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Fashion Editorial: “Black Ice”
Photography: Ada Emihe of Avaloni Studios
Make Up: Dele Alakija
Model: Karen Bengo

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WOMEN’S MONTH IMAGE FOCUS: Striking and breathtaking images Burundi-born UK-based dancer and model Karen Bengo's modelling portfolio.

Bengo has danced for the likes of MIA, Rita Ora, Pixie Lott and the late Whitney Houston, and has trained in a range of various styles - from hip-hop and modern, to jazz and house.

Find her on tumblr, twitter & youtube.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

WOMEN’S MONTH NEWS: Isha Johansen has been confirmed as the new president of the Sierra Leone Football Association.

At 48, Johansen (pictured left) joins Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera (pictured right) as the only two women to occupy the position of president of a football association. Nsekera has been president of the Fédération de Football du Burundi since 2004, and since 2009 has been a member of the International Olympic Committee.

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AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

Happy Independence Day Burundi!

The original inhabitants of Burundi were the Twa, a Pygmy people who now make up only 1% of the population. Today the population is divided between the Hutu, making up around 85% of Burundi’s population, and the Tutsi, approximately 14%. Both Hutu and Tutsi people speak the same language, Rwanda-Rundi, also spoken as a mother tongue by the Twa. The difference between tree two ethnic groups is primarily occupational - Hutu are considered to be agriculturally-based, whereas the Tutsi are known to be cattle herders, and Twa are traditionally hunter-gatherers. The main division between the Tutsi and the Hutu came with the classification system based on wealth status (cow ownership) and physical appearance that defined

Present-day Burundi first came under European colonial control when it was colonized by the Germans and became a part of German East Africa in 1885. After Germany’s defeat in World War I, Germany was forced to ‘hand over’ the territory to Belgium. From 1916-1924 the territory was under Belgian military occupation, conquered by Belgian Congo forces in 1916. Under the Treaty of Versailles, German East Africa was divided between Belgium and Great Britain with the area know known as Burundi becoming under full control of Belgium in 1924. The area officially became Ruanda-Urundi. The Belgians had promised the League of Nations that they would promote ‘education’ in the region but, as with all colonist countries, they exploited the people and their land to benefit Belgium interests.

Read more about how Burundi gained their independence.


On Thursday 17 January, 6-8pm at the STEVENSON in Cape Town
The exhibition runs until 23 February 2013.
WALKABOUT: Nitegeka will give a walkabout of his exhibition in support of the Friends of the South African National Gallery on Friday 18 January at 11am. Cost is R20 (members and non-members); all are welcome.


‘Jazz (Yellow Mood)’ by Luc Gatwa from Bujumbura, Burundi

(via streetetiquette)

Four African Women Who Are Changing the Face of Coffee

These four women are at the forefront of change, empowering other women in the coffee industry (clockwise from top left): Angele Ciza, Fatima Aziz Faraji, Immy Kamarade and Mbula Musau.

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CURRENT AFRICAN LEADERS: Pierre Nkurunziza, President of Burundi

President of Burundi since 2005, Nkurunziza was the Chairman of the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), the ruling party until he was elected the President of the Republic of Burundi.

Nkurunziza was a lecturer at Burundi University when civil war broke out in the country following the assassination of Burundi’s first ethnic Hutu democratically elected president, Melchior Ndadaye, in 1993.

He joined the CNDD-FDD in 1995 as a soldier after the army attacked the university campus. In a 2004 interview with the IRIN humanitarian news agency, he recalls the events that occurred:

"In 1995, the Tutsi army attacked the campus and killed 200 students. They tried to kill me too. The attackers shot at my car but I got out and ran away. They torched my car. I then joined the CNDD-FDD as a soldier. This war was forced on us; we did not start it."

After rising through the ranks, Nkurunziza was appointed deputy secretary-general of the CNDD-FDD in 1998. In 2001, he was elected chairman. There was a split in the group in late 2001. He was re-elected to the post of chairman in August 2004.

Beginning in late 2003 and after the ceasefire agreement, he was appointed Minister for Good Governance in the transitional government of President Domitien Ndayizeye.

Nkurunziza was one of seven siblings. Two of his siblings were killed after civil war erupted in 1993, and three others died while fighting in the CNDD-FDD. Only one of his siblings, a sister, is alive today.

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Kivumvu: Basket Boy

A short Burundi film about a ten-year-old named Kivumvu (Kirundi for ‘basket’) who searches for the origins of his often mocked name.

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Looking towards Bwiza from top of White Stone in Rohero, #Bujumbura #Burundi (Taken with Instagram)

Saga Beach, Burundi

Joint sipping of banana beer/wine remains an important component of both engagements and marriages. (x)

The national drink of both Burundi and Rwanda, Urwarwa is a homemade banana wine that is usually served at special celebrations or as part of a meal.

Urwarwa is often presented as a gift to high-ranking members of the community.

Most of the bananas produced in Rwanda are used in the making of this drink.


Women selling fruits and vegetables on the roadside

(somewhere in) Burundi

Karera Falls, Burundi