|bathing in Calabar|
It was 8.20pm when I finally managed to check-in. Overall people managed to keep their calm commenting on but accepting those who cheated because they were Ogas, music stars or some other important species. The good thing, as well, was that all flights were pretty much delayed by 2 hours so everything finished well. Once boarded on the plane, the flight attendant made a special announcement to all passengers having a checked-in luggage. They should go down on the tarmac to retrieve only essential items from their luggages because the plane would not be able to carry those luggages for safety reasons (too much weight). Yes! Aviation fuel is also scarce so planes have to fly light. The conclusion is when traveling inland, just take carry-on luggage with you. On a comfort note, the flight attendant said that the company would do its best to carry and deliver the luggages to Calabar as soon as possible on the next flight, whenever that is.
|Duke Town, old Calabar|
The old town is fairly small but the city has sprawled miles away, leaving the airport in the middle of the larger city. In 2006, 370 000 people were reported to leave in the area. It is famous for its year-end carnival that lasts 5 days. It features a slave museum starting by a movie depicting how local tribes helped capture their enemies to sell to the White traders. It is said to have been the largest export center of slaves from actual Nigeria.
There was also a section on Mary Slessor, a scottish women who came in the second half of the nineteenth century to Calabar to spread Christianity and advocate women's right. She was gradually well accepted and spent all of her life in Calabar. She was known as the White Queen and was nominated vice governor of Calabar.
René, my driver for two days, told me about his dilemma to get a wife. He does not have enough money to present to her parents, so he is saving money for now. The girl he loves is still at school so even if he was to present her family with some money as a form of engagement, he is afraid she might ask him to contribute for the school fees with the risk that she might run away with a richer guy like what happened to him with his previous girl-friend who left him for another guy who had a car.
|red-capped mangabey at Cercopan|