Two hours notice until the President visits!!! Chaos reigns. Orderly chaos. The ship became a hive of activity recently when the President of Guinea, Mr. Alpha Condé made an impromptu visit to the ship. After visiting the French Navy vessel docked next door to us, the President decided to bring forward his visit, planned for several weeks later. With about two hours notice the management team, hospitality, crew services, security and the galley went into overdrive. It was fascinating to watch. Furniture was re-arranged, floors vacuumed, hor' dourves made, security sweepings of the ship took place, the International Lounge was prepared for the President to address the crew and seemingly instantly, people appeared dressed in their finest African dress.
President Alpha Conde shakes hands with the Africa Mercy Manging Director, Donovan.
The Guinean Navy Band plays up a storm.
Captain Tim, who was later heard to joke that the Presidents unplanned visit had now freed up the management team from dozens of meetings in the weeks to come.
The President adds his signature to the long list of officials, Presidents, Royalty and other dignitaries who have graced the hallways of the M/V Africa Mercy.
A Presidential visit to the Africa Mercy would not be complete without a visit to the hospital. President Conde in the maxillo-facial ward.
Greeting long stay orthopaedic patient and one of my students, Yaya.
Speaking words of affirmation to another orthopaedic patient.
The Hospitality crew and Head Chef Ken surrounded by their hastily put together, but still professional hor'dourves.
Well done to all those involved in pulling off a last minute Presidential visit with finesse!