A Ugandan-born woman, Jessica Nabongo has reportedly visited every country in the world. She becomes officially the first black woman to do so.
Jessica Nabongo, a UN employee now a travel blogger, decided in 2016 to visit all 193 countries in the world.
According to a CNN reporting she achieved the target on October 6 arriving in Seychelles, the last country on her list.
She also made it to two other countries the UN calls “non-observer status” territories, taking her total to 195.
“Welcome to the Seychelles!! Country 195 of 195! So much to say but for now I will just say thank you to this entire community for all of your support. This was our journey and thanks to all of you who came along for the ride!!,” she wrote on her Instagram page.
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Welcome to the Seychelles 🇸🇨 !! Country 195 of 195! 😝😆😏🥺😩😳🤯🤗😎 So much to say but for now I will just say thank you to this entire community for all of your support. This was our journey and thanks to all of you who came along for the ride!! Thanks to the 54 people that are here celebrating with me in the Seychelles with the gorgeous backdrop of the @thehresortseychelles with the planning expertise of @vividvibeseventplanning! Last night was unreal and I’m so so grateful. My heart is full!!! 👗 : Sho via @neimanmarcus 👠 : Yeezy Season 8 via @mytheresa.com Earrings: @84gem 📷 : @christa.shoots #catchmein195 #catchmeinseychelles #catchmeintheseychelles
Nabongo was born in Detroit to Ugandan parents. She started her travels by first visiting Japan to teach English.
When she secured a job at the United Nations, Nabongo got the chance to also travel to Benin and then Italy.
Those travels sparked her quest to conquer the rest of the world.
Officially only 150 people are known to have visited every country on earth.
Many of those who achieved this were white men.
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Welcome to Algeria 🇩🇿!!! Country 193 of 195!! Algeria is the biggest country in Africa, claiming the title after South Sudan gained independence in 2011. Algiers, the stunning capital perched on the Mediterranean Sea is dotted with French colonial architecture – balcony fronted flats with large windows, and remnants of the Ottoman empire in the casbah. Here I am standing in front of city hall and you will see Arabic with Amzigh, an indigenous script below. Most Algerians can trace their lineage to one of five major tribes still easily identifiable today. For some, getting a visa to Algeria can be difficult and take a lot of time. I’m the visa whisperer so with a little persistence and convincing I was able to get mine faster than anticipated. If you want to visit Algeria definitely get in touch with @fancyellow_travel_algeria because they can help make the process very smooth and their guides are amazing! Have you heard of Algeria? Visited? Is it on your bucket list? #catchmeinalgeria
Nabongo has now founded a company called Jet Black, to push her passion for travels.