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A bit of the wild, a bit of the ocean… experiencing Mombasa and beyond!

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After my first visit to Kenya in 2017, I promised myself that I had to return and explore more of the country’s beauty; and if possible, go beyond Nairobi and the Maasai Mara.   In February, just some few days to my wedding, I had the opportunity to visit Kenya again, this time visiting parts of the country that left me wondering why I wasn’t there as part of my honeymoon.

The Journey

It was a six-day tour on the wings of RwandAir in partnership with Sarova Hotels group, to explore eco-tourism in Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa as well as the Taita–Taveta County.IMG 20180225 WA0014IMG 20180225 WA0018The journey started with a Rwandair flight (in the comfort of the premium economy cabin) from Accra to Kigali, which made a stop in Lagos for some 40 minutes. Then after some four hours from Lagos, we arrived in Kigali, Rwanda. We rested for some hours before catching an early morning flight to Mombasa, which lasted some 2 hours also.   My first encounter with Mombasa, a city on the coast of Kenya, was brief and not so inspiring as the city was just waking up, and we had to continue our journey from the airport to a train terminal.Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa1Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa3We made our way to the Mombasa train terminal under the guidance of the ever-adorable tour manager, Josephine Mwuanzi from the Sarova Group. The brand new Standard Gauge Railway has made what was once a dream holiday destination an affordable Mombasa weekend adventure.   We boarded the business class coach on high-speed train, Madaraka Express from Mombasa to Nairobi. After some 2 hours on the express we arrived at Voi Station. Voi is the largest town in Taita-Taveta County in southern Kenya.Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa5The Sarova hospitalityAmeyaw Debrah in Mombasa6Our host from the Sarova Hotels met us at Voi Station and drove us in the infamous ‘Gari’ to the Taita county. The Sarova group offers the perfect blend of tropical beach hospitality and unmatched authentic Kenyan Safari experience across its portfolio. https://youtu.be/–90aAFB25k We were first welcomed at the Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge, which later became the meeting place for all our lunches. The lodge has 62 Rooms and a restaurant with an outdoor dining experience. It is also known for its World War I Historical sites and excursions, as well as its breathtaking game viewing.Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa7Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa13Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa14Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa26Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa27We then made our way to the Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge, our accommodation for our stay in the region. It has 96 chalet rooms beautiful spread through, allowing breathtaking encounters and up-close view of wildlife.Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa8Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa9Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa12sarova saltlick lodge 1sarova saltlick lodge 2sarova saltlick lodge 3sarova saltlick lodge 4sarova saltlick lodge 5The Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge has restaurant for breakfast, with outdoor dining experience. It has a spa and gym, but sadly I didn’t get to try either because of our schedule.   Adventures in the wild   What is a trip to Kenya without an experience of the wild? Well, I missed the first night’s game drive because I was a little tired from the journey and needed small rest and some work done. I was game for the following morning’s drive but sadly it was cancelled. Hmm my luck… https://youtu.be/FwX_LsYWIMA But not to worry, I was able to join for another game drive in the evening. Through a 28,000-acre wildlife sanctuary, the adventure with nature was surely a memorable one. Although I missed the ‘Big 5’, I spotted zebras, buffalos, grand gazelles, deers, warthogs and many more during the game drive.   We also had another fun day in the wild, when we headed to the Kudu heights. Kudu Height is located on the Taita Hills, a Precambrian mountain range located in the Taita-Taveta County. It is named after the Kudu, one of the largest species of antelope.   The Kudu Height is perfect for watching the sunset with bonfire, sundowners and even for having dinner in the open.Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa17Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa19Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa20Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa22Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa24Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa25We were welcomed to music, drumming and dancing by some elderly women on the hills with champagne and wine going around. Dinner included the famous Kenyan grills, ‘Nyama Choma’ and the ambience was just perfect for chowing!Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa23  And to cap the experience, we met a pride of lions on our way back the Salt Lick.   Time for some tropical beach hospitality in Mombasahttps://youtu.be/WqITeQah0ZA After 3 nights in Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge, we made our way back to Mombasa, this time to experience the city a little bit more. We returned via the Madaraka Express and on arrival at the terminal we were picked up to the Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort.Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa28Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa29Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa30Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa31Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa32Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa34Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa35Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa36Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa37Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa38Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa39Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa40Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa41Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa42Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa44Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa45Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa46Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa47Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa48Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa49When we arrived at the resort, it was simply a breath-taking sight all around! Set in white, the buildings portrayed tranquility and blended well in all the resources of nature around. https://youtu.be/oW0uVrHrCzQ The Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort & Spa has 338 rooms, 3 restaurants, 1 Bar, and a private beach dining area. There are a number of swimming pools on the resort including one for kids, as well as the in-sync-with-nature Tulia Spa.sarova whitesands1sarova whitesands2sarova whitesands3sarova whitesands4Activities on the resort include many water sports and I was bold enough to try snorkelling for the first time. We got into the ocean on a glass-bottomed boat that allowed us to watch coral reefs, fishes and other marine life, before the snorkelling.   After giving it serious thoughts (as my bride-to-be awaited my return in Ghana), in spite of not knowing how to swim, I suited up and jumped into the water! But after failing to master the technique of breathing through my mouth, I gave up few minutes after hitting the water.Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa50Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa51Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa52Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa53Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa54Phew at least I tried…and I left Mombasa not only enjoying the fantastic cuisine, tropical breeze and warm people, but also knowing I could also say “I tried a totally new experience”.   I can’t wait for my next travel adventure. Lets see life takes me, and what knew things I will experience. I say a big thank you to Rwandair and Sarova Hotels.Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa55Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa56Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa57Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa58Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa59Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa60Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa61Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa62Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa63Ameyaw Debrah in Mombasa64

