Photos taken in Uganda by Jonathan Hyams: The Northeastern plains of Uganda are home to the stranded nomads of Karamoja; semi-pastoralist herders, whose wealth, livelihoods and status are determined by the cattle they own. With a formidable reputation as fierce warriors, the Karamojong are caught in a cycle of armed cattle raids between neighbouring tribes. As heavy weaponry from the conflicts [...]
Even though African fashion has moved out from the seamstress room and into the commercial style industry, there is still a large problem that faces the average woman who wants to look amazing in the latest cuts and styles of her homeland: the average clothing size available for us is between a size 2 - 10. This is puzzling considering how we black women are known for our beautiful bold curves. Ho[...]
Bright, contrasting colors and a highly developed graphic eye for surface divisions, lines and relationships lend Viviane Sassen's work an unmistakably aesthetic character. Flamboya is her work from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Ghana. It is pervaded with a timeless beauty inextricably connected with an underlying visual hierarchy that seems sculptural. Viviane Sassen: Flamboy[...]
Kinshasa the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo is no ordinary city and at first seems an unlikely place to have an orchestra of two hundred musicians playing to Beethoven Ninth –Freude schöner Götterfunken. “Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste” is the only symphony orchestra in the Congo has been in existence for 15 yrs. Riddled often with power strikes, even on performance nights, seems the [...]
This Academy Award nominated film is one of the best Africa documentaries ever produced, demonstrating the resilience of the human spirit in the face of total brutality. In war-torn Uganda, the L. R. A. (Lord's Resistance Army) kidnaps young children, turning girls into sex slaves and boys into soldiers. Thousands of children seek refuge from the L. R. A. in the Patongo camp, and this film follows[...]
The Last King of Scotland is a movie about a young doctor working in Uganda who finds himself unwittingly picked as the personal physician to one of the world's most brutal dictators, Idi Amin. Forest Whitaker plays Idi Amin and he won a best acting oscar for his incredible performance. The movie was filmed on location in Uganda so if you're planning to travel in that part of Africa, it's worth wa[...]
Call Me Kuchu (2012) Call Me Kuchu highlights the final year in the life of activist and “Uganda’s first openly gay man”, David Kato. “While heartbreaking, the documentary traces a narrative that takes the viewer beyond the chronicle of victimization depicted in international news media: it tells the nuanced story of David and Kampala’s kuchus as they work to change their fate, and that of o[...]
When Barack Obama became President of the United States of America in 2008, the entire world rejoiced with  a packed world tour for Obama that made his foreign tour seem more like a rock concert than a Presidential address. However no continent has held on and loved more fiercely the President of the United States than the people of Africa, who embraced him with open and proud arms. November 5[...]
Are you the ‘lie in the sun by the pool type’ or the ‘face to face with an elephant’ type? Africa is a huge exotic continent to explore - there is an experience for every type of traveler. From luxury resorts like The Palace of the Lost at Sun City in South Africa or thrilling Kenyan wildlife tours, your holiday is guaranteed to be one you will never forget. At Africlectic we strive to bring [...]
In March 2012, human rights organization Invisible Children launched a viral video about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, putting a spotlight on the acts of violence he committed for the past 20 years. Their video received millions of views on Youtube, millions of retweets of the ‘STOPKONY’ hashtag as well as a whole lot of criticism from Ugandans and other minorities for its neo-colonialism under[...]