Ugandan Woman To Journey Round The World in 12 Months

Jessica Nabongo has become the first documented black woman to travel to every country.
1 September 2018

Ms Jessica Nabongo, a Ugandan born and raised in Detroit, USA, will have visited every single country if she completes her globe-trotting campaign in the next seven months.

Ms Nabongo, a dual citizen, is using her Ugandan passport to show that African passport holders also travel as tourists to dispel what she calls misconception that Africans only move when they are running away from problems back home.

But Ms Nabongo also uses her American passport whenever the need arises to globe trot before her self-set deadline of May 15, 2019, which also marks her 35th birthday. She embarked on her safari last year.
“So far, I have reached 125 countries. I have 70 countries left. While I travel, I use both American and Ugandan passports. As a Ugandan passport holder, I have free-visa access to 63 countries. I want these countries to get used to seeing African passport holders travelling purely for tourism,” she says in a video she posted on Facebook page on July 26.

Ms Nabongo will visit 195 UN-recognised countries, plus Palestine that is recognised by 135 countries.

She says whenever Africans are mentioned, especially in Europe and America, they are immediately perceived as immigrants and migrants.
“So many of them when they think of an African, they think of an immigrant, they think of a migrant, they think of people who are unfortunately stranded in the Mediterranean [sea] because they are seeking a better life,” she says.

“Those definitely are part of the African story, but also there are many African passport holders who can afford to travel around the world and I want to give them a gift of visibility,” she adds.

Ms Nabongo’s campaign has attracted the attention of many people in America.

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