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St Louis, Senegal. Photo via Yoann Gauthier on Flickr

How One Senegalese City Plans to Cash in on its History, Heritage and Culture

What's stopping us from unleashing the Bilbao effect on African cities?

A few years back while backpacking across West Africa (Ivory Coast to Benin) I spent a few days in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. I was in the search of mystical catfish found in a river in a small village in this town. My Burkinabe friends in Abidjan had told me about how these catfish were revered by the villagers. I had heard about the elaborate mourning ceremonies whenever any of them died, the multi-day funeral processions. That was how I found myself in this unique village split into four distinct areas for Muslims, Animists, Griots (Storytellers, drummers etc.) and iron-workers.

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100 Women: Delphine Diallo and Abrima Erwiah Share With Us the Power of Collaboration

Ghanaian/Ivorian-American fashion business woman, Delphine Diallo and French-Senagalese artist, Abrima talk the fruits of their collaboration in the fashion and visual arts industries.

Ghanaian/Ivorian-American co-founder and co-creative director of Studio 189, Abrima Erwiah, and French-Senegalese visual artist, photographer and activist, Delphine Diallo, let us in on a passionate talk about their recent business collaboration ventures.

These two women are an inspiring example of what harvests when two hardworking, creative African women come together in the name of women empowerment and love for Africa and the diaspora.

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Photo courtesy of Dakar Lives.

Dakar Lives Is the Startup On a Mission To Show You the Real Senegal

We chat with Dakar Lives co-founder, Olivia Codou Ndiaye, about how the platform is revolutionizing tourism in Senegal.

In 2015, Olivia Codou Ndiaye, Mamadou "Papi" Wane, Mamy Tall, and Marouane Gasnier came together at an instameet and co-founded Dakar Lives—a startup specializing in exposing people to real Senegalese culture and tourism.

Today, their Instagram has amassed over 66,000 followers and they've expanded into Mali, Morocco, Togo and Guinea. Growth in each city comes with new challenges, but the mission of providing an authentic point of view from locals remains the same no matter where they choose to set up shop. The four and their network are combatting a world in which "googling" things to do in an African country is far more tedious a task than doing the same for Paris, Rome, Berlin or Lisbon.

Despite appearing to only be the curators of a kaleidoscope of images, the team behind Dakar Lives has managed to create a business that is far more than what we see.

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