Accra To Sweden By Road: Yahaya Alpha Suberu Became The First Ghanaian To Embark On Daring Expedition In 2007

Accra To Sweden By Road: Yahaya Alpha Suberu Became The First Ghanaian To Embark On Daring Expedition In 2007

  • Yahaya Alpha Suberu is a filmmaker, tourist enthusiast, and lecturer at New York University's Ghana campus
  • He made history when he became the first Ghanaian to travel by land from Ghana's Accra to Europe's Sweden in 2007
  • Nana Tea, a Ghanaian philanthropist, applauded Suberu's achievement while advocating for measures to reduce the risks involved in an interview with YEN.com.gh

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Yahaya Alpha Suberu, a filmmaker and lecturer at New York University's Ghana campus, became the first Ghanaian to travel from Ghana to Sweden by land in 2007.

The tourist enthusiast was inspired to drive from Accra to Sweden after his first visit to his relatives in Stockholm, Sweden's capital.

Photos of Yahaya Alpha Suberu.
Accra to Sweden road trip: Meet Yahaya Alpha Suberu the first Ghanaian to embark on daring expedition in 2007. Photo credit: CNN/@gyaigyimii (Twitter).
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Suberu, among other reasons, was influenced by Ghana's 50th-anniversary celebrations in 2007. According to Ghanaweb, he wanted to inform the world that the nation was the first African country to achieve independence from British colonial rule.

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He embarked on the trip in a 1986 2CV Citroen (602cc), a modest economical automobile from the French manufacturer Citroen.

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The journey began in Accra's Independence Square and ended in Stockholm's Sergels Torg. The trip lasted 24 days and took in nine nations. The long journey and varied terrain require a lot of fuel, totalling over 900 litres.

Suberu had to acquire a Michelin map of West Africa, North Africa, and Europe because there was no Google map or smartphone to help him navigate the route. He encountered several difficulties on his journey, including a gearbox breakdown in Mauritania that required him to spend six days looking for a replacement.

After completing the journey, the incredible achievement earned him international recognition, including CNN. Suberu shipped his car back to Ghana and still has it to this day.

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Nana celebrates Suberu

In an interview with YEN.com.gh, Ghanaian philanthropist and social media star Nana Tea praised the achievement while urging for structures to be put in place to minimise the risks involved.

''It's a laudable initiative because it helps to promote Ghana. It always puts the country on the world map again, which is worthwhile.
''But they should put suitable structures in place to reduce any risk involved since lives are involved. He did well, and I celebrate him,'' Nana Tea told YEN.com.gh.

Watch Suberu's interview with CNN below:

Wanderlust Ghana Accra to London road trip

Previously, YEN.com.gh reported that reactions poured in after a team of travellers on a road trip from Ghana's capital Accra to London in the United Kingdom arrived on Sunday, August 6.

The squad of 12 men and one woman reportedly set out on Sunday, July 23, 2023, from Accra through Aburi to Nsawam, Kumasi, and Sunyani to Dormaa and then via Golokrom to Cote d'Ivoire.

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The team arrived after a tiring journey of reportedly 10,000 kilometres. They posted a video with the caption:

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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Nathaniel Crabbe (Human-Interest editor) Nathaniel Crabbe is a journalist and editor with a degree in Journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, where he graduated in 2015. He earned his master's from UPSA in December 2023. Before becoming an editor/writer of political/entertainment and human interest stories at Asaase Radio, Crabbe was a news reporter at TV3 Ghana. With experience spanning over ten years, he now works at YEN.com.gh as a human interest editor. You can reach him via nathaniel.crabbe@yen.com.gh.

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