What is CairoContra?
CairoContra is not just the first Cairene entertainment, online, variety magazine written by Cairo youth, for Cairo youth; but also a platform where young talents find exposure and upgrade their skills further.
We are a non-political, religion-neutral platform for youth to unleash their talents; to be read by those seeking their reflection online. CairoContra is the place “in the middle” where young people come to “create an identity of their own”. We are the echo of the contrasting Cairene society of youth and young adults wavering between the east, the west, the traditions, the broad-mindedness, the past, the future, and the multiple cultures and beliefs. In short we’re here to give young Cairo a voice to be heard through the noisy city & a window to be seen amidst the vast crowds.
Our goal at CC is to deliver quality content and foster discussion around reading, life perspectives, college life, social controversy, teen issues, fashion, beauty, online trends, music, sports, film, shopping, relationships, and other related interests of young Cairenes’ today. CC is constantly growing and is always improving with your participation – comment on the articles, send an email, suggest a topic, ask a question, join the conversation… God knows we love a good debate 😉
Who is behind it?
The CairoContra team emerged out of the collective need of its founder, Mariem ELTagoury, to find a reflection of bilingual Cairenes online. It was the lost image of Cairo between the politics, religious extremes, unrealistic false aura provided online, and the lack of chances for talented writers to express that projected her, the founder, to create this website on behalf of young Cairenes, so that they may find themselves online and have their voice echoed to the world.
Behind the Name “CairoContra”?
We wish to present Cairo to the world as it is: the city that never sleeps in North Africa, the city that has lots of stories to tell and share with all of us. Cairo is known to be a city where a concept and its contradiction co-exist peacefully and harmoniously; the city where contrasting cultures, lifestyles, arts, perceptions, traditions, beliefs, history, and almost everything co-exist. Hence, our name Cairo Contra. The city where contrast and opposites are all embraced, by the big city with all its bustle and hustle.
I am a graduate from German University Cairo. A couple of years back when I was introduced to the online world, back in 2007; I was quite surprised that in spite of the presence of thousands of young Egyptians who follow the online sphere daily, there wasn’t one site that represented us or our lifestyle. [Later we’d come to see the rise of the political, religion, social-elite, and foodie websites, but still the voice of the average Cairene youth was missing.] I was glad to find out that I wasn’t the only one who had the feeling of the outsider on the internet, that’s why I decided to gather a team to fill a gap & finally find our place online and give Cairo’s youth a real voice that reflects its true culture. I hope you find our site interesting with a new view of life. Besides running the magazine & editing, I write the “Sans Sugarcoating” column, pardon my french, and a couple of other stuff around here!
If you want to contact me, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org; you can also use our contact form or email directly to email@example.com
Team CC would like to mention two invisible soldiers without whom this whole project wouldn’t have come to realization. A big thank you goes out to Hassan Aly Selim who made it possible for us to create the blog and, have it as user friendly as possible, for you to actually read our stuff. Another big thank you goes out to the very talented Nora Kahil who designed the logo and made it as beautiful as you can see. Thank you both so much. Team CC is in your debt!