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Date archive: January 2011

Ogonokom waterside- I see three boats, you see four

Against a blanket of a glistening dark creek, sway a trio of sawn-Àràbà punts. Arms-in-arms like three jolly friends they rocked to the silken tunes of gentle waves.It was mid-day at Ogonokom waterside, River State, Nigeria. Young men argued tenaciously under a nearby shade as two people sat, poring over a board of draft game….

Naija People, Twins and Food

The other day I was surfing the television channels – absolutely bored and desperately needing a great watch as I was taking a 20 minutes break from burying my head in books. Suddenly I stumbled on a South African Television Station called E-TV and they had this “Did you know” segment running. What captured my…

A letter from a mùmú to a mùmú

(Àlàbí lives in Ikole-Ekiti village and Àsàké lives in Ikare-Akoko village) Àsàké mi òwón, My baby, My honey, The only sugar in my tea, The only cockroach in my wardrobe, The only mosquito in my room, The only butter on my bread. Without you, I cannot sleep, Without you, I cannot eat, Without you, I…

”I stood on the Mambilla and I thought of Obudu”

For Naijatreks, By Nseobong Okon Ekong (Deputy Editor at THISDAY Newspapers) Nseobong Okon-Ekong takes a long, tiring walk through one of Nigeria’s toughest terrains to reach the summit of the Mambilla Plateau, Nigeria’s highest point above sea level. There is not much to Jalingo. There aren’t so many tarred roads in the metropolis, yet, tucked…

Memories from Assop falls and Riyom Rock Formation, Jos Plateau

After travelling over 30 kilometers from Assop waterfalls, he began to approach the ring-dyke terrains of Bukuru. Something along the roadside caught his eye. He immediately pulled over his tòkunbò Toyota, and dashed out to see the gigantic rock-god, posed a few meters away from the road. Already, his mind had been lassoed by the enchanting showers…

Idanre Hills- The City of Caves and Inselbergs

Idanre Hills- The City of Caves and Inselbergs

Ascending the hills of Akure and looking south, one is confronted by stupefying vistas of the surrounding inselberg landscape bedecked with an enigmatic skyline of jagged peaks held in place by gigantic mountains smeared in glossy sheens of grey and silver- a cluster of intriguing inselbergs, towering high into the skies at the distant horizon….

A Kenyan and Egusi soup- “I couldn’t but lick my fingers!”

I know by the time you hit the end of this post you’ll definitely say this Kenyan girl has gone “kolo” but I can’t help it.  I just love Nigerians and the most shocking part of it is that every time I think of them I think about their food – hot and spicy and…

Òkun pupa, my love

(This is the story of romance between an ocean and the creek waters) He beckoned at me, Mi amor, Òkun pupa, He beckoned at me. Like the waters of a geyser, Joy bubbled in my heart, Like pencil on a paper, His words inscribe on my mind. Though he called from afar, The echoes I…

Boat Reggata on the Creeks- PortHarcourt Tourist Beach

For Naijatreks, By Nseobong Okon Ekong (Deputy Editor at THISDAY Newspapers) The Port Harcourt Tourist Beach Waterfront was one of the hot spots for spectacular performances at the PortHarcourt Carniriv 2010 event. The boat regatta was a contest between the 23 local governmentareas in the state. The regatta was one of the activities that attracted…

Edo condemns UK’s plan to auction Oba’s Mask

In a recent move by London museum to auction a 16th century Benin Ivory Pendant Mask, with a price tag of 4.5 million pounds, the Government of Edo State has expressed with dismay and in strong terms, condemned the plan describing it as a criminal act. Edo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Abdul…

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