Family and Holidays

See Reasons Why Babies Cry Immediately After Birth
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The moment your little one emerges out of your body into the real world, everyone in the room, including the doctors, nurses and yourself, are fixated on the baby and waiting for him to make his presence felt. The first cry of the baby is something that signifies his entry into the world. But do all babies cry at birth? Do they continue to keep crying or they cry just for a few minutes and then go silent? What does each cry signify? These and many other questions are all necessary for understanding the healthy nature of a baby

Why do Babies Cry after Birth?

A baby crying after birth is considered an ideal situation and with good reason. Once the child is born, doctors usually will work towards using a suction tube to clean out any residual fluid in the baby’s nose and mouth. This allows the bodily systems to be triggered and stimulate a cry. At times, this is done by the baby himself and the lungs kick into action to cry out loud, which also draws in the first breath of his life.

The Dos And Don'ts Of Meeting Your Inlaws For The First Time
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Here’s how to navigate those first delicate in-law encounter

1) Don’t try to kiss them, unless they give some indication that they are going to kiss you first.

2) Do stick to uncontroversial subjects, conversation-wise - which rules outBrexit, immigration, religion, the state of the NHS, Scottish independence, state v private education, Donald Trump, euthanasia and inheritance tax. 

3) Do take a gift. Flowers and decent wine (not Blossom Hill) are safe bets, even if they don’t drink much. 

4) Don’t offer to carve.

5) Do check around carefully before you sit down. 

6) Don’t ask to borrow anything - particularly money, but even something as innocuous as a ratty old paperback on a bookshelf. 

7) Do accept the sleeping arrangements as presented to you, without sulking or making a point of dragging single beds together in the middle of the night. 

8) Don’t say ‘Has he always snored like that? It’s like sleeping in a farmyard.’

9) Do use a coaster.

10) Don’t say, ‘So, were you evacuated in the war?’ They probablyweren’t even born until 1952.

11) Do tuck into whatever they have cooked for you. 

12) Don’t assume that, as they were pre-warned you’re a vegetarian, they will pay heed. 

13) Do mention your own parents in fond terms, but don’t brag. Saying, ‘Of course, my parents are intellectuals’ might imply that you find this lot a bit dim.

Top Locations For Tourists To Visit In The Gambia, West Africa.
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What brings most people to The Gambia are the beaches – and there are plenty to choose from.

Luxurious five-star resorts that cater to your every whim co-exist with fun and busy Mediterranean-style zones chock full of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.

There’s also plenty of room for lazy days and long walks along palm-tree lined pristine coast line.  Just take your pick.  But there is so much more to Africa’s tiniest county!

Surrounded on all sides by Senegal, The Gambia is home to nature reserves, charming fishing villages, and a number of historic slave trade stations worth exploring.

If you’re a bird lover, it’s unlikely that you haven’t heard of this country as you can spot over 100 bird species on a single river cruise.

One of the best parts about The Gambia are the variety of day excursions that can be organized while you’re visiting.

Let’s explore the best places to visit in The Gambia:

1.Abuko Nature Reserve

Abuko Nature Reserve

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Abuko Nature Reserve

Created in the early 20th century to protect a water collection point for nearby communities, Abuko Nature Reserve is The Gambia’s first reserve – officially formed in the 1960’s.

This area is rich in Gambian wildlife and is now the most visited tourist attraction in the country – with over 33,000 visitors each year.

Conservation efforts are on-going in this 260 acre reserve with three primate species here as well as antelope, porcupine, African palm civets, crocodiles, galagos, and almost 300 bird species.

A fun fact about Abuko is that it is the closest tropical forest to Europe.

2. Banjul


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The capital of The Gambia is Banjul.  It’s a port city and is located on Saint Mary’s Island.

Originally called Bathurst after the Secretary of State for the British Colonies, Banjul is the government seat for the country.

For whatever reason, many tourists don’t give Banjul a second glance. But with the busy harbour, rich history, colonial architecture, and urban market, there is plenty to love about the city.

Enjoy the street hawkers from Senegal and Guinea and the shop keepers packed into old colonial trading housing all creating a chaotic vibrancy to the commercial district.

Be on the lookout for the traditional kirinting housing made of bamboo and traditionally owned by the poor farmers of the island.

