Guinea – 147th Country.  To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries.  Guinea is my 147th country.

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Guinea or Guinea-Conakry, not to be confused with its neighbor, Guinea-Bissau.  Guinea is also located in West Africa on the Atlantic Ocean albeit much larger with over 12 million souls.   Guinea was a former colony of France and it gained its independence in 1958.  Over 85% of the population practices Islam with 24 ethnic groups.  The official language is French with an additional 24 indigenous languages.  The economy is driven by agriculture and mining.

I entered Guinea overland from Gabu, Guinea-Bissau.  The roads were brutal resulting in a 14 hour drive to Labe, a town of 200,000 in the Guinea Highlands.  Bu luck, I was a guest of a wedding in a local and remote village.  The other highlight was a private performance by a group of Griots, the minstrels of West Africa.  These singers and dancers are a combination of historians, poets, praise singers, and storytellers.

Guinea – 147th Country

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