Monday, March 17, 2008

SAHARA EXPEDITION

DAY 8

We finally made it to Bamako in Mali this afternoon after hours of driving. The fact that we had camped out in the desert on the outskirts of Mopti didn't help. We were all in need of a bath, sleep, food and air conditioning. It's ridiculously hot that I have begun to have a greater sense of appreciation for my humid tropical region of Nigeria with its pelting raindrops, sinking islands and encroaching ocean. I'll take that any day so long as I have a raft for dooms day.  But let me back track a bit here. We left Accra for Kumasi and spent two days there talking and meeting with members of the Nigerian community. Some of them were from the northern region, which as you know is affected by desert encroachment. However there were also a lot of the from Ogbomosho. We visited the Asante Kingdom Palace museum and met with some professors and the dean of environmental sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Technology. Friday was my birthday and I must say I consider this trip is the best birthday gift yet. I say yet because I have not gone round for collection and I am hoping my potential gift givers read this to know they have their work cut out for them. Meanwhile, I got a pleasant surprise from Papa Jibs and the crew when they presented me with a signed card and a birthday cake. The cake has now been smashed and will serve as peace meal when we run into Touregs in the desert. I hope they like vanilla.
 From Kumasi we drove up into Burkina Faso. That also took hours. Thank goodness I am not driving since I don't have an international drivers license. Although I kinda feel bad that I can't help in that department. We spent the early morning talking with local farmers and doing some on air hypes and interviews in pidgin-french (bad french) on the community farmers radio. And for the very first time the Burkinabes had the pleasure of hearing TY Bello's Greenland over their airwaves. I wonder if there'll be a french version (hint, hint). Anyways, Bamako is so hot that the motel stewards are putting us in a 3rd room, where hopefully, the AC would actually work and cool the room. I know I cannot be a diva by any means but considering that I had to sleep inside the car with one eye closed and the other opened and sat in a car for over 8 hours in full view of the desert sun (translation: the AC may have been on full blast but it was not reaching me), the least I can get is a cool room to sleep in. Think about it...it's about 85 F degrees now at midnight. You can imagine how hot it was today. Let me help you 110 F degrees or there about. Well we head for Senegal on Tuesday. Plans might change because the plan was to drive up to Timbouktu and Gao in Central Mali. As I see it, I secretly cannot wait to get to Dakar so I can fly back to Lagos. Not just to get away from the heat but because I am in a wedding. Lol. After this trip I swear I shall never complain about Lagos being hot.

16 comments:

BacktoNaija said...

I can't even begin to imagine what such heat feels like! Are there mosquitoes?

Engee said...

u must be having fun girl....well asides the heat.

is it late to join...lol

ibilola said...

Enjoy hon!

Just want 2 say (again,again) - luv u're blog. U're a unique voice.

God Bless!

stuck in my throat o said...

Addy, you dey waka o...just tried your number, AGAIN, and then decided to read your blog.
Enjoy your trip...

1stpet2v9 said...

lol..

Ifeomaadiagwuagwu said...

Babes...nne... u're enjoying o! Just exploring Africa. O gini! Enjoy, biko. Unu afu go kwa.

Take care......

ababoypart2 said...

Stay on ur fun trip. Enjoy.

africa entertainment and sports said...

Happy birthday (in reverse!).I'll like to know what motivates uncle Jib to do this.It's all too risky for my comfort.

'Yar Mama said...

Have always admired people that take the bull by the horns and live their adventurous dreams. GOOD LUCK. You must be having the time of your life.

Engee said...

dont u think its bout time u updated...... huh?

NigerianDramaQueen said...

WOW! I read about this expedition 1st on Funmi Iyanda's blog. I am fascinated. I would kill to travel around Africa. You must be having a blast

Calabar Gal said...

Adaure,

Ou est tu?

Qute said...

Hey Adanne,
Where are you, I hope all is well over there in 9ja. You have not put anything up in a while.

Best wishes,
Q

simply fabulous said...

why the lllllloooonnnnggggg silence girl????

tara douglas said...

hi adaure,

whats up ? if you so much as open this message, here's what you do:
come see my blog and see who tagged you and what tagging is about then you tag six other people that haven't been tagged including by me

sound fancy?

Its tessa!

Nice blog, you obviously enjoy ur job.

Hair Azara said...

do u have a show in naij? I feel like I have seen you on t.v