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Name that Bug, Cameroonian Edition

Found a rather strange insect while doing night work in the forest at Mbam et Djerem National Park, Cameroon. Neither I nor anybody on my field team can even assign them to order. Does anybody out there in the Hive Mind know what this is? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jul 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Off the beaten path in Africa

I’m looking to take a 2-week trip in Africa, to somewhere that can be a good introduction to the area. Current short-list is Kenya, Ghana, or South Africa. Where would you recommend to go? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Jun 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Jburg me!

I will be spending three days in Johannesburg, South Africa at the end of June. I don't know a thing about South Africa or Johannesburg, so what should I do with myself? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on May 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Planning a trip to western equatorial Africa

My niece is planning a trip to western equatorial Africa. We have several questions as she gets ready to go. [more inside]
posted by crapples on May 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Kin la belle, Kin la poubelle

I'm living in Kinshasa, DRC, for a bit. Have you traveled there? What do you wish your had known? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Mar 21, 2014 - 1 answer

African languages among enslaved people in the USA.

When did enslaved Africans in the US stop speaking African languages? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 2, 2014 - 19 answers

Distance running in Africa

I want to run my first marathon. I live in Africa. Where on this content can I find a marathon well-suited to a decent novice runner? [more inside]
posted by eugenen on Feb 7, 2014 - 7 answers

African Trickster story

Years ago a friend had a great collection of Anansi stories and distinctly remember one bizarre story that we told and re-told. I have failed to find the specific story or the collection/website it was from. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 8, 2013 - 2 answers

Looking for a documentary on African military ritual strangeness...

Heard about this documentary from an anthropology student, but she didn't know the name of it... Back in the colonial days (20th C) of African holdings, some European military would depart their bases yearly and allow the African soldiers to take over. The African soldiers would dress as the Europeans and re-enact their modes of life and work, but in some kind of ritualized parody. [more inside]
posted by artof.mulata on Dec 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Documentaries about Africa

Seeking viewing suggestions for African documentaries. [more inside]
posted by morganannie on Dec 3, 2013 - 13 answers

Lions, oh my!

My SO and his mother want to go on safari in Africa next year, there are lots of tours. Not sure where to start. Help? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy on Oct 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Reputable, informative sources regarding South Sudan

I'm looking for news sources, reports written by reputable NGOs, detailed maps, long-form magazine articles regarding newsworthy events and other general info on the current state of politics, economics, stability and other issues of geopolitical interest related to South Sudan. I would like to dedicate approximately one or two full working days to informing myself about the past 10-15 years of history and the current state of the country.
posted by thewalrus on Sep 25, 2013 - 5 answers

New Year's Trip to North Africa, Middle East, Southern Europe?

My extended family is trying to put together a trip to someplace interesting, warm and beach-y, to occur around New Year's. For a variety of complicated reasons related to where people will be traveling from, the Middle East, North Africa and far southern Europe are the most feasible destinations. Where should we consider going? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Sep 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Good books about the Congolese War?

Can anyone recommend some decent general histories of the Congo War (1996-2003) and its related conflicts? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Aug 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Poor taste? Or exceedingly poor taste?

I've got a length of gorgeous African fabric...with the image of a terrible dictator on it. What should I do with this? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jul 31, 2013 - 36 answers

Teaching children in Africa.

Please help me fulfill a promise that I didn't expect to be so challenging. [more inside]
posted by cacao on Jun 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Peace Corps to Senegal: needs, reads, tips, advice, cautions and so on

Someone has joined the Peace Corps and is going to Senegal, working in agro-forestry. Here is what is requested: needs, reads, before and during, what not to miss seeing, what to know, all necessary tips on the Peace Corps, Senegal and the Peace Corps in Senegal, and so on. In a word: advice. In another: experience. Hive mind, please hope me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2013 - 8 answers

What are good movies about or made in post-apartheid South Africa?

