Nigeria
Nigeria

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3 travelers at this place:

  • Day130

    The Fearsome Nigeria

    April 9, 2017 in Nigeria ⋅ ⛅ 81 °F

    "Nigeria is not a great country. It is one of the most disorderly nations in the world. It is one of the most corrupt, insensitive, inefficient places under the sun. It is dirty, callous, noisy, ostentatious, dishonest and vulgar. In short it is among the most unpleasant places on earth". This is how one of Nigeria's most famous writers describes his country. So you can imagine I approach with just a little trepidation, especially when you add that the driving is known to be extremely aggressive and mugging, kidnapping and hijacking is not uncommon. The plan is to cross as quickly as possible in 2.5 days.

    Day one goes relatively well. A full day riding with only a few interuptions from officialdom, no attempts by the famous 'stick boys' who shove a big plank of wood with nails in it across the road to demand a fee to pass. Also none of the absolutely kamikaze driving I was expecting. The only problem was 3 hours of intense rain, and a truck driving through a puddle, covering me in its bow wave. I arrived half way across the country and poured the water out of my jacket, trousers and shoes, but overall a success.

    Day two was a little more challenging. It starts with incessant rain, so I put off starting until it stops at midday, leaving me with a lot of miles to do before dark. 5 miles in I've been stopped twice by the police, each asking for all my papers... and then some money for the service. The second stop goes like this. I hear the officer go 'white man', then smile and wave me over. He then conducts the entire stop in a fake squeaky voice with all kinds of sarcastic comments like "how can I be of service to the white man". Hmmm, maybe I was just lucky yesterday! I continue for the next few hours revelling in the surprising greenness of a country with 180m people. I was also enjoying petrol costing 30p a litre as well as a few random sites along the way;
    - a naked man walking along the motorway,  casually covering himself with a palm leaf.
    - a navy campus 200 miles inland

    I was making good progress when suddenly the road seems to end and I'm faced with flooded mud roads. After my short mud journey in benin, I'm rather apprehensive, but it goes ok. I can scoot round the edges of most puddles and it doesn't seem too slippery. That is until I try to go round the edge of one puddle to find the path stops. There's no way back, but the puddle looks OK. Well I slowly go into the puddle.... good, good, drop down 1ft, not so good, please don't stall, please grip...and I'm out, breathe again. After that the road improves to just be bad and slow and its looking difficult to get to my destination, Calabar, by dark. Then I get called over by the police again. I don't have time for this. I give my passport and registration and say I'm in a rush to get to Calabar before dark. This is a high risk move, either they understand, say yes and I can go quickly, or they will delay me to try and get me to pay to go quickly. It goes well the officer says ok, I can go...but just as I'm about the pull away the boss shouts over. He walks, ever so slowly towards me, then just says "do you have any money for the police". The rest of the conversation goes like this:
    Me: No
    Police: Are you sure you don't have anything for the police?
    Me: I have nothing to give, this is all I have (pointing to all my stuff)
    Police: Are you sure you don't have anything? This is a lot of baggage.
    Me: This is my house, I'm sure your house is much bigger. I don't have anything to give.
    And I'm back on the road, and it becomes good again. Still I arrive in Calabar at dark, and get to the place to stay and find Nicholas and Olaf there. I'm dehydrated, hungry and tired, so a quick chat, some food and water and I'm off to bed. Only to have a terrible night with mosquitoes, a horrible mattress, noisy generator and sweltering heat.

    Next morning I feel completely drained and still dehydrated with a headache. I know I've done too much in the last 2 days and not drunk and eaten enough. But it's fine, I'll pack away the water this morning, we'll get the Cameroon visa and be in Cameroon by the end of the day. Oh how ambitious! The Cameroon visa takes an age, then on leaving I get a flat tyre. Nicholas and Olaf, bless them, stay and help me fix it in the midday sun. By the time this has finished I feel pretty terrible, hot, tired, dizzy, a bit sick, even though I've had 3 litres of water. I say to the guys I'm going to stay in Calabar another night and find a pharmacy. They insist on looking after me, escort me to a nice hotel, check in with me and find a good medical clinic. I'm feeling even worse. After an appointment with the doctor I'm on a drip full of quinine, and staying in the clinic overnight. They think I have malaria. 2 hours later Nicholas and Olaf come back with some snacks, toothbrush etc - I'm a little out of it. Holding conversations and forgetting about them immediately after.  Then come early evening, the nurse changes shift and I'm told that my new (and very cute) nurse "will be sleeping with me tonight". The best i can manage is a smile and to fall back to sleep.  Test results back and I do have malaria, the worst kind...and I also have typhoid! Amazingly 18 hours after treatment starting I feel better again. Unfortunately, by this time the night nurse has gone.

