Tag Archives: 07 Nigeria

Not the Voodoo Festival

Benin and I got off on the wrong foot. It wasn’t really Benin’s fault. The Nigerian border crossing at Seme was undoubtedly the most wearing so far. It was absolute mayhem with 80% humidity and added motorbikes (as the okadas … Continue reading

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Eko O Ni Baje

So we set off about midday with our security escort courtesy of PRESCO PLC: two armed guys in uniform, Sani Mohammed and Kingsley Nwaokoro, riding behind us in a bakkie driven by Uzochukuru Okonkuro. This was quite handy for overtaking … Continue reading

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New Year in Palmland

We’d been invited to PRESCO’s plantation for New Year, and as it was only 400km away, we thought we’d easily make it in the 2 days remaining. We left Calabar on Sunday evening, Sampson having finally managed to interview Peter … Continue reading

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Christmas in Calabar

Oh Calabar, Calabar… it’s exactly as it sounds. Like the Turkish Delight chocolate that came in a shiny fushcia and silver wrapping as a special treat when I was a kid. Exotic, exclusive and full of carnival promise. When we … Continue reading

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Naija: You Are Welcome

Before we even got near Nigeria I was heartily sick of the white-people-scare-stories. Everywhere from Cape Town to Cameroun our route intentions were given the standard ex-pat response “OOoooooo Nigeria… (much rolling of eyes)…You don’t want to go there”. Look, … Continue reading

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