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In 1994, I did my first trip to Africa. I was a freelance journalist for Swedish press and my assignment was to cover the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda.

In 1997, I moved to Cape Town as Africa correspondent for Göteborgs-Posten and Sydsvenskan. For seven years, I travelled the width and the breath of the continent covering political events, humanitarian crisis, development issues and human rights.

When it was time for a break I moved to Sweden but kept my focus set on African stories. In 2011, me and Andreas crossed the continent in a Land Rover. It was an old dream fulfilled, but also an opportunity for us to tell those stories that rarely makes it our news channels.

Today, I call myself a journalist, an author, and an accredited Cultural Site Guide in South Africa. At the end of the day it’s all about storytelling. To try and give an as full and multi-facetted picture of this continent as possible. This, I hope, will reflect in this blog.