The longer our truck stayed in the same street of the centre of Biu, the more curious the kids became. So they lost their first shyness and approached the truck to have a look from nearby at us.
At the end they not only started to greet, talk and ask questions, but also started to yell and sing very enthusiastically. From both sides we enjoyed this meeting.
In 2011 this picture will be the frontcover of the calendar of the Peace Corps. In this jubilee calendar, the Peace Corps will expose the first 13 countries where they started with their work. I am honoured that my picture will represent Nigeria. Thanks to virtualtourist and this tip they found this picture.
I went to Warri to meet my friend's family. I didnt see any of the unrest that is there because of the kidnapping of the oil workers. The people were very friendly and welcoming. There is lots to see and appreciate. One thing is certain, the profits of the oil companys does not go to the people, they have to put up with lack of power, roads that need fixing and general infrastucture that is not there. Yet they are very happy people and seem content with what they have. One thing I must say is that because of the unrest that is there, you must be careful of how you travel while there. I went with local people and felt safe with them.
If you have a chance to see local dancing, don't miss it!
It is absolutely fantastic! It was one of the best shows I've seen in my life!
I would like to thank the First Bank of Nigeria for organizing this show for the delegates.
At the moment we said goodbye in the border village Sahudi, all the schoolkids were allready at the schoolgrounds, just before the classes should start. They were wearing schooluniforms, like all the schoolkids in Nigeria.
So it was nice for them and us.... we could wave to each other and say goodbye, before we crossed the border to Cameroon.
After spending the night in Sahudi, the last Nigerian village before the border with Cameroon, the women of the neighbouring huts came to visit us. It was nice to meet them, because we didn't see them the night before at our campsite.
They came to say hello, to look at us, to talk with us and to wish us a safe journey. We thanked them for the hospitability of the village.
The last night in Nigeria we spent in Sahudi, a small border village east of Biu. We asked permission and could camp near the primaryschool, between the schoolgrounds and some huts, on a dusty, but flat piece of ground.
A lot of kids and some adults from the village came to our ''campsite'' to have a look at us. The local women looked at us from some distance, sitting in front of their huts, visited by many other women from other parts of the village.
After Mubi we left the tarred roads of Nigeria. For a long time we were not sure, if we had the right track. There was no traffic, we saw only one motorbike.
The track is leading through a wonderful hilly landscape with mountains at the background. The ambinace gave more the feeling of a sunday-afternoon-ride somewhere outdoors in the nature than being en rotue to the border of Cameroon.
Allthough it was not the first bordercrossing in West-Africa for me in the middle of nowhere.
After Little Gombi, heading east in the direction of the border with Cameroon, we approached a scenic mountaineous area.
At this part of our route -from Little Gombi to Mubi- we had still a tarred road, allthough there were many potholes in the surface. Sometimes the paved road was so bad, that we had to take a parrallel dirt track.
There was still some other traffic too, not much, but there was.. Further we saw a lot of herds of cows along the road and villages with round huts and friendly waving people.
On our way from Biu to the border of Cameroon we passed Little Gombi. Here we stopped for doing some shopping. At the background of Little Gombi you can see the mountains.
As everywhere in Nigeria the kids were very curious. At the moment many of the kids just returned from school, wearing bright green with yellow uniforms.
Funny, there was also somebody with a huge professional camera, filming us.
From Biu we headed east in the direction of the border with Cameroon near Mubi. Until Mubi the road was tarred. There was not much traffic.
Not far from Biu, before reaching Little Gombi, we saw allready the first hills and mountains at the horizon. Along the road werelots of boulders and rocks. We really enjoyed the scenic landscape we passed in this part of the country.
In the weekend we were camping at the ground of Ali Biu, the local governor, just a few kms ourisde the town. He invited some of us to have a look at his compound nearby.
Ali Biu showed us his ostriches, goats, sheeps from Sudan, Chad and Nigeria. He had also gooses and peacocks. And told us about his plans, he liked also to keep lions and giraffes.
After he showed us his mercedes (for private use) and peugeot (for work) and told about his 20 children and his wives.
He offered us an egg of one of his ostriches as present. He signed the shell for memory.Of the contents of the egg we could bake a huge omelet for all of us.
Our driver had malaria and had to stay for the weekend in Biu for treatment and medicines.
A few KMs out of the town of Biu we found a place to stay by help of the local governor, Ali Biu. So we could camp on his fenced and guarded ground or the ground of his political party just nearby his own compound, all for free.
He arranged that the toilets were fixed for us, his men brought a generator for electricity and he sent even his private driver to bring a doctor and medicines from town, but also to bring softdrinks and beer from the local barracks of the army.
A real great hospitability and generosity!
Between the parking lot of our truck and the mainroad in the centre of Biu I saw this place for watersupply around a central watertap.
There were a lot of carts around, filled with plastic containers for water to spread them in the town. In these dry areas of the country the watersupply is very important.
Biu in the north east of Nigeria has one long main-road. The side-roads are mostly unpaved. Everywhere in Biu you can see the huge minarets of the mosque as land mark.
There was not much to see or do in Biu. Some small shops, streetstalls and one internetcafe (with almost all the time the server down).
Most people were sitting in the shade, friendly greeting, but also curious about me, walking along their street. Motortaxi drivers were gathering around their motorbikes and people were fetching water in plastic containers. These were the activities I saw around midday.
We had a long lunchstop in Biu of three hours. Our driver needed to take some rest and to go the clinic for a check-up, because he had fever.
Biu is a town about 600 KM east of Abuja and not far from the border with Cameroon, only 160 KM.
We had a nice parking place in the shade of some trees opposite an official building with the minarets of a huge mosque at the background.
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