SOAS University of London

Milo Gough

The Travelling Africa course took me on a journey across the African continent from Cape Town to Cairo, via Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan and everywhere in between.

The Travelling Africa course (convened by Dr Kai Easton, Centre for English Studies) took me on a journey across the African continent from Cape Town to Cairo, via Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan and everywhere in between. The geographical and chronological expanse of all this travel was negotiated through fiction, non-fiction, archives (attics and reading rooms), music, maps, afro-futurism, churches in Tottenham, boats, films and any other entry points that inspired the members of our truly collaborative group. I had been cycling around London for four years, but my own changing understanding of travel during my time at SOAS prompted me to take my bicycle overseas on a journey from London to Lagos with two other SOAS students. We made a website in an attempt to place ourselves within the histories of travel on the continent and attempt to renegotiate the often reductive European imagination of West Africa. Please have a look to see the results of some Travelling Africa inspired travel!
Boating Casamance

Mauritanian border

Rabat beach

red route Casamance

stream crossing