Archive for December, 2006

Last day in Nigeria (and fixing the fixed line…)

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

Yes, it’s our last day. Yesterday we arrived in Abuja, after having stayed a few days in Jos for the second time. We are again in Daniel’s place, Esther’s cousin. His internet connection was broken two weeks ago because overzealous road workers dug a trench in his street and cut through the telephone cables. Esther and I decided to do it the African way. We jumped into the dust pit with gaffer tape and a leatherman and tried to fix the telephone line by tying all threads of the same color together. And it worked…! (written proof here).

me fixing the telephone cables in Abuja

Along the Lagos-Jos road

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

After visiting Lagos, we followed a Peak Milk transport by truck. Our driver was Mr. Bello. He himself was partly of Fulani descent. When he understood that we were interested in Peak Milk AND Fulani milk, he started to tell stories about milk and pointed out every Fulani herd we passed!

The whole trip to Jos lasted two days. The first day was not so quick due to engine difficulties. At nightfall we had to split up and go ahead in the security car that followed us. This became a hallucinogenic four hour nightly speed-drive to Abuja, including deep potholes, sudden roadblocks, bush fires, the fear of armed robbers, and joining a spontaneous car convoy at up to 140 km/h through thick layers of smoke. We arrived in Abuja at 22:00, four hours after dark. The next day drive to Jos was more comfortable 🙂
mr. Bello in his truck passing Fulani cows

PTMI harbor in Apappa, Lagos

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

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We were shown around by the proud Italian captain of the new port in Lagos, owned by Grimaldi.

Nketchi in the WAMCO warehouse

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

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Just a shot of a shot inside the WAMCO warehouse. We were comparing the quality of our photocams.

State of mobility in Lagos

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

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