What are good movies about or made in post-apartheid South Africa? Assume I've seen the ones that have had moderate success in the US, like District 9, Tsotsi, and Invictus.
posted by benbenson on May 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Advice on traveling to Guinea

Our daughter is going to a dance intensive program in Guinea, Africa. While my wife and I have traveled quite a bit in Europe and Asia, Africa is new to us. She will be getting all necessary shots, travel insurance, etc., but we're more interested in the less than obvious. While she will be in and out of Conakry, from our understanding she will also be helping to build a school and traveling around other parts of Guinea. Does anyone have any advice for our daughter about Guinea, travel to Africa, cultural dos and don'ts or logistical information about communications, phones, or anything else? Thanks!
posted by BillW on May 14, 2013 - 8 answers

What happened to Kenya from 1998 or so to make its poverty rate rise?

So I'm going to Kenya in 5 weeks time for some work, and I'm meant to be briefing some colleagues (emphasis on brief) about some aspects of our work tomorrow. Something has leapt out at me, and I don't have the time to research it myself before presenting. [more inside]
posted by smoke on May 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Gift ideas for friends traveling to Africa and Thailand this summer

I have several good friends who will be traveling abroad this summer to work with elephants in Thailand and wildlife in Zimbabwe. I wanted to get them each something that would be thoughtful, useful or fun, especially in a foreign land. I have never traveled abroad, so I am having a hard time deciding what is needed or wanted when one is in Thailand or Africa. So, I am looking for something small and not terribly expensive. What would you have wanted on your trip to Thailand and/or Africa?
posted by Seppaku on May 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Help finding a (possible) half-sister in Chad, Africa?

My wife's father (Caucasian American) spent five years teaching in Chad, Africa in the late 60's and early 70's. A few years ago he told my wife that while he was there he had a relationship with a woman and that after he left the village where he was living he heard that she had a child who "looked like him." My wife and I are thinking about traveling to Chad to see where her father lived and to possibly try and find this woman who would now be in her 40's. We have some limited information from him (names places etc.) Finding information about Chadian culture has been difficult and we want to be sure that there would be no negative consequences for this woman and her family if we went and tried to find her. We want to be as low-key as possible but it looks like most of the westerners who travel to this part of Africa use guides or tourist companies. We speak a little french but not much. Any info would be so much appreciated!
posted by bjharl on Apr 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Asking for a project filter, Spirit Child Edition

Do spirit photographs of ogbanje children or malevolent spirit children exist? I'm thinking of the plethora of spirit photographs from the turn of the 20th century that depicted deceased persons (from the spiritualist movement) -- do similar types of photos of ogbanje or spirit children in African culture exist? If so, where?
posted by mrfuga0 on Mar 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Great African music

I've been into African music for a few years, but Africa is a giant of a continent, full of undiscovered music. I'd like to find more. [more inside]
posted by nevan on Mar 22, 2013 - 17 answers

Should we take our toddler to Kenya, if not, where?

I have a great opportunity to go to Kenya in June, the question is, does my partner and daughter (20 months by then) come with, or do I meet them somewhere on the way back to Australia? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Feb 2, 2013 - 21 answers

Cape Town Family Day Trips?

What are some great family day trips from Cape Town, South Africa? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle on Dec 22, 2012 - 6 answers

What should I bring for a three-month field expedition to Central Africa?

I'm going to be doing fieldwork in Central Africa next summer. What do I need to bring? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 7, 2012 - 15 answers

How is life in Abuja?

My friend is moving to Abuja, Nigeria! What should she know? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Oct 31, 2012 - 5 answers

Engineering design mistake

I can't find a Wikipedia page I saw a while back. It was about a sort of design error or cognitive bias whereby designers or engineers reject as irrelevant (or are unaware of) a relevant factor in the requirements of a design because it is outside of their field. It gave an example which was about designing and providing water supplies in Africa. There were known ways to prevent a certain disease in the water, but the engineers were not familiar with them, so the disease spread.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Oct 9, 2012 - 3 answers

Expected budget for experienced lone budget traveler in West Africa?

How safe are the following (mostly) West African countries, and what can I expect my budget to be? [more inside]
posted by maya on Sep 27, 2012 - 7 answers

Best Resources for a Trip Around the World

What are the best resources, websites, and blogs for someone who is planning a trip around the world? [more inside]
posted by smitt on Sep 5, 2012 - 6 answers

How does one actually send money to African people in need?

