Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Hello all,

This blog was set up to chronicle my trip through West
and Central Africa. I'm only going for three months
this time, but I hope to spin this reconnaissance trip
into something more permanent. From the comfort and
(chilly) safety of a London flat, I see this as an
opportunity to get a taste of life in conflict zones,
and to talk to people who make a living out of
reporting them. If I can pick up some news agency
work along the way or turn my observations into
stories, all the better.

My planned route includes Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire,
Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon and the DRC,
and a number of countries in between. However, my
first post should be from a lazy beach in Ghana, where
several days of sun and drumming should give me just
enough confidence to take the plunge over the border
into my first real war zone: Cote d'Ivoire, my own
private coup, the mess I missed by just 7 days back in
2002. How touching that it has waited this long for
me . . .

1 comment:

mum said...

"GEORGES COLLINET, born in Cameroon, is one of the best-known and best-loved broadcasters on the African continent. Known to his fans as "Maxi Voom Voom", Georges' French and English language music programs on the Voice of America have attracted millions of listeners. Georges also hosts a television show connecting leading public policy and cultural figures around the continent. Throughout his career, Georges has played a key role in connecting the U.S., Europe and Africa. Georges worked with African musicians in Paris during the '70s and early 80s, supporting their efforts to retain African roots in their music and to develop a distinctive, professional sound. Since 1988, he has hosted Afropop and Afropop Worldwide, the award-winning series heard on public radio throughout the U.S., Europe and Africa. Georges most recently hosted the Kora All Africa Music Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa, televised to millions of viewers all across Africa, Europe and Asia. Georges is currently hosting and directing a television series filmed around the continent focusing on conflict resolution in Africa. He is also developing an television newsmagazine of news and features from Africa. Georges is a warm, relaxed music enthusiast who brings charisma, energy and excitement wherever he goes."
from afropop.org/radio