Saturday, July 21, 2012

Livin' La Vida Lagos

So I've been a bit absent right? Good news is that I've actually been doing some pretty exciting things, namely my visit to Nigeria. Want to see more?!

Manchester-Amsterdam-Lagos

10 hours worth of flight later... and a quick nosy in Schipol duty free... I was officially in Lagos, Nigeria. AFRICA DUDE! The purpose of the trip- a good will mission between my uni and University of Lagos (UniLag) and an opportunity to do some guest lecturing.

We flew KLM, quick heads up- AWESOMENESS! They fed us every 90 mins or so for the entire flight and they have the most awesome smoked almonds for in-flight snacks... the important stuff people... the important stuff...

UniLag Law School, as you can see from this marble wall, they celebrate the 50th anniversary this year. 

Amazing doors to the Law School and all the Deans and the Law School.

The view from the Vice Chancellors office- not bad huh?!, Switched on students, doing what we were told... 

Natalie enjoying a pre-dinner drink, shoes made to order (my lecturer's purchase I should add...), goodies and gifts from the VC

UniLag central library pretty amazing art work no? A resident of the Zoological Research area of UniLag- yes it's a crocodile, the Master Plan- everybody needs a master plan. 

Signs in the UniLag central library- students actually voted to have a dress code at UniLag, I have to admit, I like the idea. Proper African Food (Beef, Rice, Coleslaw) thanks to the Aunt of the awesome Antonia who was the student who got lumbered with showing us around and who was beyond lovely, Local flora at the hotel

TEAM!
Top- Nigerian Police
Middle- Zizi, our driver Michael, our lecturer Peter, Natalie and yours truly
Bottom- Security, Zizi, moi, Natalie, more security, Michael our driver and Peter our lecturer

My trip was definitely an experience- I've been priveleged enough to give lectures to some of the most switched on students I've ever come across, meet some awesome students and staff, been treated as though I'm someone mega important and been fortunate enough to get to know people both from home and abroad in a whole new way. 

I'm not sure what else to say except that this was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I loved the whole thing. I could tell you about all the laughs and jokes, the scary driving and an interesting money changing experience, but I'll leave you with this for now. There will be some more posts on Nigeria, but I just wanted to fill you in on where I've been and give you a flavour of it to get you started. 


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