My horrible travel experience as an illegal immigrant by sea


Jeffery Sowah shares his journey story

Ghanaian based in Italy, Jeffery Sowah shared his journey from Tema, through West Africa, Libya, Italy, Europe.

In an interview with SVTV Africa’s new show called ‘Daily Hustle Across the World’, Jeffery revealed that he always planned to travel for greener pastures. However, his only chance was by road/sea.

Jeffrey traveled for the first time in 2012.

Before his trip, he learned a few things about driving a boat.

He revealed that by this, not only would he be paid by the liaisons, but he could only take three people with him.

“In 2012, I was lucky, and I was carrying 125 passengers. We went from Ghana to Togo, to Burkina Faso, to Nigeria, to Benin. But after 15 hours at sea, the boat explodes. We had to spend two days at sea.”

As captain, he decided to divert his way to Tunis instead of Italy. According to Jeffrey, they were received with open arms as locals said dead bodies had arrived two days earlier.

Despite his best efforts, they were all expelled to their respective countries after a month. This did not deter Jeffrey. He came through the same channel after staying in Ghana for a month.

“In 2013 I moved again as captain. We were rescued in Lampedusa, but I was transported to Venice. That’s why I still live here,” he said.

Jeffery also explained how he obtained documents and the Italian passport as an immigrant by sea.

Please watch the full interview below for more.


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