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Back in the Groove?  Posted on 08/10/2012
Two weeks ago we arrived back in the UK to a bitter winter evening and the potential for serious hypothermia. We have sort of re-acclimatised thanks to a suitcase of wooly socks, vests and padded shirts that we had in storage. The winter...
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A Nigerian Anthology  Posted on 08/10/2012
Since arriving back in the UK and trying to get my life back to normal, I have had a lot of time to reflect on my experiences. I have put together my thoughts and reminiscences in the form of two collections of poems written whilst serving...
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….and 50 Things I won’t miss  Posted on 12/09/2011
1. All the late starts to meetings and general buffoonery surrounding and during meetings2. Missing the point and nit-picking over trivia3. The busses!4. The pot-holes, especially on the Ajase-Offa road and the 'road' to Jebba!5....
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50 Things I’ll miss about Nigeria  Posted on 12/09/2011
The end of my placement in Nigeria is looming large. I have of course, been reflecting on the time I have spent here and what I will/will not miss.So here it is…… 50 Things I’ll miss about Nigeria1. Slow graceful herds...
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SAINTS ON THE MOVE  Posted on 11/24/2011
I was travelling – very slowly- by car in Ilorin today when we were passed – almost equally slowly by a minibus full of people. On the side of the bus were painted the words ‘Saints on the Move’. To me it did not...
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DURBAR  Posted on 11/16/2011
The Durbar festival dates back hundreds of years to the time when the Emirate (state) in the north of N igeria used horses in warfare. During this period, each town, district, and nobility household was expected to contribute a regiment to...
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ALMAJIRAI  Posted on 11/15/2011
The term ‘Almajirai’ is a word borrowed from Arabic that refers to people who leave their home in search of knowledge of the Islamic religion. It is an ancient tradition in northern Nigeria where is has acquired a rather...
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LUCY’S INTERNATIONAL GARDEN  Posted on 11/11/2011
(For all of us who were privileged to enjoy Lucy and Lawrence’s hospitality in Jigawa this Sallah). LUCY'S INTERNATIONAL GARDENI rise and greet the half-light at Imam’s strident callAnd wonder if my shirt and socks can...
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Yahooooooooo!  Posted on 11/02/2011
Just a quick note to let you know, if you have read the blog that is called This Blog Contains Disturbing Material', that the head teacher at Pakata Girls School has declared that corporal punishment will no longer be tolerated in her...
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Kite Flying for Beginners  Posted on 10/31/2011
KITE FLYING for BEGINNERSKite flies high over Sunday morningBright spirit of the airSet free by thoughts and hands and A flowing breeze like maiden’s hairString bowed, seemingly disconnectedVulnerable, inadequate,For all its rough...
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  • June Yussuf 27 June 2012 17:37:09

    Hi Lea,
    I am from Liverpool and currently living in Essex. I am married to a Nigerian and planning to relocate to Nigeria.
    He is from Kwara state...Ilorin. We have been a few times and have quite enjoyed it there in comparison to Lagos.
    Would like to hear from you

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