During Crossing Africa , I came up with the idea for my next expedition, Project EVA (“EVA” is short for Electric Vehicle Africa), set to launch in early 2019. In Africa, I witnessed first-hand the growing need for transportation and access to energy. Project EVA will shine a spotlight on the value of alternative technologies, and how they can help fulfill our transportation and energy needs. Yes, they exist and work!
Recently I completed a solo, two-year voyage covering the length of Africa from Cape Town to Cairo, entirely by foot and kayak. Crossing Africa shares stories with the world about everyday lives of ordinary Africans in an entirely unique way, all while experiencing the many rich cultures, environments, and wildlife of Africa.
Western Union joins Mario during his time in Egypt as he closes in on the end of his journey. Western Union CEO, Hikmet Ersek, WU Foundation partner, Forest Whitaker and Mario, travel to the Kiryandongo refugee settlement in Uganda created by the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI), a WU Foundation beneficiary to see team what WPDI continued amazing work creating opportunities for young people to create their own destinies. Between long stretches that would make most people turn back, he discusses the importance of charity and empowerment in shaping a better future for everyone. Mario Rigby was compensated by Western Union for his travel expenses to the WUF sponsored refugee settlement in Kiryandongo, Uganda. Mario Rigby is an actual Western Union consumer. Like us on Facebook and Instagram to never miss an episode of Mario's journey to overcome perceptions one step at a time.
Crossing Africa is a rigorous two year expedition and a once in a lifetime opportunity for Mario to traverse the entire African continent from South Africa all the way to Egypt entirely by foot and kayaking.