AWARE: A West-African Reflective Expedition!

▮ Jerome Yang / 2019/11/16

I’m going on my next solo adventure titled “AWARE” soon, and the destination is 3 West African countries: Benin, Togo and Ghana!


Cape Coast, Ghana. Photo from Lonely Planet by by Tom Cockrem Getty Images

Why West Africa? What makes this trip reflective?

2019 marks the 400th anniversary of the first Atlantic slave trip’s arrival in Jamestown, Virginia in 1619. The majority of the slaves relocated to the Americas are from African West Coast, from today’s Senegal all the way down to today’s Angola. Therefore, 2019 is a particularly meaningful time to visit West Africa, and “reflect” on how people from there have shaped the country we live in today.

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Frequently asked questions

Is it safe to visit these countries?

According to the US Department of State’s Travel Advisories, Benin, Togo and Ghana are all listed in Level 1: Excercise Normal Precautions, which is safer than most popular European destinations (France, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, etc).

Can I ask for a postcard?

After taking few trips to the off-the-beaten-track countries, I realized that it’s not always easy to find and send postcards. Some countries don’t make postcards, while some countries’ postal system makes it very challenging to mail out postcards. Therefore, no postcard this time. But instead, I’ll find some small gifts as the alternative if you enroll as premium partners. What’s the gift then? I don’t know, but I’ll find out when I’m on my journey!

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About the 3 countries

Country Ghana Togo Benin
Population 28,833,629 8,082,366 11,801,151
Major Languages English, Akan/Twi, Ghanaian Pidgin English, Ewe French, Ewe, Kabiye French, Fon, Yom, Yoruba
Major Religions Protestant, Sunni Muslim, Catholic Animist, Catholic, Sunni Muslim, Protestant Catholic, Sunni Muslim, Vodun
Currency Ghanaian cedi West African CFA franc West African CFA franc
GDP (PPP) per Capita (USD) 6,452 1,746 2,426