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Dr. Thomas Mensah, Dentaa Amoateng, H.E Anne-Sophie and 9 Mind-Blowing Speakers Shared Ideas at TEDxSpintex Hosted by Hyperlink Africa

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The most anticipated TEDxSpintex happened on Friday night at the Untamed Empire. A night of mind-blowing ideas shared on the TEDx stage. (more…)

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This Week On Twitter: Eloswag wins BBNaija HoH again, Twitter launches ‘Spotlight Location’, Chirp Dev Challenge and many more

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Get the latest news in music, movies, sports, entertainment and more on Twitter. Here is a recap of some of the trending stories during this week on #TwitterGhana.

Twitter “Spotlight Location” offers business presence for professionals

Professionals, be it content creators, small business or big brands can now strengthen their presence and showcase their products to customers on Twitter to drive results that move their business forward. Here is a Tweet by the social networking platform on how it’s making this possible through its latest feature known as ‘Location Spotlight’. Some media outlets such as Ameyaw Debrah has  Tweeted about this amazing feature. It is indeed a great time to be a content creator on Twitter!

 

 

Chirp Developer Challenge x Twitter is on!

The Chirp Dev Challenge is on and developers across Ghana are encouraged to join in for a chance to win great prizes valued at over $520,000 and be featured at the Chirp Developer Conference on November 16 in San Francisco. Hacklab Foundation shared a Tweet on how to participate by sharing your innovative idea building an app using Twitter’s API v2 to unlock new experiences for people on Twitter. Give it a go and inspire other developers! #ChirpDevChallenge.

 

BBNaija 2022: Eloswag wins HoH again with seven housemates up for possible eviction

It’s getting hot in Biggie House as housemates from level 1 & 2 battle out for the Head of the House (HoH) title each week. Eloswag has yet again won the week 4 Level Up HoH. Big Brother this time around gave the Head of House an opportunity to nominate from Level 1 or Level 2 house and he chose level 2. Eloswag nominated Kess, Modella, Chizzy, Pharmsavvy,  Kess, Daniella, Amaka, and Groovy. Watch highlights of Eloswag’s nominations via this video. A BBN fan commenting on Twitter said, “Eloswag will be wondering why 7 people this time around”. Meanwhile, you’re missing out if you haven’t followed ShowmaxNG where you can get all the daily highlights and gist happening on the reality show. Good job Eloswag!

