There is this legend that was said to have disapeared into the grounds in my village. After helping in winning a major battle against the Kingdom of Danhome... present day Republic of Benin.This place is very sacred and it is believed by the locals that, he would come out and assist in prosecuting their wars if neccessary incantations and rights are performed to invoke his spirit. His name is ARO. My town Ilaro ( literarily called ILU-ARO) Meaning the ARO town. Is called after this legend. His statue is greatly reverred till today in Ilaro, Ogun State.
Fondest memory: The annual Egugun festival in Ilaro.
Ibadan, capital of Oyo State, is an enormous city, 125 KM north of Lagos.
We passed this Yoruba city of about 8 million inhabitants on our way from Abeokuta to Ilorin and Abuja. In the citycentre was a lot of traffic and traffic jam, so it took us some time to cross this sprawling city from west to east.
There is not much to see in Ibadan. There are a few markets, the University of Ibadan and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. Interesting, because I studied myself at an Agricultural University with a international and tropical section.
Crossing the several parts of Ibadan, in the citycentre but even in the ourskirts, it was very striking, that every building at every floor had so many shops and enterprises. This was easily to recognize, because most of them were very abundantly signposted.
I often wondered about the meaning of some signs. What to think about one of the signs I saw that day: "God's baby factory" ?
Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi State, about 125 KM east of Jos, is a Muslim town. Sharia law operates in Bauchi, so it's forbidden to drink, to smoke, engage in premarital sex among a number of other things.
Visitors come to Bauchi, as a convenient stop on their way to the Yankari Game Reserve about 70 KM south-east of the town. We had a lunchstop in Bauchi near the central market and the roundabout with a small mosque.
Crossing the citycentre of Ibadan gave us a good image of the lively townlife. Everywhere around we saw a lot of busy people, streetstalls, shops, enterprises of all kind, traffic, cars, minibuses.
There was so much to look at, like in all the towns on our way. But maybe because Ibadan is one of the largest cities in Nigeria, all looked so more intense.
From Abeokuta we drove to Ilorin, a town about 285 KM north-east of Lagos. Ilorin is a gateway city between the north and south of Nigeria, economically and culturally.
Allthough it is situated in Yoruba-land, Ilorin has also a strong Muslim influence.
We arrived in the town at dusk. At that moment the streets were very lively. A lot of people were around in the marketstreets and around the streetstalls we passed.
Fondest memory: The enthusiastic people along the road in Ilorin.
When we arrived in Ilorin at the end of the day, there was a traffic jam. So we crossed the towncentre rather slowly.
The enthusiastic people along the road had more than enough time for waving and yelling ''you're welcome'' and ''how are you?'' at the moment they saw approaching us with the truck.
Fondest memory: The encounter with the friendly people of Ilorin.
Bauchi has a lively central market in its towncentre. Here we did our shopping for our meals fro the next days. Most vegetables and food we needed were available at the market or in the stalls nearby.
And if something, you want to buy, is not there, you just ask a motortaxi driver and he will bring you to the shop or stall seomewhere else in town, where it's available. Easy like that.
In the streets around the central market in Bauchi were a lot of streetstalls. It looked like the whole towncentre was one big shoppingcentre, selling eggs, soft drinks, fruits like oranges and bananas, bread, sweets, biscuits and much more.
I bought some food in these streetstalls for having lunch in the truck, because it was my turn to watch the truck this day.
During our lunchstop in Bauchi it was very crowded in front of the the central market.
I really enjoyed to look at all the people around, like the many streetvendors, the motortaxi drivers, the curious children or just in general all the people, just being around for shopping or something else.
In Bauchi we had a convenient lunchstop. I bought some food in the streetstalls and had lunch outside in the street.
At that time a lot of people were buying some snacks, sitting just along the sidewalks, chatting with each other and looking at what was happening in the street. The same like I did.
Fondest memory: The relaxed atmosphere.
The entrance (and exit) of the town centre of Bauchi, as of many other towns in the region, are marked with nice gates. These gates have a big entrance in the middle for the cars, buses and trucks and two smaller ones at both sides for the pedestrians.
I liked the local architecture and the colours of these gates.
Like every town in Nigeria and West Africa, Ibadan has its several Motor Parks for minibuses and bushtaxis, departing to all the towns and villages in the area.
There is a Motor Park for every direction. Mostly at that side of the town, in which direction you have to travel. Everytime again in every town, you have to find out and ask around, from which of the many motor parks your minibus or bushtaxi will leave.
When we crossed the towncentre of Ilorin, our truck was accompanied by an enthusiastically waving, yelling, dancing and singing crowd of people. It was an amazing experience for them, but also for us !!
Fondest memory: One week later I met the district priest of Ilorin in our guesthouse in Jos. He told me, that he had seen us in Ilorin, crossing with our truck. I could show him the pictures of the enthusiastic people along the road at my digital camera.
During our long lunchstay in Bauchi especially the kids were very curious and friendly. They looked at us freely and asked "How are you?" or said ''You're welcome'' and they liked to chat with us a little.
Fondest memory: All the friendly people and kids we met in Bauchi and everywhere along the road in the towns and villages, we visited.
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