Today, I asked Prosper, Founder of “The Backpack Guy” eleven quick questions about his content, journey into blogging and travel bucket lists. Full name, Prosper Isaac Adeji, he resides in Abuja and believes that his passion for nature and adventure enabled him to learn and experience diverse cultures.
Prosper started travelling independently at the age of seventeen and since then he has travelled across seventeen states in Nigeria. Amazing! Plus the more places he discovers, the more he craves…
Q1. What inspired you to become a blogger?
I wanted an easy, fast and convenient way to pass information across to as many people that would need it.
Q2. For how long have you been blogging?
About 10 years (inconsistently)
Q3. Why be a travel blogger?
Many times on my travels, I’d experience issues and find it hard to get any useful help online. So I thought it necessary to provide solutions to problems I encountered while also passing useful information about my adventures.
Q4. How would you describe your style of travel and your travel blogging content?
As a thrill seeker, I would say my style leans more toward the Adventure traveler and it is reflected in my content.
Q5. Briefly describe what you use your different social channels for and what is your dominant channel for you personally.
I use Instagram to show pictures and videos of my travel destinations and adventures. Facebook has a large community base and Twitter is great for getting word out very quickly. My dominant channels would have to Facebook and Instagram.
Q6. What is still on your bucket list?
Skydiving, Bungee jumping and circumnavigating the world.
Q7. Have you had any celebrity encounters while travelling?
Not yet but let’s keep our fingers crossed.
Q8. What was your very first travel blogger destination that you produced some content for?
It would have to be Osun Osogbo Sacred grove. I was about 19 years running a premedial degree in Osun State University, Osogbo. I had read something about the place and then decided to check it out. I later published an article about my time there in a Google Plus account used in detailing my after-school activities during that period.
Q9. If they were to ever make a movie about one or all of your adventures, what would the title and plot summary be?
The Backpacking Adventurer.
A guy goes on an adventure with just a backpack filled with the essentials needed for his journey. He goes on to tour five cities in Nigeria spending about a fortnight on each location immersing himself in the local culture. Faced with challenges like language barrier, little knowledge of local places and a bit of loneliness, the hero was able to triumph, overcome, make new friends and later enjoys the whole experience.
Q10. Do you have any funny stories to tell?
Yeah, I can never forget one of my most stupid and funny mistakes I have ever made while travelling.
I wanted to take a trip from Osogbo to Iwo in Osun state to visit a friend. In order to be fully prepared, I went to check the park a day ahead and found the particular shade they were loading cars to Iwo. The next morning, I got ready, put on my headphones and went straight to the shade I saw the previous day. I just half mindedly asked for the price, payed the #500 and went to sit in the front passenger seat; all while music was blasting on my headphones. The car got filled very quickly and we moved shortly after.
After about an hour, I started seeing signs for business with Ogbomosho address which is in Oyo state. I started getting tensed and for the first time since I left my house I paused the song playing and removed the headphones. I started hearing the passengers at the back talking about Ogbomosho. As we moved on, the signs became more. I painfully realized my mistake and had to endure the remaining trip.
On getting there, I felt lost as my Yoruba was terrible and it was all I heard around. I explained my plight to the driver who helped me get a vehicle to another park where I eventually got a bus that would take me to Iwo. After another #900 and 80 minutes on the road, I finally got to Iwo.
The worst part of all these unnecessary ‘wahala’ was when I had to get back to Osogbo and I found out that the trip to Iwo from Oshogbo typically only takes 40 minutes and #300. I was so infuriated at myself for making such a mistake. I had wasted the whole day!
Q11. What key lessons do you have for everyone based on what you have learnt from the gift of travel blogging?
It is imperative to immerse yourself into the culture of any city you visit because it helps makes the experience more surreal and interesting.
If there’s anything that I picked from this interview it’s…
- Share info about travel destinations you visited
- Be open minded to the diverse cultures of the world
- Always remember to ask questions when you’re lost
- Prepare for adventure!
- Have a cool bucket list
Many thanks for reading this insightful interview with Prosper Adeji. If you reside in Abuja count yourself lucky because The Backpack Guy’s got great deals of fun just for you!
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