Jessica Nabongo is the first black woman to have travelled to every country in the world. She is a Ugandan-American travel blogger and influencer, born in Detroit, Michigan to Ugandan parents.
In the last decade she visited over 200 countries, lived in Benin, Italy, Japan, UK, (Washington DC, New York City, Detroit) – USA, changed jobs 6 times, launched two successful businesses and created the kind of life she wanted to live.
Nabongo, who grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and is the daughter of Ugandan immigrants, estimates that she had already been to 105 countries when she publicly set her goal in April 2018.
A dual Ugandan-American citizen, she spent time in East Africa as a child and teen, visiting her parents’ families.
She moved abroad to teach English in Japan in her early twenties and then got a master’s degree in international development from the London School of Economics at the age of 26.
She moved to Benin, in West Africa, to work for an NGO, then landed a job in Italy as a resource-mobilization consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The Beginning Of The Journey
In 2019, she visited 66 countries, 46 for the first time. She took 170 flights, spent 601 hours on a plane, and flew 244, 547 miles. And on October 6, 2019 she had arrived in her final country (195), the Seychelles.
The 36-year-old Jessica Nabongo is known to have founded a company called Jet Black, which organises custom itineraries for small group trips in Africa, plus sells travel gear like branded T-shirts and passport covers.
She is also a brand influencer, working with hotels and hospitality brands.
She holds a Master’s Degree in International Development from London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in English from St. John’s University, New York City.
Jessica Nabongo is an inspiration that you can build and create the kind of life you want to live. It all begins with setting a goal.