An Inspiration from Nature
An inspiration from Nature
“… I derive my inspiration from nature, nature opens up my minds and I am able to think and meditate beyond my imaginations while riding on the bike …” Daniel Nanghaka – Trail Africa on Bike
It all toils through different aspect and trends of Life, Daniel Nanghaka is a man of all seasons, as many times come and winds blow he will always find something interesting to share about. This time we bring him closer to you.
Who is Daniel Nanghaka?
Daniel Nanghaka is a software developer, founder of Ignite Africa a rural based initiative to foster ICT skills in rural areas. He graduated from Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Information Technology, Software Engineer from Makerere University and also Nokia scholar from m:lab East Africa and trained in Scaleable Network Infrastructure by Africa Network Operator Group in Lusaka, Zambia. A trainer with the Google Earth Outreach team. He is freelance consultant and business modeler. He mentors upcoming software developers and helps them come up with sustainable business solutions. Daniel is the brains behind the EWERDIMA Platform – an Early Warning Early Response Disaster Management Platform that got a DEMO publication in the ICT for Disaster Management Conference in Algeria, Algiers.
With all this profile, we went deep to find out where he derives his inspiration, Daniel spends his time riding bicycles and doing expeditions – he is the brains behind Trail Africa on Bike and he crosses borders on his bicycle. He rides a giant CS3000 which attributes to so much after the theft of his bike. He moves daring distances and if it is to get anywhere in the vicinity he loves the Bicycle more than cars. I say he is addicted to his Bike.
“… the best mindset to solve real time challenges is in riding bicycle. A bicycle is the best form of transport which implements pure green technology. You do not need to buy fuel, all you need is your energy and you will keep fit the rest of your life and disease free…” says Daniel.
Daniel mentions places in different countries which he holds at his finger tips like he has lived there for years. How come you know these places? He answers when I am on the Trails, I do
not just ride the bicycle but I get the chance to talk with the locals where we share with experiences and the different challenges that they encounter and carries out motivation to different communities and individuals he meets along the Trail. When you need someone to talk to just invite him and you will get the best that you can ever get as he shares different experiences from all aspects of life. He shares his life and encourages people not to believe in failure – his definition of failure is negative success which always builds a defensive ego to overcome challenges.
How do you manage this expedition – Trail Africa on Bike?
Expeditions are not cheap; currently I look for in-kind support. I thank Nite Ize www.niteize.com who are sponsors of my Bike Lights, Cycle London who have been part of the expedition and also a Jenny Fowler and friends who have been part of the expedition. I also urge different companies and stakeholders who are willing to support the Trails expeditions and the ride to come on board.
What current travels are you looking forward to?
I am currently looking for funds to do the Kampala to Egypt through Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt. In case I get support for a return ticket from Egypt, Visa fees, water and food, which all in all goes for approximately $2000 including flight charges of the bicycle. I welcome all those who are willing to support the trails both individuals and companies.
What was your biggest fear when planning or preparing for your trip by bike? And how exactly did you overcome that fear?
My biggest fear was encountering the wilderness and the various challenges that you come up against on the road. Especially when you are bicycle touring alone, you have lots running in your mind and all you have is you and your bike and the road in front of your. I keep pushing as I cover lots of miles… and every mile I cycle inspires me to keep going. The longest distance I have cycled is 230km. and that was in Malawi. The longest route I have cycled is Kampala, through Tanzania, Malawi all the way to Lusaka, Zambia.
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Author: Moses Echodu
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