    Refreshed, it's onwards to Cameroon. Nigeria has been surprising to say the least!

    Below is a link to the journey from Guinea Bissau to Nigeria.

    https://youtu.be/4EdbB-jhosE
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  • Day1

    Waiting for the Airport Taxi

    August 6 in Nigeria ⋅ 🌧 25 °C

    Initial taxi I arranged with dissapointed and didn't bother to inform me. Called him at 9:33am to confirm he will be here by 10am only for him to pretend not remembering. I was so pissed, called the clerk at the airport to dispatch another taxi to me.

    Finally left the house with another Sienna at 11:14 amRead more

  • Day1

    Citiheight

    August 6 in Nigeria ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Checked into Citiheights hotel in Ikeja. Still as lovely as ever. We were assigned rooms a bit far from each other. We ate in as I wasn't ready to take a taxi to Jevinik. Food was average nothing fantastic. The hotel allowed us checkout at 1pm and I arranged for the hotel bus to pick us up on our return trip.Read more

  • Day2

    Off to the Airport

    August 7 in Nigeria ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Woke up shortly before 6am. Had Nigerian breakfast before leaving the hotel at about 1:14am. Drive down to MMA was free flowing, taxi wanted to extort more money from me instead of the 6k I paid previous day from MMA2, he thought he could nake more money because we were travelling out, why do people think like that 😡, anyway. By 1:30pm we were on the queue waiting for Emirate checkin.

    Juila and the twins joined us 30mins later.
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  • Day1

    Departing Port Harcourt

    September 15, 2018 in Nigeria ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Was woken up by the alarm I set on my phone at 5:00am. Felt very lazy and didn’t get off the bed till 5:30am.

    Taxi to the airport arrived at 6:35am. Left the house at 7:06am after installing scrabble dictionary and Maiguard on Imaobong’s laptop which I plan to use on the trip. My old Sony laptop is no longer reliable and doesn’t come on most of the time. Arrived at the airport 30 minutes later.

    My Arik Air flight took off shortly after 9:00 am, arrived Lagos at 10:08 am. Had brunch at Bukha restaurant outside MMA2 before calling for a Taxify which took me to Citiheight.
    Took a short nap, showered and ordered late lunch at 4:30 pm. Checked out a few minutes after 6 pm, and took an Uber to the taxi arriving before 7 pm. Check in was smooth and quick.
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  • Day2

    Departing Lagos

    March 21 in Nigeria ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Woke up at 6am, had my bath, called a Taxify cab (NGN 1,300) and left the hotel at 7:50am arriving Murtala Mohammed International Airport at 8:03am. Check in was quick and smooth, no queue within 15mins I was done, another 15mins I was through Immigration and at the departure hall. Stopped over at KFC for breakfast (NGN 1,900)

    Called Mama to tell her I was travelling out. She complained that the carpenter working on the BQ was delaying the work and she wasn't happy with him. Later called my temporary security man to reinforce the instructions earlier given to him. Hopefully I will meet my house same as I left it when I return. My security man is on holiday and should have returned yesterday but he is fond of extending his breaks.

    Boarded 1st leg of Asky flight to Lome, Togo at 10:25am. Small confusion at the plane entrance with a passenger in a wheel chair challenging the ground crew who threatened to call the police.
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  • Day1

    Depart Port Harcourt

    January 31, 2018 in Nigeria ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

    After 2 months of planning the D-Day is finally here. Started my leave today, bought diesel, made lots of transfers and bought supplies needed to the run the home for the 2 weeks I would be away.

    Taxi to the airport arrived at 2:45 pm. Left the house at 3:00 pm arriving at the airport at about 3:30 pm. Already checked in online, took only a few minutes to drop my bags. Headed off to Genesis for late lunch. Flight left PH ta about 5:30 pm.Read more

  • Day1

    The Genesis of an African Odyssey

    November 1, 2017 in Nigeria ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    I had just gone through a major life changing experience and needed to distress, what better way to do this than to relax on a beach over a long weekend. I had heard of the lovely beach in Gambia from colleagues who visited some time back. Gambia is well known as a tourist destination in Africa. Being part of ECOWAS also meant I could visit without going through the cumbersome visa application process, so why not? Immediately I started my research and in less than 2 weeks I had flight, accommodation and tour of Banjul booked.

    With no Nigerian airline flying direct from Lagos to Banjul at the time, I had to book Fly Mid Africa, an airline based in Banjul, Gambia.

    First leg of the journey was on board an Airpeace flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos on the 1st of Nov 2017 at about 6:00 PM. Spent the night at CitiHeight hotel Ikeja, Lagos.
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