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November 8, 2016

Second in a series Twenty-four hours of planes, trains and automobiles en route to West Africa. 06 NOV — OGO By far, the highlight of my weekend in New York City was my reunion with my friend, Ogo, of Senegal. We met five years ago when he graciously included me in his group going to [….../ ➝

February 11, 2014

In the same year that a remake of the celebrated “Roots” TV mini-series is in the works, the International Roots Festival is set to return to the Gambia. It was three years ago this month that I took the most unforgettable trip of my life, one that took me through Senegal into the Gambia.../ ➝

February 26, 2013

The Gambia has a new national airline linking together West Africa, just in time for this year’s International Roots Festival. But its implications for West African travel extend far beyond that. There’s a new bird in the skies over West Africa — a Gambia Bird. From its hub in the Gambian .../ ➝

February 19, 2011

Some folks bring home T-shirts from their travels. I came home from West Africa with a new identity and two new names. Of all the unexpected things that happened to me on my West Africa trip, this was perhaps the most remarkable. I was part of a group from the United States attending the Internation.../ ➝

February 15, 2011

If you’ve never been to Africa before, especially if you’re a black American, West Africa may be the best region to get your introduction to the Mother Continent. That’s what I did, in the Gambia. And if you’ve been keeping up with the West Africa Journal I posted after my tr.../ ➝

February 11, 2011

The International Roots Festival in the Gambia officially ends today, but I’m already back in the States. I fully expected this to be the journey of my life. I didn’t know the half of it. Arrived back in the United States today after a nine-hour flight from Dakar, Senegal. It actually wa.../ ➝

February 9, 2011

From the twin Gambian villages of Albreda and Juffureh, you can look out across the broad Gambia River and see ruins of the fort on James Island, where perhaps nearly a million African captives passed through on the way to slavery in Europe and the New World. Juffureh is the ancestral home of James .../ ➝

January 23, 2011

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE BIZARRE FROM THE WORLD’S BEST TRAVEL MEDIA SPEAKING IN TONGUES In private business and public service, America has a crying need for people who can speak more than one language. It’s one more good reason to travel. There’s an old joke that goes something l.../ ➝

December 26, 2010

The good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media THE GIFT OF AFRICA This Christmas season, give yourself a priceless memory — a trip to West Africa for the International Roots Festival in February. These days, the news out of West Africa is dominated by ominous and tr.../ ➝

December 9, 2010

Two neighbors — Senegal and the Gambia — offer travelers this winter a choice of festivals devoted to the culture and history of Africa and the African diaspora. In the process, they also show how African neighbors can beat the legacy of colonialism to peacefully co-exist — and giv.../ ➝