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The Agbada Challenge

I am not too bad with languages, at least I know Spanish beyond "gracias" and Swahili beyond "hakuna matata"... My Yoruba however hardly improved no matter my efforts. I found myself saying " I can speak Yoruba fairly, for example "kilode, kilosele, kilometer..." I had to try out something because I face competition each day. This my brother called Ezra...

LIFE IS A MONTESSORI

...for Daniella Godwin Effiong and that beauty-full 2017... 2017 was one year I spent almost entirely in the heartbeat of Africa: Lagos, Nigeria! The thing about Lagos is this: whatever its strangeness inspires, its busy-ness takes away, so those artistic thoughts will keep cooking up in busy minds and evaporating. True, in Lagos, every second is a story, every minute...

House of Rats?

HOME IS NOT JUST A HOUSE. That is what I often say, but I had a conversation with a friend that made me think deeply. Me: I hope this downturn of the economy halts a bit, if not, people [in Lagos] will start eating rats. Victor: Good for you, you wouldn’t have to go outside looking for them, you could...

Cocktail, Cock-tale

(let me seize the moment to say a quick bon voyage to someone whose absence has brought back crazy food ideas, Ezra Samuel and today it made me make smoothies) My brother Bassey Samuel was a smart kid. He was smallish and adventurous. Of course I was smaller by virtue of age, but he wanted to do everything and apparently knew everything, at...