Why Nigeria is Special to Me
Whenever I return to Nigeria and a blanket of warm air greets me as the aircraft door opens, I am overcome with tears of joy.
I first arrived in Lagos airport in 1964, when flying was a much simpler affair, and the Lagos airport was small enough to allow a speedy disembarkation.
At this stage in the interest of transparency I should that Lagos will always be where I call home, even if I now live in England. As they say “Home is where the heart is”.
Certainly, this is not to say that Abuja is not a fabulous city, but it did not exist at that time and to be honest I love the smell of the ocean.
Abuja is to this day an absolute miracle that I would never have imagined all those years ago. To me who lived through the civil war it is also a testament to the vision of uniting all peoples of Nigeria. Long may The Centre of Unity continue to prosper.
Abuja does have a number of advantages, one of comes from being well designed, so that street layouts make travel in the city much easier than Lagos.
Whilst I do love the ocean I must admit that when I get time off in Abuja I will often go camping at the Usuma dam
Camping and Kayaking are so much better in warm weather :-)