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Eddie Daniels with Greg and Joanitha, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2008 Eddie Daniels with Greg and Joanitha
Fort Collins, Colorado, 2008
Eddie Daniels was a prisoner for fighting apartheid in South Africa, along with Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and other future ANC leaders. It was inspiring to meet him and read his book There and Back: Robben Island, 1964-1979.
"Giraffe, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo", Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2005 Giraffe, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2005
Greg and Joanitha with wigs and African shirts, Fort Collins, Colorado, 2004 Greg and Joanitha with wigs and African shirts
Fort Collins, Colorado, 2004
We love rasta music and saw Lucky Dube's concert in Kampala in 2003, but this is not our real hair.
"Tim, Greg, Joanitha and Donald", Bukoba, Tanzania, 2003 Tim, Greg, Joanitha and Donald
Bukoba, Tanzania, 2003
Donald passed away suddenly, just a few months after we left East Africa. He was in charge of rebuilding many of the important highways connecting Bukoba to other towns, including Mutukula, the border with Uganda. He was a jovial, witty and intelligent Brit whose wife was originally from Lesotho.
Joanitha preparing senene, Kampala, Uganda, 2003 Joanitha preparing senene
Kampala, Uganda, 2003
Senene are bright green grasshoppers which appear at a few short times of the year in the Great Lakes region of East Africa. They are attracted by artificial lights, captured in bedsheets, and fried in oil or slowly roasted over coals. They make a spicy, crunchy snack and are traditionally associated with couples in love.
breadfruit, Entebbe, Uganda, 2003 breadfruit
Entebbe, Uganda, 2003
The breadfruit or jackfruit is found in East Africa as well as Asia.
shoebill stork, Entebbe, Uganda, 2003 shoebill stork
Entebbe, Uganda, 2003
The shoebill stork is a rare bird of East Africa, one of the many animals found in natural settings at the Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre.
"rock paintings, Bwanjai caves", Kagera, Tanzania, 2002 rock paintings, Bwanjai caves
Kagera, Tanzania, 2002
The Computers for Africa team and some University of Bukoba staff including Joanitha visited the Bwanjai rock paintings, which are hundreds of years old, but have been damaged by more recent graffiti.
Mugeza school for the deaf, Nyakato, Tanzania, 2002 Mugeza school for the deaf
Nyakato, Tanzania, 2002
The Computers for Africa team visited and donated a computer to Mugeza school for the deaf.
Computers for Africa team, Bukoba, Tanzania, 2002 Computers for Africa team
Bukoba, Tanzania, 2002
A team of nine students and two teachers from Balerno High School, Edinburgh, Scotland came to Bukoba in 2002 to donate 30 computers to 13 local organisations including the University of Bukoba, and Ihungo, Hekima and Rugambwa Secondary Schools.
Joanitha and friends carrying buckets, Bukoba, Tanzania, 1998 Joanitha and friends carrying buckets
Bukoba, Tanzania, 1998
Only a small minority of African families get their water from a faucet in their homes. Many African women and girls must carry buckets of water on their heads for long distances so that their families can drink water, cook and wash clothes.
"road, Etosha National Park", Okaukuejo, Namibia, 1997 road, Etosha National Park
Okaukuejo, Namibia, 1997
A dirt road, a tree, some bushes, some rainclouds; an ordinary African scene that is indescribably compelling.
red tree, Elmina, Ghana, 1997 red tree
Elmina, Ghana, 1997
This tree has two 'arms' that look like they could grab you. I would definitely not walk by this tree at night, especially after listening to African folk tales about witches.
fishing boats, Elmina, Ghana, 1997 fishing boats
Elmina, Ghana, 1997
The coast of West Africa is bustling with business, such as fishing, shipping, petroleum and tourism. Hand-made nets and boats compete with more modern equipment.
drawbridge, Elmina, Ghana, 1997 drawbridge
Elmina, Ghana, 1997
This is an entrance to the Cape Coast Castle, one of several castles built by the Portuguese around 1500 and used for the slave trade for centuries by various European colonizers. There are several well-preserved slave castles on the coast of Ghana.
