Following the Cairo to Cape Town route in a quest to see more of my continent, my motherland, I use public transport from City of Pharaohs in Egypt to Cape Town and back up through the mountains in Lesotho back home to Zimbabwe.
Encountering questionable immigration officers, hospitable individuals in Uganda to skeletons on the Skeleton Coast in Namibia, I go in search of what it means to be African. As an African would I enjoy the same hospitality afforded to white and foreign travelers as I made my way through my continent? Along the way, engaging in conversations with tourists, volunteers, local doctors, protesting students, I try to gain insight into the history, politics, economics and atmosphere in each country.
I recall my return to my motherland as Zimbabwe comes to grips with a crumbling economy and the people finally begin to stir and protest and seek a better life.
Alick Chingaphi is a consultant by profession. His work has taken on extensive travels through the African continent. Taking a break from the corporate rat race, he travelled across the continent to discover Mother Africa. This, his first book relays the story of his travels. He currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.