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It is hard to believe that I haven’t posted a blog in a month and a half. The last blog was about election night in America and boy, how have things changed since that time. I must admit, I am not surprised by the outcome but didn’t expect it to happen. The American election process is peculiar and unlike any other process in the world. And the electorate, that is a blog… Read More

Over and over, previously married friends kept telling me not to become so obsessed with wedding details but try and appreciate the process of planning a wedding with your spouse. But what previously married friends didn’t say was that we would be pulled in a thousand different directions – at times, by those same friends. Weddings are a stressful affair but I wish I spent more time taking in my wedding day… Read More

I can be pretty hard on Nigeria sometimes but I couldn’t pass up posting this photo from a random traffic light in Abuja. Now, it is important to note that the majority of Nigerians don’t follow traffic lights anyway. Prior to arriving at this malfunctioning traffic light, Sheila and I were patiently awaiting at a red traffic light only to watch as Nigerians disregarded the traffic light and continued on their way. At… Read More

In Rwanda, you have to go before a local government official to be recognized as husband and wife by the government. So officially, we had three ceremonies in Rwanda! During the civil ceremony, two officials representing the local authority read the Rwandan law that addresses marriages. The law addresses everything from how couples share resources to what are the legal grounds for divorce. At one point, the speaker provided me with what qualifies… Read More

…The current situation in Nigeria is no laughing matter. The economy seems to be heading towards a recession and the cost of food has escalated since Fall 2015. When I arrived in May 2014, the Naira, the local currency in Nigeria was 167 to one dollar. Later that year, it rose to 199 to one dollar. Today, the Naira is around 313 to one dollar. The currency has continued to deteriorate because… Read More

What an amazing photo taken by some truly amazing photographers! Sheila and I have been intending to post our engagement photos but we were so overwhelmed with wedding planning that we never could find the right time to post. These photos were taken in April, just five weeks before our wedding at one of the “other”  garden we considered for our wedding. We asked our friends Shami and Olivier to help us… Read More

One of the things I have enjoyed most about being in Nigeria is the ancestral connection that I have with this country and West Africa. Despite the disorganization and chaos, the daily power outrageous and the lack of adherence to the rule of law, as a black American, there is an deep familiarity to this wild and crazy country. This week, my parents and I ventured down to Badagry, Nigeria, a former… Read More

Now this was a first! I am often assumed to be Nigerian and on one occasion Ghanaian but never Angolan! Maybe it was because he couldn’t quite place my name – which didn’t seem like a typical Nigerian name or from the Francophone countries of Africa. To him, I must be from the former Portuguese colony of Angola. It was a funny exchange and I thanked him for thinking I was from… Read More

I was in the U.S. for  two weeks between March 18 and April 3. I arrived on a 16 hour Emirates flight that took off from Dubai and landed in Los Angeles. While 16 hours is a long time to be in the air, it went by rather quickly. And it helped that I had a row to myself. Once I arrived in the homeland, I caught a second flight from Los Angeles… Read More

Last Friday night, I was invited out for roasted fish and chips. It is a typical hangout on Friday nights across Nigeria. If you head out to any of the local “gardens” in Abuja, you are bound to find Nigerians enjoying roasted fish. What is so unique about this experience is that you go to a bathtub or barrel to select your fish and then they roast it for you. Usually in… Read More