Madagascar (the country, not the movie)

Lalah is from the intriguing island nation of Madagascar. Her blog’s name, Dago Tiako, means “I love Madagascar.” Lalah’s posts convey her love for her country and its culture and her determination to show the world the real Madagascar. She writes mainly about Tana, the affectionate name of Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, warts and all.

Malagasy footballers
Kids inspired by the World Cup, by Lalah

Not long ago, Lalah and I had this conversation via email:


February 14, 2011 7 comments

I love Madagascar

DagoTiako means ‘I love Madagascar’. Written by Ariniaina, this blog is about social issues, culture and people of Madagascar.

Ariniaina’s favourite topic is her streets of Tana series (Tana is short for Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar).

Docteur de chaussures malades” by Ariniaina

In a post about the Malagasy New Year (celebrated on 16th March) she explains Malagasy traditions, and also admits that she would like to know more about her own culture.

Youngsters are fascinated to the ‘new culture’ that western countries are bringing. But this is not the only reason. Also, we lack books and documentation about our own history, culture and traditions. And the school programs don’t deal much on them

This blog is part of the Rising Voices FOKO project which aims to help Malagasy citizens to connect to the global conversation.

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April 29, 2010 2 comments