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Travel Diary: Kwaku Morgan's Global Search for Cultural Enlightenment

In today's travel diary, Kwaku Morgan shares some of his favorite travel destinations

DIASPORA— June is “No Borders” month at OkayAfrica. That can mean a lot of things and we’ll get to that, but one thing we wouldn’t want to miss out on is the sheer joy of travel. So, to honor the carefree black traveler we’ll be posting new photo diaries from a wide range of African and diaspora super-travelers of their favorite places and why.


Kwaku Morgan became interested in travel after a simple conversation with his friend and future travel partner, Jerry, that made a very lasting impression on him. Jerry told him: “It’s your social responsibility to enlighten yourself on other cultures, and pass that information on to others.” Soon after, the two were traveling the world, experiencing many cultures, while taking beautiful photographs to document their experiences. Their third partner, Yinka , joined the traveling pair soon thereafter, and since then, the three explorers have traversed multiple continents, using Instagram to chronicle their journeys. Morgan tells OkayAfrica:

“I’ve travelled to Brazil, England, France, South Africa, Croatia, Japan, Egypt, Italy—Florence, Rome, Venice—and Bali. My next travel destination will start with a South African Safari, and will continue to the Okavango Delta, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Sossusvlei, and Namibia.”

For more pictures, follow Kwaku Morgan on Instagram: @Morgan4Real12 . Below check out some of his favorite travel memories around the world:

Kanto Lampo Waterfall, Bali

Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Italy

Cooking Class in the Mercato di San Lorenzo in Florence, Italy

The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

The Abu Simbel Temples, Egypt

Gion District, Japan

The Island of Hvar, Croatia.

Table Mountain, South Africa

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Image courtesy of Peintre Obou.

Ivorian Artist Peintre Obou Speaks on Expression Through His Masked Characters

Peintre Obou talks about how he came to be an artist, his fervour for the mask, and his uplifting project, 'Abobo E Zo'.

Gbais Obou Yves Fredy better known as Peintre Obou is an Ivorian artist whose work is centered around the political-military crisis in his home. To date, his career has been an exploration of his passion for the human condition and the traumas he has experienced as a result of human-orchestrated disasters. He goes as far as highlighting life in the slums and the individuals who opened their arms to him in the lowly communes of Abidjan. He distinctively distorts the faces of his subjects with masks and places vibrant colors upon their bodies as he weaves tales of war, trauma, suffering, and oppression.

Last summer, the Ivorian commune of Abobo underwent renovation in a project titled, Abobo E Zo commissioned by the Minister Hamed Bakayoko. Not only were downtrodden areas within the community rehabilitated and sanitized but multiple buildings around the populous commune were painted to the delight of residents. It was street art set on enlightening a disadvantaged community piloted by Obou with help from hundreds of crafty volunteers.

This interview was conducted in French and has been translated and edited for length and clarity.

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