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Discovering West Africa: Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon

Explore West Africa with adventurer "World Wide Nate."
Discovering West Africa: Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 12.
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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite what I was looking for Relatively entertaining. Focus was on current issues - sports, food, music. I was hoping for more of a historical set of lectures rather than tourism. Certainly not a "university level course". The lectures on Cameroon were the best from my perspective. There was more history and the connection the author had with the country was moving. I lived in West Africa in the mid 70s and it is remarkable how little has changed.
Date published: 2023-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I knew nothing about African culture. Thoroughly enjoyed Nate's travels into the three countries, and the information each provided, from food, customs and clothing. .
Date published: 2023-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Learned about 3 countries, I knew little about I was interested in the course as it presented three countries about which I knew little. I knew they were in West Africa, but I needed to hunt a bit to find them on a map. I knew this area was heavily involved in the slave trade as it was thought the climate there most approximated the conditions of the southern part of North America (and probably Brazil). This was felt to be important in the survival of the slaves once they reached the New World. There my knowledge ended. There is some beautiful videography. The presenter focused more on the good parts of each country, and thus much of what I have seen in third world countries was omitted. Which I reckon is okay, as this felt like a travelogue to promote tourism. He touched based with several very interesting people. I am always amazed how globally connected we are, even countries a little off the normal route like these. What I did not like was he touched several points in each country, but only superficially. I realize that much of this had to be staged, but many scenes felt overly staged. They did not come across as real experiences. While World Wide Nat comes across as a really nice fellow, I had a hard time connecting with him as a presenter. I do wonder what the intended audience for the videos was, as God and mission came up several times in the videos. Would I recommend this course… well maybe, it was entertaining enough, I learned a few things, they just never seemed to really gel for me. There was something missing, but I cannot put a finger on it. But I certainly know more about Ghana, Senegal and Cameroon than I knew before.
Date published: 2023-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Exploration Before studying this program, I knew very little about Ghana, Senegal and Cameroon. I enjoyed the exploration of the land, people and culture of those areas. Nate is a great host who was immersed in the subject. I enjoyed seeing his personal involvement in the presentations including surfing. The women who owned businesses and were active in the cultural aspects of the areas were very interesting to me. I'd enjoy seeing more programs like this.
Date published: 2023-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need for more dialogue Loved the featured travels through Ghana, Senegal and Cameroon. Most of my ancestors where from this area of the world. Those who were human trafficed into forced servitude suffered the worst atrosity which lasted centuries. This presentation opens up a long overdue dialogue about the history of this region and mans inhumanity to each other. Womens issues will be explored in future conversations. Especially as it relates to FGM in this region of the world.
Date published: 2023-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something Completely New to Me I loved this introduction to Ghana, Senegal, and Cameroon, countries that I knew nothing about before watching the episodes. The host is personable and upbeat; and the episodes were well-balanced with a variety of people interviewed. I enjoyed the themes, with food segments in each country, clothing manufacturing, sports, etc. The film work was also well-done and made me feel as if I were there.
Date published: 2023-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 loved it soooooooooo much. Very uplifting! More please :)
Date published: 2023-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Perspective This documentary was such a learning experience for me. It gave me a new perspective of Africa, even though the focus was on West Africa. I like how the culture of each country was shared from the cuisine, art, music, resources and the natural landscapes. Very educational and has inspired me to add visiting West Africa on my bucket list.
Date published: 2023-02-11
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In Discovering West Africa: Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, take a 10-episode tour across three West African countries with Nathan Fluellen, known as “World Wide Nate,” as your expert guide. Moving through the nations of Ghana, Senegal, and Cameroon, you will join Nate and a mix of local artists, chefs, musicians, entrepreneurs, sportsmen, and other locals to see and experience what the region has to offer.


Nathan Fluellen

I hope you are inspired to connect with the history, cuisine, culture, sights, and experiences West Africa has to offer.

Nathan Fluellen is a travel influencer who has visited 6 continents and more than 75 countries. He is the creator and host of the show Escape with Nate: In Search of Black Utopia and the Telly Award–winning series World Wide Nate: African Adventures. He has served as an ambassador to multiple tourism boards and hotels internationally as well as for various brands and media outlets, including TIME, Fortune, Travel + Leisure, Ford and Lincoln Motor Companies, and He prioritizes using his platform to encourage people of color to explore the world.

