When it comes to travel, deciding where to stay is almost as important as planning your trip itself! Safety, comfort, accessibility – these are just a few key factors to bare in mind. If you’ve decided to opt-out of staying in hostel or hotel for a more local feel – Innclusive and Airbnb offer just … Continue reading
My heart is heavy – not just because not one, but both my back up credit cards have been stopped whilst on my travels – but also because it’s an end of an era with American Express pulling out of Lloyds Avios Rewards Credit card scheme…
I’m aways excited to meet fellow female travellers, especially black female travellers – simply because there isn’t enough representation of us in a world full of wanderlusts and explorers… So when Rebecca reached out to me via Instagram and mentioned about a travel group she founded for Black women travellers South America and the Caribbean … Continue reading
2019 marks 400 years since the start of the West Africa Trans Atlantic Slave Trade which which is documented to have began in 1419. 2019 marca os 400 anos do início do tráfico de escravos do oeste africano pelo atlântico, documentado desde o começo de 1419.
A touch of Africa in Rio – Africa Arte As a journalist/blogger/visual artist – and an African myself – I have a deeply rooted interest in sharing narratives of Africans across the diaspora. There’s an indescribable connection, and, let’s call it what it is – privilege(!) that comes with sharing “I’m from Ghana” when I meet … Continue reading
In this episode I discuss the ‘Politics of Beauty’ in Brazil; race, class, self-confidence… and how people can tell I’m not Brazilian! My special guest is researcher and self-esteem coach Cintia Cruz. Subtitles available on this video.
Happy New Year! I ended 2018 reconvened with my first digital love – this blog! Massive thanks to followers both old and new for the continuous support! This year, with all the talk on representation and explaining why I use my platform to highlight marginalised voices – especially that of black women I meet around … Continue reading
Sisterhood Night on the 1st December had been much anticipated with constant reminders ‘who’s excited for Sisterhood?’ since my first visit to Hillsong! And when the day finally arrived, it was an emotional – in the most positive sense. Continue reading
If you’re a foodie or just looking to sample the ‘carioca lifestyle’ away from the typical beach scene – head to the Farmers Market in Gloria, locally called Feira Livre da Glória, and experience a taste of Rio through the charm of it’s vendors!
On one of my walks around the bohemian area of Santa Teresa, I stumbled upon TUCUM Brasil – a store dedicated to showcasing produce made by ingenious people of Brazil. I was immediately drawn in by the colourful tribal products on display, much of which reminded me of my shopping experience in Maasai markets in … Continue reading
My month started on a high note with it being my best friend Kinho aka Coach MVA‘s birthday. Our friendship spans over a decade from when we worked together in London. Despite only seeing each other once a year when Kinho comes to London for a work conference, our ‘best friendship’ has stood the test … Continue reading
Earlier this month I paid a visit to the Museu Afro Brasil / AfroBrazil museum in São Paulo, a space which highlights the African perspective in the formation of heritage, identity and Brazilian culture. A space which celebrates an often untold memory and history of Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian Art.
A visit to the Escadaria Selarón came with a sing-a-long opportunity, and brought back nostalgic memories of my stay in Rio exactly 6yrs ago… Continue reading
I’ve found a second home in São Paulo, and it comes in the form of the coolest venue in town for positive vibes and receiving blessings. That’s right – I adopted Hillsong (or rather it adopted me) as a place of worship just over a month ago after my first visit through an invitation from … Continue reading
I love the concept of Rap Burguer – it’s simple, it’s clear it serves up exactly what it says on the sign above the door – Hamburgers + Rap culture in one place!
A visit down town into São Paulo’s historic financial district with my friend Kamila offered me an opportunity to learn more about São Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city, through the lens the of the Farol Santander – Santander Lighthouse.
