Back in the mid-90s, Nigeria came into my life via a human rights campaign that had oil, environmental destruction, the Ogoni people and a man named Ken Saro-Wiwa in the news often. The struggle continues in the Niger Delta, despite Wiwa’s murder.
It is Africa’s most populous nation. Some 250 different ethnicities live within the country’s borders. Nigeria is home to literary greats: Soyinka, Achebe, Okri and Adichie. Add in the musical offerings of Ade, Fela and Olatunji, and you have artistic genius.
The first time I was there, it swallowed me whole. When I left, I didn’t want to go back. The second time went better, but then again, I was in Abuja most of the time. The third time was the charm. Traveling around the north and the middle belt and over by Cameroon, Nigeria finally settled into my being. Today, I can say, I’d not hesitate to go back if the opportunity arises.