3. The Albert Market

The Albert Market

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The Albert Market

The activity hub of Banjul is the Albert Market.

It was created in the mid-19th century and named after Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.

Even back then it was full of bartering, haggling, and chaotic buying.

The market is exciting on its most boring day – which, really, is never!

You’ll find shoes, carved wood masks, houseware, electrical gadgets, shoes, fantastic fabrics, fruit, vegetables, beauty supplies, clothes, you name it.

Plan to spend a few hours to see it all and to really hone your negotiating skills.

If you’re looking for a local food experience, Albert Market has a number of street vendors and drink stalls to choose from.

4. Old Town

Old Town

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Old Town

Head toward wide and welcoming Ma Cumba Jallow Street just west of the ferry terminal in Banjul and you’ll find an unruly assortment of fading colonial buildings and traditional Krio-style clapboard homes.

This is Old Town, which looks remarkably like Freetown in Sierra Leone because of the many Freetown families who settled here in the early 19th century.

There’s lots of history to admire as you walk through this wonderful section of the city.

5. Bijilo Forest Park

Bijilo Forest Park

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Bijilo Forest Park

Bijilo Forest Park, or Monkey Park, is located in the coastal zone, just 11km from Banjul.

It’s a small reserve, relatively speaking, and is a point of pride for nearby locals.

The trails here are well maintained and take you through incredibly lush flora, a gallery forest, grass and low bush, on your way to the dunes.

The three primate species are the red colobus, vervet, and patas.

Tourists are encouraged not to feed the monkeys as they can get pretty cheeky!

Bird lovers will love the more than 100 species found in the park including osprey, bee-eaters, and francolin. The reviews seem to be consistent:  a charming reserve that everyone falls in love with.

6. Brufut Beach

Brufut Beach

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Brufut Beach

Sitting between the Kombo South District and the Atlantic Ocean are the Brufut resort and village.

Just 23km from Banjul the beach itself has terrific golden sand and lots of privacy.

To reach the beach you have to climb down the cliffs, using paths that are quiet steep in places.

Once you’ve arrived and staked your spot you’ll notice fishermen and women sparring fish, repairing nets, and waiting for a change in tide to take them back out on the water again.

Because it’s so uncrowded, it’s great for everything – sunbathing, water sports, walks along the sand, and cycling.

Visit nearby Sannah-Mentering, a sacred pilgrimage site for Gambian Muslims hoping for a blessing.

7. Janjangbureh


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Also known as Georgetown, Janjangbureh is an old colonial administrative hub located on MacCarthy Island in the Gambia River.

A walk through town will take you to the old Commissioner’s Quarter.

This 200-year-old house was once inhabited by freed slaves.

There is little tourist infrastructure here, which will the town more or less desirable depending on the type of holiday you’re on, but the number one reason that most people come to Janjangbureh is for the bird watching.

Stay at a lodge or resort outside the city centre and spend a few days with the exotic birds of the area.

8. Sanyang Village and Beach

Sanyang Village

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Sanyang Village

This is a sleepy beach village of about 7,000 people made up mostly of Wolof, Mandinka, Fula, and Jola tribes. Sangyang Beach, which is made up of Paradise, Osprey, and Pelican beaches, is considered by many to be the best beachfront in all of The Gambia.

It was a popular attraction long before the tourist trail made its way there and has a long stretch of remote shore, surrounded by mangroves and lagoons.

Perfect for those who want to get away from the crowds. The main economy is fishing and as such there is a fantastic fish market in the village.

Great for people watching and meeting the locals. As a bonus, the area has many shaded footpaths for nature trekking.

9. National Museum of Gambia

National Museum of Gambia

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National Museum of Gambia

Once the white only Bathurst Club, this historic building now houses the National Museum of Gambia.

You’ll find a wide range of exhibits and displays here, including traditional Gambian life, the colonial history of Bathurst, information on the Senegambia stone circle sites, music, and dance.

Though it is small, the museum is well planned to reveal the rich culture of this wonderful country. You won’t be able to miss the giant Kankurang mask hanging in the main hall.

This powerful ritual mask is used during rites of passage and coming of age.

