillism painting, with a martial eagle perched above ready to swoop for a kill, as the blue heron idly sat nearby. A bustard collie bird, the heaviest bird

Ever the adventurer I opted to visit Lake Manyara National Park, named thus for the multitude of Manyara trees, the milk of which is utilised by the Masai to treat their cows for skin fungus, Emmanuel told me. The tempting alternative was a horseback meander through The Manor’s plantation. 11 eco systems explain the varied vistas, though I didn’t spot a treeclimbing lion, famed in the area. The lake is brimming with bird species all fighting for a patch, from greater white pelicans to African spoonbills. As we drove towards Serengeti Migration Camp, our eyes still surprised every time we turned our heads, whether it was a monitor lizard scurrying past a troop of blue ball monkeys, or a mummy warthog, tale stuck in the air signalling the way to her offspring like a tour guide with an umbrella. As we drive up, a lively clip springer bounced in the air nearby, as if to celebrate. Charles our butler took us to our canvas tent, though to say a tent is insulting, think plush wooden floors, leather sofas, and a Lloyd loom before a classic



Cheetah © Jim Soles

writing desk. It was like walking into an African adventurer’s home. Main tent for dinner as we sat on the decadent deck, the perfect viewing platform overlooking Grumeti River, a glass of premium Dodoma wine, named after the National capital, in hand.

Wildebeest battle © Jim Soles


It was certainly surreal waking up to the sound of grunting hippo’s, but delightfully the norm in the camp, where the river; their home, ran behind our tent. I unzipped the windows to see a bloat of hippopotamuses getting ready to roll exposing their pink underbellies as they did and prepared for the day ahead, exploring Serengeti. It makes sense that the name comes from the Masai, meaning ‘endless plains’ - it truly is, outstanding. Moses our guide, just like those before him, full of wildlife facts, shared his knowledge freely. We were determined to cross off the Big Five, having seen lions, elephants, buffalos and rhinoceroses, only the leopard left, and there he was, alone, as they are solitary animals until mating season of course, we joyfully squealed and scurried for our cameras. Little did we know a family of leopards was around the corner, after 15 years in safari life, this


was Moses’ second time to see 3 together, normally the male leaves, it was almost spiritual, we became silent, fixated on the tree, mum and dad at the foot, with baby munching on mum’s kill in the branches. Moses drove moments from a lion and lioness, making cat noises to alert them, it worked, and I snapped the all-important ‘selfie’. As the lion lifted his tale, that was a sign to move off, the thrill was unforgettable. Over Banagi bridge, where a baby crocodile crossed before us. A dazzle of at least 1000 zebra migrating to the north to the left, and topi, only seen in the Serengeti bounced between the olive baboons to the right.

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We were homeward bound. A romantic dinner for two ending with a blanket of stars above and an African fruit amarula baked cheesecake, was a sweet way to end our day. DAY 8

Immersed in nature, and rock hyrax having a party it seemed on our tent roof, woke me up. Breakfast time, I ordered the same as yesterday a fabulously spiced chapatti, the local meal to break the night’s fast. Moses was on standby to take us on a walking safari. Two hippo males were sizing each other up before fighting over a female, they opened their massive mouths as though at a dentist; whoever has the bigger mouth wins, if only it was that simple for us humans! At 3 tons each, mouth open or closed, they are intimidating, though their rotund exterior made them cute somehow. We brushed past bushman tea trees, the leaves of which are wild perfume to rub over you to put off animals, conversely, boil the leaves and you have a meat marinade, Moses explained. As Charles waved us goodbye, I put on my shades, a combination of leaving Serengeti and the last day of safari caused teary eyes to hide. My spirits were soon lifted as we boarded our private plane to Arusha, catching a Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12

golden glimpse of Lake Natron littered with literally millions of flamingo, and the still active Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano; ‘Mountain of God’ (in Maisai), on the way. Zanzibar’s Stone Town is called thus for the many stone buildings, an historical town with a palace museum and superb spice market, where grown locally they are so fresh, the spices are seasonal. Inhaling it all, I decided to buy some banana coffee, along with a sundry of spices. Our driver pointed out Freddy Mercury’s house, he was born here, and on we went to Kilindi. An indulgent couples massage, using local sensory spice awaited for us. Smelling like live gingerbread men, we were ready for repose.

Rhino mom and baby © Jim Soles

Cape buffalo on guard © Jim Soles


Waves lapping in the distance, waking up in our private pavillion villa, Omani style – a hint to the past, facing out to the Indian Ocean, a sea of white sand, secluded courtyard to sunbathe and two private plunge pools, was otherworldly. The villa itself had fabulous floor to ceiling French door windows, which when flung open entirely, exposed a picture perfect panorama of tropical garden. The turquoise ocean peeping through over our privy path. We met with chef Lucas, who’d previously



Kilindi Private Beach

worked under renowned chef Reuben Riffel, a nice touch in that he becomes your personal chef, getting to grips with your particular culinary penchants, tailoring to taste the dishes you desire. Lucky for him we’re foodies and open to all. Everything apart from beef is from the island. “When the products are this good you don’t need to add many ingredients, you just have to respect it and protect it,” he told me. Led by local spices, he creates with fabulous fresh fish, caught daily, from king fish to barracuda, though my personal favourite, having ordered twice, was creamy aromatic octopus curry. Exotic seasonal fruit is available all day, platters post pool time are welcome treats, cooling coconuts are on hand to quench your thirst. A mix of leisurely swimming in the ocean and a spin on a jet ski to get my heart racing, it was time for dinner. As though set up by Cupid, we were led to the beach to find a rose petal decorated dinner table, with the water before us and the warmth from the fire pit beside us, our feet in the sand, whilst served lush lobster and a farewell cake made especially for us. DAY 10

A joy to rise and jump into the day, we decided on kayaking. Though didn’t time the tide correctly, it was a hoot as we attempted to row on essentially rock, as the water gradually disappeared before us, the Kilindi watchman thankfully came to our rescue with rubber boots to wear as we walked back in the sun, spotting unveiled ocean life at our feet. Last coconut by the pool and we packed to leave reflecting on our incredible journey. Feeling Zen from Zanzibar, flashes of jumping out the four-by-four into the sand barefooted, my footprint marks either side of a lions, which had stepped there moments before, were at the forefront of my mind. Recounting tales from Treetops where a troop of olive baboons one quiet night let themselves into an empty room, working out the bathroom logistics, showers on and jumping on the beds, made me smile and reminded me that they are just as curious about us, as we are of them. The wealth of knowledge I gained about the natural habitat we live in, imparted by all enthusiastic Elewana staff, particularly the safari guides, left me feeling humbled and thankful to be alive and already planning to return, whether on holiday or perhaps training as a guide as Stanford’s understudy!


Meet Karim S. Wissanji, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Elewana Group. What was your initial vision for Elewana? Our vision, from the outset, was to create a safari footprint across East Africa that allowed guests the opportunity to experience the unique biodiversity, alluring landscapes and rich cultural heritage of this fascinating region. Location was extremely important and today the Elewana Collection is found in East Africa’s most revered and iconic areas, from the wildlife abundant plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro or the arid bush of Mt Meru National Park and beyond. Our fundamental belief is that conservation and tourism operate in partnership and that the preservation of East Africa’s immense natural assets lies in the bond that we forge between these key collaborators. How do you describe Elewana to people? Elewana is a collection of luxury properties across East Africa, all individual in style and geography, but collectively seek to deliver an opportunity for guests to experience and explore, first hand, our amazing natural world in an intimate and discerning environment. What has running your business taught you over the years? That the right attitude trumps skill - everytime. How would you say Elewana stands apart from similar organisations? Our people, their positivity and insightfulness and the fact that Elewana has the most diverse footprint of properties across the East African region. Clearly Elewana respects the surroundings of its lodges, asides from giving guests their own water bottles so as not to use throwaway plastic and employing locals for staff, what else does Elewana do? Through our conservation and community arm, Land and Life, we operate the Wildlife Warrior Programme; a programme aimed at developing the next generation of young conservationists from within the communities across East Africa. It is of the upmost importance that this generation understands the partnership between wildlife and tourism related activities and the positive impact that creates for conservation over years to come. What plans, if any, do you have for expansion/growth in the future? Our ambition remains to deliver amazing wilderness experiences and adventures across the region. Additionally, we hope to complete our East African portfolio with a primate experience in one of the great lake countries that are host to Mountain and Lowland Gorillas as well as many other primate species. Why would you urge people go on safari in east Africa above other destinations? Because we believe that East Africa is the most authentic, most diverse and most exciting safari destination on the planet.

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WELLNESS Sarah Siese

What is wellness? Is it about your energy levels or is it being able to fit into those trousers without a muffin top over your belt? Is it all in the mind? Whatever it is, there’s a Spa to suit everyone’s mood and need.



Ancient wisdom for wellness with a millennial twist at Devigarh Perched atop the ragged terrain of one of the Aravelli hills (so much older than the Himalayas), Devigarh is Rajasthan’s ultimate fairy tale spot: an impossibly romantic palace overlooking the small community of Delwara. Restored from a crumbling silhouette into a luxurious all-suite hotel, it adeptly merges crisp, millennial minimalism with the majesty of its antiquated architecture. Wellness comes via the genial care of ilā (meaning Mother Earth’s healing energy): a British Spa brand, synonymous with India’s healing arts, intuitively combining evocative music with Marma massage techniques, subtle chakra cleansing and herbal poultices. Renowned for their earth-to-skin practices, ilā’s wild ingredients like damascene rose otto oil, Keralan jasmine, sandalwood from Mysore, and Himalayan salt crystals are chosen for their ability to nourish both skin and heart. The collection of Devi Blessings: nine ritualistic treatments designed to calm adrenals and recalibrate the entire central nervous system is a must.


Technical Wellness at the famous Bad Ragaz Switzerland’s largest well-being spa and medical health resort, all 12,800-square-metres of it, is outstanding on every level. When the healing waters from nearby Tamina gorge were first pumped into the Grand Hotel Hof in 1840 it was such a success that a second hotel was quickly added to cope with the demand, followed by today’s cool spa suites. In short, it’s loaded with over 70 doctors specialising in everything from plastic surgery (in its own operating theatre), dentistry, dermatology, vein treatment, stress management, and sports injury; has a renowned rehabilitation programme for ex-cancer patients, and openly promotes its own style of healthy eating in its seven restaurants. It’s not spiritual, but extremely effective and the doctors really know their stuff. Clientele range from 20 somethings’ looking to rebalance their city burnout to elderly veterans returning for their annual cure, beside the backdrop of the beautiful Swiss Alps and fresh alpine air.


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The grand dame of wellness, Chiva Som Lauded as the grandmother of Asian spas, Chiva Som has taught the world a thing or two about wellbeing and relaxation. Now in its 22nd year, it prides itself in the sheer breadth of choice for treatments; you could spend a month, as many do, and still have plenty to explore. With more treatment rooms than bedrooms (72 to 54) and 350 staff - a ratio of four to one, there’s always someone to help. While the location, on Hua Hin’s main beach strip (akin to Miami or Cancun), is not the most salacious of Thai settings, the small resort gains major brownie points on intimacy, convenience and sheer quality of treatments. GERMANY

Fasting is the route to wellness at Buchinger Wilhelmi Therapeutic fasting is a whole different ball game from dieting. At Buchingher Wilhelmi, on southern Germany’s Lake Constance, a team of expert practitioners share the belief that eating fatty and sugary food is often a daily crutch, a kind of coping mechanism to compensate for particular fears, inadequacies, or even boredom. The friendly team of staff are dressed in spotless white uniforms, in white offices, in a white building. All very professional and confidence inspiring. Newbies learn how fasting on vegetable consommé (or a wholefood menu for non-fasters) allows us to tune in to our natural solutions. The ten day programme also encompasses the pure ingredients required for wellness, namely: exercise and rest; hunger and repletion; inspiration and relaxation; and importantly some time by yourself. Wellness is the goal and weight loss is a welcome by-product. The key message is simple: to let go and trust your body.

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Bodyism and the body beautiful at Amilla Fushi Amilla Fushi in the Maldives has built five spectacular tree houses as a sanctuary to the Bodyism psychology. Guests adhere to a Clean and Lean wellness menu designed to cut out the bad: caffeine, refined sugar, alcohol, and processed foods. Embarking on a routine of daily rehabilitation structured around movement focused workouts (which feels like western yoga), intuitive reflexology with the lovely Laura, alongside optional snorkelling and diving in the island’s very own blue hole. Bodyism, founded ten years ago by James Duigan, is all about peak performance. It involves a combination of thinking about what’s happening to your body when you’re eating and functional style training, which involves focusing on the body’s natural movement rather than the muscles. Together they bring a vital sense of wellness.



The Yoga Fix at Daios Cove Originating from India and practiced all over the world, yoga has long been attributed to a number of health benefits, bringing balance to body, mind and spirit. Regular five day retreats at Daios Cove in Crete undoubtedly improve wellness through its ancient art. Classes focus on the five principles of Sivananda Hatha flow yoga: a combination of physical exercise (asanas), breath (pranayama), relaxation (savasana), a healthy diet, and positive thinking with meditation (dhyana). Senses are awoken during the Jivamukti outdoor yoga sessions (for 90 minutes each morning and evening) run by professional yoga specialists, who create bespoke individual workshops. It’s just what the doctor ordered: fresh air, dreamy views over the cove, a state-of-the-art fitness studio, and free access to the fabulous Wet Spa, equipped with a Finnish sauna, Mediterraneo (sauna-steam bath combo) and stimulating Nimfea reaction shower. Wellness doesn’t end on the yoga mat; there’s a vast array of healthy and delicious meals, snacks and smoothies at the hotel’s three restaurants and bars, all with an emphasis fresh local ingredients.

