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The Charming Birds of Nigeria’s Niger Delta

The Charming Birds of Nigeria’s Niger Delta

A poultry of different birds laced the banks of a waning narrow creek, some at the edge of the water, some perched on short tree branches. They were adorned with feathers of beautiful colors. It was mid-day, and the waters appeared to have fallen asleep, wrapped in a blanket of verdant colors. With beaks dipped deep…

Amazing! From the Creeks of Niger Delta Emerges Winner of Naijatreks Young Writers Contest 2012

Amazing! From the Creeks of Niger Delta Emerges Winner of Naijatreks Young Writers Contest 2012

Yesterday, 26th of January, 2012 witnessed a contest of talent and creativity among the rural children of Ekinama community, tucked away in the creeks of Niger Delta. About twenty-five (25) kids, of ages ranging between 6 and 12 assembled at the village primary school. These kids are the few whose parents value education, while the…

Naijatreks Young Writers’ Contest 2012 Hits the Shores of Ekinama Island, Niger Delta

Naijatreks Young Writers’ Contest 2012 Hits the Shores of Ekinama Island, Niger Delta

Thanks to God, and thanks to you also, for your encouragements and support on last year’s Naijatreks Young Writers’ Contest. The winners will soon embark on a trip to the gigantic hills and picturesque caves of Idanre in Ondo State. Another opportunity has opened up to touch the lives of children in a small community…

Hunting with the Mona Monkeys of Niger Delta

Another big creek swell came up fast and silent, morning sunlight dancing in the skies flashed on its face. Rolling fast to my left, it lifted and dropped my eight-foot dugout canoe with the smooth motions of an elevator. I heaved a loud sigh and amidst the multitude of bird chatter around us, my two…

Sunset in Niger Delta- I Am Enthralled

  The depressed sky is torn, A long slit forms, A slit of pink rim and bright yellow and white core, Reposed in a backdrop of a charming sky-blue, All resting on a skyline set with low mangrove shrubs, and an earth draped with a rug of thick white sand. With its bulging head, the…

Niger Delta- A Fishing Camp Floats on a Saline Fluid

A multitude of gigantic trees and lush forest envelope a small fishing camp, floating on a dense sheet of saline creek waters. Like folds on satin, the crests of the water waves glisten beneath the excited sun as they rise in swells, dissipating their energies at the foot of four wooden shacks reposed at the…

A Naija Traveller’s Mind: “May the Boulders of Olúmo Rock Smash the Heads of Haters of Naija Peace & Tourism!”

In the heart and mind of the average Nigerian, (either home or abroad), lies a bleeding wound, a deep wound of shame and dishonour, emplaced by the recurrence of violence, bomb blasts and war in different parts of his beloved country, Nigeria. In the heart and mind of the average Naija traveller and explorer, lie…

Ever captured the splash of Creek Waters at Sunset?

A twin-engine boat speeds through the creeks like an excited cheater, spraying sheets of saline water along its trail. The sun is approaching its set, and the firmament has now worn a lilac lipstick. The low mangroves smile with delight having been fed bountifully from the day’s solar shower. The tide is gradually climbing, and a…

The Sweet Life of the Naija 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…

Niger Delta from the Window of a Cockpit

“A jigsaw of verdant pieces” From the skies above, peep I into my Niger Delta. Beneath me spreads a romantic mosaic of lush and verdant carpet, broken into giant slabs of small but plush islands encircled by lulling creek waters. I peeped again and again, lost in lust for the Delta’s luring charm. The creeks…

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