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Babylonstoren, a whirl for the senses

Since it opened a decade ago in Cape Town’s wine country, the picturesque farm of Babylonstoren has become a coveted tourist attraction, offering make-your-own essential oil experiences. My Chic Africa checked it out. By revoking the Edict of Nantes in …

“My Marrakesh, capital of African nightlife”

Stéphane Atlas worked in parliament, before becoming a journalist, a PR wiz and the patron saint of Marrakesh’s upscale dining scene. It’s her face everyone wants to see at their restaurants and parties, and now, after 20 years in the city, she has opened a lu…

Stylished in African kimono

Kimonos with African fabrics ! Why had no one thought of this before? Two of the most easily identifiable things in fashion are the Japanese kimono and the patterns of West-African fabrics. Yet until the Cameroonian artist and designer behind Wafrica, Serge…

The Renaissance of African Men’s Fashion

The must-have Ghanaian menswear label Chocolate is embodying the revival of African fashion   Well-cut, short-sleeved shirts, body-hugging garments made from bright or tribal fabrics, and a tell-tale ‘C’ sewn onto breast pockets: the hip label Chocolate …

Africa, the new Eldorado for architects

African architects have become the masters of beautiful, innovative and environmentally-conscious buildings.   Sometimes challenges push you towards excellence. It’s the case in Africa right now, as architects—faced with problems like population increas…

Olivier Tébily, from stadiums to Cognac barrels

For the last five years, the 42-year-old, retired Ivorian footballer, Olivier Tébily, has been making a name for himself in the world of brandy, becoming the world’s first black cognac producer. Olivier Tébily likes to call himself a “passionate craftsman”…

Rodrigues, an authentic, stress-free island...

Wild, beautiful Rodrigues is a paradise in the middle of the Indian Ocean, east of Mauritius, with pristine beaches and transparent turquoise waters that thrill nature lovers looking for escape. My Chic Africa went and came back blown away.  Seen from above…

The Phare des Mamelles lighthouse, let it shine…

In 2016, Hicham and Diana transformed the landmark Phare des Mamelles into one of the coolest nightspots in Dakar... Built in 1864, the all-white lighthouse is a familiar sight to residents. Surrounded by lush, unkempt vegetation on the highest of the Mamel…