Tastemakers Africa, also known as TSTMKRS , is the world’s first culture-driven, online experiences marketplace. The web and mobile platform connects curious travelers to local insiders (curators) in African cities. Their goal is to disrupt what the world thinks about Africa, one trip at a time. Our motto: Travel Africa, Skip Mediocre.

Social media influencers, entrepreneurs, travel bloggers, fashion designers, creatives, and curators were amongst those present at the Medaase: December in Africa Dinner. Like most places in the world, December is a festive month . For those who are considering to travel during this time of the year, African countries aren’t usually their top choices. This dinner was meant for the invitees to get a taste of Africa especially during the holidays and all year round. Delicious food, lively music, and cultural experience was what the room was filled with.

The host Marie-Helena Mekolo, who is also the Operations lead and Community Manager at Tastemakers, said the evening was an important opportunity to showcase what the company is about and to present their current tours of 2017-2018.

“It’s ok to seek counsel from others when you realize you can’t do everything on your own,” stated Ms. Mekolo. When one books a trip with Tastemakers, he or she isn’t alone! They get a chance to travel with a group of people- or gather their friends or family to book a trip with them. It’s all about the experience, and for many a new experience.

Evening highlights included were panelists Shanie Jamila, who shared her journey and experience of being an artist, photographer,cultural worker, and human rights activist who designs and executes innovative programs that use the arts to catalyze social change via exhibits and events with a human rights focus; She’Neil Johnson, founder and owner of Base Butter, and Bobo Matjila , a New York based Style Blogger,  Brand Influencer, and Content Creator. She’Neil and Bobo also shared their journey, accomplishments, and what more is to come as young black women who are entrepreneurs in this social media era. What these three women have in common is changing the narrative of black and African art, culture, and media exposure.

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Guests were seated at a family style dinner table. All home decor designs from the place mats to bottle cover were from Masako Creations : Made By Africa For Your Home.  The invitees were also spoilt with a taste of African cuisine with a Caribbean twist catered by 3 Guys With A Grill. The Medaase menu contained smoked lamb, gizdodo (a Nigerian dish of fried plantains and gizzards mixed with puree tomatoes), jollof rice (a staple West African fried rice with tomato sauce), fried rice with vegetables, Mac and Cheese, vegetable stir fry,  and spring mix salad with a homemade lemon and garlic vinaigrette. For the dessert, delicious cheesecakes that had the room asking the chefs for the recipe.

“ Creating a space and an environment where people are comfortable exchanging ideas is a part of the tastemakers culture,”  Marie advised dinner guests.  But she wants you to know that: “ We’re all one big family and we  [are] trying to uplift one another. We highlight our strength and work on our weaknesses together as a team”.

The dinner also shared and emphasized the available various trips that guests can book to any listed countries with an offer of $250 credit. The booking is risk-free for 30 days.

2017/2018 TSTMKRS Tours: