Nigeria Off The Beaten Path

  • Rudradhari
    Rudradhari
    by verasingh
  • Jageshwar tucked in lush greenery
    Jageshwar tucked in lush greenery
    by verasingh
  • Round-a-bout in Warri
    Round-a-bout in Warri
    by auzziequeen

Nigeria Off The Beaten Path

  • Biu, enthusiastic kids

    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...

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  • Warri

    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...

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  • Watch local dancing

    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.

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  • Sahudi, primary school

    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.

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  • Sahudi, early morning

    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...

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  • Sahudi, border 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...

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  • From Mubi to where? .... the border?

    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...

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  • From Little Gombi to the border with...

    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...

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  • Little Gombi.

    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...

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  • East of Biu, road to Little Gombi

    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...

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  • Biu, visit to the compound of Ali Biu.

    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...

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  • Biu, we had to stay for the weekend

    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...

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  • Biu, water supply

    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.

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  • Biu, the huge mosque as landmark

    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...

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  • Biu, a very long lunchstop.

    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...

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  • Mokwa, stop for shopping

    North of Ilorin, after crossing the river Niger, we had a stop in Mokwa for shopping. Along the road were some small shops and streetstalls, where we could find the vegetables, bread and other food we wanted. It was a lively and crowded town.From Mokwa you can reach the Nature Reserve of Borgu near the Kainji Dam, 115 KM to the north-west.

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  • Mokwa, streetvendors

    During our shopstop in Mokwa, on the Ilorin- Kaduna Road, a lot of streetvendors were around, like almost in every town or village, where we made a stop.The rather young girls were selling small bags of water and all kind of snacks, bearing their trade on plates or in buckets on their heads.

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  • Crossing the Niger

    70 KM north of Ilorin, between Jebba and Mokwa, we crossed the river the Niger. It was a nice viewat the river in the early morning sun, looking at the railway bridge and the north bank. I realized that it was allready 15 years ago that I saw this river for the last time.... in Mali.

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  • Nsukka Goats-Nigeria

    This sleepy head was caught napping in the market area of Nsukka market, she was so relaxed, despite all the human noisy activities all around the market area. I doubt if this coconut head slept through the night.

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  • Nigeria

    I stayed here last year - my old mate WHIPPY was working out here for some company (think it was called PBS Ltd) and he loved it over here - said everythign was really cheap.A friend from Uni, Jon Kamara, grew up here and was able to help tell me really cool bars to visit - all I can say is "Unbelievable Jon!"

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  • I bet this family has a...

    I bet this family has a satellite dish and a color TV today?This is not a tip as such. It is many years since I was in Nigeria, and things have changed a lot during the years. Since I wrote this page there have joined new members and new info has arrived on VT about this place. Please see some of these tips for better info than I can provide :-)

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  • Local transport.

    Traveling by the local buses could be a night mare. My experience in traveling from Nsukka to Abuja twice during this period and from Abuja to Lagos, was nightmarish. The buses are usually over loaded, both with luggages and human cargo. You may develop cramps and even fall sick after a trip. Its better to arrange for private means if you will love...

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  • Biu, bystanders

    In the street of the centre of Biu, where our truck had to wait till there was news from our the clinic about our driver, especially kids were very eager to see, what was happening and what we were doing in their town.In the beginning these bystanders were a bit shy and took some distance. Also sometimes the driver of a motorbike stopped.

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  • See the stone figure in the Oshun grove

    Oshogbo Is situated in Oshun state north of Lagos, reachable by shared taxis from terminal in Lagos. The trip from Lagos to Oshogbo will take almost half a day and don't cost very much, but comfort might be down to a minimum.Oshogbo is an interesting destination because of the Oshun Grove, which is a Holy and historical site. The Oshun Grove lies...

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  • There's a city called Akure in...

    There's a city called Akure in Ondo-State. It has a beautiful market and they also have an Oba-Palace (Yoruba). Akure is placed North-West of Benin-City. Take the road to Lagos motorway from Benin-City and follow the signs (if they're still there...) to Akure.The Oba-Market in Benin City is also worth to pay a visit.

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  • Most Nigerian houses in...

    Most Nigerian houses in villages dont have running water, so you see kids carrying water from wherever they can get it.They keep it at the house in an old oil barrel with a hinged lid.

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  • We went to some villages that...

    We went to some villages that didn't have electricity and there was only one well in the whole village for water. The children are precious and don't speak much English. Many of the older villagers cannot understand English, but they are so precious. We lived just like them. We slept on a mattress on the concrete floor and ate the pounded yam and...

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