Africa

Africa is the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. It covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of the total land area. With a billion people 61 territories, it accounts for about 14.72% of the world's human population.

A Visit From The Nigerian Po-Po Ends At Ojodu Police Station

I didn’t know what to think feel or do. Stunned temporarily my senses came back to me and I grabbed the bloody t-shirts that lay strewn across the floor. The boys were headed out the door, trailing behind Musa. I jammed the T-shirts behind a sofa and ran out the door after them. As we approached the gate the din behind it grew louder. We all stood at a distance from the gate, on higher ground in the compound.

Street fighting in Ojodu Lagos

Lagos Street

It was my second night in Nigeria and the first in Ojodu. After the excitement of the night before we decided to have a quiet night in. It was a lazy day and the five of us, that is me Kenneth, Chijioke, Nwoye and Nebechi were there lolling about on the sofa laughing about a girl that a guy we all know was going out with. Kenneth was telling the story about her shopping spree in Atlanta and how the girl was demanding to buy everything in the shop, not with her own money of course,

My First Time in Nigeria

I went to Nigeria a couple of days after Christmas 2008 with my parents. It was my first time and since my mother is Nigerian we were meant to stay with her brother in Aguda, Surulere, Lagos. It’s funny because I went to my parent’s homelands both in the same year. I went to Jamaica in May and Nigeria in December. I had been to both Africa and the Caribbean before but never Nigeria or Jamaica.Got to the airport and it was a surreal experience. My mother didn’t even recognise her own brother. (She hasn’t seen him in about 20 years) Both my mother my father were picking out all types of strangers from the crowd.

What Are Your Limits When You Are Married?

One day Deborah and I were at the hotel bar and restaurant with Richard (the guy who was on our plane and staying at the same hotel). We were eating and drinking. At one point Richard got up and went somewhere for about 5-10 minutes. When he came walking back to the table he was with Matthew. We were wondering how he and Richard knew each other. . . Well it turns out that they didn’t know each other. Richard had been near the front entrance fraternising with the security guards as Matthew had walked into the hotel.

The Return Of The Fat Nyash AKA Shark Teefuses

If you ever wondered what happened to the fat nyash Richard dissed his girlfriend for then wonder no more. The lying toads were on our plane home. I call them liars because the night we were speaking to them at the club they told us that they were there for two weeks on business. Well clearly they can’t have been staying for two weeks as they were on our flights to and from and we were only in Gambia for a week.

Fighting For A Space On The Ferry At Barra

At Barra we buy our ferry tickets and wait for the ferry to come. After 30 minutes we are concerned that nothing is happening. Mary talks to a few people and it turns out that some people have been waiting since 1pm. There have been no ferries from that time which would explain the masses of people waiting. The ferry was being used solely for the African heads and their entourages. We figure that Gadaffi left Korrang before us, so the ferry should be ready any time soon.

Attempting to Travel Back To Banjul During The African Union Summit

Jacob is not coming back with us to Gambia. He is having a whale of a time meeting various family members and so decides to stay a bit longer. We are a bit worried because we have no idea how we are getting back. We had a stroke of luck on the way to Dakar in that we got a ride the whole way. We know there is no direct bus to the ferry in Barra but Jacob is quite nonchalant…

Benachin in Parcelles Assainies

Jacob’s family welcomed us with open arms. At the car dealership we met Laurent and Janet, and then when we got back to the house we met the other two siblings, Angelique and Thomas. We also met their parents, otherwise known as Tante and Oncle. Like I said the house was huge. The neighbourhood felt very safe and there were always children playing outside, as well as groups of adults congregated having a natter.

Road Trip To Senegal

I had started my period on Friday night and did not still expect to be bleeding too much, but I was. Whilst sitting in this man’s car waiting to board the ferry it occurred to me that it might be a great idea for me to use the toilet, as who knows when I would get to use on again. There was a public toilet not too far from the car, so that was where I headed.

Pink Shirt Gangsterism

Camron wearing pink

The car pulls over. I don’t see the driver being signaled to the side of the road, but the next thing I know is he is looking all flustered and anxious. We ask him what is going on and he says that it is the police. I breathe a sigh of relief. If he was planning to do anything dodgy to us then this will surely make him rethink. They speak in Wolof to him and he starts rifling through his glove compartment.