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 😉
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.
We find it our mission to mentor and train every Contra member we receive, through one-on-one mentoring sessions, workshops, and constant practice, together Contras advance in writing and life skills insuring they become attractive hiring candidates and independent thinkers with a better idea of what they want to do with their future.
To be THE magazine from youth to youth.
Who is behind it?
The CairoContra team emerged out of the collective need of its founder, Mariem ELTagoury, to find a reflection of the average Cairene 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.