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Discovering West Africa: Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon
Discovering West Africa: Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon


Made in Ghana

01: Made in Ghana

Kick off your tour by visiting Ghana, a vibrant coastal country in the heart of West Africa. Explore its historic monuments and museums with locals who live and work there, and talk to entrepreneurs who are designing products like chocolate and luxury clothing that highlight Ghana’s contributions to the “Made in Africa” movement.

22 min
Ghanaian Botanical Gardens, Afropop, and Yoga

02: Ghanaian Botanical Gardens, Afropop, and Yoga

Continue your travels by focusing on Ghana’s natural landscape, from almond trees to cocoa wine. Then, spend some time with some of Ghana’s most creative musicians to see how they are blending new and traditional genres. And finish with some fitness, joining Nate for an African kemetic yoga session and nature hike.

27 min
Ghana’s Sports, TV, and Philanthropy Champions

03: Ghana’s Sports, TV, and Philanthropy Champions

Keep exploring Ghana with an in-depth visit to the cities of Kokrobite and Accra. You will explore the fascinating dimensions of surfing, boxing, tennis, skateboarding in the country. Sample some popular Ghanaian street food and get to know two particularly impressive Ghanaian women: TV host Anita Eskrine and High Commissioner Grace Jeanette Mason.

23 min
Reclaiming Ghana: History and Homecoming

04: Reclaiming Ghana: History and Homecoming

Wrap up your Ghanaian adventure with a trip to the W. E. B. DuBois Museum. Then, attend a West African cooking class to make some traditional garden egg stew. Next, you’ll go to the town of Elmina, where you will reckon with the brutal history of the old African slave castle and you’ll attend a traditional naming ceremony with Nate.

32 min
Senegal’s African Renaissance

05: Senegal’s African Renaissance

Turn your attention to the western most point of Africa: the country of Senegal. Tour the African Renaissance Monument in Dakar. Examine what Islam means to Senegalese people and their culture. Spend some time with top women boxers and race car drivers. And sample one of the country’s culinary delicacies, Yassa, a popular chicken and rice dish.

22 min
Senegal Style: Surfing, Textiles, and Art

06: Senegal Style: Surfing, Textiles, and Art

Join “World Wide Nate” as he surfs along Dakar’s Yoff Beach. Sit down with Dakar’s first female mayor, Soham El Wardini, to see how the city has secured and is preparing to host its first Youth Olympics. And connect with a weaver and artist to learn about Senegal’s culture and past through its artifacts and textiles.

23 min
Senegalese Wrestling, Farming, Griot, and Dunes

07: Senegalese Wrestling, Farming, Griot, and Dunes

Complete your Senegalese adventure by heading to Pikine where you will explore wrestling, an ancient sport in the country. Then, detour to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saint-Louis for insight into preservation efforts there. And finish by examining how one, local artist uses graffiti and spoken word to tell Senegal’s story.

24 min
Cameroon’s Mountain of Greatness

08: Cameroon’s Mountain of Greatness

Head to Cameroon, the final stop on your West African tour. Hike the country’s most impressive mountain before joining a gourmet cooking class that spotlights Cameroon’s crown agricultural jewel: Penja pepper. And conclude with a foray into Cameron’s history and cultural life by touring the Reunification Monument, and by learning about the local music scene.

23 min
Preserving Cameroon’s Wildlife and Heritage

09: Preserving Cameroon’s Wildlife and Heritage

Going westward, settle down in Limbe and Nkongsamba. See how wildlife, from chimps to drill monkeys, are protected and cared for at Cameroon’s Limbe Wildlife Centre. Shop for and make bouillon, a traditional Cameroonian soup. Check out ancient art and objects at the Blackitude Museum. And marvel at the beauty of the Ekom Nkam waterfalls.

22 min
Deep Connections in Cameroon

10: Deep Connections in Cameroon

Wrap up your tour of Cameroon by accompanying PhD research assistant Francois Ngouoh on a proper archeological dig. Talk with a traditional village chief and queen. Explore film in the country, from comedy television shows to festivals. And see how truly connected Nate is to Cameroon and the broader West African region.

29 min