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“It’s not even pretty, for me, it’s just a turn off.”Ndiaye’s purpose for the ban is to teach the models about their self-esteem; she also noted the health of the models’ who have bleached their skin is at risk. According to Dermatologist Fatoumata Ly:
These ladies bare the telltale signs of long-term bleaching: blotches of discoloured skin on their arms and faces. Women often use prescription-strength corticosteroid creams to lighten their skin. “When absorbed into the bloodstream, corticosteroids pose serious risks, particularly for the heart,” she said. Skin cancer is also a potential side effect.
“I think it’s a great idea, it will discourage others from the practice. We don’t need to change the color of our skin to be beautiful.”Do you think skin bleaching will ever fade out?
If you’ve ever wanted to get a closer glimpse into what life is like for the First Lady of the United States, you will finally get your chance…Michelle Obama has joined Instagram! Woop Woop!
The first family of course took off on their trek to Africa where they will visit South Africa (though the health of Nelson Mandela is still not 100% clear), Tanzania, and they are currently making stops in Senegal at the moment. She decided to start her page and post her first photo a few hours ago under the name, @MichelleObama. No BaddieMichelle or HotGirlFLOTUS if you were hoping for some extra flair. The Obamas keep things professional.
For her first few photos, Michelle has posted pictures at a school in Dakar, as well as a video of young girls dancing during a welcome ceremony for the family. In the photo above, she captioned it, “My first instagram! So inspired and so impressed by these extraordinary young women. -mo #FLOTUSinAfrica”
Michelle Obama, as well as Malia, both look great in the photos, and I’m excited to see and learn more about her trip through Instagram. If you’re equally as excited, you’re welcome to follow too, but know that if you’re looking to be a hater, someone’s monitoring her page and removing foolish comments, so don’t try it. Keep it positive, as the first lady always does.
“In this video making the rounds, a woman named Marième, who lives in Senegal, goes to get her gums tattooed black. “I want black gums to obtain a more beautiful smile,” she says. “It’s become an obsession.” Later, she admits: “I’m scared.” As she should be! The procedure, which takes place outdoors using handmade needles and black powder made by burning oil and shea butter, is not for the faint of heart: Marième is in so much pain she cries and cannot get the seven layers of tattooing planned — she stops after four. “It hurts. I would never recommend this torture to anyone,” she says.”Probably the most trill part of this video comes courtesy of a woman with an amazing beehive of hairstyle, who proudly states that of this ancient tradition “…Listen to me, tattooed gums and a silver tooth: that’s what’s attractive.”
Senegalese entrepreneur Magatte Wade has moved from marketing drinks, to marketing a different perspective of Africa. Wade started her entrepreneurial efforts with Adina World Beat Beverages in 2004. She wanted to share healthier drink recipes with the world and started selling the traditional Senegalese beverage bissap in the US. According to CNN, the young entrepreneur with one multi-million dollar company under her belt, saw a world ready to see African entrepreneurs succeed. She’s now coming out with a new skin care line and ambition to change Africa’s image.
“My biggest pride was to know that it was possible, that the vision I had was possible and my vision was that the world is hungry for well-executed African brands,” Wade told CNN.
Her new skin care line is called Tiossano; and it’s a high-end skin care line based on traditional Senegalese recipes. Tiossano uses natural ingredients unique to Africa. Her product is currently based in New York.
“We are in the process of making sure that people will buy into it. In our first three weeks of existence we landed a pretty cool account already, so we’re getting there,” she said.
Wade hopes to use her entrepreneurial efforts to also help change the image people have of Africa, which she feels consists of safaris, tribal designs and charity.
She wants her business pursuits to inspire other Africans so that in the next ten years there will be an African company included in the world’s top 100 brands.
“But self-esteem will also come if enough of us today that are in the age of working, if enough of us can really get together and try and build a different brand for Africa, a brand that all of a sudden means ‘contributors to the world,’ rather than a subset of a population that’s always sucking energy out of others,” she said to CNN.