10. Wassu Stone Circles

Wassu Stone Circles

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Wassu Stone Circles

Located in the Central River Region, these circles are believed to be the burial sites of ancient kings and chiefs.

Dated to 750-1000 AD, the stones and layouts vary from 4-6 metres in diameter, with anywhere from ten to 20 stones each.

Each stone has an average height of six feet and many tourists and archaeologists have puzzled over their origins and true meaning.

Though the biggest concentration of stone circles is in the Wassu area, there are hundreds of circles throughout the country.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006, local legend has it that if anyone disturbs the stones they will be cursed – a good clue as to why they have remained undisturbed for so long.

11. The Kachikally Crocodile Pool

Kachikally Crocodile Pool

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Kachikally Crocodile Pool

Sitting on nine acres in Bakau Old Town is the Kachikally Crocodile Pool.

Locals believe in the healing powers of the water and it’s a popular place to come for a blessing.

There are about 80 crocodiles that call the pool home and a cool dozen are usually immediately visible when you arrive.

Also on site are an ethnography museum, souvenir shop, café, and nature trail.

12. Makasutu Culture Forest

Makasutu Culture Forest

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Makasutu Culture Forest

This is a private woodland reserve dedicated to ecotourism in the Kombo Central District.

With over 1,000 acres, the protected area is a pristine forest of riverine, palm and hardwood trees, mangrove creeks, salt flats, and savanna.

In the 1990’s two Britons stepped in and began conservation efforts on this almost bare forest.

This sacred land is now a popular day excursion that gives visitors a chance to see one of the most beautiful forested areas in The Gambia.

13. The Gambia River

Bambo Bar on the Gambia River

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Bambo Bar on the Gambia River

There’s a popular quote that helps to explain the relationship between the country and the river:  “The Gambia River is the Gambia and the Gambia is the river Gambia.”

The country exists as two strips of land on either side of the river and it’s definitely the dominate feature of the country.

It’s become a popular tourist destination as it provides access to the interior as well as to Senegal and Guinea.

A river boat cruise will bring you to some interesting wildlife, historic slave trade stations, and beautiful countryside.

14. Serrekunda

Serrekunda Market

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Serrekunda Market

The largest town in The Gambia is Serrekunda, a market town with a population of just under half a million people.

This is where you’ll find the Batik Factory, where tie-dyed and batik fabrics are made.

It’s the perfect place for beautiful and personal souvenirs for home.

The national pastime of the Senegambia region is wrestling and in Serrekunda they take it quite seriously.

Each wrestler has a small group of drummers who amp up the crowd with energetic beats before a bout. T

he rules are pretty loose, but if it gets too dirty, someone will step in and stop the bout.  Usually!

15. Tanji

Tanji Fish Market

The Gambian coast is full of fishing villages along the coast.  The busiest and most popular is the village of Tanji.

Everything happens right on the beach, which doesn’t make for good swimming, but does make for dramatic people watching.

Enjoy the fish market and the fish-smoking centre right in the heart of it all.

The Tanji Village Museum educates visitors on Gambian traditions and lifestyle.

Bird lovers will enjoy the Tanji River Bird Reserve – six square miles of savannah habitats and marine wetland along the river.

There are over 300 bird species here include 34 raptors.  You’re also likely to see bushback, hyena, green monkeys, and the red colobus.

If you’ve got the time, be sure to check out the Bijol Islands, where they have over 20,000 birds and seals and whales have been spotted from time to time.


