The Sweet Life of the Naija Delta

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The Sweet Niger delta





An Ijaw man carefully rows his dug-out canoe near the creek edge as the heavy waves rumble against his thrust.

The creeks form a labyrinth of straight-cut and meandering waterways. The waters burn with glistening bars of solar fire. Luxuriant high mangroves are lit up in kaleidoscopes of verdant shades marked by raffia palms, dates, wooded trees and shrubs of varying types.

It is low tide, and in most places the mangroves are stripped nude below their belts. Their arched roots stand precariously above the waters like the limbs of a giant spider.

A fisherman sits in a dug out canoe, battling with his nets. A man gently rows his canoe with his wife at one end and three festive children at the centre. A village of three shanties reposes in the shadows of a small forest opening. It is one of the numerous fishing camps dotting the Niger Delta.

Bags of bee hives cling to naked tree trunks. Pelicans fly overhead, scouting for their evening food. A Mona monkey struggles to keep his hold on a feeble tree branch. The forest thickets chorus an enchanting song from a distance.

The sun will soon start going to her place of rest, and it will not forget to sign the guestbook of the Niger Delta creeks.

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A village of three shanties reposes in the shadows of a small forest opening.








“How many fishes do we need for dinner tonight?”


An awe-inspiring sunset is how the sun signs the guestbook of the Niger Delta creeks everyday.


This article was written by Folarin Kolawole

Founder of Naijatreks, Nigerian-born Folarin Kolawole is a geologist, travel writer and researcher. When not at work, he travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potentials.   'Naijatreks' is a product name registered under the Ntreks brand, which is also duly registered by Nigeria's Federal Corporate Affairs Commission. The contents on this blog are re-usable. However, it must be ensured that it is linked back to this blog, and correctly attributed to Naijatreks or the author. Please do not edit, rewrite or commercialize the original works on this blog without direct and written permission from the Founder (Folarin Kolawole). For inquiries and advert placement on the blog, kindly contact us at info@naijatreks.com or naijatreks@gmail.com.

1 comment:

Loia@yahoo.com' Hannah IdomaMay 18, 2011 at 11:53 amReply

homm…why do you call it sweet? with all the militant stuff going on there?