Africa

Kano

Date: Sunday, 30 March 2014

SHOPPING
Be sure to stop at the Kurmi Market, where you’ll find everything from shoes and carved stones to jewelry and jewelry boxes.

CUISINE
If you’re keen to sample the local cuisine, try miyan taushe (pumpkin seed soup) and tuwo shunkafa (pounded rice), washed down with zobo (marshmallow herbal tea).

CLIMATE
Kano’s climate is hot and semi-arid. Rainfall is most plentiful between June and September.

PLACES TO SEE
Climb Dala Hill and view the magnificent Kano landscape. Gidan Makama Museum, a 15th century former palace, houses major works of art, so pay a visit to this museum and to Dan Hausa, northern Nigeria’s first primary school. Tour the Great Mosque of Kano with its unique architecture.

LOCAL CULTURE
Founded some 1,400 years ago, Kano is west central Africa’s oldest city. As a stop on the Trans-Sahara trade route, it was also an important place for Islamic scholars.

LANGUAGE
The Hausa language, which has the largest number of speakers in northern Nigeria, is spoken.

WHERE IN THE WORLD
Nigeria, Africa

TIME ZONE
GMT + 1

FLIGHTS
Turkish Airlines has Istanbul-Kano-Istanbul flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Ndjamena

Date: Monday, 27 January 2014

PLACES TO SEE
01_Visit Chad National Museum and get an idea of the country’s history.
02_Tour the beautiful mosques in this city that was designated the Islamic Capital of Culture in 2009.

LOCAL CULTURE
01_You will feel the synthesis of modern and traditional at every step you take in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena.

SHOPPING
Shop in the native markets that are scattered all over the city. Camel-hair carpets, for example, are among the unique local products

CLIMATE
Dry from October to May, wet from June to September. Temperatures can rise as high as 45° C before the rains.

HINGS TO DO
01_Discover Gaoui, famous for its pottery, just minutes from the city.
02_Explore the banks of the River Chari on the border with Cameroon and watch the sunset.

ELANGUAGE
French, Arabic and upwards of 120 local tribal languages are spoken.

CUISINE
Try the “Nachif” soup made with ground meat and the freshly squeezed fruit juices.

WHERE IN THE WORLD
Africa

TIME ZONE
GMT + 1

FLIGHTS
Turkish Airlines has Istanbul-N’Djamena-Istanbul flights every day of the week. For information: www.turkishairlines.com

Turkey, Connecting Africa With The World

Article: Hilal Turan Photo: Sedat Özkömeç Date: Wednesday, 01 January 2014

TURKEY’S AMBASSADOR TO CHAD, PROF. AHMET KAVAS, İS KNOWN FOR HİS VALUABLE ACADEMİC WORK ON OTTOMAN AFRİCA. WE TALKED WİTH HİM ABOUT THAT WORK AND ABOUT CHAD.

Q:What region are we talking about when we say “Ottoman Africa”? What are its boundaries?
A:It’s actually a concept that was used in the Ottoman period. When the Spanish and the Portuguese closed in on Africa, the Ottoman state broke the siege and saved a large part of the continent from invasion. The 16th century, when the city of Tunis came under Ottoman rule in 1574 and Mombasa, the most important city in the country known today as Kenya, in 1585, was a period in which the Ottoman empire acquired its last organ, perhaps even its legs. The regions where the Ottomans ruled or their influence was spontaneously acknowledged cover close to half the surface area of the continent today. But the Ottoman area of impact and influence was far wider, because all the Muslim societies - including the islands in the Indian Ocean - regarded the Ottomans as their greatest protectors right up to the beginning of the 20th century.

Q:There is also the period when Africa was crippled by colonialism. You say in your academic studies that the Ottoman presence in the region offered resistance to colonialism. Could you elaborate a little on that?
A:The Ottoman state knew what colonialism could do and how it could swallow up Africa if it achieved its goal. Rendering that effort unsuccessful in the 16th century, the Ottomans acted as a counter to it until the mid-19th century and protected Africa from colonialism throughout that period. From the mid-19th century onwards, however, Ottoman power was unequal to that of Europe, and one by one all the Ottomans’ fears were realized. The languages, religions, customs, mores and other values of the African continent were eroded during that period, the continent was weakened socio-economically, and an effort was made to impose European culture in part although complete Europeanization was never the intention.

