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Toketemu December 10th

80 Days Was Not Enough

Food Prefect’s Log December 10, 2019 Day 80 of 80 As I write this we are seated in Black and heading to our final destination – Lagos. “How y’all feeling?” is a question the whole team has been getting since we reentered Nigeria on the 4th. For some reason, we haven’t been able to adequately answer it. […]
Fuad December 9th

Today, I remember our friendships

You’ll always see a new place through the lenses of your guide there. The West Africa we saw was mostly hopeful, resilient, and frankly, a pure vibe. I remember James in Cotonou. I remember Carl for his kindness, and Osahon for his unending enthusiasm in Lome. I remember Jeff, and I remember Kakari. I remember […]
Fuad December 7th

We Travelled Along The Abuja-Kaduna Highway

When a person calls an experience along a highway memorable, it tends to be for the ugly reasons. I have quite a few of those. There was that Sagamu-Ore stretch in 2010 where the armed robbers left with our bags while we lay facedown on the cold ground at 3 in the morning. There was […]
Toketemu December 6th

The Sultan of Sokoto Is A Hoot

Through Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, the influence of the Sokoto caliphate is still prominent. History students might be familiar with the story of the Sokoto Caliphate and how it came to be about 200 years ago. If you don’t know the story, you must have at least heard the name Usman Danfodio. From Benin […]
Toketemu December 4th

Niger Feels A Lot Like Northern Nigeria

First of all, there’s a lot of red dust. It coats everything, the trees, the buildings, and even little kids playing in the streets. A good number of people wear face masks to protect themselves. And by midday, we were all sniffling and sneezing sporadically.  There are suddenly many people speaking Hausa. It’s spoken even […]
Toketemu December 3rd

How Safe Is West Africa?

Before we embarked on this trip and even during the course of this trip, I’ve gotten questions about safety from loved ones and concerned strangers. “Are you going with security?” “How safe is x place or y place?” Guinea: In the 72 days we’ve been on the road, we’ve never had a cause to fear […]
Fuad December 1st

Burkinabes Love To Ride Motorcycles

The first thing I learnt about Burkina Faso was their past iconic leader, Thomas Sankara. The first thing I discovered about him was his motorcycle. Coming to Ouagadougou, and even passing through towns to get here, one thing was clear, Burkinabes love to ride. However, Thomas’ motorcycle wasn’t a quirk, it was a way of […]

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