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Jnane Tamsna is a boutique hotel in Marrakech worthy of your bucket list.

Jnane Tamsna is a boutique hotel in Marrakech worthy of your bucket list.

Hotelier and Interior Designer Breaking Boundaries in Marrakech, Essence

“‘Being different was a way for me to succeed. I started to look at my difference as wealth.’ Lawyer turned boutique hotelier MeryAnne Loum-Martin, owns and runs the eight-acre boutique hotel Jnane Tamsna in Marrakech, Morocco. With 24 rooms, five swimming pools and a clay surface tennis court, Jnane Tamsna is the only black female owned boutique hotel in Morocco. As a hotelier, Loum-Martin’s clientele has included the likes of movie stars Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, and designers Giorgio Armani and Donna Karen. But the woman behind it all has a story fit for a movie herself. ‘I believe in the power of imagination. Everything that enables people to move ahead in life begins with their ability to imagine something different, a better world for themselves.’”

Horsemen at Zazzau, the Emir’s palace in Zaria, Nigeria.

Horsemen at Zazzau, the Emir’s palace in Zaria, Nigeria.

“Inside the Durbar Festival in Northern Nigeria,” CNN African Voices

In Northern Nigeria, a part of the country rich with the history of ancient Islamic kingdoms, Eid-al-Fitr is celebrated with the annual Durbar festival in cities across the northern states of Zaria, Kano, Borno and Katsina. It is a vibrant, boisterous, crowd-filled display of horsemen, traditional dancers and musicians who parade through town en route to the Emir’s palace. The Durbar is part of an ancient military custom where soldiers, local chiefs and rulers present themselves before the reigning Emir.

Celebrating the end of Ramadan in Northern Nigeria.

Celebrating the end of Ramadan in Northern Nigeria.

“More Than One Face to Show the World,” The Guardian

“We never quite see ourselves the way others do. It almost seems that we see less of ourselves, forgetting that we are multidimensional and that one perspective can never encompass the whole. Often it takes catching our own reflection through someone else’s eyes to see a fuller picture. Lately, I’ve been thinking how this could true for larger segments of society, communities and even for nations.”