Saturday, 17 January 2009
Arrived in Abuja early in the morning to a wall of humid heat and bright sunshine, the plants and earth surrounding the airport car park smelling of memories of the Kenyan environment - lovely! However being the new commercial capital of Nigeria it turned out to be a very different place, more industrial with a lot of new buildings going up, polluted atmosphere, and chaotic lifestyle. Less electricity than l imagined, which was to have more impact later on as I realised this effected the pumping up of the water from bore holes too - effecting washing, loos, preparing food and the like!
Amarachi met me at the hotel, after Mayo (Nath Mayo Adediran - Director of the National Commission of Museum and Monuments) kindly met me at the airport and took me to the Vines Hotel - where health and safety and make-do-and-mend formed my first photographic documentation and of course the view from the window.
This amusing introduction was not complete without the complimentary breakfast, that turned into groundhog day!