For those who didn’t see it coming and think the move to Africa might be due to a midlife crisis of sorts (given my fast approaching turn of the decade), I can assure you that it was all part of a long-term plan. I’d been looking into it for more than a decade.
In the meantime, I had been working hard at arranging the pieces of the puzzle so that I would be able to quit my life-in-the-West for a couple of years. I finished my PhD, paperworked my way towards a Canadian citizenship and passport, and set up an independent online business that would give me the mobility and freedom to move wherever needed and for the time required.
The move to Africa was a long time coming.