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Wellness and the City at the Peninsula Tokyo The Peninsula Hotel has long been lauded as Tokyo’s pinnacle of hospitality. Her prestigious location overlooking the Imperial Palace and gardens combined with the Skyline Spa (where the Bastien Gonzalez PEDI:MANI:CURE is a must) and innovative selection of Academy Experiences underlines the very essence of physical and mental wellness in a city that never sleeps. One such experience is a visit to Hakone, dominated by the country’s most iconic symbol, Mount Fuji. Under an hour away, it makes the perfect day trip for those in search of authentic wellness, Japanese style. Onsens are a central feature of Japanese wellness, typically found in the countryside. Steaming spirals of sulphurous emissions can be seen along the forest paths and at the numerous onsens that boast a variety of curative properties. Relaxing in naked communion may seem totally alien to westerners but it undoubtedly breaks down the barriers. Traditionally, located outdoors, they use naturally heated water from geothermal springs, with a combination of minerals such as iron, sulphur, and metabolic acid, and have an average temperature of 25°C. Any particular onsen may have several baths with different mineral compositions, so ask the Peninsula team for a recommendation according to your conditions.


21st century take on shinrin-yoku at the Mayflower Grace If wellness was taught at school the world might be a different place. How fitting then that the Mayflower Grace hotel in Connecticut is a school turned Spa. It’s 28 acres of land were originally occupied by the Ridge School for boys, built in 1894. When it closed its doors to learning in 1919 a former student converted it into the Mayflower Inn. Since then locals have groomed it, adding another 30 acres of manicured Gardens. The boutique hotel is also home to one of America’s most award-winning spas, famous for bringing cutting edge trends stateside. Forest Bathing, dubbed by the Washington Post as where yoga was 30 years ago, is a concept founded in Japan in the 1980s (where it’s called shinrin-yoku). Put simply Forest Bathing is a guided meditative walk through wooded areas that promotes health and wellness by connecting the outdoor world with the practice of present-minded hiking, actively engaging all the senses. It’s so simple but it works every time. Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12




The land of senses, Royal Mansour Marrakech The lavish Royal Mansour in Marrakech is delectably iconic, and just a stone’s throw from the hectic life of the Medina. Its 53 individual riads exude total opulence and absolute privacy; in fact guests have a whole three floors to themselves with a separate living area and rooftop pool. Opened earlier this year, Le Jardin, incorporates three acres of lush landscaped wellness gardens, with a large open-air swimming pool and an exceptional spa. Particularly unforgettable, is the dedicated area for the ultimate hammam experience, using native black olive soap, mountain rose water, and rich argon oil. At the heart of the spa is a wrought iron atrium, in pristine white, evoking an elaborate birds’ cage. Spanning three floors and flooded with natural light, it offers massages, facials, and hydrotherapy treatments alongside the expertise of Bastien Gonzalez nail care. Personalised programmes are created to meet individual needs and health goals, with guidance on nutrition, exercise, stress management and general wellbeing.



New kid on the block - Gaia Spa at Boringdon Hall The UK’s largest new spa, just outside Plymouth in Devon, believes that true wellness requires us to return to the cradle of Mother Nature and live in accordance with natural laws. Modern times makes this increasingly difficult. The Gaia Spa, set within the grounds of Boringdon Hall on the edge of Dartmoor, promotes natural wellbeing in an environment designed to transcend the stresses of the modern-day routine. Gaia ritual treatments identify three levels of wellbeing, recognising the importance of mental, physical and spiritual health. This holistic approach is designed to bring a natural state of wellness, especially alongside a long-term illness. Individual consultations focus on achieving a sense of verve, contentment, enjoyment and fulfilment, alongside mental clarity and physical strength.

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Covering All The Continents We have searched the continents to bring to you a guide of the top picks of where to go in each‌


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ASIA Turkey Turkey is diversity; the meeting place of two continents, Asia and Europe. The people are welcoming, and you’ll never be bored as there are so many things to see and do. It is steeped in history and authentic in culture. Located on the southern coast, Antalya has long been referred to as Turkey’s Riviera.



Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Antalya. The five star all-inclusive property in Turkey, where luxury truly is limitless. The choice is yours whether you fill your days with a jampacked itinerary picking from all the resort has to offer from classes to excursions, or whether you lay by one of the many pools or private beach. Evenings offer cabaret to club nights to theatre performances. This recent host of the 2015 G20 Summit, with champagne ‘on tap’ in the lobby, leaves you feeling like you are anywhere but a stereotypical all-inclusive’. Until of course you walk into one of the many eateries offering divine delicacies, for instance the Patisserie Macaroon, a Willy Wonka style café with endless cakes, chocolates, ice-cream and puddings, and they don’t’ ask you to pay!

Treat your taste buds to the various foods on offer in the all-inclusive, as well as trying their renowned à la carte restaurants serving everything from Bazillion to Italian, if you want a change after too much tasty Turkish fare.

Beach Butler

Visit the Land of Legends theme park, just a few km away with your complimentary access to all the attractions. Explore the nearby historical town of Antalya. Discover the surrounding areas of natural beauty, for instance Kursunlu and the Düden Waterfalls, by a luxury boat.

Regnum Carya Golf Resort, followed by Yoga classes by the seaside FloatFit

Partake in the numerous fitness classes from yoga, to belly dance, to ground breaking FloatFit class; high intensity interval training on boards floating on water. Designed to be unsteady making the workout all the more challenging.

Pool party at the adult only pool


Prime months with solid sunny weather are April, May, June, July, August, September, October & November Warmest months are July &August Coolest months are January & February

Sunbathe on the pristine private stretch of sandy beach, with overwater pier pavilions peering out over the magical Mediterranean Sea Play golf or have a lesson in one of the two impressive golf courses. Carya Golf Club, which is Turkey’s first and only golf course allowing night-time golf, featuring 18 floodlit holes, or Belek’s first golf club, the 27-hole National Golf Club.

Champagne on tap in the lobby Relaxing by the beach

Relax in, or join in one of the planned pool parties in the Adult Only pool

Rain can come during January & December

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Have fun in the Adventure Park with climbing walls, freefall, zip line rides and an adventure track.



AFRICA Djibouti Be the envy of all your friends and visit a country most haven’t, get in there fast before word spreads and tourists take over! The horn of Africa; Djibouti, is safe and unassociated with the problems that persist in neighbouring Somalia and Eritrea. Djibouti is an absolutely fascinating country and humbling to visit. With awe inspiring natural wonders, the perfect setting for a host of outdoor activities and a bustling capital city to enjoy. This country is a must for your ‘to do list’.



On board luxurious ‘Lucy’, on a full board accommodation basis. Lucy is the first locally owned liveaboard diving boat, run by Siyyan Travel & Leisure. Meals and snacks, right down to the Madeleines cakes are made on board, “the only thing they don’t make is the beer” says Captain Renzo.

On board: Explore en-route, visiting the Seven Brothers Islands, sit on one and take it all in with a cup of Ethiopian spiced tea, looking out to the vast vista.


View from Lucy Lake Assal

Djibouti has a bounty of bird species, so if bird watching is your thing, you’ll be delighted. Get certified to scuba and undertake a PADI Diving course. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage on the open top deck by the resident masseuse. Swim and snorkel alongside whale sharks and a multitude of colourful marine life. Meander around Moucha Island, a small coral island off the coast of Djibouti and go for a snorkel and swim in the clear blue sea.

Walking in Lake Abbe

Before or after your boat trip: Take time to visit Lake Abbe, drought and water extraction to irrigate land from neighbouring country Ethiopia, has left a surreal skyline of limestone ‘chimneys’. So out of this world – no wonder Planet of the Apes was filmed here. Dinner on board Lucy


May-Sep Very hot Oct & Feb-Apr Pleasant weather, good time for diving Nov-Jan Cooler period. Whale sharks make their annual visit.


Go to Lake Assal, the lowest point in Africa, a sparkling clean salt lake which you can float in, like the Dead Sea but more magical. It is not uncommon to be the only one there, so untouched, you will have to put your swimsuit on in a nearby shipping container, though it probably won’t stay that way forever, all the more reason to visit now. Stay the night with locals in Bankoule, explore the imposing mountains by foot and eat with the locals. Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12


NORTH AMERICA Canada From May to September, the west coast of Canada invites the summer weather and begins to burst with life. Vancouver, as the gateway, offers all you’d expect from a cosmopolitan city, with amazing Pacific-Rim food, beautiful and easy self-drive costal landscapes and relaxing ferry rides between islands to take in the scenery. Wildlife lovers can expect to see bears and an abundance of marine life, such as birds and whales.




On board: Bear watching – this is best experienced early in the morning and from a covered vessel with a viewing deck, or open zodiac boat on the calm inside waters in and around Tofino Inlet. Witness black bears at low tide, as they approach the shore on their quest for nutritious shore crabs, kelp and starfish by turning over beach boulders and rocks. The black bear has been practicing the 100-mile diet before it became fashionable, indulging in the best of Tofino’s local delights, including salmon, berries, and crab. Thanks to their poor eyesight, they are typically unaware of being watched, as long as viewed upwind, adding to the pleasure!

With a beautifully wild setting, the elegant Wickaninnish Inn is perched on the edge of the west coast of Vancouver Island, in Tofino. This high-end hotel combines heritage and elegance with untamed natural beauty. Framed by ancient rainforest and the Pacific Ocean, each room here is designed to charm, with its attention to detail (large baths, binoculars, wi-fi) and connection with nature (ocean views, wild excursions, spa treatments, local food). This is a place to fall asleep listening to crashing waves, wake to a brunch of west pacific salmon and treat yourself to an afternoon at the spa.

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Ancient Cedars Spa Pointe from the Pacific - Michael Becker

Whale and bird watching – take a 3hr whale watching cruise though the Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery, and wildlife such as Gray Whales, Sea Lions, Porpoises and Killer Whales. The area is also well known for its variety of birds including tufted puffins and resident bald eagles.

Deluxe - King Bedroom


Kayaking, Fishing, Hiking, Stand up Paddle Boarding

King Deluxe Bath

Pointe Restaurant

May-Sep The summer months are best for both weather and wildlife watching. HOW

Discover the World offer fly drives including 3x nights at Wickaninnish Inn and 3x nights at West Coast Wilderness Lodge.

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SOUTH AMERICA Nicaragua Welcoming Nicaragua offers travelers majestic volcanic vistas; you can even surf down an active volcano, colonial architecture – the best-preserved town is Granada, beautiful beaches and lush forests.

THE PLACE TO STAY View from Yoga Deck


Found on its own isleta on Lake Nicaragua, roughly 15 minutes by water taxi from the marina, and one hour from Managua. A plush property set on a private island in Nicaragua, a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada. The owner Karen Emanuel, an avid adventurer, began her journey to create a sustainable resort in 2007 when visiting Granada, and she happened to see an ‘Island for Sale’ notice.

Private Casita

Private Romantic Dinner


Visit the historic city of Granada. The wellness retreat was designed by architect Matthew Falkiner and opened in January 2010. Featuring nine casitas (separate bungalows), Jicaro offers large, two-level accommodations, all housing spacious master bedrooms, living areas, decks and breathtaking views of the Mombacho Volcano and Lake Nicaragua. Guests enjoy the use of a large open kitchen and restaurant, a pool with lounge area, a yoga deck, a floating deck, and an on-site massage and wellness centre.

Explore by zipline through the rainforest canopy. Venture into Zapatera Island. Go to Masaya Volcano National Park. Relax and let go with a yoga session on the purpose-built yoga deck overlooking Lake Nicaragua and Mombacho volcano. Exterior View


Night Pool

Exterior View

May-Oct Heavy rains cause mountain hiking trails and roads in rural areas to be slippery. Nov Rains subside throughout the Pacific but the Caribbean is still wet. Perfect weather and green surroundings make for good hiking weather. Dec-Apr Hot, sunny and dry conditions throughout the country.


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Board the Hebridean Sky for a classic introduction to Antarctica where over a 10 night cruise you can navigate the waters of the far south, taking in wonderful wildlife and breath-taking views. The Hebridean Sky is a large 296 foot ship carrying up to 114 guests over five decks; boasting a large library, exercise room, bar, lounge, dining room and sundeck. This trip, which is 15 nights in total will commence with a flight to Buenos Aires where your first two nights are spent at the Serena Hotel; a modern pad in the heart of Recoleta, within walking distance of the Patio Bullrich Mall and a variety of boutique shops and restaurants. Next stop Ushuaia after a short onward flight to spend one night at the Arakur Hotel & Resort. The following afternoon, board the Hebridean Sky at the port. Spend the first few days sailing along the Beagle Channel, past Cape Horn, Rock Cormorant and numerous Sea Lion colonies. Next, sail across the infamous Drake Passage and the Antarctic Convergence towards the

Antarctic Peninsula, enjoying presentations from Polar Experts on everything Antarctic; from its huge array of wildlife to its history. Once in the waters of the Antarctic Peninsula, as much time as possible is spent exploring the area via zodiac. Days usually begin early, with most landings taking place before breakfast, so that the majority of time can be spent exploring. The first sight of land will likely be the South Shetlands where guests will spot penguin rookeries, seal wallows, bird colonies and whale feeding areas. Next, head south across the Bransfield Strait to enter the Trinity Coast and Gerlache Strait. Here guests can explore picturesque Neko Harbour, Paradise Harbour, Wilhelmina Bay (favoured by humpback whales), the Lemaire Channel, the Penola Channel and Deception Island; home to the three largest volcanic craters in South Shetlands. The ship may also stop off at some of the area’s active scientific bases such as Poland’s Arctowksi and the U.K.’s Port Lockroy or Wordie House. Minke, Orca and Humpback whales are often spotted en route. After 10 nights on board, bid farewell to Antarctica and disembark in Ushuaia. Take your return flight back to Buenos Aires and spend a further two nights at the Serena Hotel before flying back to the UK.

Antarctic Peninsula Fournier Bay

Antarctic Peninsula Cuerville Bay Gentoo Penguins


The Antarctic season runs from November through to March, however December and January are brilliant times to visit because the first chicks emerge and seals start breeding. You can also still spot huge iceburgs and newly-sculpted snowscapes.

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Explore local trails, browse local Argentinean leather markets or simply relax in the spa, when in Ushuaia On board, those interested will get the opportunity to help with sea bird sighting surveys or monitoring the weather



EUROPE Cyprus, Paphos This sunny island with all-year round inviting weather never lets down its guests, in terms of hospitality and scenic views, not to mention fresh local fare. The city of Paphos has been named the European Capital of Culture in 2017.




