How I toured five West Africa countries on bike

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A Lagos-based female biker, Omolara Animashaun, has detailed how she visited Benin republic, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Niger Republic, with her motorcycle.

In a long Twitter thread on Tuesday, Animashaun revealed that she covered a total of about 5,000+ KM throughout the journey.

The tourist added that she could have gone further but for some border restrictions.

She said, “Lagos Nigeria to Benin Republic to Togo to Ghana to Burkina Faso to Niger Republic and finally Nigeria on two wheels covering a total of about 5,000+ KM throughout this journey.

“Wow, this is my best so far and I honestly wanted to do more but some borders are still officially closed.”

In a Twitter chat with our correspondent on Tuesday, Animashaun revealed that she went on the journey because she wanted to learn new things.

She said, “The reason was basically adventure. I’m an adventurous person and I love to try new things.I also love doing what people assume is impossible.”

From Lagos to Ghana

Animashaun began her journey from Lagos to Ghana in a day and passed through Benin Republic and Togo.

Detailing her journey, Animashaun said, “Let me breakdown how the journey went. So I covered about 470+ KM on day 1 from Lagos Nigeria to Benin Republic to Togo then to Accra, Ghana.

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“Yes, I did Lagos to Accra Ghana in one day (not the whole day though) but I was delayed at the Aflao border for about five hours or so due to the whole documentation procedure.

“A biker friend of mine I met on social media assisted me with everything at Aflao border (God bless him).”

 

Ghana tour

 

Animashaun spent three days in Ghana during her tour.

She said, “Fast forward to day 2, I got intel that Elubo border leading to Ivory Coast from Ghana is ‘officially closed’ and I didn’t want to waste my time riding there if I wasn’t going to pass through.

“So I decided to visit Kintampo Waterfalls on day 3 which was about 450+ km from my hotel in Accra (while trying to process Ivory Coast lasse passé as it was a weekend and nothing could be done till the following Monday).

“On day 4, I rode back to Accra from Kintampo Waterfalls and arrived by 12noon sharp covering the same 450+ KM but unfortunately was told that the lasse passé process couldn’t come through and by then, I had already spent 3 days in Ghana.

“I spent day 5 gathering intel on other West Africa countries I could easily visit with no issues and that was when the idea of Burkina Faso and Niger Republic came up.”

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Ghana to Burkina Faso

 

On Animashaun’s journey from Ghana to Burkina Faso, she passed through Kumasi and Tamale.

She continued, “On day 6, I left Accra for a place called Bolgatanga in the northernmost part of Ghana which was about 830+ KM from my hotel in Accra and I had to pass through Kintampo Waterfalls again in order to get there so it was more like double journey.

“I passed through Kumasi and Tamale on the way. I decided to stay the night at Bolgatanga since it was just about 45 to Paga border which was the road to Burkina Faso.

“On Day 7, I left for Paga border then rode for about 190+ km to arrive Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso but it was a slow ride because there were lots of animals on the road crossing from one side to the other and you wouldn’t want to hit one.

“At one point, there were lots of cows on the road and had to wait for them to get off before proceeding with the journey.

“I spent day 7 in Ouagadougou and met with some bikers from West Burkina bikers club, they were really hospitable. I also had the chance to visit Thomas Sankara Memorial in Ouagadougou.

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“Day 8, I rode from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso – Kara – Ndali – Malanville covering over 1,011+ KM in less than 24 hours.”

Burkina Faso to Lagos

Animashaun said, “On day 9, I crossed into Niger Republic through Malanville border and headed to Niamey in Niger Republic covering over 300+ KM distance and I encountered lots of off-roads.”

Animashaun rode from Niamey in Niger republic to Cotonou in Benin Republic covering over 1,060+ km in 14 hours at a stretch which included pit stops and border delays.

She said, “I’m really proud of myself. Then I entered my dear Lagos the next day and now I’m back to base.

“I wasn’t alone on this trip as I rode alongside my partner Dayo and our new riding buddy STG. I’d like to thank everyone that assisted us on this adventure. May God Almighty bless you all.”

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