Dress – Asos
On New Year’s Eve, I flew in the sky from London Heathrow to Lagos, Nigeria. I love being in the bosom of my family I haven’t seen in 12 years. The reunion was incredibly emotional! So far, the trip has been nothing less than a mighty rollercoaster. One of my favourite places to be is my Grandad’s balcony in Upper Mission, Benin City. It’s big and beautiful, you can see over the other houses to watch the sunrise and set. You can also see the church building I used to attend.
Nigeria is a very complex country, everyone seems to revel in the chaos as much as they enjoy complaining about it. I have to be weary of who I speak to and how soon I speak because having an English accent automatically warrants being charged double. I love that Nigerians are passionate about language and this comes across in their speech. However, to be successful in Nigeria and live comfortably, you need to own your own business and do your own thing!
I love the food! I CAN’T STOP EATING. Suya, roasted plantain, you name it – I’ll eat it. Not forgetting the fresh fruit galore! Cherries, Paw Paw, Guava…..I’ve had it all. I’ve swapped cold London for Hot Harmattan in Benin City, Full English Fry ups for Akamu and Akara, socks and platform boots for sandals and insect bites, the list could go on.
I will continue to update as the trip goes on!
A Shoe Maker in Benin City, Nigeria