1. Almost as a joke, I created the site, http://www.solvingafrica.com and asked friends to fund my trip to Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. Within a week, the donations started and the journey began before I had a chance to change my mind.

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  2. If these people were running Africa, I'd be a lot happier.

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Solving Africa: stories from a trek around the continent.

Solving Africa

The African dream is to leave Africa. I was 17 when I left. There are many people like me. We are often at the tops of our classes and each year, our SAT scores and achievements prove that we can run with the best from any country on earth. If it isn’t…


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The African dream is to leave Africa. I was 17 when I left. There are many people like me. We are often at the tops of our classes and each year, our SAT scores and achievements prove that we can run with the best from any country on earth. If it isn’t this generation of an educated, albeit uninformed, African middle class, who else is going to care? Who else has the resources – social, political and economic – to care?

These are stories from a trip to seven African from earlier this year. Almost as a joke, I created the site, http://www.solvingafrica.com, and asked friends to fund my trip to Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. Within a week, the donations started and the journey began before I had a chance to change my mind.

Set in Anglophone and Francophone Africa, this project captures the humorous and awkward dance of a young Nigerian male, arguably the most notorious of international travelers, navigating visas, new cities, foreign languages, and the many prejudices that Africans have of each other. The final project outcome is a book that will also tell the rollercoaster stories of hope and despair he feels for his people, and the lessons that now shape how he understands the problems he saw and his role in creating potential solutions.

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