By Shile Khumalo
In 2003 Sihle Khumalo determined to renounce a profitable activity and a comfy way of life in Durban and to have fun his thirtieth birthday via crossing the continent from south to north. Celebrating existence with gusto and in inimitable type, he describes a trip fraught with soreness, mishap, ecstasy, disillusionment, discovery and extraordinary human encounters. A trip that will be appropriate insanity in a white guy is looked by means of the author's fellow Africans as a unprecedented and inexplicable expenditure of time and cash. Newly aware of language boundaries and nearby distinction in a continent nonetheless unexplored by means of the vast majority of Africans, the writer offers a strikingly unique and hugely relaxing account of a special experience. each one bankruptcy is prefaced via an outline of the ‘father of the nation' of the rustic in query and ends with a hilarious ‘important tip'.
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Dark Continent my Black Arse by Shile Khumalo