We love our traveling community here at Visiter l’Afrique and love introducing you all to each other even more! Here with us today is Loriade, a young woman with a mission to travel to all 54 countries in Africa before she’s 54! Check out her Instagram HERE and enjoy her pit stop in Niamey, Niger!

 

So tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Loriade, I am 24 years old and originally from Cameroon and Nigeria although I identify as a “Third Culture Kid.” Passionate about Africa, I left Washington DC for Lagos in late 2016 in search of work experience on the continent I consider my home.

 

Where are you now? 

I am currently in Niamey, Niger. I am working for an NGO as a consultant.

Boubou Hama National Museum and Zoo

Boubou Hama National Museum and Zoo

What cool things do you get up to there?

 

While I spent most of my time at my host’s home or the office of the organization where I was working, I saw a few places in town. I notably had drinks at the bar behind the Piscine Olympique and attended a traditional Nigerien wedding with a coworker and his family in the Terminus neighbourhood. I had lunch at Amandine and La Cabane a couple of times and took a stroll along the river Niger near the restaurant Camp Banda. I checked out La Plage, a popular hangout spot for Niamey’s youth, one evening and watched the sun set from the bridge nearby. I also watched children play soccer on the grounds of the Grand Mosque after getting a private tour on my second to last day.

 

Why do you travel?

 

I have traveled for a variety of reasons over the years including family holidays, weddings of friends and acquaintances, and school-related events (I went to Morocco for a choir event in middle school and to China (via Qatar) for a Model United Nations conference in high school). These days I travel primarily for work/ to gain work experience.

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Boubou Hama National Museum and Zoo

I am an international health and development professional who aims to help improve the lives and wellbeing of the most vulnerable and underserved, particularly in Africa. As such, I look for opportunities to contribute to a project or program designed to achieve this objective and I am drawn to opportunities that allow me to work in the country where said initiative is implemented.

Patio at the bar behind the Piscine Olympique

Patio at the bar behind the Piscine Olympique

That said, I also travel for leisure sometimes and pick my destinations based on what I would like to learn. As a self-proclaimed and proud “lifelong learner,” I am always happy to discover something new whether it is about myself (ex. my ability to assimilate to a new setting) or about the food, culture, history and people of a new city and country. I also try to step out of my comfort zone as much as possible.

 

How do you get to do it?

 

Until I started earning enough money to support myself, my parents provided the financial assistance necessary for me to travel both for school-related endeavors and leisure. Thanks to them I visited more than 25 countries in 23 years. I have traveled to seven other countries since I started working as an independent consultant to NGOs and international organizations last year. My employers cover most – if not all – my travel expenses on those trips so I can save most of the money I earn. I set aside about 25% of it (about $4,000) in a savings account to pay for plane tickets, accommodation, transport, etc. when I travel for leisure later this year and next year.

Stroll along the river Niger near Camp Banda

Stroll along the river Niger near Camp Banda

What’s your next destination?
Aside from work trips to Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo and Kigali in Rwanda in June, I will be moving to Dakar, Senegal for a year in August. I plan to travel in Senegal and to neighboring countries and will be sure to tag Visiter L’Afrique on my pictures!