Woman Turns Trip of a Lifetime to Africa into a Book

It all started with a Facebook friend request from a stranger, and years later that new friend would lead one author on a trip of a lifetime.

Faye Kufahl said when she got a friend request from a Nigerian refugee named Dukes, she was hesitant to accept at first. But after years of Facebook chats and phone calls Kufahl said she was compelled to fly to Africa.

When Kufahl came back from her trip in April, she immediately began working on her next book, "Nigeria West Africa Through my Eyes." The book is filled with never before seen pictures of the tribes she visited and the people she met. Kufahl is from Nutterville, WI, and today she came to Janke Book Store to share her new book and a very important message.

"The number one killer in west Africa is not AIDS, it's starving to death," said Kufahl, "So Dukes and I are trying to get his word out in Nigeria and I'm trying to get the word out in America."

Years ago, Dukes started a non-profit program called Brown Beans Welfare for Starving Children, and today Kufahl is helping in any way she can.

Nigeria is a closed country, and Kufahl says she felt honored to be invited and blessed to have such a wonderful opportunity. While in Nigeria, Kufahl met a tribe who's never ever seen white people before, she said the children screamed and ran when they saw her because they thought she was a ghost. Kufahl said her trip to Nigeria has changed her life forever, and plans to go back again.

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