Q:How did relations between Turkey and Africa develop after the Ottomans? What does Africa mean for Turkey today?
A:When the Ottoman state was wrenched away from Africa against its own wishes, seven European countries - primarily France and England, but also Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Belgium - totally overran the continent, and Africa was virtually closed to the outside world up to the 1950’s. After the Second World War, 50 of the 54 countries on the continent today declared their independence one after the other. It was very difficult for us to feel any interest in Africa until the 1960’s. We nevertheless opened embassies in all the countries that declared independence, but, for reasons that remain unknown, at some point we stopped at only 12-13 countries.  Today the number has risen to 35 with the new embassies opened as part of Turkey’s Africa initiative in 2005. In terms of surface area, Turkey is represented on 95 percent of the continent today. Our organizations of civil society have also begun making inroads on the continent in the areas of health, education and humanitarian assistance. The serious Turkish presence on the continent today commenced in an approach that recognized the pain and problems of the people here and produced solutions. Trade relations developed and, thanks to experienced diplomacy, are moving rapidly forward today.  We are the country with the most representation on the African continent today. Not only that, but Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier, is also connecting Africa’s most remote points to the rest of the world. We fly to close to forty African capitals.

Q:Turkish Airlines has also started flying to Chad, where you are the Ambassador. How has that affected Chad’s connection to the world?
A:There used to be flights between Chad and Europe only a few times a week, so the Chadian people were unable to connect with the world at the requisite level. Although it has a population of 12 million, Chad is a big country. Because it lies in the heart of Africa, it has plans in the near future to build an aviation hub that will be conveniently accessible to all the continent’s airlines. There is a serious economic potential in the Lake Chad basin. From the standpoint of security, it is the leading country on the continent at the moment. It has also been elected a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Although French is one official language, the other official language, Arabic, is more commonly used in everyday life, which enables the country to communicate very easily with the entire Arab region. Chad lies at the heart of a geography that is home to the enormous populations of Sudan, Libya, Egypt, Niger, Cameroon, the Central African Republic and, especially, Nigeria right on its doorstep. To sum up, by flying to Chad, Turkish Airlines is actually connecting this huge hinterland and virtually attaching the continent’s heart to its vital arteries.

South Africa in 5 Questions

Article: Melih Uslu Date: Sunday, 01 December 2013

IT HAS EVERYTHING FROM MUSEUMS AND OTTOMAN MONUMENTS TO SAFARI CAMPS AND WHITE SAND BEACHES. HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW SOUTH AFRICA?

01_What is the name of the mosque erected by Sultan Abdulhamid II in Cape Town in 1884?
A_Nur el-Hamidiye  
B_Nur el-Sultaniye  
C_Nur el-Selimiye
D_Nur el-Süleymaniye

02_What is the name of the southwestern tip of Africa, which was discovered by Portuguese navigators in 1488?
A_Vasco da Gama
B_Africa
C_Pacific Ocean
D_Cape of Good Hope

03_Which animal species can you watch at the observation station at Hermanus, two hours west of Cape Town, where visitors are alerted to an animal’s approach by a sound similar to Morse code?
A_Penguins
B_Eagles
C_Whales
D_Dolphins

04_What is the name of the national safari park, famed for its Leopard Hills, that is one of the world’s largest nature reserves?
A_Transvaal
B_Kruger
C_Lesotho
D_Swaziland

05_One of South Africa’s most popular festivals, Kaapse Klopse is held every year on January 2. In which city does this event, famed its costumes and tantamount to a second New Year’s celebration, take place?
A_Cape Town
B_Johannesburg
C_Soweto
D_Pretoria

ANSWERS
1 - a Nur el-Hamidiye
2 - d Cape of Good Hope
3 - c Whales
4 - b Kruger
5 - a Cape Town

Africa’s Golden Horn

Date: Monday, 30 September 2013

CAPITAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI, DJIBOUTI CITY IS ONE OF EAST AFRICA’S AREAS MOST WORTH EXPLORING FOR ITS NATURAL BEAUTY, WILDLIFE AND BEACHES.

