London to Lagos on Bike. in Mauritania, death litters their roads – Kunle Adeyanju
Kunle Adeyanju, a Nigerian who recently completed a “charity ride” from London to Lagos, has revealed that Mauritania is not a country he wants to visit again for any reason.
The entrepreneur and author began his journey on April 19 and tweeted on Day 13 that he had arrived in St. Louis, Senegal, after crossing the Sahara Desert through Morocco.
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Kunle shared some of his uneventful experiences of the adventure so far on day 14 via his Twitter account.
According to him, Mauritania police, immigration, and customs departments collaborated as a cartel to extort money from foreigners and make their lives as difficult as possible.
He went on to say that he has travelled to over 75 countries and can categorically state that Mauritania is the worst of them all.
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Take a look at some of the tweets:
‘’The last two days had been the only ones of this adventure that had gone without a hitch. And it was in Mauritania that all of the bad things happened.
“And it cuts across the country’s two major cities as well as their two major borders.”
The unpleasant experiences were entirely due to the wickedness and evil of men to men, not to any act of God or issues beyond my control.
‘’I’ve travelled to over 75 countries and can categorically state that Mauritania is the worst of all the countries I’ve visited.
“The people are unfriendly, they are mean, and when they see you as a foreigner, all they think about is what they can take from you, forcefully, deceitfully, or cunningly.”
I travelled to the country’s two largest cities, Nouakchott and Nouadhibou, as well as the country’s two busiest border crossings, and had terrible experiences in each of these locations.
“I later learned that the country had recently re-denominated its currency by removing one zero from the exchange rate.”
For instance, the Euro used to be worth 1euro = 400um, but when it was redenominated, it became worth 1euro = 40.
“However, the entire country continues to defraud foreigners by selling items at the old rate, effectively charging you ten times more for purchases.” This affects every aspect of their economy, including hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and government agencies.
“At the border, Immigration, Police, Customs, and other security agencies will refuse to engage you, forcing you to go through their touts, who will defraud unsuspecting foreigners.”
And this was not limited to the security agencies at the border; it pervaded every aspect of the economy with which I interacted.
“It didn’t matter if I was in a restaurant, a hotel, or a gas station. And all the while, I couldn’t help but wonder why everything is so expensive in this town.
“Police, Immigration, and Customs all worked together as a cartel to extort money from foreigners and make their lives a living hell.” I had no choice but to part with $300 in the midst of all of these issues.
Even before the final episode of the daylight robbery, Mauritania is the worst shithole anyone can be to me, and a place I never want to visit again.
I didn’t take a single picture on the 200-kilometer ride from Nouakchott to Rosso, not because I didn’t want to, but because there was nothing worth photographing.
“All you see are dead camel, goat, donkey, and other animal carcasses littering the sides of the road, as if that is the only place where a desert exists.”
In all of my articles, I try to avoid focusing on the negative aspects of situations. I am always looking for the bright side because I believe that is where we should focus our attention.
“However, if I remain silent about my horrific experiences in Mauritania, it will be a disservice to humanity, as it may continue to happen to others, especially given the fact that this entire scam is perpetrated on foreigners in every aspect of the economy.”
‘’It happened to me in a hotel, restaurant, gas station, and government offices.
‘’Mauritania is not a country I would ever want to return to for any reason. To be honest, I don’t think so. It’s almost as bad as hell.
That is all for now on Bike from London to Lagos: Death litters the roads of Mauritania – Kunle Adeyanju
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