I took a trip to Zambia because someone I knew hooked me up with a guy who knew a Morehouse graduate that had been doing business in Zambia for the past 10+ years and is passionate about helping those who are interesting in Africa get to understand the continent. In the spirit of Morehouse, we had a conversation and it ended with him saying "...just land in Lusaka and we've got you."
I only need to be told once that I should just land in a country and to be connected to a team that's already there. And so I went. This was my first trip on the continent outside of South Africa. I was excited because I didn't know what to expect. Zambia had not been on my list of places to travel but I'm not one to turn down an adventure.
South African Airways got me to Lusaka in a smooth fashion. I promise they've got the most delicious lunch and beautiful flight attendants (I'm a plane food connoisseur). Their service is better than many of the American airlines that I've flown with over the years. I will definitely be flying with them again. When I landed, a white South African waiting in the customs line with me announced "Nigga, We Made It!!!" (Thanks Hov & Ye). I couldn't encourage his behavior so I ignored him until I got outside of the airport and I could finally laugh.
I connected with my driver and he took me to meet with my host who says to me "Welcome Home." That's what my experience in Zambia was like. I met new friends who felt like old friends an saw new places which felt like I'd visited them before. I've gotta shout out to everyone who shared their time with me especially, Greg and the Avencion team, Wes - the person who made himself personally responsible for my success in Zambia, Tamara - who's the best tour guide and number 1 trouble maker in Lusaka (Haha), Dumase - my bodyguard, and so many others.
I was welcomed into a variety of communities, received mentorship and guidance, got an opportunity to experience another country on the continent, and participated in many of the turn ups that occurred during my stay. Zambia gets 2 thumbs up for me but it really was the people that made my time there amazing!
Please check out some pics below and let me know if you'd be willing to visit Zambia.