Wine Package, It may come as a surprise but Cyprus is wine lovers natural habitat, with a few indigenous grapes that will definitely grow on you. Paphos in particular houses many a quaint winery and Elysium has organised a package for you to become acquainted with them. The in-house sommelier guides you as you visit the top picks of the surrounding wineries, where in the tasting rooms you can discover for yourself how delicious they are.

A 5* hotel, which is the perfect plush place to holiday as a couple, single traveller or family. Pools range from adult only to child friendly with a private beach for all. The restaurant offerings are unparalleled, particularly showcasing authentic Cypriot cuisine with daily catches on the menu, and an incredibly knowledgeable sommelier, also a fabulous Italian eatery, which is as romantic, as it is remarkable in taste.

Elysium Private Dinner on the Pier

Keep bikini fit and join in one of the classes from mat Pilates to aqua aerobics in the pool Relax and read a book in the lavish library with a cup of especially imported from Mariage Frères tea, from Paris

Elysium Sunset Terrace Wine Tour

Visit nearby Commandaria villages and pick up some local trinkets after a mezze meal in a typical Taverna Pamper your soul with a sensational spa treatment in the Opium Spa. Deluxe Bedroom


The Outdoor Pool

Villa with Private Pool

June-August Temperatures can reach up to 40°C, so definitely sunbathing weather March-May & September-October Perfect for outdoors activities, from hiking to cycling. April & May is when nature showcases a wad of wildflowers inland.


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AUSTRALIA Australia, Uluru, Northern Territory of Australia Without a doubt if you are visiting Australia, a visit to Uluru is essential. Considered the spiritual heart of Australia, this magnificent monolith is around 600 million years old and is the world’s largest single rock, and second largest monolith (Mt Augustus in Western Australia is the world’s largest monolith). Uluru is 348 metres tall, 48 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower and like an iceberg, most of the rock sits underground; no-one knows just how deep it goes. The easiest way to explore the monolith is to walk around the base of Uluru. There are multiple bushwalks with great vantage point from easy to moderate in difficulty. The Uluru Mala Walk (1.5 hours) is a free walk guided by a local ranger, where you can learn about the management of the park, along with information about the Anangu – the traditional owners of the land. The Kuniya Walk (45 minutes), which finishes at the Mutitjulu waterhole, has some great views of Uluru. Walkers channel the spirit of Wanampi, an ancestral watersnake who was believed to live in the waterhole. The full base walk, which takes 3.5 hours, takes in many of the important sites in and around Uluru.


Sails in the Desert is a perfect choice. Conveniently located in Ayers Rock Resort, Sails in the Desert beautifully contrasts Uluru’s raw natural beauty with a decidedly luxurious outback holiday experience. The rooms are incredibly spacious and modern natural tones are complemented with Indigenous artwork. Guests can cool down in the expansive gumtree lines swimming pool or enjoy a treatment in the Red Ochre Spa. There is also a free Indigenous Activities Programme which includes guided walks through the native gardens, a bush yarn at the Circle of Sand with a local Aboriginal storyteller and


Dec-Feb Summertime, bustling beaches. Mar-May & Sep-Nov Warm sun, clear skies Late March or early April Autumn leaves are atmospheric in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Jun-Aug Cooler wet days down south; mild days and sunny skies up north. Information on Australia’s Northern Territory

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the opportunity to watch local artists at work. The food and beverage at Sails in the Desert is exceptional and the breakfast buffet alone is worth the pilgrimage to the Red Centre. Expresso Martinis at the Walpa Lobby Bar are also highly recommended.


If visiting Uluru before March 2018, it is worth visiting internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro’s immersive installation, Field of Light Uluru. For an unforgettable dining experience under the stars book a table at Tali Wiru. ‘Tali Wiru’, meaning beautiful dune in local Anangu language, encapsulates the magic of fine dining under the Southern Desert sky. This experience runs between April and October, however Ayers Rock Resort are launching a new Mayu Wiru dinning experience for the remaining months of the year which promises to impress. From bushwalking and segways to helicopter rides, scenic flights and skydives, there are a number of ways to see Uluru. In summer, it’s advised to head out early and finish exploring by 11am. Most tours are based around sunrise and sunset, as this is the best time to view the rock, when its colours appear to change. Visit Kata Tjuta, there are a number of excellent walks, which let visitors see the full colour spectrum of the rock formations and learn about its history and significance to Aboriginal people.

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aving signed up for three trips to space; completed his space training which included Zero-G training, flying Russian MIG-fighter jets and experiencing both Russian and American centrifuges; Per Wimmer is expected to be the first private Dane in space. As someone who thrives on attaining high goals, Wimmer was the first to tandem sky dive – along with Ralph Mitchell, over the highest point on Earth; Mount Everest in 2008, so space is no doubt attainable. “Mount Everest pushed my boundaries the most, being on top of the world looking over and getting ready to jump was crazy but we were looking at it thinking it’s less risky than climbing it”! said Wimmer. And it was crazy, the plane they had wasn’t even approved to fly at that altitude, but they were determined to do it, urged on by the great team they had behind them, including a Doctor and a former MI6 agent, adding a touch of ‘James Bond’ to the affair. “It is one of my main achievements thus far, along with my Amazonian adventure when I travelled solo with a medicine man, but I continue to


“I like to push the boundaries, don’t mind compromising on luxury, I like to be on the frontier curve, I want to break records and I prefer to do more cutting edge”. look for new thrills, adventure and new frontiers”, Wimmer told me. He is clearly serious about his space endeavour, as Per is a Founding Astronaut with friend Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and, thus, one of the first astronauts to travel on SpaceShipTwo. Last year the avid adventure seeker was awarded fellowship by the New York Explorers Club, their highest accolade, of Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12


SEVEN WIMMER VALUES: 1. Think out of the box: Allow Yourself To Be inspired 2. Follow your heart and passion: Have purpose. Have fun. Be Authentic 3. Focus and execution 4. Time discipline: Be Conscious About Time Allocation 5. Teamwork: The Sum Of The Parts Is Greater Than The Individual Parts Alone 6. Take calculated risks: Assess The Risks-Rewards Ratio. Apply Sustainable Solutions Respecting The Environment & Scarce Resources 7. Inspire others: Especially Children, And Encourage Them To Live Out Their Dreams

which the late Sir Edmund Hillary was a fellow member. With 72 countries under his belt including the Easter Islands; Galapagos Islands; trekking the Inka Trail to Macchu Pichu; skiing at the highest skiing facility in the world at 5.500m in Bolivia; walking on live volcano’s in Hawaii; hanggliding over the beaches of Rio de Janiero; cross-country USA on a Harley Davidson motorbike and back (9.000 miles) and diving with sharks in the Fiji Islands, it is no surprise. Although in a position to, he doesn’t mind forgoing five star hotels in order to have the most authentic experience, “I like to push the boundaries, don’t mind compromising on luxury, I like to be on the frontier curve, I want to break records and I prefer to do more cutting edge”. Having lived in London for 19 years, alongside Denmark, he sees it as home. A Harvard University graduate and banker by trade, Wimmer owns ‘Wimmer Financial’, an investment bank specialising in global corporate finance within the area of natural resources (mining, oil and gas, green energy) as well as real estate and infrastructure financing worldwide. Alongside this he has ‘Wimmer Family Office’, an asset management company focussing on investment schemes Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12

for solvent individuals. Per is all about giving back and is known to be altruistic, he works with a number of foundations centred around science, space and children; giving cash contributions in Denmark and the UK. Last year he did a documentary with National Geographic in Wales, whereby he was an undercover Angel, posing as a journalist writing about the homelessness in Wales, after which he gave a donation. Per is passionate about highlighting green energy and the world of natural resources, advocating that “green energy, to be sustainable, needs to be commercially sustainable – it’s a new area and doesn’t mean it needs to be sustainable on day one but should be 5,6,7 years later – it is doable”, he argues in his book Green Bubble.

When asked, Per says he would like to be remembered for his “combination of adventure activities, charity activities as well as my financial activities, foremost though I would like a recognition for my astronaut title, the astronaut bit is always high on the list, as well as philanthropist, author and financier”, quite a list then! With three books published behind him, and occasional public speaking as a motivational speaker on topics including space, green energy and the global economy, he is currently working on his autobiography, but I’d imagine we won’t have to wait that long to hear of his next fantastical feat.



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Extraordinary ADVENTURE CLUB

There’s nothing ordinary about the exclusive ‘Extraordinary Adventure Club’ Yasemen Kaner-White


n short, participating in the 6 month bespoke personal development programme, peppered with challenging expeditions abroad, sets you on a path to peeling away anything holding you back, whilst unearthing your inner strength to succeed. Founder Calum Morrison, perhaps without even realising it, has been training to teach others how to grab life with both hands from a very young age. Growing up in Scotland, he was immersed in raw, natural beauty and frequently taking to the rocks to climb away his concerns taught him the sheer power of nature, he started climbing with his dad when just 3 years old.

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Aged 18 he joined Outward Bound, a company which uses the challenges posed by the great outdoors as education. “I worked with hard cases from Glasgow who ended up crying at how they treated their mum, that planted the seed for what I am doing now”, Morrison told me. He later joined the marines and stuck it out for 8 years, “I realised I wanted to do it to have fun and test my boundaries, I realised I wasn’t the man I thought I was; I wanted to do my own thing. As soon as you have that thought – the inner voice is much stronger than your physical body”, and thus he began his dream of being his own boss, doing what he loves. In keeping with his



Desert Camping

Camel Herding Danakil Ethiopia Anti-Poaching Park Ranger

Glen Feshie - Scottish Highlands


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“Army is like a lazy man’s personal development: you’re forced to explore all areas of yourself, and you do it with other people” Calum Morrison

military career in the marines, he continued to serve in a stint employed by the Foreign Office as an international observer, watching and reporting the Chechen conflict in the Caucuses. His adventures included the highs of mountain trekking in Georgia, but also the unimaginable scenes of Chechen militants playing football with a Russian soldier’s head. “Army is like a lazy man’s personal development: you’re forced to explore all areas of yourself, and you do it with other people” He shortly afterwards set up a security business to earn money and travel with his friends having fun, but it didn’t nourish his soul, “I hated it, I went into the office and held my head in my hands, my staff deserved a better boss, I was living a life which was not in line with my values” he said. Having worked in 15 African countries, with 1200 staff depending on him, the fact the job was not true to his intrinsic self urged him to leave. “I felt it so strongly, if you are a few degrees out from your desired path and values, you end up a long way away from what you want” and he feels as strongly today; “so many end up doing jobs they do not want”. Thus the Extraordinary Adventure Club was born in 2009 and incorporated in 2012. “I am contrary, everyone said I couldn’t do it so that spurred me on more”, he told me he simply couldn’t live a life having a grand idea but not doing it. I asked him what made him have the confidence to do it as so many people have ideas of what they would really like to do but very few bite the bullet to do it, he firmly said “I had to do it, I felt myself unravelling, going mad” and I got my answer! Success is about having stories, I always wanted to work for myself. If you are determined to work for yourself, you will, your mind is stronger than your body” Every client teaches him something, including a friend of Fifth Chukker - to my pleasant surprise. Whilst flicking through a few pages into the last edition of Fifth Chukker,

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Morrison told me he spotted a picture of one of his clients, though being professional, he didn’t disclose who it was. Morrison has an eclectic team of people he has known for a long, long time, all of whom “have lived a life, had experiences, they haven’t just read a book, they have lived through it”. Whilst monitoring the client throughout the programme, they look after every aspect of their being from mind to muscle. He also uses locals to help in situ on the programme whilst on expedition, to add local knowledge and expertise, as they often don’t go to places that tourists frequent. Fear not, Morrison only takes on clients he deems fit, so you’ll never be in harm’s way. Clients have to do a fitness test to undertake the programme, and once enrolled, it is tailored to them, working alongside their own personal fitness instructors and psychotherapists if need be, “people often do not push themselves, we help them”. So what to expect? “we create journeys for personal growth, challenging clients to think differently about their lives and any strongly held beliefs that might be detrimental”. Every one-on-one programme starts with a retreat spell in Scotland, mobiles and laptops are taken away to remove the illusion of control. An ex special forces officer through mobility, flexibility and cardio tests with stunning natural scenery as a backdrop helps the client to find the boundaries within themselves and push them. A therapist and transformational coach works with the client to uncover what they would like their life to look like, they form a dialogue with them, sowing the seeds for the clients to reflect and think about themselves, asking the existential questions, ‘who am I? Why am I here?. Hearing what the programme entails reinforces what a fabulous opportunity it is to have a whole team dedicated to you and only you, a rare chance to focus entirely on improving yourself, the optimum self-discovery. “People cannot influence when they are born or die but can influence the dash in the middle,” Morrison says. The team regularly group together to decide what to do with the client next. After the introduction, the client is given an envelope with a kit list and told which airport to go to, and so the expedition begins. “Luxury is all relative and has to be earned” The Extraordinary Adventure Club has attracted people from various walks of life but predominantly CEO’s, business owners, the heads of next generation family held


businesses, as well as working with people who have just left rehab. The youngest to date was an 18 year old Oligarch who kept failing his exams, the oldest a troubled 64 year old. Morrison recalls one client (anonymously, of course), recounting the time when his mum was in tears seeing him at Christmas, she was surprised the high powered 42 year old was still alive, living off copious shots of coffee and cigarettes, her tears told him to call Morrison. Another client, because his maid wasn’t there to pack his belongings turned up with nothing, so Morrison took him to the jungle to teach him to look after himself. Another client wound up in Mongolia to cross the desert on bike and lived with the locals, not a five star hotel in sight, all luxury stripped away, though he confesses one or two motivators are thrown in, like a hot bath in a tent in the desert which after days living it rough, is a blessing and made him grateful.

