Africa Clockwise is the name of the epic journey stand-up comedian Mark Sampson and his family are undertaking around the circumference of the continent from 2013 in their Big Green Truck, running on waste vegetable oil and solar power.
It’s also the title of his comedy show, which premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2011, and played at the Liberty Theatre on the Square in Johannesburg and at the Masque Theatre in Cape Town in 2012 to rave reviews.
Sampson is on a mission to investigate whether Africa can show the world how to cope with climate change. With our ecological clock ticking, he set out to explore more than 40 countries, originally planning on one year up the west coast and one year down the east.
Africa Clockwise is also a quest to discover whether it is possible for his kids to live happily without a TV or water on tap – like the majority of the continent’s children. A quest to investigate whether a future without fossil-fuelled luxuries may not be such a bad thing, helping us to focus on quality of life, not quantity of possessions.
The journey in the Big Green Truck is ‘clockwise’ – both as a direction, and as an awareness: time is crucial and we all need to wake up and take proactive steps to safeguard our future.
Our aim is to inspire people with positive stories to challenge images of the ‘overwhelming doom of global warming’ and ‘darkest Africa’, and to hold hands out across the continent, spreading a message of connection and support.
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