Chioma and Oluchi
Ogwuegbu are two young Nigerian sisters who have made it their mission to travel
across Africa to “celebrate all that is beautiful on the continent, from her
peoples to her cultures, languages and religions.” Chioma says it’s been a
dream of theirs since childhood to visit all African countries.
were young, we were always hearing about negative things about the African
continent…so we wanted to find the positive things about Africa and celebrate
it,”’ says Oluchi.
They are calling their journey “Celebrate Africa”
and hope they will help change that negative image of Africa and “encourage
Africans and the world to begin to see the beauty in the continent.”
Their trip started a few months ago. They’ve been
trekking the continent, taking buses and taxis “and donkeys in some places,’”
they say with a hint of amusement. English to Africa reporter Jackson Mvunganyi caught up with them in
After they visit all West African
countries, they plan to go to Central and East Africa and southern Africa. In each country they visit, they spend three
weeks travelling through the cities and villages, taking in the natural beauty
of the country. They also visit tourist sites because, as Chinoma says, “most
of these areas are packaged for tourists, we had to see the real picture
So far they say they like what they have seen.
They recount tales of kindness by strangers as they traveled through countries
like Guinea-Bissau and Ghana. Chioma says she was struck by the beauty of the Burkina
Faso Cascades de Karfiguela waterfalls and other natural attractions.
Their relatives and friends were hesitant when
the two sisters told them about their mission. “They were scared for us,”
Oluchi says. Their friends were also concerned for their safety in the
beginning since they were using public means of transportation. “That was dispelled
when we actually started travelling and meeting all these nice people,” says
The sisters are using personal
funds they have been saving since childhood and relying on some of their
friends for help.