My travel companion for much of the trip. We managed to cross paths a few times before finally meeting. It was a natural fit. Tomi had traveled to this point from his home in Japan over land and sea on a 2-year journey. He also enjoyed leisurely afternoons drinking black tea with mint in the desert.
Update: As of May 2010, Tomomi had made it overland through Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burukina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo(DC&RDC) and was just getting to Angola.
His Advice: "Its not dangerous, you should travel here!"