My books are about my travel and business adventures and following my dreams in Africa.
In 2005, I embarked on a thrilling five-year entrepreneurial journey in Lagos, Nigeria.
Join me as I share the highs and lows of creating a successful recycling social enterprise making hand made paper, founding a management consultancy, being Australia’s Honorary Consul and making a difference to an embattled community. My tale shines a light on this megacity of contradictions–as open as it is opaque, as full of opportunity as it is of hazards, as exciting as it is frustrating.
Gibbous Moon Over Lagos is published by Hardie Grant Books and is released on February 6, 2020
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This is a rich and unusual story – neither a journalist nor visitor writing about Nigeria nor indeed a Nigerian, but rather a long-term expat who writes both of the magical excitement of Lagos and all itsstubborn challenges. Like few foreigners she has got under the surface of this maddeningly busy choked-up and polluted city and found its pounding heart—and even a gentle soul.
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, former UN Deputy Secretary General and UK Minister for Africa
A beautifully structured, vivid memoir that chronicles the intense ups and downs of running a business in one of the world’s most exciting megacities. A must-read for entrepreneurs and those interested in making it in Africa’s most important economy.
Jaco Maritz, founder, How We Made It In Africa
“I couldn’t put this exciting, riveting book down until I finished the last page – a love letter to Lagos”
Cheif (Mrs) Taiwo Taiwo, leading businesswoman, philanthropist, change maker in Lagos, Nigeria
A gibbous moon refers to a moon in an intermediate phase between half-moon and full moon.
Is my and Lagos’s gibbous moon waxing or waning?
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Discover my Lagos
“That’s it!” I thought. “I’ll cycle across Africa!”
In London in 1992, I had a comfortable, if overworked, existence as a management consultant but I yearned for sun, freedom and the adventure of not knowing what the next day might bring.
Join me on this exhilarating 14,500 kilometre cycling journey through 17 countries from Dakar, Senegal to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; a journey that began by following an African dream and a search for meaning, which turned into an uncomfortable discovery of my desires for clean clothes, privacy and pineapple.
Esprit de Battuta is published by Hardie Grant Books and is released on February 6, 2020.
“It is (the) sense of common struggle (the women and Pamela’s own) that binds the narrative, setting the context for moments of drama, a current that makes her journey moving in every sense.”
Tom Adair, The Scotsman
“The 18-month journey … required rare courage. Not because Pamela cycled through 17 countries – that requires only stamina – but because several of those countries were in a state of upheaval that would have deterred most people, including me, from venturing across their borders alone on a bicycle.”
Dervla Murphy, The Irish Times
“This is a cut above the standard cycling adventure book. A satisfying mix of the down to earth, the humorous, the insightful, and the uncomfortable”
Lyn Hughes, Founder, Wanderlust
Ibn Battuta was a 14th century Moroccan who travelled the Moslem world, including West and East Africa, for 29 years. He travelled slowly and curiously.
I travelled with the same spirit as Ibn Battuta, curious to learn about Africa of my day.
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Cycle across Africa
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