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The future is bright, the future is…Kenya?

Posted by | December 04, 2013 | Alieu Fofanah, Personal | One Comment

I arrive in Nairobi, Kenya, and settle into my hotel Kwheza at 2am in the morning. So tired! The next day I force myself to wake up and eat the free breakfast, and from there I go back to bed. On the following days, I catch up on my to do list and review my finances. Things are looking extremely bleak! Partly my fault, but some of the big expenditures have come as a surprise!

Without going into to much detail, below are a few points:

  • I get an email from NatWest telling me that my student overdraft facilities will be taken away in a few months = -$500
  • I had to pay for my ACA qualification = -£750
  • Transportation in South Africa killed me, traveling by taxi, by myself, not a good idea = N/A ( I do not want to disclose the price lol)
  • Not to mention I went shark diving and did a bungee jump in South Africa = -£110 Money well spent if you ask me

By the looks of things I calculate that I will run out of money by December 2013… However, this whole trip is meant to last until March 2014 *closes eyes*. I tell myself that the future is looking bright. I have to figure out a hustle to save money or make money (or borrow from friends and family – hope you guys are reading!).

The week continues. I go to the office of mSurvey, a tech startup based in Nairobi. I will be helping them organise Startup Weekend Nairobi. I spend most of the day with the team. I introduce myself and what I am doing, in turn they tell me a bit about themselves.  They are a really cool team, I feel like part of the family when I hangout with them.


Later in the day I speak to one of the founders and he tells me about his days of traveling. He literally went everywhere! Talking to him has made me want to travel even more! At the end of the conversation he tells me that I might be able to use his apartment in the heart of town!

That was on Wednesday and on Friday I moved in, singing “i aint worried bout nothin:-)


First week in Kenya and the future is bright. On the Friday I learn that there will be a bank holiday on Monday and the best place to be is Mombasa. I look online and find that I can get a  coach ticket for £12.50 (6hr Journey) and I can stay at a nice hostel for £7.50 per night. Hmmm to go or not to go…

What decision do you think I made?


Alieu Fofanah

About Alieu Fofanah

An Associate Chartered Accountant who in 2010 was invited to the House of Lords by Lord Adebowale, to feature as a Future Leader in the Magazine published by Powerful Media. Previously worked as a debt restructuring and business recovery specialist at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Alieu’s vision for GoGetters to act as a channel for entrepreneurs to build creative solutions, which transform the world.

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