Friday, August 7, 2015

Africa Isn't All About Poverty!


What do you see when you conjure up an image of Africa? Mud huts? Long dusty roads? Starving children? What if we told you that Nigeria is home to the third biggest film industry in the world? Nollywood is only behind the USA and India and continues to grow! It is facts like these that show us that Africa is so much more than what the rest of the world perceives it to be, and contrary to popular opinion not everyone is living in poverty. Africa is a continent on the rise and has a lot to offer the world, with landscapes full of wildlife and thousands of different cultures.
There is so much to see and do if you get the chance to visit any of the 54 countries that make up the continent, so here is our run down on some of the most interesting and beautiful places to visit:

Nike Art Gallery - Lagos, Nigeria


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Nike Arts Gallery in Lagos, Nigeria is the exibition centre of Nike Davies-Okundaye, who is a very well known artist in Nigeria and across the world. She has reinvented the art of indigo dying and adire production, which were losing popularity when Chief Nike first came onto the scene. she now holds exhibitions around the world, and uses her galleries to hold workshops for children and share her talents.
Chief Nike hails from the village of Ogidi, in Kogi State, Nigeria, which is actually one of the villages on Ripples Foundation's Adopt A Village Programme - and she is a fantastic role model for the youth of the village and shows what can be achieved with a little hard work.

Art lovers - this is the perfect day out for you!

Zuma Rock - Abuja, Nigeria

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Zuma Rock is located just outside of Nigeria’s capital city Abuja and towers above the ground at 2,400 feet tall. The rock is such an icon in Nigeria that it is even featured on the country's bank notes! Locals say that if you look closely you can see a human face etched into the rock... why not visit and see for yourself? 


Mole National Park - Ghana

























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Mole National Park is Ghana’s biggest national park, and is home to an abundance of wildlife including elephants, buffalo, lions, monkeys and much more. Take a safari and get unforgettable views of all your favourite animals, you won’t forget that trip in a hurry! Ghana is a beautiful country to explore and seeing the natural beauty and wildlife on offer is a great place to start.

The Great Migration - Tanzania


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Every year more than a million wildebeest and thousands of zebras migrate from Tanzania up through the Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara. Although this is a long event it well worth trying to see the herds at some point of their journey, the sheer number of animals alone is staggering!

Table Mountain - South Africa


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Probably the second most famous mountain in Africa after Kilimanjaro, but by no means the tallest, Table Mountain is the symbol of Cape Town. This city offers you the best of both worlds, you can go hiking, climbing and see amazing views, and then come back to the bustling city below for shopping, food and to relax on the beach. Why wouldn’t you visit?

Bazaruto Archipelago - Mozambique


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You can find this little bit of paradise just off the coast of Mozambique. Now a national park, the islands are teeming with tropical fish making it a diver’s heaven, and there are a few luxury resorts right on the beach. Not exactly the image of Africa that you had in your head is it? Pass me the snorkel...


While this list truly does show off the best the Africa has to offer, we musn’t forget that there are still thousands of people living in extreme poverty across the continent.
Ripples Foundation goes to the remote villages that these people live in and works with them to empower them to climb out of poverty.
We cannot continue to do this without your support. Donate today at http://www.totalgiving.co.uk/charity/bme-concern and help us make change happen.
Alysha Bennett Web Developer

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