dungeon door, Elmina, Ghana, 1997 dungeon door
Elmina, Ghana, 1997
This is the door to a dungeon where hundreds of Africans were chained in small, dark, cave-like cells until they could be packed into boats and sent to the Americas. Those who escaped disease, starvation and fatal beatings and were free of physical weaknesses became slaves in the New World. Those who did not were tossed in the ocean and fed to the sharks. The museum, which was once the church, is a must-see.
dancers, Kpalime, Togo, 1997 dancers
Kpalime, Togo, 1997
This fête du récolte (harvest festival) included a variety of people, colourful costumes, and lively music and dancing.
mosque, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, 1996 mosque
Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, 1996
West Africa has a long history of Islamic influence, especially near the Sahara desert. This mosque is over a hundred years old, yet it is built primarily of mud. It is much smaller than the famous ones in Mali.
blacksmith's chamber, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, 1996 blacksmith's chamber
Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, 1996
The traditional blacksmith is still needed in the rural areas, though the tools are gradually modernizing.
storage area, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, 1996 storage area
Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, 1996
Houses in Burkina Faso are built of mud, stone or straw. This mud village was relatively traditional, and there were many locations for sacrificing animals. To get to this village, I rode on the back of a small motorcycle. I also toured a stone village on a hill and a pond with giant sacred catfish.
Pont de Lianes (vine bridge), Man, Cote D'Ivoire, 1996 Pont de Lianes (vine bridge)
Man, Cote D'Ivoire, 1996
Near the border between Cote d'Ivoire and Guinea, the Dan people still construct bridges out of vines. The bridges appear overnight, so that nobody knows exactly who constructed or hung them.
women carrying bundles of thatch (grass), Oshikango, Namibia, 1996 women carrying bundles of thatch (grass)
Oshikango, Namibia, 1996
The Owambo people of the region have adopted western dress, influenced by missionaries who arrived about a century ago. Women in Namibia, as in other countries of Africa, do most of the physical labour on farms. In the background is the Oshikango border post. There is a large amount of trade near the Angolan border, especially since the end of the Angolan civil war in 1994. The women may have brought the thatch from Angola, which is less densely populated and less deforested. The thatch is sold at markets and used for roofing.
mural, Windhoek, Namibia, 1995 mural
Windhoek, Namibia, 1995
Murals are a popular form of art in urban Namibia and South Africa, especially around the time of independence and the end of Apartheid. This mural represents the diversity of Namibia's flora and fauna.
columns, Zanzibar, Tanzania, 1995 columns
Zanzibar, Tanzania, 1995
The influence of the highly advanced Swahili culture has extended up and down the coast of East Africa for several centuries. They traded with people of distant lands, sailing on the Indian Ocean in dhows.
"door, Zanzibar Town", Zanzibar, Tanzania, 1995 door, Zanzibar Town
Zanzibar, Tanzania, 1995
Zanzibar town is a picturesque Islamic city with narrow streets, ornately carved doorways, and centuries-old buildings which are being restored. It is becoming a major tourist destination in Africa.
"mosque entrance, Zanzibar Town", Zanzibar, Tanzania, 1995 mosque entrance, Zanzibar Town
Zanzibar, Tanzania, 1995
The Swahili people are Muslims; their language is a mix of Arabic and Bantu languages, and can be written in either Arabic or Western characters. Millions of people from several countries in east and central Africa speak Swahili.
flamboyant tree, Morogoro, Tanzania, 1995 flamboyant tree
Morogoro, Tanzania, 1995
The red buds of Flamboyant trees are a common sight in southern Africa and add colour to the surroundings.
"tree roots, Changuu (Prison) Island", Zanzibar, Tanzania, 1995 tree roots, Changuu (Prison) Island
Zanzibar, Tanzania, 1995
For me, this picture symbolizes the idea that African roots run deep. Once you live there, you cannot forget your memories and responsibility to your friends and family there. You know that one day you will return. (Changuu Island used to be a prison; now it is inhabited by snorkelling tourists and giant tortoises.)
baobab tree, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 1995 baobab tree
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 1995
Baobab trees are common throughout Africa and can be found in the northern part of Namibia, where they are known as omukwa. They can live for hundreds of years. This one is very old and has a trunk of about 10 metres across. The San use many parts of these trees.