Dog Sledding Norway Atlas Mountains Retreat

“Hardship precedes transformation” Another client, a woman who was scared of public speaking was taken to a rodeo in America where she spoke in front of thousands. No one yet has given up with it because they are micro managed and watched constantly. Even the client who was ‘left’ on an island, had a local tribesman spying on him all day to ensure his safety, yet the client, unaware, felt the real fear and freedom of being ‘alone’ yet coping. Following the programme clients go on to living the life they knew they wanted but were unable to live for fear of taking the risk. One CEO started his own business, another divorced her husband and is now happy after a toxic relationship that lasted too long.


“Life without risk is meaningless, don’t learn anything” For those who cannot afford the £150,000 upwards price tag, for the 6 to 12 month programme including two two-week expeditions, four four-day retreats and weekly follow up one-to-one mentoring sessions with a dedicated mentor/coach assigned to you throughout the duration of the programme, hope is not lost. Morrison suggests “The adventure is within, you can do it anywhere. Go to Norfolk, get rid of the ‘phone, disconnect to reconnect with yourself, knowing, understanding and accepting yourself. Be open to the healing power of nature. Think less, feel more. Simplify things. It is not about adding, but taking things out”

What clients gain from the programme… · Great sense of direction so that they are able to move forward with agency and clarity · Identifying values and finding a way to live them out with purpose · In the high net worth world clients typically haven’t had to develop resilience and selfsufficiency, the programmes point directly to developing these through both expeditions and the coaching/therapy work between trips away

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Motorbiking Sahara Desert

“Success is about having stories, I always wanted to work for myself. If you are determined to work for yourself, you will, your mind is stronger than your body�


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HILTON ABUJA Celebrates 30th Anniversary in Style Shola Adeyemo

Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, Chairman, Transcorp Hotels; Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Chief Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Trancsorp Plc.

Transcorp Hilton Board of Directors and the anniversary cake


buja landmark the Transcorp Hilton, Nigeria’s first five-star hotel is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, having officially opened its door to its first guest on the 21st of April, 1987. Ever since, the country’s favourite homeaway-from-home has continued to spread the light and warmth of hospitality, hosting royalty, presidents, global leaders and other personages among the numerous guests that have walked through its doors. The hotel has also played host to numerous high-profile and celebrity studded events, such as the ECOWAS, World Economic Forum Africa, Miss World and Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Built on 20 hectares of land, the 670 bedroom 5-star hotel began operations as


Nicon Noga Hilton Hotel, a member of the Hilton family of brands. In December 2005, the Federal Government of Nigeria sold its shares in the hotel to Transcorp PLC and it assumed the name, ‘Transcorp Hilton Abuja’. To commemorate this illustrious legacy and pioneering role in Nigeria’s elite hospitality business, the hotel hosted friends, partners, clients, board members and staff to a cocktail and dinner laced with an array of entertainment acts. Speaking at the dinner, Rudi Jagersbacher, Head of Middle East and North Africa, Hilton Worldwide commended the brand stating that its contribution to the brand equity and perception of Hilton Worldwide has been recognised all over the world. He also acknowledged the role of Transcorp Plc in leading the partnership that has culminated

Transcorp Plc. Chairmman Tony Elumelu and Minister of Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu

Simon Vincent, Executive Vice-President, Hilton, Europe, Middle-East and Africa; Tony Elumelu,Chairman,Tanscorp PLC;, Rudi Jagersbacher, Head Middle East and North Africa, Hilton Worldwide; Valentine Ozigbo, CEO, Transcorp Hilton Abuja.

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One of several entertainment acts

Big award night for several Hilton employees too

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in the well-deserved awards. “I would like to commend the entire hotel team for their incredible passion and commitment to delivering excellent experiences for our guests from around the world. Last year alone, we received 11 awards for being one of the best hotels in Africa,” he said. Also speaking at the event, Tony O. Elumelu, Chairman of Transcorp Plc, thanked guests and shareholders for the journey so far. “On behalf of the board of Transcorp Plc, I want to thank you for your patronage and your good will. You are the reason we are celebrating,” he said, adding that Transcorp Hilton has transcended the description of being just a hotel to becoming one of Nigeria’s most valued icons. “Transcorp is not just a company owned by people but an iconic institution owned by every Nigerian. Transcorp Hotel is beyond the Transcorp franchise; it is a national icon,” he said. In line with its strategic goals, earlier this year, Transcorp Hilton embarked on a $100million renovation of its iconic 9th and 10th floors to deliver on its promise of customer excellence. In 2016 alone, Transcorp Hilton won 11 awards and nominations on customer service and innovation. The exclusive dinner was well attended, guests included Dr Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, the honourable Minister of state, Petroleum Resources; Simon Vincent, Executive Vice-President, Hilton, Europe, Middle-East and Africa; Chika Balogun, Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR); Adim Jibunoh, CEO/President, Transcorp Plc.; Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and former governor of Anambra state; Valentine Ozigbo, CEO, Transcorp Hotels Plc, amongst others. West African Idol winner, Timi Dakolo graced the stage, launching the Transcorp Hilton anthem. Kaffy, Waje and K-Cee also entertained guests.


Room with a View Having worked alongside some of Europe and South Africa’s most acclaimed chefs, Farrel Hirsch now brings his exuberant mix of passion and experience to Joburg with his appointment as chef of the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg’s flagship eatery, ‘View Restaurant’.


he 30 year old studied professional cookery in Nottingham, and was declared runner-up for that city’s 2008 Young Chef of the Year competition. After five years of working in the UK, the pull of home proved too strong: he moved back to Durban, where he was born, to join The Oyster Box Hotel’s Grill Room Restaurant. Having worked in the kitchens of the Singita group of luxury lodges, his two most recent posts were in Cape Town where he worked with Peter Tempelhoff at the acclaimed Greenhouse Restaurant. He then worked at The Test Kitchen (awarded Top Restaurant in SA at the Eat Out Awards from 2012 to 2016) seconding Luke DaleRoberts before becoming head chef at View Restaurant. The restaurant, which following its opening in 2014 fast became a favourite fine dining destination for Joburg’s most discerning foodies, was previously helmed by Dirk Gieselmann, who


had previously served as Chef de Cuisine alongside owner Marc Haeberlin at the famed Michelin three-star Auberge de l’Ill restaurant in Illhauesern in France’s Alsace region. Hirsch loves to travel, experiencing different cultures and meeting new people, whether that’s visiting the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala or seeing the ancient pagodas of Burma. His travels are also an opportunity to broaden his culinary horizons. “I love stepping out of my comfort zone, I’m always excited by the idea of the unknown,” he says. “Nothing beats going to a foreign country where no one speaks English and pointing at the dish being eaten at the table next to you, and order that. Not to taste is not to know.” This curious, adventurous spirit informs his approach back home in the kitchen. “If you look close enough at View’s dishes there will always be a classic thought behind it but pushed out far enough so that it is something completely new,” he says.

“South Africa produces a bounty of high quality ingredients, and so we want our diners to taste the finest this country has to offer,” he says. Changing every week, his menus are an opportunity to showcase the freshest local and seasonal produce in breathtakingly creative ways. Working closely with trusted local suppliers and farmers to provide special ingredients including foraged mushrooms, Karoo lamb and fynbos, Hirsch will also be procuring herb and veg from the hotel’s new food garden. While the unsurpassed vistas of Joburg’s jacaranda-cloaked northern suburbs makes any meal at View unforgettable by default, the sociable Hirsch is committed to serving up much more than great food and incredible views. For him, the personal touch is paramount. “I love meeting the people I’m cooking for, and sharing with them the stories of the food I make” he says. “While I see my role as building on the stellar dining experience created by my predecessor, I do have a few changes of my own up my sleeve,” Hirsch confirms. “The first is the launch of Preview”, a bar-inspired casual dining experience offering small plates and fantastic drinks, a unique venue choice for private corporate and social functions. The emphasis at View, on the other hand, is on taking guests on a culinary journey, with set menus and wine pairings in a more sophisticated setting. When they’re not admiring its legendary vistas, our guests can also witness glimpses of our team at work kitchen through its linear window.”



More than 20 years ago, a watch label that spoke the innate language of international watch enthusiasts was launched onto the world stage. It went by the name of Pro Hunter. Originally created for the hunting community, today Pro Hunter is the highly desirable premium brand with an exclusive group of dedicated followers around the globe.



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Established in London in 2003, Pro Hunter was the first company in the world to personalise a range of limited edition Rolex sports watches, to create a collection of original timepieces combining stealth and high durability. With over 20 years in the vintage watch trade, the founders of Pro Hunter were asked by a client to customise a watch for them to wear whilst on hunting trips. Thus, in 2003, the first customised black DLC Rolex was created by Pro Hunter. The steel bracelet was replaced with a NATO strap on fixed military lugs, an anti-reflective coating was applied to the glass and each watch was limited edition; numbered from 001-100. The client wore his personalised Pro Hunter on the hunting trip and the rest is history.

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Pro Hunter designs pay homage to the golden years of Rolex of the 1950’s and 1960’s but are also faithful to the inimitable Rolex style and history. Our designs are inspired by legendary models such as the Daytona with antireflective bezel, the 4-line James Bond big crowns, the Military Submariners specifically created for the Special Boat Squadron (SBS), and particularly the matte Rolex Submariner originally made for British Army Officers based in Africa in the 1960’s. The quality and creativity of Pro Hunter has caught the eye of true watch enthusiasts as well as celebrities and royalty such as John Mayer, Bill Clinton, King of Spain, Orlando Bloom, the Prince of Greece, and many more. When you buy a Pro Hunter you automatically join an elite club of Pro Hunter ambassadors that value exclusivity and above all uniqueness, a privilege that is not available to the majority.

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The customisation of the Pro Hunter keeps strictly to the requirements of the perfect hunting watch, whilst respecting the history and tradition of Rolex. Only original Swiss made watch parts are used for all Pro Hunters, maintaining the timeless and exquisite quality of a Rolex. Pro Hunter also only work with brand new Rolex watches, never second hand, complete with guarantee papers and ONLY THE ORIGINAL SWISS-MADE WATCH PARTS ARE USED IN PRO HUNTERS. Over the decades, Pro Hunter has collaborated with fine artists and luxury companies around the globe to bring to their clients unique products. From Horological Art by Dutch painter Cay Broendum with Pro Hunter watches as his muse to unbreakable safes and gyro winders by German luxury engineers; Doettling. Pro Hunter only works with artisan companies to fulfil the needs of watch fanatics around the globe.

Main image: Pro Hunter Submariner Right top: Milgauss Honeycomb Right middle: GMT Master II Right bottom: Pro Hunter Sea Dweller

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Patrick Mavros

forged in Africa Janette de Bruin

Patrick Mavros is a luxury brand of precious silver and gold jewellery inspired by the animal kingdom. Hailing from Zimbabwe, the man behind the name has led his family into creating a sought-after jewellery line, each piece telling a story out of the African bush, that have captivated the hearts and imaginations of London’s elite including the Duchess of Cambridge.



ooking out over the Msasa tree tops, the sweet familiar smell of thatch roof and the unmistakeable call of guinea fowl outside, I again muse over how impossible it is not to love Africa. From up here, Zimbabwe’s beauty is untainted and mesmerising. The Mavros homestead and studio sits on a hilltop with a view of the savannah woodlands where many of the Mavros family stories find their source. Mpata Farm is a sanctuary for the characters in these stories, most of which have had their image sculpted into the silver pieces adorning this gallery. I hear someone come in and turn to see a tall man in khaki, his hair wild as though he’s just returned from some safari adventure. Patrick Mavros’ keen insight into African wildlife brings a rare quality of sympathetic realism to his sculptures. It is this and his eye for detail that has moulded his business into what is recognised today as a uniquely African and distinctively exotic, luxury brand. Patrick Mavros silver sculpture is made using the ancient technique of lost wax casting, refined over 35 years since he carved a set of rose earrings for his wife Catja. Today, his sons Alexander, Forbes, Patrick Jnr and Benjamin are also all passionately involved in the business, which has an atelier in Mauritius, Nairobi and the flagship store in Chelsea.

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Everywhere you look there are old tribal artefacts and relics from traditional weapons to empty tortoise shells. The Shona people of Zimbabwe have been among Africa’s most prolific carvers for centuries. Now, from his studio in Harare, Patrick’s team of sculptors and carvers help create exquisite and highquality silver pieces coveted and collected by London’s elite. Amongst them is the Duchess of Cambridge who has reportedly been seen wearing earrings from the Patrick Mavros Ndoro Collection. From safari to the sea, the Mauritius range is a fresh and delicate addition to the Africa collections. Patrick’s son Forbes became inspired by the island’s azure waters, majestic banyan groves and tall coconut palms to create the first Patrick Mavros range conceived outside Africa. Every marine creature or shell featured in the collection was discovered by him or a friend, washed up on the beach to be marvelled at. Back in Harare, Patrick leads us to his workshop and while showing us around, he stops to pick up a small silver elephant, handling it like a treasure, he points out the remarkable carved detail. One his favourite stories to share is that of this little elephant, named Zozo. In a very dry year when the water of a lake receded and the animals had to pass through thick mud to be able to drink, a little elephant became stuck in the sticky clay.

Conservation of the Pangolin With an infectious love and reverie for nature, it is only natural for Mavros to have dedicated several projects to creating awareness and respect for the environment. The pangolins have a special place in the collection in helping to shed light on the threat against their species as the most hunted animal on the planet. To help combat their tragic persecution, 10% of all Patrick Mavros sales for the Pangolin Collection go towards the Tikki Hywood Trust.


Exhausted and terrified, the elephant squealed for help until the Mavros boys arrived and pulled it out to safety. Slowly as he warmed up in the sun, his tail curled round and he lifted his back leg to scratch a big patch of mud off his bum. It was this unforgettable moment that led Patrick to sculpt Zozo’s story. He stands on three feet and lifts his fourth to scratch his wrinkly round behind. In support of the Elephant Family Foundation, set up by the late great adventurer and conservationist, Mark Shand, 10% of all Zozo Collection sales will be donated to the foundation to save the Indian Elephant. As Patrick carefully sets down the figurine of the little silver elephant, he smiles to himself, and I know that Zozo, rescued from the mud and unaware, will help to rescue other elephants too. It is stories like these that remind us of how nature’s treasures are precious beyond measure and in need of our protection. Next time you are in London, be sure to stop at the Patrick Mavros Flagship Store for your lustrous piece of silver, forged in Africa.

