World-traveling Detroiter Jessica Nabongo shares journey in new memoir

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The Detroit News

DETROIT — Forty-one countries away from hitting her goal of traveling to every country in the world by the age of 35 — and becoming the first Black woman to do it — Detroiter Jessica Nabongo was over it. Over the travel. Over the logistics. Over it all. “Nothing was working out and I was so depressed,” said Nabongo, who was in a market in Mali in West Africa at the time. “I called my friend and said, ‘What am I doing?'” Then a photographer who was with her in the market told some people about her quest to travel around the world. He told her, in French, “it’s not for you, it’s for us.” “That r…

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