Participants came to Dakar Forum by road.
One group came from Nigeria, led by John Patric Ngoyi and joined other members from Benin, Togo, Niger and Guinea. In Burkina Faso, country of famous former African President Thomas Sankara, this delegation made a kind of pilgrimage to his grave. This West Africa caravan of more than 70 people gathered in Bamako, capital of Mali before entering Dakar few days later. They realized the need of being bilingual to ease communication between them and the integration of the different countries of this zone. They did note also the common emergency for these countries to fix electricity infrastructure deficit. Energy is essential for development.
The second group came from Morocco, North Africa. It is led by Dr.Hanane Darhour a woman English teacher. Despite the fun and pain of having being asked a visa to go through Mauritania_ a neighbour country of Morocco, the group reached Dakar after a 5 days trip.
This experience gave to the Dakar Forum participants a better understanding of the harassments African migrants encounter when they travel inside their continent.