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Monday, November 7, 2016

Terrorism Threatens Tourism in Egypt

The city of Sharm-el-Sheik on the Sinai Peninsula is considered the bright star of Egyptian tourism, however domestic political unrest and recent terrorist attacks has caused a 50% decline in tourism figures.

Despite the high terror threat level in the area, and the travel warning issued by the United Kingdom, Egyptian authorities say they have strengthened security measures and hope to see more tourists return soon.

beau-bernard fonka mutta gives us a snapshot of this touristic destination and the prevailing situation in the following feature report

Monday, October 10, 2016

Afro-Arab Romance in Sharm

Africa and the Arab world are warming up ties in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh where the October session of the Pan-African Parliament opens today.
  After Monday's solemn opening ceremony at Sharm-el-Sheikh International Conference Centre presided at by PAP President Hon. Roger Nkodo Dang and the swearing in of 11 new members, the high point will be a meeting between the Arab Parliament and the Pan-African Parliament.

  Egypt which is hosting the event on the heels of its Parliament's 150th anniversary, seeks to go beyond being the geographical bridge between both regions to becoming it's political link.
In a press briefing Sunday, Roger Nkodo Dang said it was mutually beneficial for the Arabs to now turn their attention from Europe to Africa.

The warming up of ties between the Arabs and Africa is expected to shape up when the two parliamentary bodies meet later this Monday in Sharm-el-Sheikh. The speaker of the National Assembly of Egypt, Ali Abdul Aal Sayed Ahmed, the speaker of the Arab Parliament, Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Jarwan, and Egyptian President Abdul Fattah Al Sisi are all expected to find words to woo the continent of the future.
A keen observer, Martin Chungong, Secretary of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, told the press that "democracy is work in progress" adding that Egypt has the history and will to lead the way for Africa, the Middle East and the Arab world.
Almost as a sign of worsening relations between the Arab world and the west, UK House of Commons Speaker John Bercow came under verbal fire from the Egyptian press for his country's latest travel warning, urging British tourists to be careful in Egypt. Mr. Bercow insisted "this is not a political vendetta against the Sisi government" noting that the warning doesn't tell tourists not to visit, but to be careful. This latest travel warning is perceived as another blow to Egypt's struggling post-revolution tourism industry.
Observers feel this is a unique opportunity for the Arab world and the African continent to rekindle a waning relationship and work together for their shared interests. Will the charm of Sharm work?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Cameroon's MI-24 to combat Boko Haram

In case you missed out on the National Day Parade on May 20, 2016 here is a glimpse of what went down. Ahead of the military parade I presented the newest acquisition of the Rapid Intervention Battalion, the MI-24 Russian-built attack helicopter.
The robust aircraft is a central piece in the fight Cameroon is waging against the Islamic terrorist sect Boko Harm.

The MI-24 according to Wikipedia is a large helicopter gunship, attack helicopter with low troop capacity transport that can carry eight passengers. The aircraft is produced by the Moscow Military Helicopter Plant, and has been in operation since 1972. It is operated by the Soviet Airforce and 30 other nations.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Inside Mandela's House

 I wrote this post after visiting the Nelson Mandela National Museum, or simply the Mandela House.  The home of Nelson Mandela from 1946 to 1962.  Located at number 8115, at the corner of Vilakazi and Ngakane streets, the Mandela House is a short distance up the road from Tutu House, the home of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in Soweto. 

Both anti-apartheid heroes ended up Nobel Peace Prize winners.

The house itself is a single-story red-brick matchbox built in 1945. It has bullet holes in the walls and the facade has scorch marks from attacks with Molotov cocktails, scars of the restive Apartheid years. Standing in Madiba's small room gave me a graphic sense of the austerity of the average Sowetan home.

Here in the South Western Township, outside Johannesburg, Vilakazi Street prides itself as the only precinct in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners have lived. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu were neighbours for years in this Soweto neighbourhood.

Today the Mandela House is one of the big tourist attractions in Soweto, visited by hundreds of tourists daily.
The Mandela House gives the visitors a unique opportunity to walk through the same doorways and the rooms Nelson Mandela slept in before and after 27 years in jail.This exclusive report gives you an unprecedented view into the Mandela House in Soweto.

The Mandela House managed by the Soweto Heritage Trust attracts visitors from across the world who stream into the house daily to see a few personal items of Mandela, like the bed he slept in, his boxing gloves, the world championship belt given to Mandela by Sugar Ray Leonard, family portraits as well as share the space he once lived in. Visiting this home was a seminal moment in my career as a reporter, and I can only liken this to being on the 38th parallel in-between North and South Korea earlier this year.

However both places are both historic, pregnant with symbolism, but different in their own rights.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Extraordinary Elemva

He is a highly rated Gynaecologists and Obstetrician in South Africa and beyond. He is one of four black doctors working at the prestigious Sandton Mediclinic and he is the first Cameroonian doctor to have completed the South Africa College of Medicine Specialists cycle in 2005.

Francis Christian Serge Elemva is today one of Cameroon’s finest medical doctors who’s biggest regret so far is not to have been able to practice in Cameroon.
I met Dr. Elemva in Sandton South Africa where he lives and works and obtained this exclusive report.

Francis Christian Serge Elemva, 48, is today the preferred Doctor of Cameroonians living in South Africa. Raised in Yaounde, Douala and Algiers he has been working for the past 15 years in South Africa and earned the recognition of his peers.
Despite full working days he pays attention to his paternal duties and raises his kids with solid Cameroonian values.