Mark Rausch

  • 15 Of The Most Haunted Places In South Africa

    Most Haunted Places In South Africa By Mark Rausch, 7:00 am

    Don’t pull over to pick up the Uniondale Hitchhiker. Legend has it that one cold Easter night in 1968, a young couple crashed on a lonely road at the Barandas turnoff in the Eastern Cape. The man survived, but his girlfriend’s life was cut short. She decided to stick around, however. Every witness says the same thing. They pick up a pretty brown-haired girl on a cold winter’s night. She gets in the car, laughs loudly, and disappears, leaving the scent of apple blossoms behind. She’s trying to get to her parent’s house to announce her engagement, you see.

  • 6 Fascinating Ghanaian Cultural Festivals That Reinforce Tradition

    Ghanaian cultural festivals By Mark Rausch, 7:00 am

    Ghanaian cultural festivals reinforce tradition and ties to land and community. If you happen to be in Ghana, join in and dance. The Homowo Festival — “hunger hoot” — remembers a famine that once affected the Kwa people. Crops are planted in May before the rainy season, with drumming and noise banned so farmers can concentrate on growing food. The festival culminates in August with massive feasting in an official “hoot to hunger.” In Accra, this festival is part of the urban mainstream.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About Flags of Western Africa

    By Mark Rausch, 6:36 pm AFKI Original

    After centuries of slave trade and British colonial rule, Nigeria was made a British protectorate in 1914, and the Seal of Solomon was raised — a green star on a red disk, representing the colony of Nigeria. In 1959, on the verge of independence, a national flag contest was announced. Michael Taiwo Akinkunmi, a student living in London, beat out more than 3,000 contestants. On the day of autonomy, Oct. 1, 1960, the new flag was raised. Green represents forests and natural wealth. White represents peace.

  • 10 Kenyan Festivals You Should Know About

    kenyan festivals By Mark Rausch, 7:00 pm

    The typical trip to Kenya might involve a safari, checking out the sights in Nairobi, or indulging in some R&R at a balmy coastal resort. But if you are up for something not so typical, why not get your party on at a festival? Here are 10 energetic Kenyan festivals that are not only fun, but offer more colorful insight into the culture of Kenya than you’ll see through your binoculars on safari.

  • 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Ghana

    By Mark Rausch, 7:00 pm

    Ghana, the gem of West Africa, is a mystery to many Westerners. But there is so much to know about it: its role in the history of the slave trade, which of its gleaming beaches are the finest, where to find thumping nightlife, and what you’ll see in its national parks. Here we give you all the info you need to get to know Ghana and have a wild adventure there.

  • Spicy, Savory, Seductive And Satisfying: 10 Delicious North African Dishes

    north african dishes By Mark Rausch, 7:00 pm

    Influenced by native African, Middle Eastern and colonial cultures, this distinctive cuisine makes an indelible mark on the palate as well as the mind. If you’re traveling to North Africa be sure to try some of the following dishes — but if you can’t eat them in their countries of origin, you can always try to make them at home. Here are 10 North African dishes which are sure to arouse your senses and sate your hunger, plus links to recipes.

  • Chefchaouen: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Morocco’s Blue City

    By Mark Rausch, 7:00 pm

    The Moroccan city of Chefchaouen (called “Chaouen” for short) is a bewitchingly blue-washed dreamland. Viewing it from above is like looking at a city under water; visiting on the ground is a transcendent full-immersion experience where the color wraps around you on every winding street. And its residents are anything but “blue”– they’re relaxed, courteous, and welcoming. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Morocco’s Blue City.

  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Winnie Mandela

    By Mark Rausch, 8:07 am AFKI Original

    Despite the controversy, Winnie Mandela was popular and inspiring at a grassroots level in South Africa. Nelson Mandela died Dec. 5, 2013. “I was holding him…then he drew his last breath and just rested,” Winnie said. Together and apart, Nelson and Winnie helped liberate South Africans from the tyranny of apartheid. Winnie — flaws and all — continues to stir unease in some and inspiration in many more.

  • Top 10 Countries Of Origin For Africans Living In The US

    An Egyptian American protests in Times Square June 17, 2015, after an Egyptian court sentenced former President Mohamed Morsi to death over jailbreak charges. Photo: Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Getty By Mark Rausch, 10:58 am AFKI Original

    Egypt’s two presidential ousters in 2011 and 2013 painted an uncertain future for Egyptians. Especially Coptic Christians, fearing for their safety, have made a mass exodus. It is estimated that an additional 100,000 Egyptians have joined the already 350,000-strong, pre-revolution Egyptian immigrant population in the U.S. Check out this list of the top 10 countries of origin for Africans living in the US, according to the American Community Survey’s 2010 census.

  • 10 Sharks Found Off South African Coasts

    DNA barcoding By Mark Rausch, 8:05 pm AFKI Original

    Shark Week, Shark Tank, feeding frenzies — sharks just generally have become a cultural phenomenon and South Africa has some of the baddest in the world. Lurking off her shores are a multitude of species. Recoil all you’d like when scrolling through these photos, but remember: the scariest thing about sharks is their possible extinction. Here are 10 of South Africa’s most prominent species.