Dispatch #14: Bonne Arrivée!
Having reached the geographical Heart of West Africa, the All Afrika Expedition team arrives in Burkina Faso’s capital city of Ouagadougou. A large chunk of the Burkinabé (people from Burkina Faso), claims descent from the Mossi warriors, rulers of a very powerful empire in West Africa from the 11th to 19th century. The landlocked country, desert in the north and savanna in the center and south, is home to 63 ethnic groups. Herewith the latest update in Kingsley’s own words`…
Greetings from Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso. Hot, flat, dusty and filled with mopeds and friendly Burkinabé who greet you with a friendly Bonne Arrivée (welcome).
It’s a yardstick for our United Against Malaria All Afrika Expedition. Our next destination is Gorom-Gorom in the Sahel’s North Eastern corner. It’s Tuareg country up against Niger and Mali, and we are warned not to go for fear of resent kidnappings in the Sahara badlands. We’ll keep you posted.