I have spent two full weeks in Lagos and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of my time here. I spent most of my time working so I didn’t get to explore as much as I wanted to. I am grateful for the time I spent, it was a real eye opener, I learnt a lot about myself and I have a better idea of my path in life. I have met some truly amazing people and have had a wonderful experience.
It’s a bit of a bitter-sweet moment for me today, I am going back to Ibadan which I am looking forward to because I need to rest but also I feel that there is still so much I need to experience in Lagos. Eid is next Tuesday and I am really looking forward to it. Even before the big day itself, I can feel the difference between here and London. Everybody here is looking forward to the big day, some people are making plans to go and buy their rams, looking forward to going back to their hometowns etc. when I say everybody, I mean Christians and Muslims equally. After work yesterday I took my work colleagues (two of whom are also my cousin Tunde and Abeeb) out to say thank you. It was a very interesting evening, we bonded more yesterday than over the past two weeks, I learnt a lot about the Kareem family history and I have made it a personal project to draw out the Kareem family, it is going to take a while, there are a lot, a lot of us.
For the past three weeks, I have felt a sense of freedom that one can only feel when one is at home. Not that I don’t feel at home in London, but that freedom is tangible/organic/regulated, the total freedom I feel in Nigeria can’t be described, it is unique and same feeling cannot be felt by two people. (Sorry, I don’t mean to insult your intelligence, I know you know what unique means).
I was meant to go out last night with my boy G, but this dude fell asleep so I went out with Peter, one of new friends from the “People you meet……” post. My entourage are on their way to pick me up from my hotel, I am currently chilling with my aunty Alhaja Kareem at the hotel. I am about to chop some yam.
I had plans to make this post a lot more interesting but I slept with the air-conditioner on all night yesterday and I have come down with a cold so I am not in the zone- apologies. Hopefully I will feel better by the time I get down to Ibadan and be inspired to write something better……… till this evening or tomorrow….KKB out.