Tuesday, 4 December 2007


Wow! There is nothing like going away to give you little perspective.

I cant believe I actually missed Rio, after all my bitching. I'm actually glad to be back, but lets see how long that lasts.

Sierra Leone was a wonderful experience for me. I've always been a bit myopic about visiting other African countries. I just never got the point. I always felt like we'd all be the same.In many ways we probably are, but our different colonial and especially post colonial experiences make our general auras very different.

The new president was being inaugurated the day we got to Freetown. I was surprised to see the people happy and celebratory. All I could think was ''WHY''?
''What are u people happy about''?

The celebrating and cheering on the streets reinforced my old Nigeria feeling. Sierra Leone looked like the pictures of Nigeria in the 60s. Nigerians celebrating at independence, hopeful and thinking in terms of new beginnings.
Old Nigeria.
Old Nigerians.
We know better now.

We stayed in Freetown for 2 days and there wasn't any electricity. A boy at the hotel assured us power would return on the 20th of DEC, and we Nigerians laughed.

They actually still believe.

Nice huh?

To get into Freetown from the airport, we took a ferry. Even though I never appreciate not being on solid ground, I actually liked the ride because again I felt a connection to my dad and his stories of taking the ferry across the river Niger before the bridge in Onitsha was built.

As regards ambiance, what is it about Nigeria or Nigerians that scares oyibos? In S.L, I noticed other ''colours'' walking and doing stuff, without fear. I hear the same is true for Ghana. But oyibos in naija are always jumpy and behave like someone is going to slap them just for being.(That's not to say I haven't seen that).

I expected a brimming -with- violence- post war Sierra Leone especially with so many of the youths without work. Can you imagine oyibo coming to Nigeria and staying in a minus one star hotel in Mushin or Ejigbo, using danfos, eating in bukas, making friends with the locals.

The people are hopeful, they have a new president. Sierra Leonians(?) used to be Africa's elite. Let's hope this new beginning is really worth the hope and keep our Nigerian cynicism to ourselves.

What do u think is on this guy's mind?
I missed blogging.

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