We made it, through tarred and dusty roads in eleven countries. We drove day and sometimes at night across 12,000kilometers from Lagos to London through the dreaded yet glorious Sahara.
We set out on our Trans Saharan - cross continental expedition of March 9th. The objective of this voyage was to drive from Lagos to London to raise awareness on desert encroachment and desertification. In five weeks, we have traveled through 12, 000kilometers of tarred and dusty roads, through eleven countries in Africa and Europe and across the glorious but dreaded Sahara.
We lived in hamlets and villages with people whose lives are directly affected by the desert’s menace. We also met with Ministers of environment and Mayors of cities who make state decisions on how to tame the world’s largest desert. Throughout ourr journey, we have called for a concerted force of all African states to fight the desert’s menacing march.
On Saturday April 12th, we arrived victorious at our final destination London at 7.30a.m. Whilst this is Captain Newton Jibunoh’s third expedition, it was a first for the other five members of the team.
It has been a great honour to go on this mission with Captain Jibunoh; a first class orator, the rare detribalised Nigerian and a man who is not afraid to ask for directions. And my teammates- Kelechi, Titi, Joshua, Afam, I wouldn't trade them for the world.