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I am Muctaru Wurie from Freetown, Sierra Leone. I blog on a variety of subject from my homeland and most of my post feature well researched stories I do.

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Travelogue: From Freetown to Dar es Salaam

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The centre of Dar es Salaam

The journey to witness the Airtel Rising Star / Manchester United football clinic in Tanzania was long; it took us almost twelve hours in a flight that saw us stopping over in Accra and Nairobi, but it was one that I truly enjoyed. Even though we kept waiting for almost two hours at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi to get a flight to our final destination; I savoured every moment of it as I kept surveying the striking savannah landscape that contrast with my mountainous and usually forested backdrop in Freetown.

This trip to East Africa was always set to be an interesting and insightful one, on crossing the Freetown River on our speedboat we bumped into one of Sierra Leone most famous guest of recent years, Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal who was visiting Freetown for the first time. In her company was her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Princess Royal, who is the second child and only daughter of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit means so much to Sierra Leonean. The visit showed that our country has moved forward and such visit is an indication of the progress we have made in attaining peace and post war development. As both boats crossed path, Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal and her husband waved to us with smiles.

We reached Ghana around 20:00 GMT, and although and there’s no doubt that Ghana is a country moving forward. Even from the skies you can see that the gold coast had come a long way and a Ghanaian who joined us on his way to Australia gave me an indication of why Ghana has been soliciting the attention of many across Africa and beyond. Democracy, he told me his country is on a march towards people’s power since after years of dictatorship and military rule, “We are clearly moving forward and I have a strong belief that in five years time we will overtake Botswana as the emblem of democracy in Africa.” I agree, Ghana have decriminalised libel, there’s a freedom of information act, opposition knows that they can get to power if it’s the people’s will, a free and open society, et al, above all else this has brought stability and growth in a country once ranked as one of the least developed in the continent.

The flight to Nairobi was the longest of the journeys but yet still I could hardly sleep and upon reaching the Jomo Kenyatta Airport. Kenya is a country that impresses me too, take a look at Kenya Airways, it’s an example of an African business working, they have some shortcomings but overall they impress me and the scale of their operations  across Africa is unimaginable and they are undoubtedly an African success story. Kenya is a country that cannot boast of the many resources that has been a curse to countries like mine – but notwithstanding this they are functioning and the country just bewitch you. It pains me that Al-Shabab want to create problems to the hub of East Africa, I hope they do not succeed because that will have unforeseen consequences. The immediate eye catcher are the duty free stores, but when the exterior became conspicuous – the landscape gives you a fine view of Nairobi.

My biggest disappointment on this trip came when the pilot on flight KQ 481 heading for Dar es Salaam showed us Mount Kilimanjaro, the view is one of the best natural scene I had ever seen, the camera wasn’t with me and I failed to capture a view that was so fascinating. Now I am in Tanzania and like the others it’s a country that impresses me to. I’ll be here for the coming days so expect more from my travelogue diary, stay tuned.

Written by Muctaru Wurie

October 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm