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Self-hate or peer pressure for Zambian Girls?

It is almost illegal to have a dark face and natural hair in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. They come in all shapes, colours, sizes, texture and length. These are the weaves worn by majority of Zambian female city dwellers who prefer to call them hair extensions. It was my third visit to Zambia and during the previous two trips, I had observed an interesting phenomenon of women bleaching only their faces. This last trip however revealed something new, that the bleached faces came with artificial ‘hair extensions’. There were moments when I totally looked out of place with my short natural hair and dark skin complexion. Read more

I survived 111m of Big African Air

When you hear that someone bungee jumped 111m off the Victoria falls in Livingstone, you probably think that s/he is crazy, stressed or was attempting murder. Well, those thoughts hold some truth to them. It takes bravery, courage, craziness and all those fancy adjectives to throw oneself 111meters off the victoria bridge towards the mighty Zambezi River.  If you do not know where the Victoria Falls or Zambezi River are located, you probably didn’t pay enough attention in your Geography classes. Those falls are locally known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya” which means ‘Smoke that thunders’. The Zambians and Zimbabweans know best about the ‘small fights’ that they have always had for years over these falls. That’s a story for another day. Read more