Hector Africa – A go Z
Ireland's most famous traveller is ready to take you on the first three stops of his African road trip of a lifetime from Ethiopia to Zimbabwe.
In Hector Africa – A go Z, Hector Ó hEochagáin goes on the most dangerous, most volatile journey of his life through the African continent.
From safaris to Olympic greats, from tribes to wildlife rangers, from rastas to khat farms, from slums to camel markets, Hector takes it all in.
Beginning in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he zips you through Sudan and drops you off in Nairobi, Kenya. It’s a road trip you’ll never forget – the A go Z of Africa with Hector at the helm!
The first episode airs on TG4 at 9.30 p.m. on October 8 as Hector meets up with one of the greatest distance runners of all time, Haile Gebrselassie, checks out the coffee trade and some fashion, and then discovers that he has really arrived in 2012 according to the Ethiopian calendar.
He journeys south, taking in the Rastafarian community in Shashamane, feels the effect of the local khat and then takes on the painstaking journey further south to the Omo Valley to be part of the bull jumping ritual with the Hamar Tribe.
In episode two on October 15 (9.30 p.m.), Hector lands in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, where the Blue and the White River Nile meet. Arriving months after the revolution, life has changed so much for the people. He links up with the women’s national soccer team, is a special guest at a wrestling competition, checks out a camel market before taking on a massive journey north to the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Kush and its amazing pyramids.
The third episode on October 22 (9.30 p.m.) sees Hector reach Nairobi, Kenya, to witness a city that's much changed since the last time he visited 16 years ago. After a chat with John-Allan Namu, an investigative journalist, Hector links up with Irish missionary Sr. Miriam Duggan in the slums of Nairobi before heading to the mountainous town of Iten, which is home to the ‘Godfather of Kenyan running’ – who just happens to be an Irishman!
From conservationists to wildlife rangers, it's an incredible trip as Hector finally ends up in the Land of the Samburu.