One of the many delights of the Mavros creations is how they often model the animal in its true character. Whether it be the giraffe reaching for the top branches of a Msasa tree, the guerilla’s fierce stare, the warthog scratching its ear or the meerkat’s curious perch.

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Daydream – Yuting Wang


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How You Should Invest in Fifth Chukker meets Conrad Carvalho, owner of Oaktree and Tiger Gallery


onrad Carvalho was previously a successful commodities trader, but after leaving Vitol SA, began a new career working with emerging artists and collectors through exhibitions, educational talks and consulting projects. By helping artists develop their careers with business guidance and applying investment skills and art knowledge, he has built a network of up and coming artists and keen collectors who want to learn about art and develop with the artists. If you appreciate art, but know very little apart from buying the odd artwork from markets around the world, the following should shed some light and help you to build a profitable (and enjoyable) collection to be proud of‌

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Conrad Carvalho


Paradise Lost – Yuting Wang

Wave – Yuting Wang


CC: Art is such a complex commodity to invest in that you have to think of the investment in very different ways to the usual assets and instruments. If you can open your mind to considering non-financial gains, then you will certainly achieve a ‘return’, and hopefully a great cash return too. According to the Deloitte Art & Finance 2016 report, 72% of collectors surveyed buy art for passion but with an investment view. So think about earning an ‘aesthetic dividend’ (the reward you get from looking at a great piece of art you own), the benefit to the artist’s career, your circle’s perception of you as an ‘art collector’ and the access you gain to art events. Regarding the investment angle, look at the Mei Moses Art Index for Contemporary Art which has risen by a compounded average of 10.85% per year since 1966 (though keep in mind that there are fundamental difficulties creating art indices due to its non-homogenous characteristics, so are often hotly debated!). Also useful to know is that total sales at auction and via dealers in the global art market was $45bln in 2016, the global art investment fund market is S1.2bn (USD) in size (just the UK’s FTSE100 has a market cap of £1.7trn), and The Mei Moses World and Collecting art indices have correlations of between -0.215 to +0.140 versus the S&P500. Decent returns and lack of correlation, due to having very different drivers of price dynamics to financial markets, make it a useful tool for diversification… if you can choose well!

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Pond – Yuting Wang

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Metropolis – Caio Locke


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CC: Diversification within your art portfolio is highly recommended, but also takes the fun out of buying art because you can’t like everything. Also, its vital to have an art consultant when you look at established and blue-chip artists, and the cost of someone like me will save you multiples more money as we can get you great prices, access and knowledge on what is good and bad. The art world is not transparent, it’s full of pitfalls. Maybe we discuss that another time because I want to convince you that ‘emerging’ artists are far more interesting and accessible. Emerging artists are risky, because a great many talented artists fail to survive an art career. There are too many artists and minimal barriers to becoming one. Additionally, trained artists aren’t usually taught how to earn a living, because art schools believe it is detrimental to ‘real creativity’ when having in mind any requirement to sell. Before that discourages you, know that this means that prices are low and the money goes directly to the artist which has significant effect on their survivability. Artists that build a following of loyal collectors eventually get picked up by galleries (which then greatly raises their prices).

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CC: Obviously you must like the art yourself. Trust how you feel about the artwork, that’s the only way to value your ‘aesthetic dividend’. Then ask questions, learn more and take your time, if you still want it then you’re almost there. Instincts for good art come from looking at everything you can and questioning. Gradually you will learn for yourself what is good and amongst those you will start to identify what your taste is. You might even become inspired to study Art History and there is more than a lifetime to learn, which then makes it an addictive hobby to get into! To get a head start look at the artwork carefully and consider that contemporary art is about encouraging a dialogue with the viewer, whether the artwork is asking questions and giving answers, telling a story, promoting a political, theological or anthropological viewpoint, or portraying emotions. Combine this with skilful execution, i.e. the artist can actually paint, photograph, sculpt, etc. and you have the building blocks for an artist that has something interesting to say and for you to engage with, and also the skill to get it out to the world. Then you choose the artist as a person you like. Character traits in artists that I’ve found increase the chances of success include them having the urge to create



Oil & Progress – Caio Locke


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Deus Ex Machina – Caio Locke

for the sake of art, their art practice is evolving and reasoned, they create coherent collections of artwork, they are active in the art community and can talk about their work and educate you. Avoid those that are eager self-promoters and aggressive sales people. I also find the modest ones that enjoy discussing the ideas with an open mind and are willing to learn from you, for their art, are rare and worth holding on to. Also, artists that have an art degree are often informed in ways that are difficult to self-teach, and renowned art schools produce many of the biggest names in art today. SO IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE SUGGESTING THAT IT’S BETTER TO INVEST IN THE ARTIST RATHER THAN JUST BUY ART? HOW DO YOU DO THAT?

CC: Start with buying artworks from an artist as it directly helps them make a living so they continue creating and it can even help them fund their projects and exhibitions. You can support your ‘investment’ further by promoting the artist yourself, directly sponsoring the artist’s projects, attending their exhibitions (with your friends and art contacts) and engaging with the artist. It’s a must that you display the work, so people can see it, even if its just friends and family and work colleagues. Show the artwork on your social media profiles; tell your contacts at galleries, mention them in conversations with any dealers and curators you know. Galleries and dealers are more interested in recommendations from

Gemini – Caio Locke

collectors than from the uninvited, cold-approach of unknown artists. If they bite, then their often effective promotion and expert sales skills will bring you a positive investment return to add to your ‘aesthetic dividends’. MAYBE YOU CAN GIVE US MORE OF A HEAD START AND SUGGEST A FEW ARTISTS?

CC: From being Panel Chairman of the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize and having studied more 3,000 artists, we picked Yuting Wang as having great potential. Her work draws from ancient Chinese tradition of capturing the mood of landscapes and portraying “visible traces of the artist’s enthusiasm”, and you can see influences from Peter Doig (a Scottish painter who has sold paintings for over $10 million) (see photo of Pond by Yuting Wang). An artist I work with has recently grown his art career and has an exhibition coming up in October 2018 at the Brazilian Embassy is Caio Locke, an Anglo-Brazilian artist that paints surreal cityscapes that show immense complexity and somehow captures multidimensionality to portray a utopian vision of the future that is clearly linked to human experience and imagination (see Metropolis by Caio Locke). His work takes months to paint so there are few paintings available and his painting skill is obvious, which makes him in demand and set to rapidly grow his career.

“So I think that covers everything you need to know and I hope you have great success in investing in emerging contemporary art, and that you are enriched in more ways than money can buy”. See more at

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Ardmore in an orange box Janette de Bruin

It is said that one silk moth yields a single Hermès scarf and that each scarf design tells a story. The luxury House’s philosophy of keeping craftsmanship alive is what guards these two simple concepts of quality and the value of storytelling. The classic silk ‘carrés’ with its striking colours and designs is still one of the best-selling Hermès products packaged in that signature orange box, making it nothing less than iconic. Collaborating with Ardmore Ceramic Art has brought an African story to their heirloom collection. Hermes Scarf on Ardmore’s Stallion Desperado

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hen Thierry Hermès opened his leather harness workshop and saddlery in 1837 Paris, he could never have dreamt that one day, six generations later, his would be one of the wealthiest families in the luxury goods industry. Few brands have perfected the reputation for scarcity value quite like Hermès. There is a mystique to the Parisian brand that seems to transcend time and tie together oldworld elegance with modern luxury. Colossal conglomerates like LVMH and Kering have bought some of the world’s other top selling brands, but the elusive Hermès has been family owned for 180 years and shows no interest in selling. Current CEO Axel Dumas and artistic director, Pierre Alexis Dumas, are both from a bloodline of craftsmanship as descendants of the Hermès dynasty. It is under their direction that the firm has seen its biggest growth in decades. Since the 1930’s the acclaimed masters of luxury have been perfecting the craft of the silk carrés, a process done entirely by hand down to the final stitching. Each year a new seasonal collection is released with designs inspired by the chosen theme for that year, which always reflects the vision of the brand. Over the years, the House of Hermès has collaborated with numerous artists from across the world whose unique designs will forever be imprinted on the finest silk. Now, for the


Cole & Son’s creative director Shauna Dennison, discovered Ardmore Ceramics in New York and launched a collection based on their design.

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Ardmore Artists A helping hand

Every artist brings the beauty of his or her own story to the Ardmore Collection. But sadly many of these artists’ have a story that ends too soon and their final pages tied with the same red ribbon. The AIDS pandemic has claimed countless precious lives, some of which include that of Agnes Ndlovu, Phineas Mweli and Bonny Ntshalintshali, who was born on Ardmore farm and one of the first talents of the Ardmore family. In 1999 Ardmore established the Ardmore Excellence Fund which provides ARV medication to AIDS sufferers, assists artists with medical expenses, education, funeral costs, basic nutrition and cares for orphans whose parents died of AIDS.

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first time, a Southern African creation has been immortalised by the exclusive tradition. It is only fitting that a house with such a strong value for craftsmanship and storytelling would cross paths with another whose story echoes its own. It is a story that tells of new beginnings, breaking barriers between gender and culture, overcoming loss and creating a beautiful legacy. It starts at the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains in South Africa with ceramic artist Fée Halsted, in her studio on a farm called Ardmore. What started out as a small apprenticeship, unfolded into a series of events that would take the humble creations of local artists to London, New York, Chicago, Istanbul, Hamburg and finally to the Rue Du Faubourg St. Honoré in Paris. After a serendipitous meeting while attending a ceramic fair in Paris with daughter Megan Berning, Hermès invited Ardmore to conceptualise a design for the 2016 collection. The theme “Nature at Full Gallop” inspired Sydney Nyabeze’s exotic designs, painted under the guidance of Fée’s eldest daughter, Catherine Berning. Like Feé, Sydney is originally from Zimbabwe and so, for his first design, he painted the “La Marche du Zambeze” – a kaleidoscope of Zambezi wildlife with a mighty elephant at its centre. The second design, “Savana Dance”, depicts a leopard chasing a monkey through blooming king proteas. This year, Hermès has selected another Ardmore design for their botanical and floral collection, entitled “Flowers of South Africa” – an explosion of indigenous flora designed by Jabu and Zinhle Nene together with Catherine. All three designs reflect the distinctively free and colourful style of Ardmore Ceramics which is now based at Caversham in the Kwazulu Natal Midlands. True to Africa’s cultural landscape, the ceramics created here often feature tribal and traditional elements entwined with fantastical animal characters. The result is an almost theatrical story telling of everyday life. Each piece is a testament of a personal memory, a vibrant interpretation of life in Africa, a celebration of nature. It was also this charm that lured British wallpaper house, Cole & Son, to design a new range of wallpaper replicating patterns and motifs from existing Ardmore creations. Ardmore Design was founded to help develop artists and to transform African art into distinctive collections of luxury fabrics, homeware, accessories and furniture that would be relevant to a global market. With the growing demand for these unique collectables, Ardmore is proving that local artistic talent, with a little shaping and guidance, has the potential to give birth to a beautiful success story.


The Zambezi Sofa epitomises the vivid colours and rich diversity that is the soul of Africa. The limited edition sofa is an artwork in its own right and a collectors delight.

“All elements in the designs are inspired by the artists from Ardmore Ceramic Art. The various elements were curated and laid out by our design team and then hand painted by Ardmore artist Sydney Nyabeze.” - Catherine Berning

Jabu Nene

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Hermès new Ardmore design “Flowers of South Africa”, hand painted by Fée’s daughter Catherine and Jabu Nene

Ceramic Crafting Catherine and Jabu

Sydney Nyabeze

Ardmore Wallpaper ‘Leopard Walk” by Cole & Sons with Leopard Rider Ceramic

Group photo of artists with Fée Halsted: The studio has an energetic spirit where women and men are taught the skills of drawing, painting and sculpting, as well as how to harness their creativity into a viable business

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Feast your eyes on a banquet of tribal finery as we take a look at our favourite African and African-inspired design talent, whose contemporary work stunned at the seventh edition of Africa Fashion Week London. We chat to AFWL Creative Director Anna Marie Benedict about the future of African couture and the emerging designers making their mark in the international fashion industry. Janette de Bruin


he largest of its kind in Europe, there is no doubt the event success is driven by the dynamic women behind it. Founded in 2011 by Ronke Ademiluyi, the Africa Fashion Week London’s collaborative catwalk, exhibition and business development programme aims to bring value to designers through contacts, experience and knowledge within the fashion community. Gaining momentum with each edition, the event was hosted at Covent Garden’s prestigious Freemasons’ Hall this year, which presented a theatrical setting for the juxtapose of vibrant collections. When asked about the impact of demand for contemporary African inspired fashion and the future of the genre, Anna Marie Benedict is very positive. “This is an exciting time for companies to invest and align themselves with the African fashion industry,” say Benedict. “Social media savvy, young consumers and the fast growing middle class market is propelling the growth of the fashion industry and McKinsey Global Institute predicts that consumer spending in Africa will hit $1.4 trillion by 2020.” According to data by Euromonitor, the African and apparel market is now worth $31 billion. The last decade has seen a rise in ready to wear and luxury bespoke designers emerging from the continent. Labels such as Maxhosa, Jewel by Lisa, Duro Olowu, Orange Culture and Maki Oh to name a few, have showcased on international platforms such as London Fashion Week and New York Fashion Week and have been worn by celebrities including Michelle Obama, Thandie Newton, Rihanna and Beyonce. “The attention on African designers has also had a positive effect on the apparel manufacturing industry in Africa, especially in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. Many designers wanting to authenticate their brands with a Made in Africa label are setting up small garment and leather goods workshops in order to produce locally. Even the lack of infrastructure has done little to slow down this growing market.” Recognising potential and creating opportunities is integral to the growth of the event. AFWL has a strong vision to uncover the continent’s immense untapped talent, admitting they are woefully short of designers from the Maghreb. “We have never actually had a designer from Northern Africa. We want more collaborations with more African countries and the African Diaspora in the US and in Brasil.” With the sister event, which takes place in Lagos, Africa Fashion Week London and Africa Fashion Week Nigeria are bound to introduce us to more wondrous designs and originals that will make the fashion world turn its head to Africa.


