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DIANE AUDREY NGAKO

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Diane Audrey Ngako is the former Le Monde social media editor, who left journalism for an exciting start-up she created called Visiter L’Afrique (Visit Africa) and a content agency Omenkart in 2014. She is now based in her native Cameroon and has managed to build a community of ambassadors from various African countries, who contribute to Visiter L'Afrique, with information about what to see, do and eat while travelling. The digital platform also works with contributors to show the continent at its best, and includes an Instagram round-up of the top images from #Visiterlafrique.




The Forbes 30 under 30 honoree nurtured an online community of storytellers and travellers who share interesting images, videos and tips to get the most out of life in various regions on the continent.



The bilingual entrepreneur is inspiring Africans to look at their respective countries with a new lens, and also encouraging visitors to enjoy the continent in an authentic way by using the website and its social media channel as a resource.



—JO

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This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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