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Vanuatu: In Search of Female Chiefs

The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) is the UK's learned society and professional body for geography, founded in 1830. RGS enshrines such famous names as David Livingstone, Shackleton, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Charles Darwin and Edmund Hillary. In September 2016, I saw Sir Richard Leakey speak at the Royal Geographical Society about his childhood in Kenya. I left inspired and dreamed about the day (probably some 30 years down the road) when I too would present my research at the Royal Geographical Society.

Turns out I didn't have to wait 30 years. I was invited to give a lecture at the Royal Geographical Society in London on March 22nd as part of the Geographical Journey's: an evening of microlectures. It was an evening packed with tales of adventure and discovery by 6 young explorers hosted by anthropologist and broadcaster Mary-Ann Ochota FRGS.

For those of you that didn't make it to London, fear not! You can hear about my search for female chiefs (ngwotari) and wild goose chase to interview a rock in the video below.

Wander Wisely,


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