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AFRICA STRONG George Adesegun ©Photography: Simon Deiner


VALERIE AZINGE ATELIER Valerie Azinge Atelier presented a tropical delight of peachy pinks and rose gold fringes while staying true to the designer’s style which is a fusion of western influence and Nigerian traditional attire. Having lived in Miami for several years, the Floridian city has strongly influenced the designer’s collections. According to Azinge Nigeria being diverse in culture, gives the country a variety of fashion styles and the designer the opportunity to create delightful clothes from the varied Nigerian styles. “As a designer, I am inspired by so many different things I see around me. Literally anything beautiful inspires me. My inspiration for these collection is from the western Nigeria. A grand fabric that is widely used by the Yoruba tribe called “ASO-OKE”, meaning”a prestigious fabric’’, which I find very elegant and graceful. I have also used colourful peach Ankara print for these collections. I wanted to use all the technological advances to soften our colourful African fabrics, to flatter our unique body styles and shape for all occasions, especially when the output matches western styles seen on runways around the world.” Made in | Nigeria Follow | @valerieazingeatelier Shop |

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CAESAR COUTURE Back again at this year’s AFWL, Esosa Ogedegbe from Caesar Couture sees the event as a great platform for designers to come together and learn from each other, either through creativity, exchanging ideas and brainstorming on the future of the industry. “It is a platform for designers both new and old to showcase their work, collection or ideas to the world. So you can be sure you have reached out to a wider audience through exhibiting and showcasing,” says the Nigerian designer. Established in the year 2000, Caesar Couture is known for exquisite tailoring services and refined design silhouettes of tuxedos, patterned suits, single button suits, double breasted as well as traditional clothing. To end off his show in style and drawing the curtains on AFWL 2017, the audience was treated to a performance by soul singer and winner of idols West Africa 2007, Timi Dakolo.

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GEORGE ADESEGUN There is a raw honesty about George Adesegun that is reflected in his designs through his self-reflection and creative expression as an artist. In his latest collection there are prevalent elements Nsibidi, Masquerades, and Primitivism where he uses the original basic text of Nsibidi in his print design together with his own mask drawings of the Otobo Masquerade by sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp. His aspirations of being the first British born African designer and creative director of a French Couture house in Paris are inspiringly admirable. It is artists with minds like these that will see great things come from the Mother Continent. “Growing up as a child in Nigeria, I’ve always been fascinated by the signs and symbolic gestures of the royal court and the secret society similar to the Ekpe Nsidibi, called Knowledge. I think my fascination lies mostly in the secret of knowledge - knowledge is power - and how to communicate or convey a message with a sign or symbols. The elements of Nsidibi imagery or symbols of hidden words on the Ukara clothes is what I intend to create with my print in my project. An artist’s work is an identity of who he or she is, or where he/she is from.” Made in | Nigeria Follow | @georgeadesegun Shop |

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MARY MARTIN LONDON No new comer to the AFWL runway, the avant-garde designer Mary Martin launched her new and much anticipated collection, The Hidden Queens. It plays visual ode the Great Benin Kingdom and its lost and returned treasures. Upon her investigations, the pure beauty of these historical and valuable pieces captivated Mary and inspired her to name the collection, The Hidden Queens. She enthuses, “If you look beneath the dresses you see all the hidden queens which are us. We are The Hidden Queens.” The images are both striking and stoic and speak to every hidden African-voice of our generation. She says, “I wanted to do this collection because it makes me feel I am someone in this life. I am a Queen and I will not be a hidden voice.”

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JUTU Launched in 2013 by Justine Adande, a selftaught designer born in France, Jutu combines a contemporary spirit and African heritage in her work. By mixing styles, fabrics and cultural elements, Jutu designs symbolise multiculturalism in an elegant medley of prêt-à-porter. Justine defines her brand as “clothes made In Africa for passionate, adventurous and worldwide people.” Jutu means Just Universal Bantu as a tribute to her homeland Gabon and Cameroon. “As an African inspired brand it’s very important to us to contribute at all events that are promoting Africa and African designs to the world. AFWL is a very good platform to show the diversity from African designers. It provides an opportunity for designers to show their African influences representing Countries, Culture, and our Heritage to the world.”

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IBRAHIM MUSA With an intriguing take on minimalism, Ibrahim Musa masterfully reforms the traditional into the contemporary. His debut collection is titled ‘Enlightenment: True presence of mind’. It finds its basis in the view that minimalism evokes a state of calm not only in the man who takes it upon himself but also the observer. “Like the unnerving appearance of a deserted building, a man can amplify himself to the most intense form of his nature by simmering down. The prints integrated into the collection have been captured by my personal explorative photography on architectural elements of buildings in London. My designs seek to illustrate modern buildings and the perception of them that is rooted in man’s constant yearning for design and fashioning of form through materialistic expression.”

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On the 130th Anniversary of the first Imperial Durbar in Delhi, we track down to Nigeria’s leading Durbar on Eid al-Fitr day

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hrough the ages, from the Pharaohs to the Romans, to the Moghuls and the African kingdoms; a tribe or a nation would periodically display their military might and allegiance to the sovereign by organised ceremonial processions and parades. In Northern Nigeria, this tradition dates back centuries when horses were used in warfare among the city states and each clan was expected to defend the realm by forming a regiment. From time to time, the regiments would gather for a parade to showcase their weaponry, combat readiness, and loyalty to the potentate. Then in 1877, British colonial administrators in India came up with the Imperial Durbar, a lavishly arresting political theatre to proclaim Queen Victoria Empress of India following transfer of control of much of India from the British East India Company to the Crown. But the Durbar also was an expedient political contrivance to beguile and extend the loyalty of the local Maharajas and Princes. It was at the height of the British Empire, and India, the Jewel in the crown, was bobbing above an undercurrent of nationalist restiveness after 200 years of colonial rule. The stunt worked. The Maharajas came with great retinues from all over India, many of them meeting for the first time. All were adorned with the most spectacular gems from centuries-old heirlooms. Some rode on elephants bedecked with ornamented armours and huge candelabras sticking on their tusks. The Imperial Durbars were held two more times; in 1903 for the succession of Edward VII, and in 1911 for George V, which the King and Queen Mary of Teck attended to be proclaimed Emperor and Empress of India. Without peer, the Durbar was the most extravagant display of Imperial loyalty. The day after the 1911 Durbar, the King Emperor and the Queen Empress made a darshan (Persian for Appearance) to receive more than half a million common people who

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thronged to greet them. It is not lost on anyone that this rabble-gratifying custom was pioneered by Shah Jahan, the 15th Century Moghul Emperor who built the Taj Mahal (one of the seven wonders of the modern world) in memory of his favourite wife. The Colonial administrators in the Protectorate of Northern Nigeria worked off the same template and introduced the Imperial Durbar in 1911 for the same official purpose of commemorating the coronation of George V. But the festivity was also a calculated political device to strengthen their fledgling indirect rule system. With the ceremonies also stringing several ethnic customs and martial practices, the Durbar was embraced and domesticated. The Nigerian state also adopted the Durbar as an effective diplomatic pleaser to honour their most distinguished guests, including the Prince of Wales (1925 in Kano), the Queen (1956 in Kaduna) and Emperor Haile Selasie of Ethiopia (1972 in Kaduna). The last state deployment of the Durbar was at the World Black and Africa Festival of Arts and Culture FESTAC (1977 in Kaduna). Today the Durbar festival is mainly celebrated in several Northern Nigerian cities at the culmination of the Muslim festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, or to commemorate important events and milestones such as coronations and jubilees. Of the more significant ones, the Zaria Durbar is the most iconic, aided by the advantage of being the only one with a durbar ‘runway’, a three kilometre-long boulevard that sweeps fairly straight down to the palace square from a distant knoll. This geography alone builds up the drama, especially at the commencement of the Hawan Sallah, the Eid Durbar and the first of three. More than 200,000 spectators massed around the palace square scan the distant crest for first signs of movement, usually the retinue of His Royal Highness Alhaji Shehu Idris, the 17th Fulani Emir of Zazzau, who is drawn in



Musket fire heralds the arrival of the Emir at the palace

There are several women on parade too, a very rare but progressive sight in the conservative north where Durbars are usually all-male Majidadin Sarkin Zazzau affairs and women are symbolically represented by rider-less horses. But this comes as no surprise considering the Zazzau kingdom was once ruled by a certain Queen Amina. As the procession approaches the royal box, the men raise their fists in homage, the women genuflect in reverence. The drumming becomes more intense. With affectations of paranormality, the snake charmer tosses about his twin cobras on the tarmac. Knife and fire eaters take their turns while acrobats flip themselves severally in the air. Horsemen brandish their swords and charge forth, only At the Fifth Chukker box to stop and raise them in salute, feet away a carriage with a giant parasol twirling over from the Emir. The crowd roars and applauds. him. Escorted by marching and mounted Some of the loudest cheers went to the courtiers, the Emir customarily leads the equally colourful Fifth Chukker contingent procession from the Eid prayers. His arrival at of HE Ambassador & Mrs Gustavo Dzugalla the palace is heralded by sustained bursts of of Argentina, HE Ambassador & Mrs Toben musket fire by the Yan Bindiga. He then takes Gettermann of Belgium, Ms Barbara Patricia his seat to receive the trailing entourages. The Zingg from Switzerland and Mr. Shiju Sasi itinerary is slightly different for the other two from India. The rest of the Fifth Chukker durbars: the Hawan Bariki the next day when party watch from the VIP pavilion above, the Emir visits the governor, and the Hawan including HE Ambassador & Mrs Leopoldo Daushe the day after that when he receives Rovayo of Ecuador, British Counselor Mr. the natives. One of them, Mallam Isa Abu David Miller, European Union Head of Trade vouches for Hawan Daushe ’s appeal: “It is and Economics, Mr &Mrs Filippo Amato, really the peoples durbar, like Christmas day and Major Nicholas Batten, Military Adviser, when people come out and mingle in their British High Commission. The German, most colourful attire, even the Emir”. Spanish, Polish and Italian embassies were Behind the Emir’s train an explosion of also represented. bling, colour, sound and spectacle engulf the After the parade of more than 120 runway as senior chief Wazirin Zazzau leads different troupes, the Emir makes his Sallah down the rest of the parade. Multiple rhythms speech, advising citizens to effectively utilise of talking and traditional drums fill the air, the current farming season and urging them fusing with the shrill of trumpeters and flutes to continue to pray for the quick recovery a as the procession of district heads, Princes, nd early return of ailing President their sons and wards trot along on garishly Muhammadu Buhari. titivated horses. They are accompanied by Speech over, the square is again drowned horsemen, acrobats, dancers, magicians and in one last blaze of musket fire as the Emir musicians in a myriad of different costumes, retreats to the inner court, signaling the end in every conceivable colour. of the Durbar.


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SPAIN’S s t r u o C e h ing of t K

Rafael Nadal is one of the all-time greats of tennis and, after over a decade of success, there is still more to come, writes Ross Biddiscombe Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 Fresh Bananas

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he story of the first 31 years of Rafa Nadal’s life has been more than improbable, it’s really been a fantasy. Against the odds, this all-time great of the tennis world has filled his whole career with many moments of incredible achievements and accomplishments that would have seemed impossible when he was introduced to a ball and racket at aged three. Rafa has battled against critics, injury and one of the most competitive eras in the world of tennis, but has emerged triumphant. Nowadays, the name ‘Rafa’ is synonymous with success. This remarkable Spanish sportsman has accumulated 16 Grand Slam titles, two Olympic gold medals, four Davis Cup victories and over $86 million in prize money. Not only that, but his smile bursts out from advertisements and at high profile society events. And 2017 has been particularly significant because Rafa has silenced the naysayers again. They said he would be seen more off-court than on it because his recent fight against injury might end his top-flight career. Instead, he finally won his 10th French Open title this year, his first Grand Slam trophy since 2014, and then his third US Open in September. Rafa’s story started on the beautiful island of Mallorca, not usually much of a hotspot for sporting talent. However, young Rafa was lucky to have an extennis pro in his family, his Uncle Toni, and the toddler showed some early talent, so the uncle proceeded to school the lad even in pre-school. When Rafa won a regional under 12 championship at aged eight, the Nadal family strategy proved successful, particularly when the young phenomenon was not sent to Barcelona where most potential Spanish tennis stars have honed their skills in the past. Instead, Rafa was kept close to home with Uncle Toni in total charge of his career. Turning pro at just 15 seemed a little premature, but aged 19 Rafa won his first French Open title – he even beat Roger Federer in the semifinal – and his career really took off. This was Rafa’s first appearance at the


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French and the first time the whole of the tennis world had seen one of the champion’s signature moves – biting the winning trophy after the presentation. It would happen over 70 more times over the next 12 years. Clay courts were where Rafa learned his tennis in Mallorca and his dominance on that surface is unparalleled. The French Open sequence of wins – nine in the 10 years between 2005 and 2014 – stands as a mark of his greatness. During this time, he was even named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year in 2011, an award that marks the fact that Rafa has proven his skill on all kinds of other surfaces as well including hard courts and even grass. One Australian Open win and two each at Wimbledon and the US speak volumes for his total talent. In fact, Rafa’s first Wimbledon win in 2008 against Federer is a contender for the greatest tennis match of all time. The five sets lasted four hours and 48 minutes with Rafa winning the first two sets only to lose the next two in tie breaks before triumphing 9-7 in the final set. Due to rain delays, the match actually spanned seven hours and is full of unforgettable shot making by both players. Within two more seasons Rafa had won all four Grand Slams, a feat only four other men have achieved in their careers – Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Federer and Novak Djokovic. And that’s another fascinating fact about Rafa’s achievements – he’s always played amid at least one of those great players at the height of their powers. His battles with Federer and Djokovic have become legend, plus Rafa has also Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12


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had to win against the likes of multiple Grand Slam winners Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka during his career, all of which proves the quality of the Spaniard. The point is that Rafa would have won consistently during any era, partly because his style of play is so aggressive and also due to the fact that he is a counterpuncher who is ultra quick around the court and never gives up on any ball. Perhaps his most difficult opponent throughout a glittering career has been injury. His early decision to turn pro means that he seems to be an “old” 31-yearold due to the miles and miles he has run around the tennis courts of the world. Yet, although he has a very muscular physique, it has been wrist and knee injuries that have plagued him rather than muscle strains or tears. Off court, Rafa is essentially a private person. He works hard for his sponsors including Nike and a local food manufacturer in Mallorca called Quely, but he is not a huge party animal. He attends as many Real Madrid football games as he can manage – he’s a huge fan as football was his second love as a child – but he prefers to remain out of the spotlight, although he did agree to appear in a Shakira music video in 2010. As for girlfriends, he has been dating Maria Francisca Perello for over 10 years, although information on her is sparse and they are rarely even photographed together. However, it is known that Rafa likes to play poker and a little bit of golf as well as focus on his many philanthropic interests including a tennis academy in India and a tree planting project in Thailand. But it will always be as one of tennis’s modern-day giants that Rafa will be known, especially dressed in his original signature sleeveless shirt and three-quarter length capri pants. The only question that remains is how long can Rafa perform at the top level? His own return from injury this year plus the re-emergence of his greatest rival Roger Federer (who is four years older) may give everyone a clue – there are still plenty of titles to win for the dashing Spaniard before he walks off a tennis court for the final time.


