Tales of an American girl trying to find her way in Naijaland.

Awesome short documentary by one of my Sorors here in Lagos! @lakintobi

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My short documentary on (lack of) Electricity in Nigeria

Day 5…The sign the gentleman is holding reflects the thoughts of many Nigerians as they continue to strike with the hopes of getting the fuel subsidy reinstated.  Leaders of the Labor Union met with the President to discuss the suspension of the price increases, but from what I heard, it didn’t go very far.  The NLC has suspended the strike this weekend so that Nigerians can "…utilize these days to rest, restock, and get re-energized for the continuation of the strikes, rallies and protests…".  We’re not Nigerian, but we do plan to restock our food supplies and get out of the house because there is no telling how long this will last.  

Day 5…The sign the gentleman is holding reflects the thoughts of many Nigerians as they continue to strike with the hopes of getting the fuel subsidy reinstated.  Leaders of the Labor Union met with the President to discuss the suspension of the price increases, but from what I heard, it didn’t go very far.  The NLC has suspended the strike this weekend so that Nigerians can "…utilize these days to rest, restock, and get re-energized for the continuation of the strikes, rallies and protests…".  We’re not Nigerian, but we do plan to restock our food supplies and get out of the house because there is no telling how long this will last.  

Day 2 of the Strikes….No real update from our end.  We went for a walk today in the neighborhood and as expected, it’s pretty quiet.  The neighborhood has been pretty quiet since the construction, that usually goes on, has ceased for now due to the strike.  From what we’ve heard, the government does not plan to concede defeat and reinstate the subsidy, so we shall see how long this will last.  I pray that we don’t run out of food though cause if we do….um, yeah, we’ll just be hungry since the stores are closed.

Day 2 of the Strikes….No real update from our end.  We went for a walk today in the neighborhood and as expected, it’s pretty quiet.  The neighborhood has been pretty quiet since the construction, that usually goes on, has ceased for now due to the strike.  From what we’ve heard, the government does not plan to concede defeat and reinstate the subsidy, so we shall see how long this will last.  I pray that we don’t run out of food though cause if we do….um, yeah, we’ll just be hungry since the stores are closed.

I hope they can get it together before it gets real.  Removing the subsidy without warning was a huge slap in the face to the people of Nigeria.  I understand why the government would want to remove the subsidy, as the money (billions of $)  can be used to improve other things in this country, but I also understand why the people don’t have faith that the usually corrupt government will actually do what they say they will do.  Interesting that this article points out that many officials feel the President moved unilaterally in his decision.  It remains to be seen what will happen on the wake of the planned strike for tomorrow.  If they do strike, all hell may break loose over here.  I’ll keep you posted from our end.

Before we left for the Holidays, I shot a quick video to give our friends and family a peek into our home in Lagos.  It’s a rough edit, but you can see that we aren’t living in a hut. :)

Better Late than Never: Rome and Cruise Pics

I have been meaning to post pics, but have been distracted. We finally got our shipment from the US (yay!), so I’ve been busy getting the house together which is a lot more work than I expected. Also, we took a trip to Nairobi for Thanksgiving (sorry, no pics) so we were gone for a few days.  

Our cruise left from Rome and went to Santorini, Greece; Ephesus, Turkey; Athens, Greece; and Naples, Italy.  Below are the links to the pictures. Note that we didn’t take pictures in Naples because the weather was terrible and our excursion got cancelled…so we just ate pizza which was YUM!

Rome

Santorini

Ephesus

Athens

One of the amazing pictures we took during our trip to Rome.  I will post links to our pictures from Rome and Eastern Mediterranean cruise soon…I promise.

One of the amazing pictures we took during our trip to Rome.  I will post links to our pictures from Rome and Eastern Mediterranean cruise soon…I promise.

Happy 51st Independence Day Nigeria! I pray for your continued growth and success!

Happy 51st Independence Day Nigeria! I pray for your continued growth and success!

Suya, one of my new favorite foods. It’s basically skewered meat with a dry, spicy peanut powder rub. A very popular street food enjoyed here in Nigeria. We didn’t get ours off the street (well, not the side of the road), so don’t worry. And yes, that is newspaper. :)

Suya, one of my new favorite foods. It’s basically skewered meat with a dry, spicy peanut powder rub. A very popular street food enjoyed here in Nigeria. We didn’t get ours off the street (well, not the side of the road), so don’t worry. And yes, that is newspaper. :)