Category Archives: Africa

November 19

A Time of Thanksgiving

For those of you who are reading this BLOG and happen not to be US citizens here is a quick lesson on the history of Thanksgiving, one of Americans’ favorite, if not yummiest, holidays.  And NO it is not just because we get to overindulge ourselves with traditional foods and not feel guilty— it is […]

November 16

My Nigeria !!!

GSK Ambassador in Nigeria!!!! One day sitting on my bed while surfing net, a Rotary club page comes, all of a sudden my fingers move to search local Rotary clubs ,immediately I had decided to find some Rotarian fellow contact number to reach them, and I got information after some scuffle, that was past president […]

November 16

Turn Turn Turn

Turn, Turn, Turn… There are constant turning while working and living in Nigeria, both good turns and challenging ones. Pulse assignment requires to turn left, right, down and up and is an absolutely unique fantastic experience – it feels like riding a roller-coaster with constant turning. Over the last week’s Dr. Ahmad Abdulwahab, Former Deputy […]

November 16

The value of money in Madagascar – Antananarivo city

As you can see on the main picture, when I need to get money from ATM, I am taking the maximum possible of bills.. for a total of 400 000 Ariary, but not more. Do you know why ?  The reason is mechanical : the ATM machine can not deliver more than 40 bills at once. […]

November 15

The countdown has begun

Today, I remind me the moment I decided to apply for this assignment and the one when I knew I had been selected and that I was going to be one of the 73 volunteers from 21 different countries who will be support 26 NGO around the world. I remind me all my interrogations and all […]

November 14

GSK Ambassador in Nigeria!!!!

One day sitting on my bed while surfing net, a Rotary club page comes, all of a sudden my fingers move to search local Rotary clubs ,immediately I had decided to find some Rotarian fellow contact number to reach them, and I got information after some scuffle, that was past president number, I pick my […]

November 13

Kkookolo Atta

Cancer Kills Blog #2 A few weeks’ after my first installment ‘Cabin Crew: Prepare for landing’, here I am again, attempting to share insights of my first deep-dive into the world of healthcare and cancer in Least Developed Countries. My first month plan was all about ‘going and seeing’; understanding how Sub Saharan Africa works, […]

November 10

Visiting GSK Consumer in Johannesburg & back to Market activations in the Lusaka peri-urban compounds

Mid-October, we had the chance to fly to GSK offices in South Africa. In Johannesburg, both GSK Pharma and Consumer sit in the same building. This is a very nice and green business campus shared amongst several companies.  We had the opportunity to meet our main point of contact, Kovilin, regarding the follow-up of Live […]

November 08

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 9: birth of a saleswoman

Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard… Aptly enough, a line from The Scientist, by Coldplay, which was playing this morning as I started writing this blog. This scientist never expected she would be managing the day-to-day running of a sales business in Zambia, and it’s tough going. […]

November 05

Further lessons in Africa

I have been extremely lucky to recently visit a Pulse colleague in a neighbouring African country who is working with the same NGO as I am We were both very excited as we were initially due to be deployed together but for various reasons this did not work out and so a very kind invitation […]

November 02

LivingWell in Zambia, chapter 8: Namibian safari

Because you can’t get too much of a good thing, I decided to take another safari trip – this time to Etosha National Park in the north of Namibia. The terrain is very different; Namibia is very dry and there are huge salt pans in the area, meaning sparse foliage and very little water, which […]

October 30

Coming to Kenya…..

I wrote this blog couple of weeks ago but with the re-elections in Kenya last week, I didn’t get around to sharing it with you all!  My first impressions of Kenya…. Despite arriving at 0500 hrs on Friday 29 Oct with little sleep, I was really looking forward to my ‘adventure’ with excitement and certain amount […]

October 29

My work at UNICEF Madagascar while plague epidemic was at its highest level earlier this month.

Nearly two months now, since I arrived at Antananarivo, It’s time for me to explain a little bit more what I am doing at UNICEF Madagascar. As explained earlier, UNICEF Madagascar is divided into 6 sections (see blog n°1), I am part of the Planning section, which includes Fundraising and Business evaluation.  I have three […]

October 29

Video Blog: Rural Uganda, a near death experience and GSK Uganda Orange Day

In this video blog I share my experience of traveling to rural Uganda to see the great work Amref is doing. I also share details of my visit to South Africa and complete an Orange with the GSK Uganda team to refurbish a hospital in Kampala.  

October 27

Finding my way –

Daalu nwee omarjcha obochi – ka omesia…. When you get used to a routine and get settled into a comfortable pace doing something, you ‘hit your stride’. On the other hand, ‘getting in the grove’ means to have fun and enter into the spirit of the situation or circumstance of the moment, I’ve learned to […]