Most popular Instagram posts from Africa

12 months in Africa. Here are the 12 most popular posts from Africa from my Instagram feed:

 

Can you spot me? African airports make me do the strangest of things. Like, making passengers walk from one aircraft into another as if the tarmac is a regular bus station. This is while strolling at the oil hub of Congo, the city of Pointe Noire, where the airline changed their plans midair, deciding to put passengers coming from two different destinations, together in one. Makes sense, right? The country is dealing with an ongoing fuel crisis in the region and alternative sources of income and employment are being thought of. . . . You can spot me in the right, bottom corner in the glass reflection. #africa #congo #gabon #instatravel #instadaily #instamoments #travel #flight #airport #aircraft #onthemove

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#flower #garden #summer #rains #red #green #nature #home

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This is how the middle of the Earth from the Equator looks by the time I finish my daily runs in the forests. The sky, island in the river, forests, earth, evening fog in summers, trees and birds all blend in a stroke on a canvas. This same spot gives me goose bumps, like electricity running through my body. It is gratitude. To Mother Nature. For being still so beautiful to us humans even though we have ripped her apart with chemicals, ruining her, one region at a time. More than being an exhibitionist on social media, I feel a sense of obligation to share this surreal moments that I witness effortlessly. Being in Africa is a choice I think I would never regret. 🌍 #Africa #nature #instanature #earth #planetearth #sea #river #congo #tree #bird #sun #sunset #fog #instaearth #equator #forest #jungle #island #summer #gratitude #globalwarming #travel #instatravel #instatraveling #instafrica #wildlife #photography #running #run #equator #summer #weather

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While the world is shivering in excruciating winters, I just celebrated a summer Christmas in Africa. It is hot, as much as you can imagine Africa, Congo can be. The trees are thirsty, the roads are dusty and the birds can be seen drying up the last last drop dripping from anywhere. The work room becomes an oven if I keep the window open. I had asked the local gardener, a Congolese to help me with some shade. He had planted a vine that attracts Humming Birds. Now the creeper has reached the window and every morning I open the window for some fresh air, I see it has crawled a teeny weeny bit more. Here in Africa, if you leave things be, the forests take over in no time, reclaiming what was its in the beginning of time. It is a daily fight to keep your territory marked. It makes my heart dance with joy, infusing such a positive spirit before I begin writing. In a month Africa will be toasting everything in sight. By then these creepers would have covered my window giving the much needed respite. 🌍 #world #summer #winter #snow #Africa #Christmas #newyear #window #vine #green #yellow #brown #Congo #plants #oxygen #hummingbird #workroom #view #happiness #joy #beauty #nature #positivity #nonegativity #travel #motherearth #planetearth

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Have you ever seen more swag in one single frame? The part that I love about going for shoots in the forest is kids pestering me to take their picture. They call me 'foto', calling me out till I give in and look at them with a smile. Without wasting a moment they start posing. They are tribal, African kids in Northern Congo basin with no television or media to guide them how to pose, mind you. The only exposure they might have is a scrap of dated magazine page wrapping some medicine, which they treasure and pass around like jewels. I used to try to be discreet, something that we are taught in film schools much. I at times stopped carrying my DSLR and used a tiny mobile device. But I give in !!! Now I just love arriving in the village with a battalion of kids following me, laughing and giggling when I show them the pictures that I clicked. They call me 'foto', though they speak Lingala, the official language of Republic of Congo. I am in love with their toothy smile, their naughtiness to pester me, their swag, their eyes that contain the whole Earth. I resist the temptation of forgetting that am here on work and almost want to join them in being sheer Happy !!! #africa #kids #children #swag #travelgram #travel #instaafrica #instakids #kidsofinstagram #eyes #smile #love #congo #traveling #lifeatolam

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#running #congo #africa #travel #sunset #sangha

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