I would like to donate about $20 a month to a family in Africa, can you recommend an organization or give me some info on how this would work? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 1, 2012 - 33 answers

Gorillas in the midst

I'm going to be in Tanzania with a friend in a couple of months after some medical volunteering in Kenya, and I'd like to see gorillas while they're still around. Does anyone have a recommended group to do this through, or one with a good reputation?
posted by Silentgoldfish on Aug 31, 2012 - 10 answers

In to Africa - films and literature

Are there any new recommendations for books and (especially) films about Africa? I prefer themes other than war and violence if possible. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Aug 1, 2012 - 24 answers

Kid from the US, kid from Africa.

Article relating two young kids: One a (implied spoiled rotten) American kid who needed help tying his shoe-laces and didn't want to clean up the dishes after dinner. The other a kid from Africa who, at the same age, was cooking dinners, cleaning dishes and everything else, because she knew that was expected of her? [more inside]
posted by slater on Jul 22, 2012 - 2 answers

managing long-term malaria exposure.

Going to Kenya for ten or more months. How should one approach antimalarials for this length of time? [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on Jul 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Help Me Find This Fable About Cheetahs

Trying to identify a myth/fairy tale I read in an issue of Highlights back in the 1990s. It has to do with how animals got their spots/colors, and how the cheetah, who was vain, waited too long and had to use the leftover paint colors to create its yellow coat, black spots, and black "tears". [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jun 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Generic full length clothing for a tall dude

I'm a 6'4 dude, medium build, long arms. I wear 38/36 pants and a medium tall shirt. I am a non affiliated humanist. I would like ankle to knee length clothing, loose fitting and of plain style. Complication: cultural overloads. [more inside]
posted by seanmpuckett on Jun 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Volunteering in Tanzania?

Volunteering in Tanzania? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on May 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Name that movie about apartheid South Africa

Help me figure out what movie about apartheid South Africa I'm remembering. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Apr 22, 2012 - 4 answers

Anonymous SMS to Twitter

I want to create a number to send text messages (SMS) which will then post all the messages onto a Twitter feed... [more inside]
posted by iamck on Apr 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Black to Africa

Has there ever been an account of a group of black Americans choosing to return to Africa and how they fared in doing so? I'm looking for stories about how blacks born in America dealt with and adjusted to the change in culture if they returned to a country in Africa. Books, documentary or whatever are welcomed, preferably with the account occurring in 1960 or later.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 6, 2012 - 22 answers

How to secure a United Nations internship in Africa

I am looking for an internship with the United Nations, or a UN agency (UNDP, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNICEF etc) in sub-Saharan Africa for a period of 10-20 weeks from September 2012. I have tried emailing application forms to country offices, with my CV and cover letter, but no luck with responses. Any tips or tricks or other help that you can provide? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by ManOfPlans on Mar 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Calling all Bambara speakers?

Calling all Bambara speakers? I'd really love to know what the beautiful song Fanta Bourama (which could be Bambara, one of the main languages in Mali) by Djélimady Tounkara is about. Bonus points if you can provide a full translation in English (of French).
posted by rom1 on Feb 13, 2012 - 1 answer

GTFO appendix

Pre-emptive appendectomy? Difficulty filter: living and working in remote corners of Africa. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Feb 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Attacks on Chinese people in Africa

Can anyone help find this article I'm thinking of? [more inside]
posted by Qberting on Jan 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Don't Mess With A Missionary

How do I reconcile myself with the notion that I do not respect my daughter’s religion, or what she is doing in its name? [more inside]
posted by timsteil on Dec 13, 2011 - 43 answers

Poor (but pretty) in pastel

Does anyone remember a big pink-, blue-, and white-striped shopping bag popular in developing countries in the '80s/'90s? It felt like waxed straw, or something Tyvek-y. It had handles, and was often big enough to cover a whole suitcase. [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Nov 2, 2011 - 23 answers

I've been caled a lot of things, but nothing I would call a name.

My younger brother is doing a Peace Corp stint in Senegal. His host family (with whom he's staying while he learns the language) has taken to calling him by the name of their son of the same age. While I'm sure this is a gesture of welcoming, I find it very odd. Is this customary? What's the convention and where does it come from. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on Oct 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Where in Africa are these places?

I have two pictures, do you know where these places are in Africa? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Sep 30, 2011 - 11 answers

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