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Mar 18, 2005 - Lagos - Part Two

Day 3 Lagos - The mainland. =========================== I would say one of the highlights of the trip to Lagos for me was seeing Mayo's mom, and the school she owns and runs. Mayo is a great person. She I find to be different from other Nigerians that I have met. A lot of it, I think, comes from her upbringing by her parents. Her parents are pretty well off, but instead of being efeze (showing off in pidgin english), her house is quite simple. Yes it is big, but instead of having marble floors and tiles, grand this and that, they have...

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Mar 2, 2005 - What is development and my Ghana

Honestly, for part of time, if not all that I have been here, I think have been waiting for Marcin to come. I am not sure if this good thing or bad. I just had a reality check today. My heart sank and went up again a few times when I realized that in 2 days I will be going to Abuja. This is insane! And now it seems a bit of a surrealistic thing. How can it be that he will be sitting in this café right next to me checking his email and going to the same places as I have been going. MY GHANA... So now the time has come to face fact that I...

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Feb 6, 2005 - Weekend Part III - Abuja

We are back in Lafia, back from the big city. I must say that the first time I arrived to Abuja I really did not like it. I was disappointed in it, and thought it was an ugly city. As a matter of fact, I was very disappointed in it because I was expecting some taller looking buildings, and more of a Canadian down town...then I went to Lafia...and then I came back to Abuja. What a change of my attitude! Now I think Abuja is great! I think it's a really big big city. Long streets, and all the buildings are just grand. Everything that they...

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Feb 2, 2005 - I must apologize....

I must apologize, I think I might have jumped to conclusions too early on: I raised my concerns that I had with my fellow co-workers about the soap making workshop. Really, I do have misconceptions, so I need to ask questions. Development is a slow process. It begins with one person at a time. As long as the can development can been seen as sustainable, then there will be improvement, but after a long time - perhaps even after generations. This is why being a development worker is a task nonetheless very daunting. If you want to see a...

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Jan 14, 2005 - Summary of the week. Fair Trade.

My first two weeks in Nigeria were the longest two weeks of my entire life. I felt just an array or emotions that by the end of two weeks I had to really remind myself that I had only been here for two weeks. This is precisely when I wrote that email to you all. Its now been a month, and the two weeks leading up to that month I now claim were the shortest two week of my life. It is like the month was split into two. 1) everything going on slow-mo, and then 2) speeding up to fast forward. I think this all happened when I went in on Monday...

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Dec 28, 2004 - Email Home

First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR 2005 and Happy Christmas! I must say that I have been wanting to write at long email to everyone, but due to technical difficuluties i have been unable to do so... WHERE AM I? For all those that know and do not know, I am currently in Nigeria - AFrica on an 4 mth internship placement doing development in IT training and community developement. I managed to secure this hot ticket to come to africa in Oct. of 2004 and have been in nigeria now for two weeks. WHAT ARE MY IMPRESSIONS? Well its very difficult to...

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