Once Tiossano sees a great enough profit, Wade aspires to move production of her products from the US to Senegal. Even before its big move, the company is making plans to donate 10 percent of its earnings to support Senegal’s next generation of leaders.
It really bugs me when people refer to Africa as a country. Sadly enough, people like Oprah and influential celebrities don’t help in trying to correct the matter with the general public. Africa is the motherland of culture and the second largest continent on the planet; nevertheless, it’s merely associated with one country most of the time and that’s South Africa. Ironically, the country where apartheid oppressed Africans so boldly is the place that’s most benefiting from tourism.
Just because other African countries don’t invest in the PR machine like South Africa doesn’t mean that potential tourists shouldn’t be made aware of these other wonderful destinations. We couldn’t cover all 56 countries of course but here are a few cities that you should consider for your winter break (hey, it’s always warm in Africa)! We’ll continue to highlight various African countries in future installments of our travel series. And as always, feel free to nominate some destinations in your comments.
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Zanzibar is a small island off the coast of Tanzania that boasts a mythical flavor. A three hour ferry ride from the mainland of Dar es Salaam will bring you to this very quaint fishtown of Stonetown which offers world-renowned architecture. The mix of Arab, Indian and East African influence is reflected in the diverse array of foods from currys to, of course, great grilled fish. A great time to go would be during the Zanzibar International Film Festival in the summer, which is the second largest film festival on the continent.
Earlier this month The World Economic Forum released its Global Competitiveness Report for 2011-2012. While the United States continued its decline in the rankings, now holding steady in fifth place, South Africa moved up in the ranks. But South Africa, which ranks 50 among the nations was only one of three African countries to cut through the top half of the rankings. 13 African nations were ranked among the lowest economically competitive.
What does competitive mean? According to the Forum, “a more competitive economy is one that is likely to grow faster over time” due to institutions and policies in place. Since we like to pay homage to the motherland here’s a list of the top ten economies on the continent of Africa:
Coming in at number ten is Senegal. The Global Competitiveness report put them at 111 among all the nations and here’s why. The nation relies heavily on donor assistance, and when the global financial meltdown of 2009 came about Senegal suffered. Their GDP declined 2 percent. Since then the nation which since 2007 has battled an unemployment rate of roughly 48 percent has struggled to get its bearings. Industries and services only make up 22 percent of jobs, as Senegal is mostly committed to agricultural. The nation has also been hampered by protests against what many claim is a corrupt government.
By Charlotte Young
Senegal’s president Abdoulaye Wade may be facing formidable opposition to his 2012 re-election. Out of the frustrations of the youth, a group of rappers have formed and are starting to shake things up.
Their name speaks for itself: “Y’en a marre,” French slang for “enough is enough.” Though they are formed out of Senegal’s rural Kaolack, their music speaks to the corruptions, urban flooding and frequent power cuts that are signature to the capital Dakar.
“We couldn’t keep talking without getting involved,” Fadel Barro, the founder of the anti-wade group told Reuters.
Since January the group has formed nearly 40 local chapters with the aim to sign up youth aged 18 and up to vote against Wade in the February 2012 elections.
The protests can be seen in concerts and demonstrations across the country, their black t-shirts boldly displaying their name. Their Facebook group carries hundreds of followers.
One senior Dakar-based diplomat watches their growth in “fascination,” acknowledging the group’s ability to address the average citizen the way no political candidate can.
Y’en a marre has had enough impact to gain government attention and has even led for some demonstrations to be banned and a few arrests.
While some analysts warn against fraudulent elections and revolutions similar to what has taken place in North Africa and other nearby regions, independent political analyst Djiby Diakhate says he doesn’t believe the religious leaders will be able to “manage things” if they attempt to manipulate the new political efforts.
“It is a movement that has emerged from the heart of the people, the real people, using the language of the people,” he said.
(AP) –To address the spiraling cost of food which elsewhere in Africa has degenerated into violent riots, Senegal is looking to a crop from its past. The black-eyed pea – known also as the cowpea – has the potential to feed millions and to act as a substitute for wheat which is not grown here or in many countries in the region, according to participants at the Fifth World Cowpea Research Conference set to start in Dakar next week.