Go wind surfing in the Grand Bara and visit the salt formations on the shore of Lake Assal, located at the lowest point in Africa.
Go diving on the coral-rich islands of Moucha and Maskali in Tadjoura Bay and see the stunning corals and colorful Red Sea fish. Moucha Island is only 10 minutes from Djibouti city center by boat.
Swim with whale sharks in Tadjoura Bay, one of the most popular activities in Djibouti.
Savor sun and sea at Lake Ghoubet, where black lava cliffs, also known as the Rift Valley, border the beach.

Opposite Ends Of The Silk Road

Article: Prof. Dr. Christopher Neumann Illustration: The Design Surgery Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2013

TO SEE HOW ENORMOUS A CONTINENT EURASIA IS ON THE EARTH, IT’S ENOUGH TO LOOK AT A SIMPLE PHYSICAL MAP.

A gigantic land mass, an area of incredible diversity with three subcontinents, Europe, India and China, each a geographical unity, as well as deserts, islands, great rivers, steppes, inland seas and the world’s tallest mountains. But if you didn’t have such a map, how would you get an idea about Eurasia? Let’s say you lived in the time of the great Emperor Justinian I, builder of the Hagia Sophia and the man behind the systematic codification of Roman law.
FROM THE NEW ROME TO CHINA
Were the residents of the New Rome - in other words today’s city of Istanbul, said to have become as much the center of the universe as the capital of the Byzantine Empire with the construction of the Hagia Sophia and the acquisition of the cross on which Jesus was said to have been crucified as a sacred relic - were they entirely aware that they lived at one end of Eurasia?

Entebbe, Natural City

Illustration: The Design Surgery Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2013

ON THE SHORES OF UGANDA’S LAKE VICTORIA, ENTEBBE APPEALS TO EVERYONE WHO LONGS TO GET CLOSE TO NATURE.

-One of Africa’s biggest botanical gardens is located in Entebbe. Be sure to see this magnificent nature reserve.
-Have a picnic in the Ssese Islands, an ornithological reserve, and feed the African birds.
-Make a trek in the heart of nature along the shores of Lake Victoria.
-Meet the wild animals at Entebbe’s Wildlife Center. If you’re lucky you might even see an albino rhinoceros.

Coşkun Aral’s Peacecul People

Photo: Coşkun Aral Date: Saturday, 01 June 2013

COŞKUN ARAL İS A PHOTOJOURNALİST. ONE OF A HANDFUL OF WAR PHOTOGRAPHERS AROUND THE WORLD, HE DOCUMENTS SOME OF MANKİND’S TOUGHEST SİTUATİONS İN HİS SHOTS. BUT HE İS COMİNG TO US THİS TİME WİTH A DİFFERENT SET OF PHOTOS, OF PEOPLE ENGAGED İN THEİR OWN EVERYDAY TASKS. IF ONLY EVERY PLACE ON EARTH COULD BE LİKE THİS.

Africa In Five Questions

Date: Wednesday, 01 May 2013

FLAUNTING SOME OF THE EARTH’S BRIGHTEST COLORS IN ITS TROPICAL FORESTS, GOLDEN SAND BEACHES AND HISTORIC SITES, AFRICA IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT THESE DAYS. HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW IT?

01_ A northwestern African city known for its timber trade, Libreville is the capital of what country?
A Nigeria
B Gabon
C Somalia
D Rwanda

The Distant Near

Date: Monday, 01 April 2013

CEM BOYNER IS A BUSINESSMAN. BUT HE IS EQUALLY A PHOTOGRAPHER. HIS INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY, WHICH BEGAN IN HIGH SCHOOL, HAS TAKEN HIM TO THE DEPTHS OF THE SEA AND THE DESERTS OF AFRICA. THIS HOBBY ALSO PRODUCED A SERIES OF FABULOUS EXHIBITIONS. HERE IS A PICTORIAL SUMMARY OF ONE OF THEM.

