Lerato Mogoatlhe’s travel memoir Vagabond is set to hit your bookshelves in September 2018. The book is published by Blackbird Books.
Lerato Mogoatlhe is a journalist who has worked for many years at publications like Sunday Times, City Press, DRUM, True Love and Cosmopolitan, Mail & Guardian, Marie Claire, Hercules Spain and Sunday Independent. Something happened to her along that journey in 2007,
“Sometime in November 2007 while working as an entertainment and lifestyle journalist, a job that had seen me party and hang out with local and international stars, including John Legend, I realised that I was over my life in South Africa. My job was fab and my life should have been great but it wasn’t because who cares if you get to pose with Beyoncé? I had had enough of writing about people living their wildest dreams. It was time to see what the story of my life would be. I had always had wanderlust, especially for Africa. And so I made the decision to leave South Africa, an urgent need that consumed me and almost drove me to a point of insanity. I planned to spend three months in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo and Benin.”
When Mogoathle left South Africa little did she know that those three months would turn into five years. That epic journey across the continent is the subject of a new travel memoir by the South African journo called Vagabond.
The new book promises highlights from her journey through 21 countries and 5 regions in West Africa including her life in Timbuktu, being in Salif Keita’s entourage, smuggling herself into the DRC and living in Mali and Ethiopia for six months.
The book will be available for the reading public from September 2018.