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“You are Welcome” and Machine Boys

Smiles flashed and hands waved as the local Hausa and Fulani people greeted us in their sonorous voices, “You are Welcome.” Back in Abuja, my first response to this was confusion as the cadence of the phrase flowed each word … Continue reading

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Drop Cars and I need to ease myself…

“45,000 to Katsina Ala.” Looking at our Gashaka Information Packet, it explains we should pay roughly 30,000 Naira the whole way via private taxis—or “drop cars.” Having too much luggage between us, it was simpler and only slightly more expensive … Continue reading

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“I want to go to America”

“Chong Chong” Um, excuse me? M gives me a wide-eyed amused look.  “Are you from China?” “No, I’m American.” “She’s American.” “You do not look American. Where are you descended from?” “My parents are Chinese…” Sigh…Not this again! Getting up … Continue reading

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Hot Hot Heat

“Hello, you’re welcome, I like very much” He said, pointing to my sunglasses perched above my sweaty forehead. “You give to me? Yes, thank you. I like very, very much.” Hopeful look. “I like these very much too. Thank you, … Continue reading

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Back to Africa–Nigeria! How I hate goodbyes…

“I don’t know where my passport is!” Frantically panicking, one hour until my flight, I’ve misplaced my passport. Two of my friends are trying to calm me down. “You didn’t leave it at the lab. Just think for a sec.” … Continue reading

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Busy as a bee…

One year ago, I was enjoying my last month at Lajuma before going to the Democratic Republic of Congo. This year, I’m also preparing for a new journey. In a month, I’ll begin collecting data for my dissertation. Location? Gashaka-Gumti National Park … Continue reading

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Let’s get a move on shall we?

That feeling where you can’t sit still, your insides are vibrating and you don’t know whether to run or take a shot of whisky to calm yourself down? Zugunruhe. My first encounter with this word was while watching Heroes and … Continue reading

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