In May 2017 I was selected for an amazing opportunity – to work in Venice, Italy during the Venice Biennale! Home for the duration of my stay was a surreal historic setting of an actual palace; Palazzo Pisani S. Marina. This article first published on Diversity Matters shares my experience… #ThrowBackThursday
I’ve been to São Paulo twice before this trip, and I’ll let you into a little secret… It was my least favourite city in Brazil before now! It’s a business city, and prior to this trip I’d had no business here (so to speak) which probably explains my dis-attachment. On the plus side, you get to experience … Continue reading
Last weekend I headed over to PopPlus – a popup space for independent labels promoting ‘plus size’ clothing and culture that takes place in in São Paulo four times a year; March, June, September and December. Founded by journalist, press officer and DJ, Flávia Durante, its first edition was in December 2012 with 9 exhibitors. To date, … Continue reading
It’s about time I took this YouTuber thing seriously, right? I’ve had a YouTube channel for almost as long as I’ve had this blog, since about 2012, however I used it more as a video storage space than a channel! So as part of my Travelmaker Kai re-vamp, I’ve launched a new weekly (or fortnightly … Continue reading
Fridays are great for so many reasons – the start of the weekend and also an opportunity to #FlashbackFriday and share some amazing moments I might have missed out on sharing on this blog… Take this ‘Another Travelmakerkai Experience‘ in Mombasa, Kenya for example. Let’s flash back to January 2017, I happened to have … Continue reading
I’d been thinking for quite a while about upgrading my slightly dated blog theme “The Morning After” template (which ironically is so dated – in blogosphere terms that is – that the theme is no longer available… I might be amongst the few still using it!)
When I arrived in Brazil all those weeks ago, I could never have imagined it’d be a source of inspiration for me to officially launch my personal branding venture The Soho Girl Branding.
I can’t believe just how fast the months have flown by! Wasn’t it just a moment ago that summer was here? I guess what I need throwback to warm my heart – memories from the Uganda film assignment I was commissioned on with DoGoodFilms!
Earlier this year when I booked my trip to Palermo, the bustling capital of the Italian island Sicily, I opted for the cheapest deal which just happened to included 7-hour stop over in Verona. Would this be a value for money trip visiting two parts of a country on one flight ticket, or would I … Continue reading
So I took my own advice and found myself heading to Stanstead airport last Saturday to czech-in for a flight to the Czech Republic… And no, it wasn’t to Prague this time. Continue reading
Every year my best friend Kinho from Brazil flies to London for a work conference, then takes the opportunity to stay an extra few days with me in Soho. When it comes to recommending places to eat, I have to admit I’m not the most experimental (something I’m on a mission to change), I tend to … Continue reading
On a visit to James Barnor‘s home, I was treated to a history lesson of Ghanaian and British culture dating back to the 50’s when the 86yr “Ever Young” photographer began his career and became Gold Coast’s first newspaper photographer and later on the first to introduce colour processing to newly Independent Ghana.
Highlighting two amazing young African-American women who’ve ditched the limitations of their home country that come with being women – and black, to reap opportunities that South Korea has to offer them – despite the obvious challenges. They’ve adopted the Korean culture and language which makes them blend in, yet they’re using their ‘blackness’
As I am writing this post, Sai Baba has his gaze fixed on me. There’s no avoiding the warmth in his eyes and smile radiating onto me even from a picture hanging on a wall above my head. Perhaps this was my inspiration to wake up early this morning with a strong desire to write … Continue reading
There are many factors of travelling alone I’m fearful of, yet I rarely voice them- not even to friends or family. The last thing I need is a scenario confessing to a member of family my fears on the potential dangers I could face coming Brazil alone for 3 months, or how insecure I was … Continue reading
I was honoured to meet Spike Lee while he’s in Bahia during the carnival. Spike Lee is no stranger to Brazil nor the people to him, as in 1996 Mr Lee directed Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” music video featuring Salvador Afro-Brazilian Samba band; Olodum. When I met the acclaimed African-American director in … Continue reading
To get a better understanding of who the Tabom returnees were, I’m looking into the social context of society in Bahia at the time, and what would become perhaps the most significant slave rebellion in Brazil; The Malê Revolt.
This post is not an academic essay on Racial Identity. It’s simply a personal account of what I’ve witnessed and experienced while in Rio/Brazil, and thoughts of locals and expats I have met. If you come to Brazil thinking racism doesn’t exist (or you chose to label it ‘classism’ – another topic in itself, as … Continue reading