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Interesting places in Africa

 

Africa is one of the most diverse places in the world. It literally has everything to offer everyone.  Find out about some of the continents well known and not so well known places or tell us about your favourite spots in Africa. Visited any interesting African places lately? Tell us about them.

The Nike Art Centre

Not to be confused with the world famous sport aparrel brand, The Nike Art Centre in Lagos Nigeria belongs to the award-winning artist Nike Davies-Okundaye. The art gallery keeps the best and most treasured contemporary artwork in Nigeria housing about 7 000 artistic works and Mama Nike, as she is called, has branches in Ogidi and Abuja. The art centres also offer workshops where female art students are taught various art techniques and how to benefit financially from the art business.Pieces range from $62 to $38 000. See some of the art pieces in our gallery here.

   

StoneTown - Zanzibar

There are a few cities in the world with a concentration of antique wooden doors like Stonetown, Zanzibar. The doors are elaborate carved from hardwood, typically fashioned with nail-less joinery, and decorated with studs and bosses of iron or brass. A fusion of Swahili, Omani and Indian styles, these portals have become the indelible symbol of Stonetown, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. See more of these exotic doors in our gallery.

   

Lamu Island

Lamu Island is one of the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlements in East Africa. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century, and has become a significant center for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures. There are no motorized vehicles on Lamu.  Transportation is by donkey and by boat.  Lamu is a small island surrounded by clean and open white sand beaches.  The town of Lamu is an ancient and well preserved Swahili town with narrow, busy streets with curio shops and fascinating nooks and crannies.

   

The Swahili Coast

The Swahili Coast is a stretch of coast spanning about 2900km  along East Africa’s Indian Ocean, consisting mainly of Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. The coast accommodates the islands of Zanzibar, Pate and Comoros lying off the coast. The major settlements include Lamu, Monbasa, Sofala, Pemba, Zanzibar and a few others. The coast has been the window through which East Africa interacted with the outside world and where both cultural and commercial exchange occurred.

   

Soccer City Stadium in S.A

South Africa’s National Soccer Stadium, Soccer City, is a spectacle to look at during the day and even a more amazing to see at night. The outside of the stadium is designed to have the appearance of an African pot; with ring of lights running around the bottom of the structure  simulating fire underneath the pot and Mosaic cladding of fire and earth colours on the outside. Also known as the calabash nationally and internationally, the stadium won The World’s Best Sports Building in 2010 at the 3rd Annual World Architecture Festival held in Spain.

   

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