This might not feature in any world book of records – yet it is a very first in West African music books.
A 30-year-old Malian has walked from his village of Kita to Dakar, simply to meet Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour.
Sekou Cisse, who says he is fond of Youssou’s music and voice, is now having a well-deserved rest at the Senegalese Olympic Pool, in a relatively nice neighbourhood of Dakar, where he has been given accommodation.
The young man can list by heart the list of cities he has crossed in the past weeks. And he names them: from Kita to the Malian border, and then finally to Dakar.
All these cities have seen Sekou Cisse walking, simply wearing a black and red football jersey, and heading with determination to Dakar.
The aim of this trip was simply to meet his favourite musician.
“I left my village and went to the city of Kayes. There I went to the Senegalese consular services to let them know about my intentions,” the young man told the BBC.
He talks in such a way that makes you wonder whether he really realises the scale of his feat.
Sleeping in local authorities’ residences at each stop and eating only bread and butter, he admits, when asked, that this was a physically exhausting endeavour.
He saw a few snakes on his travels, but says he was “never” scared.
Before embarking on his journey on 1 June, Cisse training for six months, walking 20km a day.
Now that he has made it, the only word that comes out of his mouth to express his feelings is “happiness”.
“I am very happy to have met Youssou N’Dour… I am very very happy.
“I decided long ago that one day I would walk to Dakar to meet him. I have done it. He has welcomed me and I am really happy”.
He says he is a sensitive heart and is deeply touched by Youssou N’Dour’s lyrics and voice which he discovered 17 years ago.
After having met his admirer, Youssou said he was moved and surprised by the gesture.
He says he has received a lot of visitors, but this is the time someone has walked 900km to meet him.
This, he says, simply proves “music is power and can bring people together”.
“You can make your music here, but your don’t know where it goes – sometimes you touch with your music someone very far and his life changes,” N’Dour said.
“This is the force of communication.”
But he said he would not encourage other people to undertake such adventures to meet him.
But as to his new friend and fan Cisse, he is not going to walk back to his village in Mali: “He is going to take a flight, definitely,” promises N’Dour.
Hamadou Tidiane Sy, BBC