Ishtar, thanks for starting it – it’s a great project to work on – the NET is full of interesting stories so I don’t think it will be difficult to make sure that this carnival carries on until we are ooold 🙂

Siwa Oasis Egypt

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Thanks also to Betty, Izz, Zenofeller, Tim, Beaman, for the stories – I really enjoyed them – it was quite a variety and it was also great that those contributed were not only from the continent – I think it is very important to share experiences and stories globally.

When it comes to the OpenCafe – we see the world in projects.

So when I saw Ishtar starting the carnival I started thinking how this idea can develop with time. Looking at projects like Afrigator and Amatomu – and the growing blogger communities in Africa and around the world – it’d be great if this project eventually could develop into something bigger.

I thought of registering a domain – and once we have a few issues online – we could start building a site with all the stories, photos etc. It’d be vital for the content (text and photos and even music) to be published under open licenses so that it can be shared freely all over the world. If there are such initiatives – it’d be great to know about them as well – since if it already exists there is no need to reinvent the wheel again. is such an initiative though it is limited to one country, Africanpath also publishes posts with personal experiences.

This is just a thought – and what I actually meant to say was – that I am ready to participate and help run such initiatives. Please comment if you have any thoughts or suggestions.


Every day is an opportunity – don’t make grand plans for tomorrow only to forget about today! – Ishtar

Today I stumbled upon Ishtar’s blog – here is a little intro to her blog by Ishtar herself:

The greatest Niger fan you can find – this blond Scandinavian cannot think of a better way to live her life than working for Eden Foundation in the Tanout zone. This blog is about living life as an unpaid volunteer, trying to make the best out of every day (sometimes possible, sometimes not) while helping the people of the least developed area of the least developed country in the world achieve a sustainable life.

Ishtar news

So how is life in Tanout, Niger? Here is a slideshow to find out.

About Ishtar’s foundation called Eden :

There are 250,000 known plant species in the world, but only 20 of them provide 90% of our food.

We believe that the key to prosperity for the poor lie in underexploited, edible trees and bushes
– the lost treasures of Eden.

Her blog & sites have great  info – like for example the Sahara Crosser’s corner 🙂 and a fresh view about the things that really matter – I am really happy I came accross this link.

And since music (according to me) says more then words about any country, here is a YouTube video I found about the music of Niger:

Seems like an interesting project – have a look.


Recently I have discovered, a Steve Purkiss project – here is what he says about the reasons behind the project :
“This website was born out of the fact that I needed somewhere to network, to promote my services, to express my opinions. I figured there would be a few more people who wanted to do the same, so I built the site. I have networked on a number of other sites, but each one at the end of the day tries to tell me what I can and can’t do, what I can and can’t say, and most in the end try to charge me for something – plus they get all the ad revenue for the wonderful content that I provide, helpng to grow their community. Scarcity is introduced at some level, and it annoys me because we live in an world of abundance – especially where bits, bytes, and electrons are concerned. So I thought I’d do something different – something that looks at it from the member’s point of view, not the owner’s, investors, shareholders, etc.”

Read the rest of the post on!

I just joined this project – I am #170 on the list . So if you are up for the challenge add yourself to the list as well – here is what it is about ( from an Electronic village posting):

The plan is to get all 30,000 bloggers to each “make a single post”—with a certain word in the title and on a date to be announced—“about what you want for the world, whatever that may be.”

If you’d like to join, click here for instructions.