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Global Citizen Festival is coming to Accra

Get ready for an epic line up of musicians including Usher, Gyakie and Sarkodie as they take the stage on September 24 at Black Star Square when the Global Citizen Africa festival comes to Accra. The movement, which aims to change the world through music and address some of the world’s biggest issues, made the announcement via this  tweet on their official Twitter handle. Start getting your dance moves ready people!

Asamoah Gyan targets Black Stars Return at Qatar 2022

In an exciting interview with BBC World Service Sport, Ghana’s football legend, Asamoah_Gyan told John Bennett of his dreams to be called to play at the World Cup in Qatar which stirred up varied reactions from netizens. The football icon shared that though he hasn’t spoken to the leadership of the Ghana Black Stars, he has started training. Here is a snippet of the interview. Reacting to the news, Social Media influencer @AsieduMends tweeted asking Ghanaians about their thoughts. Citi Sports also Tweeted. Catch more of the heated reactions by football fans here.

 

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Everything you need to know about Delta 8 Pre-rolls

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Delta 8 is getting in popular among cannabis producers, especially with edibles and, more specifically, Gummies. Delta 8 items are more and more being added to customers’ shopping carts due to new flavors being developed and more concentrated versions being created. Before we get to the top (and the top of our customers’) brands, it’s crucial to learn more regarding Delta 8 products in general.

What is Delta 8?

Delta 8 THC can be a natural substance found in hemp in very small amounts but is converted in the lab with CBD in greater quantities for use in various products. Due to the fact that Delta 8 is derived from hemp chemicals, it is legal in our federal government. Federal law bans products that have over 0.3 percent Delta 9 THC but there is no restriction on Delta 8.

The most popular type of THC cannabinoid in marijuana is beta 9, also known as delta 9. That’s why marijuana is known to have health benefits as well as a powerful psychoactive effect, but also with adverse effects such as anxiety, and paranoia. CBD is well-known for its renowned reputation of offering health benefits (sleep issues, anxiety, general well-being, body pain) which you can take pleasure in without the mental jitters or the high from THC.

Delta 8 has pros and cons, what are they?

It has garnered a dedicated audience due to the fact that it gives a psychoactive high, but also has health benefits. It is possible to eliminate certain negative side effects by using Delta 9 (paranoia and anxiety). While Delta 9 does not produce as much intoxication as Delta 9 (less intoxication), it is equally potent.

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However, it’s distinct. It may bring euphoric physical relaxation, as well as mental peace to your mind. You can learn more about Delta 8 THC in our full blog on its benefits.

The advantages of the use of DELTA 8

The utilization of Delta 8, in general, is a fantastic way to reap the advantages of THC in addition to an intense high in psychoactive levels without the unpleasant negative consequences like anxiety or anxiety. Certain benefits include the ability to relax, stimulate your appetite, and anxiety-reducing anti-inflammatory effects that keep your mind in a state of calm. It’s high but without blurred vision.

Delta 8 Pre-rolls

Infused with delta-8, delta-8 pre-rolls are made from hemp flower infused with delta-8 (CBD or CBG flower). The most sought-after pre-rolls consist of pre-rolled cigarettes.

What are the purposes that Delta 8 pre-rolls do?

Delta 8 THC creates the same euphoric effects but is not as strong as Delta 9. Delta 8 prerolls. The one you prefer the most will provide the same benefits as our most loved ones, but they’re completely different! The most frequent outcomes are happiness as well as joy and relief from physical pain.

