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It’s Day 55 and having touched down in 10 countries, I like to think I have a ‘first impressions’ sense of most of these countries. Take Ghana, for example, you can depend on the people of Accra to be super chill. R2Bees’ vibe song properly defines the Ghana vibe. And if Ghana feels chill, leaving […]
Today’s journal was supposed to be about many things. It was supposed to be about running into fellow travellers and creating new adventures with them. Wading in a pink lake and finding Fura de Nunu. Instead, it’s about how I got sexually assaulted by a taxi driver, his singular act eclipsing the rest of my […]
It starts with a tweet. Aina has been travelling with Azeem through West Africa. Captain is beasting Black to Dakar when I get a text. “You just passed me.” Aina and Azeem are returning from a Safari a few hours from Dakar in a chartered car, and we sped past them without even knowing. “We’re […]
And then another eight hours to get to Dakar.
James Island has another name; Kunta Kinteh Islands. It’s a historic place (in)famous for its point-of-no-return status, when the British came to this place to take free people back to their country in chains. Denton Bridge is iconic for being the only bridge connecting Banjul to the rest of Gambia. It’s also where you get […]
We also took a trip to the biggest market in Gambia.
If you throw a stone in many places in the Gambia, it’ll land on a white person. Don’t throw stones at anyone though. The Gambia is a pretty small country, everywhere is reachable in less than 6 hours. So when our hotel booking said Banjul when it was, in fact, Sene-gambia, we weren’t too pissed. […]
A day before we left Bissau for the Gambia, captain informed us that the trip would take about 5 hours. I automatically doubled that and then added on a couple of hours. The last time we thought a trip would take a couple of hours, we ended up spending two days on the road. But […]
Ask a Nigerian the components of a good rice meal, and they’ll tell you that whether or not it’s Jollof, it deserves some dodo. We treat fried plantain like an accessory — a clutch to finish off the outfit, a watch to match the sharp shirt. Enough for toppings, not enough to be full cream. […]
With a population of 1.8 million people, Guinea-Bissau is the smallest country we’ve been to yet. And it’s Capital – Bissau, the tiniest city I’ve ever seen. After discovering that number, I kept coming back to it all through yesterday. The last official report put Nigeria’s population at about 195 million. Even though our country […]
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