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Son of the Sea

Ajala! That is what they say my nickname could have been if I 'stayed in one place' in Yoruba land. I laughed because they also added, 'someone that stayed in a place can never be Ajala, it is a name for a journey person'. They did not know that being born with many names felt slippery. I can never be...

The Team of Life

(For Ndiana Essien and Mrs. Adetoun Mohammed) “Papa Bear…” Amanda called out to her father. It was a name she called him by when she was teasing him or wanted something from him. “Yes, my panda!” he replied, between munches of succulent bamboo leaves. They could hear birds chirping as they flew from tree to tree, like travelers looking for...

Lagos Noir

If cities were a drink, then Lagos would definitely be a cocktail. No, not that expensive one they bring in an ice bath or that wears orange slices and covers itself in a straw umbrella, but local cocktail. I mean the cocktail that is a mixture of roots and herbs and lime and pineapple and gin … Yes, that agbo...

Sun, Sand, Sound and Time

Why do I love beaches? When I was a little boy, I was deemed too small to go to the wavy beach, except to stand and stare from a distance. I did not want to swim in it, but wished I could go closer and pick shells while bathing in the light of the sun. Age could not deny me...

Lufasi Park: One-on-one with nature

It is funny how I came to know of Lufasi park. I saw a music video shot in the park. There was no mention of where the video was shot but my instincts told me that it is in Lagos, near Lekki. I surfed the internet and looked for it until I found it, then I planned a visit. the...

Tarkwa Bay: A getaway and a gateway

I have always loved beaches... I grew up around one or not too far from it. Beaches have a way of indulging us. Lagos however have its own way of sapping all the strength we have left. Of course it could be a difficult place, a place that takes all your time and ensures that you devote all the seconds...