Episode #46

46: Undocumented, Detained and Deported: Becoming a Full-Time Nomad on a Kenyan Passport with Agnes Nyamwange

Episode Summary:

Agnes Nyamwange shares her experience growing up in an Indian-majority neighborhood in her home country of Kenya, going to college in Kampala, Uganda, and then moving to the U.S. where she completed her Master’s Degree and worked in the healthcare industry for a decade. She opens up about how she struggled through 16-hour workdays, racism, being an undocumented immigrant, and ultimately falling into a depression where she couldn’t get out of bed. She explains how her depression, and the subsequent negative effects of anti-anxiety medications, prompted pivotal self-reflection and life changes that led her to start traveling. Agnes then explains the challenges of being a full-time digital nomad on a Kenyan passport, and shares her experience getting detained at the Miami Airport, held for 36 hours in deplorable conditions, and deported to Brazil. From there, with $300 in her bank account, she explains how she moved to Bolivia and starting to rebuild her life-support-training business with a location independent infrastructure so she could run it from anywhere in the world. Matt and Agnes then recount their experience traveling through West Africa together for 3 months through Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Senegal. They reflect on everything from the amazing music and nightlife to the corruption and military shakedowns they encountered to the history of the West African slave trade. FULL SHOW NOTES AVAILABLE AT www.TheMaverickShow.com

What You'll Learn
  • How to slow-travel West Africa as a digital nomad.
  • Tactics for surviving and transcending depression.
  • How to use your professional expertise to generate location-independent income.
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THE #1 BOOK AGNES RECOMMENDS

WINE SHARED IN THIS EPISODE

THE #1 PRODUCTIVITY TOOL THAT AGNES RECOMMENDS

THE PERSON WITH WHOM AGNES WOULD MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER

PLACES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

TOP 3 FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

THE BEST CITY TO START WHEN TRAVELING TO WEST AFRICA

TOP 3 BUCKET LIST TRAVEL DESTINATIONS

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CONTACT AGNES

Time Stamped Show Notes

[2:57] Agnes’s Experience Growing up in Kenya

  • Growing up in an Indian-majority neighborhood in Kenya
  • Learning to speak Gujarati as a kid
  • Agnes and Matt’s shared love for Indian food 

[7:18] Going to College in Kampala, Uganda 

  • Navigating around a strict religious school 
  • Sneaking out to go clubbing every weekend 
  • Agnes and Matt’s experiences with the club scene in Kampala 

[12:26] Coming to the U.S. to do a Master’s Degree 

  • Working 16 hours a day for under $10 hours to finance her education 
  • Losing the visa lottery and being undocumented for 5 years in the US
  • Trying to survive in a racist work environment 
  • Living on 4 hours of sleep a night 
  • Falling into depression and not being able to get out of bed 
  • The negative side effects of anti-anxiety medication
  • Self-reflection, quitting her job and making major life changes 
  • Finding fulfillment through travel  

[28:03] Becoming a Digital Nomad

  • What travel means to Agnes 
  • Why we are in the best era ever for traveling the world 
  • How Agnes lowed her living expenses by becoming a full-time digital nomad 

[31:28] How Agnes Built a Location Independent Practice Training Advanced Healthcare Providers in Life Support

  • How and why she selected her niche 
  • How she operates remotely from anywhere in the world 

[37:31] Being Detained and Deported with $300 In Her Bank Account 

  • How the U.S. immigration process works (Visas and I-20s)
  • Accidentally falling out of status 
  • Being detained for 36 hours at the Miami airport 
  • Describing the conditions of the detention center 
  • Being deported to Brazil with $300 in her bank account 

[46:56] Stranded in Brazil with $300 and Creatively Building a Remote Income Stream Fast

  • Developing a plan to generate income remotely 
  • Being forced to leave Brazil 
  • Relocating to Bolivia and her experience getting into the country 
  • Reflections on life in La Paz 

[54:03] Agnes and Matt’s 3 Month Trip Through West Africa 

  • Planning the trip and selecting their squad 
  • The challenges of traveling through West Africa 
  • Finding workarounds and creative resolutions to travel challenges 
  • What Matt appreciated about Agnes as a travel companion 
  • What Agnes appreciated about Matt as a travel companion 
  • Handling shake-down checkpoints

[1:11:52] The Nightlife in West Africa

  • What Agnes loves about clubbing around the world 
  • How Matt and Agnes found the best local clubs in West Africa 
  • Describing the nightlife scene and DJs in West Africa 
  • Why West African clubs are the best Agnes has seen anywhere in the world 
  • The different music types that are prominent in West Africa and the historical context

[1:20:10] Learning the Local History of the West African Slave Trade     

  • Agnes’s experience and emotional reflections of Goree Island in Senegal 
  • Agnes and Matt reflect on learning about the horrors of human history through travel

[1:29:37] The Lightning Round

  • The #1 Book Agnes recommends
  • The #1 App Agnes recommends 
  • The #1 piece of advice Agnes would give to her 18-year-old self 
  • The #1 person with whom Agnes would like to have dinner
  • Agnes’s Top 3 travel destinations 
  • The Best city in West Africa to go for your first experience in the region 
  • Agnes’s Top 3 Bucket List Destination 

[1:36:10] Contact Agnes

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