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Life is like the wind, sometimes calm and quiet, sometimes agitated and tumultuous. Sometimes the wind changes its course and changes everything...

Atelier Barthel


axime Barthel left his hometown Marseille in France as a young boy seduced by the sea, in search of adventure and distant horizons. A life full of technical challenges and giant cargo ships awaited him, but after an adventure on the stormy seas, in 2010 he decided to change course and settle inland. A lifestyle change, an environmental change but above all, a professional change. The 25 year-old young man decided to learn the profession of shoemaking and joined the prestigious Corthay firm in Paris. At Pierre Corthay, the contemporary shoe-maker of patina art, Maxime Barthel learned the passion and expertise involved in the art of customised boots for a demanding and wealthy clientele.



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In his search for new challenges and adventures, Maxime left Paris for Venice to work in Gabriele Gmeiner’s bespoke workshop, a unique place, specialising in high-end and an entirely hand-made to measure shoemaking. Day by day Maxime learned the 260 steps needed to make a pair of shoes while he stubbornly sought the “ideal gesture” that will lead him to create an exceptional shoe … Maxime continued his journey and moved to London in 2013 to be in charge of the brand new official “measure and repair” branch at the prestigious Christian Louboutin workshop, where celebrities frequented as standard. Here Maxime perfected his know-how, but also learned new skills such as stock management and setting up strategic plans to increase production. Thanks to the combination of those enriching experiences, Maxime was now ready to embark on a new adventure: creating his own shoe-brand with a personalised service and approach.


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Maxime firmly believes that fashion and inspiration are not reduced to capital cities. It is in Marseille that he decided to set up his workshop. Marseille, the new hip place of young fashion designers, an inspirational venue being the city of wind, sun and freedom. The inspiring and trendy southern city where Maxime spent his holidays and keeps family ties became the perfect spot to open his workshop in June 2017: L’Atelier Barthel. In his new workshop he creates a range of high-end shoes for women, men and children, sold both from his workshop and online to fashion-loving customers passionate for the French “savoir-faire” present in its products. Based on a luxury “demi-mesure” system, where each customer can choose the design that suits him or her from several models and then decides on colour and leather type from the finest tanners, to obtain a completely personalised model. Barthel’s creations combine elegance with a touch of extravaganza whilst keeping the classic hand-made touch. All creations are crafted to obtain a perfect finish with the highest quality materials, thus offering its clients a truly unique pair of shoes. atelierbarthel


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The Cuisine of

Yasemen Kaner-White

This Mediterranean island, which is home to the world’s last divided capital city, showcases both Turkish and Greek fare, with most of the Greeks living in the south and similarly, most of the Turks in the north. Whilst there are differences, Cypriot cuisine per se, is largely the same throughout the island, only they would call the dishes by different names. Whatever way you look at it, it is a healthy cuisine drawing on the fresh local produce and being an island, is largely dictated by seasons. The soil and plentiful sun nurtures some fabulous wines also.

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CUISINE SCENE Fresh fish at Elysium

Dips in Elysium

In the north… For me, authentic is best and the two top places to eat homemade food are found in Kyrenia and Nicosia…

Kup kebab in Bellapais Gardens Restaurant, north Cyprus

White beans with Cypriot sausage

Kyrenia – Kibris Evi, literally translating as Cyprus Home, is the place to go both for the view overlooking the old harbour but also for dishes such as molehiya, a leaf originally shipped over from Egypt to Cyprus which is similar to spinach and served mixed with tender meat, as well as scrummy seasonal meals such as wild asparagus with egg – all that you need to add is a glug of olive oil, squeeze of lemon and serve with village bread. Nicosia – Müze Dostları Café, nestled in an historic courtyard in the centre, the menu changes according to the seasons. In winter you can have a steaming bowl of homemade white beans in a stunning tomato sauce, with or without meat, or in summer try rice stuffed courgette flowers with thick strained yogurt and salad. Found at the top of a winding road on a mountain is the family restaurant Oylum where the best lamahcun; flat bread topped with spiced mincemeat, can be found, cooked in a traditional stone oven and served simply with fresh parsley and lemon juice.

Calamari at Elysium

In the south…

Molehiya in Kibris Evi Dried cured meats

Wine tour with Elysium

Paphos – Every restaurant in Elysium is exceptional, from daily caught local fish such as sea bass and sea bream, in the Mediterraneon Restaurant, along with options of mouthwatering moussaka and coveted Cypriot chips, served on tables with the traditional Cypriot way of having tomatoes and fresh lemons in bowls for guests to pick at if desired. Café Occidental for platters of intricate canapés showing off local ingredients in a creative way, ranging from soft cheese stuffed figs to cubed sesame encrusted hot halloumi cheese in a carob sauce. More information on the hotel can be found on page 110, Europe Continent. Psilo Dendro Platres situated in the mountains, is the place to eat fresh trout from the mountain stream, simply cooked and served with boiled or fried Cyprus potatoes, Greek salad and a garlic olive oil sauce, it doesn’t need anything else apart from the alluring views.

Meatballs and Cyprus chips

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Of course it would be virtually impossible to recount here all the varied delicious dishes to devour across the whole of Turkey, but below are a few suggestions of what to eat and where, the next time you visit‌

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Turkish Restaurant Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort Hotel

Antalya Regnum Carya, Turkey’s most luxurious all-inclusive. Food is plentiful with a 24-hour restaurant packed with traditional Turkish soups like lentil, to traditional puddings including scrumptious sütlaç (baked rice pudding). The best part is the food court with a kumpir (baked potato) stand offering a host of fillings; a lady wearing village attire making gözleme (Turkish savoury pancakes) with cheese, mince or potato; a traditional simit stall housing circular sesame encrusted breads served with cheese or jam. The à la carte restaurants are not to be missed either; this is a foodie’s haven. More information on the hotel can be found on page 105, Asia Continent. Istanbul Head to the oldest meatball place in Beşiktaş - Tarihi Beşiktaş Köftecisi. Tradition dictates going there before a football match, where you will preferably support local team Beşiktaş! Modelled on the famous Tekirdağ meatballs which are small and juicy made with the meat from beef ribs, always served with red bell pepper sauce spiced differently depending on what region it hails from. Nar restaurant is not to be missed, headed by Vedat Başaran, the first chef to have a cookery TV programme in Turkey. This is the place where you are transported back in time to sample the best of Ottoman cuisine. For fabulous views over the Bosphorus and scrummy seafood with a Turkish, Greek, Armenian twist, head to Elios. ‘Topik’, a 1000 year-old recipe specific to Armenian settlers in Istanbul, is a unique chickpea based spiced starter, which must be tried.

Nar restaurant Istanbul

Gözleme at Golf & Spa Resort Hotel

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Bodrum It is here where you can purchase the locally famed kebab; a lamb döner kebab interlaced with vegetables served in yummy soft white pitta. As you leave the restaurant grab a clove from a bowl in reception – traditionally used to freshen your breath. Street Food can be found all over Turkey The ample street food is always fun to try. - Peeled almonds sitting on huge blocks of ice to keep them cool. - Maraş ice cream, a stretchy ice-cream including the all important two ingredients enabling its elasticity; salep, a powder from the tubers of wild orchids and mastic, resin from the bark of the Mediterranean tree. - Mastic, which is related to a pistachio tree. - Boiled sweet corn; süt mısır, translated as milk sweet corn, as it is so tender. - Seasonal fruit, from prickly pears, which the vendor has to wear thick gloves to remove the spikes, the fruit comes from the cactus trees, to full-flavoured fresh figs. - Lokma – little dough ball puffs fried and drenched in sugar syrup. - Midye Dolma; stuffed mussels with spiced rice, served with a squeeze of lemon. - Balık ekmek; essentially a fish sandwhich, found along the Eminönü shore, if you ignore the fact the fish is imported, it is worth having one walking along, to say you have had it! - Kokoreç; put out of your head that it is sheep’s intestines served in bread, and you might just enjoy this very popular snack!



Empire of Things Frank Trentmann Frances K White This fairly humungous tome at first may seem daunting, but stick with it…it’s too unique and fascinating to dismiss. It interprets how consumables change the face and shape of our lives, especially impacting upon politics, environments, and societal paradigms. It reveals people globally are increasingly addicted to consuming and owning more, personally and economically, in as much as our various homelands stand or fall on the choices we, as citizens, and our governments, make. Frank Trentmann, Professor of History at Birkbeck College, London, takes us on a journey spanning six continents, and centuries; the Chinese Ming dynasty for instance, where foreign desire for Chinese porcelain and textiles increased their overseas trade, changing their way of living and that of their foreign counterparts. We then journey on through tranches of the great British Empire, for instance, how Imperialism affected Africa and India up to the present day, alongside revealing how most of us now have hundreds of consumables in our homes, giving rise to the question; how sustainable this tide of materialism, going forward, can be? Whilst provocative, Trentmann hasn’t written a polemic; he takes no moral stance, merely presenting the facts, rich in social history, via a persuasively eloquent appraisal down the ages of how mountains of waste, combining foodstuffs and consumables are in dire need of addressing. One way, would be via educating societies not to over-indulge, and the need to remember the old tenet ‘waste not, want not’. Whilst Trentmann uses empirical evidence to prove many of his theories, as every decade produces changes in societies this book will often be ‘of its time’ yet in most respects, remain timeless in its global message of the dangers of rising disposable income alongside aggregate consumerism. As societies become


more sophisticated, and movement of goods and people worldwide becomes unexacting, the impact on climate change must be considered sooner rather than later. We also learn, consumerism can define status and social class, in as much as the more solvent could buy a Bentley, a private jet, a house in Mayfair, eat caviar, wear haute couture, creating more of a carbon footprint than those that may be entirely self-sufficient, and never travel far from home. That said, most people are influenced by advertising which stimulates them to purchase items they otherwise may never have desired. The advent of credit, and availability of clean fuel; electricity and gas, prompted purchase of newly invented white goods negating the

need of labour intensive coal shovelling and continual cleaning of resultant dirt and dust. This could be deemed one small step towards female emancipation as there was no need to be housebound keeping the home-fires burning. Gaslight appearing in the streets reduced fear of attack at night, improving social mobility, whilst more available free time, prompted the birth of the leisure industry. That said, credit encourages purchase of items not needed, wanted or previously affordable, leaving consumers in debt, manipulated into buying something they want, rather than genuinely need. We do learn though that having no or few possessions damages mental health, as in concentration camp victims or the elderly in care, with Psychiatrists ascribing possessions as being part of individual identity. It is noteworthy that Americans (for instance) were no more joyful in 1970 than 1946, albeit; in real income, 60% richer, showing once fundamental needs are fulfilled, surplus income doesn’t guarantee happiness. The photographs dotted throughout are captivating, such as the French Chiffonier (rag picker), an early 50‘s fast food hamburger joint, a 1930’s Shanghai calendar advertising Scandinavian beer, an 18th C advert for Finnish coffee alongside another coffee advert from the 1890’s French colonies and the Dutch East Indies; to globally diverse ancient shopfronts. A beautiful wedding cassone (chest) from 15th century Tuscany to a 1917 caricature of an Indian ‘baboo’ aping the West, are to name but a few. Trentmann’s epic appraisal of consumerism is too vast to summarise adequately here, all I can say is that the subject affects us all on every level, in every context, and for me, should be required reading if we are to ‘save’ our planet, and, if I were asked to give his words a mark out of ten – it would be a ten! Do read it…

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A Monkey at the Window Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi Frances K White “But the streets are empty of my friends Lamps are extinguished in the far flung houses and the lost heart echoes in its lonely chamber” As well as being celebrated in Sudan, Saddiq is now renowned internationally as one of the foremost African poets. Alongside his unique linguistic imagery, Saddiq’s poems are imbued with his Sudanese provenance, his poetic imagery frequently autobiographical. This is seen in the title poem A Monkey at the Window; nostalgically looking back at his childhood and mother’s love, recognising their relationship gave him the motivation and stimulus to ‘paint’ about his life and thoughts in words. The first line of the second stanza “She never taught him how to cry, only how to sing…”

might shelter, whose breast might nurture this aching for home.” Saddiq is known to frequently write complex ‘deep meaning’ prose that requires great attention from the reader to fully grasp, notwithstanding all linguistic phraseology has its nuances, subtleties and colloquialisms that a native speaker would immediately understand; he has been quoted as saying “if the poem ceases to be multi-layered, with a complex and sophisticated view of life, it ceases to be modern”. His (…O River Nile, father…”) patriarchal “Poem of the Nile” speaks of all it silently observes, the historical memories carried eternally: “Gets drunk on dumps of toxic waste” … “And never sleeps Never sleeps”… “And the Nile has burst through the layers of time.”