10 Fun Things To Do In Abuja This Christmas: A 2020 December To Discover
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Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria and considering the fact that it is located right in the heart of the nation, it ought to be the energizing pulse that drives experiences to other parts of the state.
However, this metropolitan area has not exactly lived up to expectation for years and had instead been known to be rather uninteresting and lonely-
hence allowing Lagos become centre stage for fun and vibrant activates, particularly in the festive seasons.
Now, that time of the year is upon us - when
families in Diaspora, gather home from all parts of the world and friends reunite; for a time of refreshment-psychologically, spiritually and emotionally-looking forward to fun engagements that speak to their roots, and seeking emphatically - “New Experiences”. The question is, what new thing does Abuja have to offer them?!
Look no further!
The Discovery Park has launched to give us an experience of a lifetime-First of its kind in the Federal Capital Territory, Perhaps the most exhilarating of this discovery is the fact that visitors get to experience so much adventure in ONE place! The Discovery Park Abujais a ground of wide-ranging escapades; waybeyond parks and squeaky rides. At the discoverypark this December, visitors would experience and witness technology in a new dimension, food and service like never before! Adventurous activities, Augmented and virtual Reality, discounted shoppingsprees, and so much more.
Here are10 things you can do at the Discovery Park in Abuja this December:
A visit to The Discovery Museum - The first of its kind museum - “Discovery Tech Museum” found within this Discovery Park is an interactive technology museum where guests get to experience the disruptive use of technology in telling stories, and preserving history in the most unconventional ways.
The Christmas Village Experience – Get right into the Christmas spirit at the Discovery Park’s “Christmas city” with fun characters like, Santa and his Elves; as well as carefully decorated pop up shops therein. This well “LIT” Christmas city would make you feel like you’re in some type of Christmas wonderland.
Tallest Christmas tree - Come have a full Christmas experience while enjoying the view of the tallest Christmas tree in Abuja. Such an amazing view; you’ll have to whip out your phones!
Lagos in Abuja - Looking for a feel of Lagos in Abuja? You’re welcome to sit and enjoy the vibe the Lagos bistro emits to its guests. Come feel the vibrancy of the city of Lagos in this amazingly decorated experiential restaurant space located within a section of the Discovery Park. Image
Play Box Gaming Centre - You get to experience a one of a kind immersive gaming technology at the Play box, home to all kinds of gamers where you get to enjoy the latest PS5 consoles, X box “x series” as well as VR car racing and boxing ring games. This Christmas, the play box would be hosting several gaming tournaments you don’t want to miss. Image
Uncut VR Experience - This year was pronounced Virtual Reality make or break year and it’s so exciting to know that right here in Abuja, VR made it to the list of experiences that are available to you and your family- without having to break the bank. Image
Try out The Best Grill in Abuja - Perhaps the best grilled food Abuja has seen, guests of the “Grill Monsters” get to experience a burst of flavours as they partake in the masterpiece done right before their eyes.
Explore the Children’s Museum - The Kids museum is an experience centre where kids can be anything (profession) they want for a day. Here there are availed the use of technology to learn about their country and interact with one another even at the well designed kiddies restaurant.
Participate in a Photo Contest – Home to the biggest photo frame and lovely wall murals. Guests get to win special gifts for taking the best pictures at the Discovery Park Abuja this Christmas. Image
One stop Gift Shop - Stop by the in-house gift shop at the Discovery Park to find the best gift items for you and your loved ones.
The discovery park Abuja holds all the fun things to do this December and pretty much forever as it has come to stay; right in the heart of Abuja, to Entertain, enlighten and expose you, you and of course You reading this right now.
You’ll be surprised we might have just helped you find your new favourite place in Abuja!
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Black Is Beautiful
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Remember The Young Lady With The Darkest Skin In The World? Meet The Man Putting Smiles On Her Face

Nov 30, 2020 9:20 AM

Do you remember this young lady who's known to have the world's darkest skin pigment? Today I bring an interesting part of her life that you may have not seen before.

Khoudia Diop is a Senegalese girl who had move to Paris when she was just 13 years old. The young lady who later was forced to live a life of solitude and fear due to her rare skin tone.

Khoudia was mocked and teased by many people around as she they saw her black skin color to way of the usual. This seriously killed her self-esteem as she had to handle taunts from bullies when she goes out.

Fortunately for her, she met a very handsome man who fell in love with her and helped her see the beauty in her skin color.

Her young man, loved and stood by her through all her times of stigmatization helped her begin to love herself for who she is and see her skin color as a blessing.

Now Khoudia lives a happy life of modeling with her man in New York City.

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UFC Champion Israel Adesanya Buys His Dad A Bentley A Week After He Bought His Mom Porsche
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On surprising his dad with the car, Israel wrote in a post: “When you help me garden, you deserve all the flowers”

This comes weeks after he bought his mom a Porsche.

The Bentley Continental GT worth $202,000.

The UFC middleweight champion lost to Jan Blachowicz in UFC 259 main card and set for a rematch with Robert Withtakker if he defeats Kevin Gastelum.