A look such as you would only show yourself in the mirror, or perhaps show your mother. A look you would keep for yourself alone, if you like yourself a lot, or that you would show to someone you love very much, but definitely a look not everyone could see. This man found me. He started an argument. He made himself the center of attention and got himself photographed.

 

Rising Star In The Arts: Kinshasa

Illustration: Elif Çiftçioğlu Date: Friday, 01 March 2013

THE CAPITAL OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, KINSHASA IS WORTH SEEING FOR ITS WAY OF LIFE AND RECENT PROGRESS AS WELL AS THE AMAZING NATURAL BEAUTY THAT SURROUNDS IT.

  • Visit the Academy of Fine Arts for a close acquaintance with the art of the Congo and some special gifts for yourself.
  • Check out the galleries at Kinsuka for art typical of Kinshasa, which is slowly making a name for itself on the African art scene. 
  • Lose yourself among the colorful traditional costumes, souvenirs, and fruits and vegetables in Kinshasa’s sprawling outdoor markets. 

Post-Safari!

Date: Tuesday, 01 January 2013

SOUTH AFRICA’S LARGEST CITY, CAPE TOWN IS A SHOPPING CITY WHERE MANY CULTURES MINGLE.

You’ll enjoy touring and shopping in Cape Town, the city that blends West and South to perfection. Here are a few hints for getting the best out of a shopping marathon:
- Go to Kalk and Hout Bays and the Constantia, Kirstenbosch and Rondebosch districts for the antique, souvenir and handicraft markets.
- If it’s music and a festival atmosphere you’re after, browse through the shops on Greenmarket Square with their wide array of products.

Bride Of The Red Sea

Article: Tareq Abdalhafez An Nasr Photo: Levent Konuk Date: Tuesday, 01 January 2013

HURGHADA, OR THE BRIDE OF THE RED SEA, IS NAMED FOR THE ARABIC OF THE NITRARIA TREE, WHICH IS WIDESPREAD IN THE REGION.

Home only to local tribes until the start of the 20th century, Hurghada acquired considerable importance when oil was discovered in the environs in 1913. Unarguably however it only gained true recognition in the 1980’s thanks to its rich underwater world. Together with diving regions like Abu Nahhas and the discovery of diving zones like Blaf, the city has become one of the world’s leading and most famous dive centers. 
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Masai Mara Is Calling

Article: Süha Derbent Photo: Süha Derbent Date: Tuesday, 01 January 2013

AFRICA IS PERHAPS THE PLACE WHERE YOU WILL FIND YOUR ROOTS. A PLACE WHERE YOU WILL WITNESS THE PRISTINE POWER OF NATURE AND ITS PERFECT BALANCE, WHERE YOU WILL ENJOY THE PRIVILEGE OF GETTING UNBELIEVABLY CLOSE TO SOME VERY SPECIAL LIVING CREATURES. FOR TH

Observe those creatures and rediscover the flawless beauty of nature. You’re going to fall in love with Africa.
Several countries in central and south Africa are good choices for a safari. I have traveled almost the entire continent and I recommend the optimum place: go to Masai Mara to see the largest number of animals at incredibly close range in the shortest possible time.
Your most precious photos are going to be souvenir photos you’ll look at again years later.

5 Surfing Beaches Around The World

Date: Saturday, 01 December 2012

SUMMER’S NOT OVER YET! HERE ARE FIVE BEACHES FOR ADRENALINE-ADDICTED BIG WAVE SURFING BUFFS.

1 Jeffreys Bay (South Africa) Jeffreys Bay near Port Elizabeth is popular with expert surfers as well as experienced amateurs. And the coasts at Storms River Mouth in the south are dazzling. 2 Uluwatu (Bali) The waves here break at the foot of steep cliffs where old Hindu temples rise. Nature’s breathtaking wild beauty on one side exoticism on the other. 3 Sunset (Hawaii) Rising from the depths, barrel waves form here before breaking over the coral reefs.

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