contrasts with the lines in stanza 4

Helpfully, throughout this volume, one finds original Arabic text on the left hand page, on the right, the English translation. To clarify, ‘Lyric’ poems are recognised as a speaker submitting their feelings, perceptions or emotions, as opposed to the other poetic genres; dramatic (such as Kipling’s The Law of the Jungle, telling a story) or narrative (for example, Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales). An English lyric example would be Shakespeare’s Sonnet Number 18 “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate…” Saddiq, born in 1969, and raised in Omdurman Khartoum, was cultural editor of the AlSudani newspaper for six years, when fired in absentia, alongside many contemporaries, under the Islamist dictatorship of Omar AlBashir, in July 2012. Fortuitously, Saddiq was representing Sudan at a poetry festival in the UK; immediately seeking asylum, London is now his home. In his poem ‘Lamps’, one senses loneliness, the 3rd stanza implying it was written in exile :Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12

“For its sake you endure the woodworms gnawing through your heart the reek of damp the hammering of enemies and relatives”… telling us his upbringing whilst idyllic in many ways, was not without hardships, but that his mum was the cushion to life’s knocks, her stoical outlook allowing him as he grew, to enjoy the simple things in life, and upon maturing, to explore his potential and become his own person. In the poem he refers to his mother as “wounded” yet, when… “she smiles (the whole world lights up)”. In the second part of “Weaving a World” entitled ‘Lost’ the craving and longing for human comfort is implicit in the words: “I set about searching, searching for a consoling guide like the moon: for a woman also stripped bare, in a distant field, whose fingers might cradle, whose body

That said, he also writes many transparent in meaning, such as, He Tells Tales of Meroe written when resident at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, inspired by working with various artefacts, in this instance, a limestone frog; Saddiq’s words in the second stanza: “I recalled how his sperm had once spawned from the suck of motherly mud to snatch prey with spit A camouflaged trickster awakening each spring with his mates to a spring of mating”… seeming to suggest the frog was symbolic in ensuring the fertility of the Nile flood, after the yearly rains; the frog originating from the Sudanese royal city of Meroe, the home of Kushite royalty from the 6th Century BC. It was Leonardo da Vinci that said “painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen”, so true, I entreat you to read Saddiq’s work, the disparate journeys he takes you on, are not to be missed…



GO WHERE THE ACTION IS No matter what month it is, somewhere around the world there is an event not to be missed, here are a few to tempt you to travel… OCTOBER 2017 Diwali, Mumbai, India 19th - 23rd The Diwali celebrations are known as the “Festival of Lights”, the Diwali is supposed to last for about five days and consists in exchanging gifts, burning butter and oil lanterns, and fireworks. In fact, it actually lasts more than the official five days, and it is incredibly noisy, with fireworks exploding literally anywhere – so much so that the already high pollution levels of India increase further. Most Indians take their holidays during Diwali, or immediately after. Cities can get incredibly crowded with the indigenous celebrants and many tourists – but the atmosphere is incredible! Rugby League World Cup, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea Between 26th October & 2nd December This will be the fifteenth staging of the Rugby League World Cup, and will be the main event of the year’s Festival of World Cups. NOVEMBER 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, Orlando, Florida, USA 31th August - 13th November 2017 (that’s 75 days!!) Although the dates vary slightly each year the festival typically runs from September to mid-November. On top of the 11 countries permanently represented in EPCOT’s World Showcase, the festival highlights food and beverage offerings from 19 other nations at themed stalls. In addition, they offer seminars and demonstrations from famous chefs, alongside wine tastings. A tip, to avoid large crowds, go during lunch on weekdays, and make sure you look out for the amazing chocolate centrepieces in the Festival Centre. Loy Krathong & Yi Peng, Chiang Mai, Thailand November 2017 Loi Krathong is one of the most picturesque, romantic festivals of Thailand, falling on the night of full moon of the 12th lunar month. The moon appears exceptionally bright, beautiful and full. Young couples draped in traditional finery, gather around lakes, rivers and canals to pay respects to the Goddess of water by placing the Krathong into the water. Krathong is a lotus shaped container made of banana leaves, containing a candle, incense sticks, flower and coins. When people launch their Krathongs, they also make their wishes at the same time, it is said, that


as the Krathong floats away, it takes their sins and miseries and hope for a better future for their families. At the same time people light lanterns which rise into the night sky (Yi Peng) which makes for one of the most amazing sights you will ever see. The Melbourne Cup, Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia 7th November 2017 The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s major annual thoroughbred horse race. This is one of world’s richest horse races, which nearly every Australian is captivated by, hence its title ‘The race that stops a nation’. The Melbourne cup is held annually on the first Tuesday of November at 3.20 by the Victoria Racing Club, covering a distance of 3200 meters. The race is for 3 year olds and over. IWF World Weightlifting Championships, Anaheim, United States November 28 - December 5 This weightlifting championship has separate categories for men and woman, women having been added in 1987, the categories becoming combined from 1991. The categories amount to 15 weight classifications, eight for men, and seven for women. In the men’s categories, 56 kg is the lightest and +105 kg the heaviest whilst in the women’s categories, 48 kg is the lightest and +75 kg for the heaviest. It transpires that the most successful contestants come from China, Bulgaria and the Soviet Union. DECEMBER 2017 Mevlana Whirling Dervishes, Konya, Turkey 7th - 17th December 2017 This is an arresting sight of men dressed in whites robes and tall hats, spinning in circles. The chance to watch the Whirling Dervishes is mesmorising as it is so unique. It is based on the teachings and practices of the 13th Century poet Rumi, and is a ten day festival that will expose you to the power of devotion and show you that spinning can do more than just make you dizzy. Krampusnacht, Tyrol, Austria
 5th December 2017 The mythical Krampus is a horned half-goat, halfdemon who is meant to whip children into being nice at Christmas. Bearing horns, long dark fur, and fangs, the anti-St. Nicholas comes with a chain and bells that he lashes about, along with a bundle of birch sticks meant to swat naughty children. The story being, he then hauls the bad children down to the underworld. In the Austrian Alps, a parade of Krampus take over the streets, their chains

rattling as they walk through the snow covered streets, carrying torches of fire and whipping unsuspecting passersby, so be prepared. JANUARY 2018 Yamayaki (meaning burning down a mountain)! Late January (date to be confirmed) This is a festival that burns down Mount Wakakusa in Nara. This festival originated from a dispute over territory between Kofukuji and Todaiji temple, where someone ended up burning down Mount Wakakusa. Nowadays, a group of priests from Todaiji temple, Kofukuji temple and Kasuga shrine are given the honour of burning down the mountain. Over time, symbolic ritual has been attached to the burning. Yamayaki is practiced all over Japan. In other regions the story is often that the mountain was traditionally burned to ward off insects, bears or wild boars. Mountains that are the target of Yamayaki grow a green grass in summer, arguably aesthetically pleasing. Directly beside the burn area is the Kasugayama Primeval Forest, a sacred forest that has been strictly off limits to the public for more than 1000 years. The festival begins around noon. Festivities include a Senbei throwing competition, and fireworks, before the priests use the bonfire to light torches, which they then use to inflame the grass. Cartagena International Music Festival, Cartagena, Colombia 5th - 14th January 2018
 For eight days, Cartagena, a gorgeous fishing village, on the north-eastern coast of Colombia, hosts in beautiful colonial surroundings, especially opened for this time, indoors and out, public performances by classical musicians from around the globe. Alongside the live classical music performances, the festival runs master classes for young artists. FEBRUARY 2018 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Pyeongchang, South Korea February 9th & 25th The major sports taking part are bobsled, luge, skeleton, ice hockey, figure skating (including ice dancing), speed skating, short track speed skating, curling, alpine skiing, freestyle skiing, snowboarding (parallel giant slalom, halfpipe and snowboard cross and slopestyle), biathlon (crosscountry skiing and target shooting), cross-country skiing, ski jumping, nordic combined (ski jumping and cross country skiing). Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12

GLOBAL EVENTS Rio de Janeiro Carnival February 9th - February 13th Street bands, colourful costumes, wonderful food, electric atmosphere, samba music and parades, competitions – the most famous, most memorable festival in the world… MARCH 2018 Dubai Food Festival 15th February - 15th March You will find food from every cuisine over this gastronomic month. Watch out for Food Festival favourites such as Restaurant Week, where foodies can enjoy gourmet three-course menus for only AED199 at some of Dubai’s hottest eateries, and Beach Canteen, where all your favourite food trucks and cafes transform to pop-up venues on the sand. Taste of Dubai will also return, filling Media City Amphitheatre with flavours and family fun. There will be many competitions, live demonstrations, and side events…not to be missed family fun APRIL 2018 The XXI (21st) Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia 4th - 15th April 2018 There are 13 venues allocated for the Gold Coast Games, Gold Coast has 11 and Brisbane 2. The Masters Championships, Augusta National Golf Club, Augustus, Georgia, USA 5th - 8th April The Masters golf tournament is played is played at the Augusta National Golf Club in April each year. The player with the most Masters victories is Jack Nicklaus, having won six times; the youngest winner of the Masters is Tiger Woods, who was 21 years, 104 days old when he won in 1997 and Jack Nicklaus is the record holder for the most top ten’s with 22, and the most cuts made, with 37. MAY 2018 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, USA May 5th Held every year since May 1875, this race is for three year old thoroughbreds, with a length of two kilometers. It is known to be “the most exciting two minutes in sports” because of its duration. It is also known to be ‘the run for the roses’ because the winner will be draped with 554 red roses; a tradition started in 1883. The Kentucky Derby is one event of the United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, and is the most prestigious of these races. The other events are Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby followed by the Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes. To win the Triple Crown, the horse must win the three races. Food West Africa, Landmark Centre, Lagos, Nigeria 8th - 10th May This is the biggest and most prestigious event for the food and beverage industry for this region. The last event had 107 exhibitors from 29 Fifth Chukker Magazine | Vol 2 Issue 12

countries, and was extremely well attended by thousands making this an excellent conduit for learning about new products and making contact with like-minded individuals. JUNE 2018 FIFA world cup, Russia 14th June - 15th July The final is planned to be in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium, with Russia automatically qualifying for the tournament, being the hosts. Soccer is said to be the most viewed sporting event in the world, and this will be the 21st world cup tournament. As well as being the first world cup ever held in Eastern Europe, the finals will involve 32 national teams. Of interest is that the official mascot for the 2018 world cup in Russia is a wolf called Abivaka, which means ‘the one that scores’ in Russian! International Business Festival, Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4FP 12th - 28th June This will be the world’s biggest business event, with 100 major events. 9 high-growth sectors. 200 world-class speakers. Countless opportunities.
 You will make valuable contacts, the chance to secure lucrative contracts and gain priceless insight. Whatever your business needs the Festival delivers. Royal Academy of Arts – Summer Exhibition – Main Galleries, London 12th June - 19th August The Summer Exhibition gives emerging and known artists a remarkable stage to show their work. It is known as the world’s largest open submission show, and every single year reveals a broad view of art in all mediums, a plethora of emerging artists and established ones showing their best work, with more to see and explore than most other exhibitions. There is also the opportunity to purchase most of the art on show. JULY 2018 Tour de France 2018: Route and stages 7th of July - 29th July This 105th very demanding, high profile cycling race will start from Île de Noirmoutier, a small island off the Atlantic coast of France, ending at the Champs-Élysées in Paris. The race consists of roughly 20 teams comprising 9 professional cyclists each, racing circa 3,600 km (2,235 miles) through France and surrounding countries. Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Wimbledon, London, England July 2nd onwards This is arguably the oldest most celebrated, influential and respected event in the sport of tennis. Annually held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, it usually last for two weeks, but should the weather be inclement, may well be extended. Preceded by the Australian Open, and three weeks after the French Open, it is then followed by the U.U. Open. All matches at Wimbledon are notably played on grass.

AUGUST 2018 Inaugral European Championships, Glasgow; Scotland, and Berlin; Germany First edition will be staged 2nd - 12th August Glasgow and Scotland will host Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon while Berlin will hosts Athletics. These championships will bring together existing individual European Championships into one co-ordinated multi-sport concept, with approximately 4,500 athletes competing. Notting Hill Carnival, Notting Hill, London 25th August - 27th August This carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, dances and sings its way through the streets of west London, filling them with colour and vitality every August bank holiday weekend with a huge Caribbean party vibe. The incredible floats and costumes make this a festival not to be missed. Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Edinburgh Castle, Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh, Scotland 3rd - 25th August There will be performances Monday to Friday at 9.00pm and on Saturday at 7.30pm and 10.30pm. There is no performance on Sunday. Forty eight countries from six continents, take part in this Tattoo, the word tattoo coming from the closingtime cry in the Inns in the Low Countries during the 17th and 18th centuries - ‘Doe den tap toe’ (‘Turn off the taps’).
 SEPTEMBER 2018 The Ryder Cup, Le Golf National, Albatros Course, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, France September 28th & 30th This famous Golf tournament is an exception within the world of professional sports, alongside the Presidents Cup, in that players don’t receive money prizes despite the contests being highprofile events that bring in large amounts of money in television and sponsorship revenue. Played every two years, the venue alternates between courses in the USA and Europe. The Ryder Cup is organized and administered by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and Ryder Cup Europe. Annual Golden Spurtle, Carrbridge Village, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland September/early October Porridge being the iconic food of Scotland, one should only (according to a Scot) stir porridge clockwise, preferably using the right hand, or the Devil will come for you, and only stir using a Spurtle. Their World Porridge-Making Championships then, is a highly competitive, quintessentially Scottish event that awards one winner a Golden Spurtle, which is a wooden stick traditionally used to stir the porridge pot. For reasons lost in the mists of time, or at least the steam from the saucepan, porridge must always be referred to as ‘they’. The finished product must always be eaten from a pottinger, or porridge bowl, standing up, and some make it with milk, some with water, some have it with salt, others with sugar, whatever you fancy…unless you are a dyedin-the-wool Scot…where traditionally porridge is made with water and salt!


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