Conclusion

Delta-8 pre-rolls are a great way to experience the pleasure of the Delta-8 flower, without the need to make the flower roll by yourself. They are particularly beneficial to those just beginning to discover cannabis and don’t have experience in rolling smokeable items, however, everyone can benefit from the ease of pre-rolls. If you want to know more about delta 8 pre-rolls then visit indacloud.co

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Guest Blog: Our qualified doctors of pharmacy have not been paid for 7 months

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The Doctor of Pharmacy Programme or PharmD as it is popularly called is a professional doctorate pharmacy programme that involves 6 years of training in an accredited institution which enables one to become a licensed pharmacist by the Pharmacy Council of Ghana (in this case) or an approved body (which is country specific) in order to work in the clinical space. (more…)

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Hollard and Melcom Celebrate Five Thousand Policies in Two Years of Partnership

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Hollard and Melcom Celebrate Five Thousand Policies in two years of partnership. Since partnering to make insurance more accessible to Ghanaians through a Shop and Insure initiative, insurance group Hollard Ghana, with subsidiaries Hollard Insurance and Hollard Life, is marking two years of partnership with retail giant, Melcom. (more…)

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Fascinated by the new HUAWEI nova Y70? We answer all your questions here!

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Huawei’s latest HUAWEI nova Y70 has done something amazing that not many other entry-level phones on the market can brag about. It has put together so many solid features on a single device but at an attractive price. The phone comes with an incredible 6000mAh battery, an expansive 6.75-inch display, a great trio of cameras, and more. Here’s everything you need to know about this new smartphone.

How long can we expect the battery to last on a single charge?

As you already know, the HUAWEI nova Y70 comes with a huge 6000mAh battery. That’s huge even for a 2022 smartphone. The benefit of having such a big battery is that it can last for 3 days on a single full charge. What’s even more amazing is that it supports 22.5W HUAWEI SuperCharge to help you fill-up the large battery in no time. You will be hard-pressed to find such an amazing combination at this price point.

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Is the display good for gaming and watching movies?

The HUAWEI nova Y70 features a large 6.75-inch HUAWEI FullView Display that’s great for watching videos. The high screen to body ratio of 90.26% also helps you focus on the content leaving little around the screen to distract you. The phone also adopts a classic flat screen with a single punch hole in the middle to present a simple yet stylish design.

For gamers, the smartphone’s screen also supports an industry-leading 10-point Multi-touch technology to provide a fast response time even when using multi-finger gestures. To reduce the burden on the eyes, HUAWEI nova Y70 also features smart dimming, a luminous screen, an e-book mode, as well as a video quality enhancement feature to further improve the visual experience.

How good are the cameras on the HUAWEI nova Y70?

If you are looking for a smartphone with great cameras to explore your creativity, then the HUAWEI nova Y70’s AI Triple Camera is all you need. It features a 48MP High-res Main Camera, a 120° 5MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera and a 2MP Depth Camera. Thanks to the f/1.8 aperture of the 48MP High-res Main Camera, it allows for more light when shooting resulting in clean-looking photos. Coupled with the optimised Huawei algorithms, HUAWEI nova Y70 greatly enhances the quality of captured images, ensuring every shot is of optimal quality, even when taking pictures against the light.

The 5MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera helps you easily fit more content in one frame. The 2MP Depth Camera works with the innovative bokeh algorithm to blur the background, allowing your subject to stand out. The 8MP front camera also supports the bokeh effect to blur the background when taking selfies. Huawei’s AI Beauty algorithm can capture selfies in crisp detail with a natural beautifying effect and intelligently improve issues like image sharpness and digital noise to preserve details in your selfies.

What does the 128GB of storage space mean in real-life usage?

The 128GB storage capacity on the HUAWEI nova Y70 is going to be sufficient for the vast majority of people out there. To put it into perspective, you will easily be able to store up to 170 episodes of a drama series, 20,000 high-quality songs and over 60 HD movies on the phone. However, the phone caters even to those heavy users who need extra storage. The HUAWEI nova Y70 supports up to 512GB storage capacity when using MicroSD cards, allowing them to store everything they want in their phone. It is also equipped with EROFTS super file compression technology to easily download your favourite songs, videos, and games.

The trusted, innovative, user-friendly and secure AppGallery is available on the HUAWEI nova Y70, where users can easily navigate, explore, find and download a wide range of high-quality apps.

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