Our Story

As a young student when I was introduced to the online world; I was quite surprised that despite the presence of thousands of young Egyptians who follow the online sphere daily, there wasn’t one website that represented us, the average Cairo youth, or our lifestyle.

I was basically an open-minded college student with a life lead within a conservative society. That doesn’t mean I’m an introvert or anything, I just respect our society’s traditions, rich culture and history as well as our right to know, explore and create. All I found on the internet was either the western culture selling itself as an unquestionable product or extremists abusing our traditions making a laughing stock of us online. I believe in a modern world, a community that lives in “this” time while preserving the traditions in “that” time, those that help define who we are and what we stand for.

My question was “why aren’t there writers on the scene reflecting the mainstream Cairo youth?”

That was when I realized I could do something about it. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, I was lucky to have had a good, serious education in all writing forms in English, my studying of Advanced Subsidiary English added the editing skills. Hence, Cairo Contra, the magazine, was born.

When I started CC I was a student creating a platform for people like me to express themselves online, but as time went on, we got older, and we bloomed into a place that wanted to mentor young writers and support them in a market that had grown less and less appreciative of the written word.

The more we set roots as a start-up, the more our eyes opened to the vast amount of talent that goes to waste in a developing country such as ourselves. So Cairo Contra, now with a vision of a team rather than an individual decided we were going to become the hub that trains young talented writers and editors, a place where talents can come looking to us for career support… So here we are today.

Mariem ELTagoury

Founder & Editor-in-chief

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