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Open Letter to the President of Chad, the First Lady, the Great People of Chad and the Continent of Africa
The early history of Africa came before the four ancients recorded history of Indus, Mesopotamia, Egypt and China.
The fossil record from Africa shows Homo sapiens living in southern and eastern Africa at least 100,000 and possibly 150,000 years ago. Around 40,000 years ago, their expansion out of Africa which launched the colonization of our planet by modern human-beings did not come about in 8 seconds, 8 minutes or 8 hours or 888.
According to DNA evidences and from documented slave trade as well as cultural retention in Haiti, my ancestors are found in Africa in modern day:
3. Burkina Faso
6. Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)
7. Equatorial Guinea
11. Ivory Coast
19. South Africa
21. Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
As an African descent whose ancestors were sold into slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries and were brought to Saint-Domingue or modern day Haiti to work on the plantations by the French, I am honored and excited to go back to the Mother Land of Africa to launch the first-ever American 888 Lucky IPA and 888 Pilsner Craft Beers Tours of 21 countries in Africa where the lineages of my ancestors have been identified.
Date of travel: To be determined
Location: To be determined
In retrospect, as a child growing up in Haiti, I was always intrigued and fascinated by the Chinese culture and especially Kung Fu movies.
Hence, in February of 2015, I visited the beautiful country of China and spent a month in Chongqing. It was a dream that materialized just like a movie. The Chinese people were very friendly, hospitable, left a profound joy and admiration in my heart.
After experiencing the social lifestyle and the tradition of cheers, "ganbei" or 干杯 in China, upon my return in the United States of America (USA), I was inspired to start a craft beer company from a recipe I developed as a homebrewer.
The style of beer that I developed is the American version of the British India Pale Ale or IPA. The IPA style is known for its strong hop character, dates to the 1800s and is the fastest-growing and best-selling style of craft beer in USA.
In memory and in reciprocity of the warm and heartfelt welcome that I received from the Great People of China, I would like to offer the following toasts:
I. First Toast or 干杯
Mr. President, First Lady and the Great People of Chad, please allow me to offer you an imaginary first toast or 干杯 of our 888 Lucky IPA and 888 Pilsner Craft Beers by raising my glass up but much lower than all of yours to show respect and wish you Luck, Wealth and Prosperity.
II. Second Toast or 干杯
It will be a great honor to personally offer you a second toast or 干杯 during my first visit to Chad to introduce the first-ever American 888 Lucky IPA and 888 Pilsner Craft Beers in Africa.
III. Third Toast or 干杯
I am offering a third toast to the Great People of Chad because I am certain that you will like, the 888 Lucky IPA named Best Tasting Beer in New York, USA and the 888 Pilsner whose recipe won Gold in Maryland, USA, which are Made in Washington DC USA by a descendant of your ancestors.
IV. Fourth Toast or 干杯
According to a Chinese proverb: "Hearing a hundred times is not as good as seeing once."
I am excited and cannot wait to visit and see with my own eyes the countries of my ancestors, greet and meet many of my brothers and sisters from the Mother Land of Africa which will be far better than ten thousand words can ever express.
Therefore, please allow me to offer you one last Toast or 干杯, I wish you once more, many years of Luck, Wealth and Prosperity or 888. Learn more at http://www.paugustin.com
Pierre Richard Augustin, MPA, MBA
President and CEO, AdMerk Corp. Inc.
Chad Travel Guide
If you want to truly know Africa, Chad is a part of the continent that is unknown to most travelers. From the laid-back capital of N’Djamena to natural attractions like Lake Chad and Zakouma National Park, this often-overlooked country will surprise and delight.
Set in the heart of Africa, Chad has been plagued by political strife and national security issues, but is nevertheless a great jumping off point for discovering the Sahara. For the adventurous, Chad is a wonderland of a fertile southern soil and the harsh northern desert. A typical day can be enjoyed camel racing followed by a cold beer at the country’s top brewery, or discovering the wonders of the historic quarter of N’Djamena and interacting with its friendly locals.
N’Djamena is Chad’s centerpiece, and visitors traveling between Cameroon and Niger often stay at least a day or two. The vast expanse of the Sahel never fails to attract explorers, while Lake Chad entices those who want a relaxing boat ride to enjoy the lush green scenery so uncommon in the dusty desert.
There is no denying that the country may be one of the poorest in the world and that foreigners may need to take extra precautions for personal safety because of unpaved roads, high travel costs, scorching hot weather, and internal conflicts, but those who are willing to take on the challenge are rewarded with the warmest possible welcome and discover one of the most secretive colorful and fun cultures imaginable.
- Appreciate the oriental appeal of Abéché, the Ouadai sultanate’s former capital
- See Lake Chad August to December for a glimpse of crocodiles or a hippopotamus drifting by
- Watch camel racing in the Tibesti Mountains and meeting the Toubou tribe
- Visit the Gala Brewery to sample Moundou’s beer, one of the best in Chad
- Explore the daily market of the historic quarter of N’Djamena to buy jewelry and colorful handmade rugs
- Visit Zakouma National Park to see lions, giraffes and elephants
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