We had known for a long time that one of the most difficult and dangerous parts of our journey would be crossing from Nigeria into Cameroon. Since late 2017, the entire South West of Cameroon has been pretty much impassable due to the so called ‘Anglophone crisis’ or ‘Ambazonian war.’ The few travellers who have [...]
As we continued our journey East, Nigeria continued to surprise, amuse, frustrate and delight. At 5am I was awoken by a loud, insistent hammering on our hotel door. It was not as I first assumed, a fire, a robbery or a kidnapping attempt, but the maid dropping off an extra bog roll. I wouldn’t have [...]
We awoke the following morning to news that the riots had spread. South African businesses around the country had closed their stores. Eye witnesses had given accounts of masked men with machetes roaming Lagos’s streets, searching for foreigners. I wished we could have found a nicer hotel to barricade ourselves in..
It’s fair to say that Nigerians get a bad rep. Mention Nigeria in most Western countries and it won’t be long before someone starts cracking jokes about that prince who ‘just really needs your help to rescue his millions of dollars’. Their reputation in the rest of Africa is if anything worse. There is an [...]