For the first time in almost two decades, Michael Jackson will visit Africa.

He's taking a 10-day trip beginning Monday at the special invitation of Omar Bongo, president of the Republic of Gabon, visiting that country as well as Tanzania, Nairobi and Agidar.Jackson's first and only visit to Africa was as a member of the Jackson 5, about 20 years ago, for a concert appearance in Senegal.

During the trip, Jackson will produce, direct and appear in a video memoir of the experience for his personal use. The project has been underwritten by a private, unnamed donor for Jackson, who is the second wealthiest entertainer in the world, according to Forbes. His two-year earnings in 1990 totaled $100 million.