You know how every so often you discover something so amazing you can’t believe you hadn’t heard of it up until that point in your life? So it was for me with afrobeat, the infectious music invented by the great Fela Kuti in Nigeria in the early ’70’s. Read the rest of this entry →
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Every so often, in researching this column, I come across a headline so bizarre that I know immediately that it will be my subject without even reading the story. Such was the case Tuesday when I saw the following on the BBC News website: “Nigerian motorcyclists wear pumpkins to evade helmet law.”
Apparently, there’s a new law in Nigeria requiring motorcycle drivers and passengers to wear helmets, which doesn’t sit too well with the operators of Nigeria’s thousands of motorcycle taxis. Helmets, which can cost up to $29, are a big expense in such a poor country, especially when you have to buy two of them. Read the rest of this entry →
All right, you married guys out there, the next time you have troubles with the little lady and start feeling sorry for yourselves, I want you to remember the story of Mohammed Bello Abubakar. If ever there was a man who had a legitimate reason to gripe, this is the guy.
Mr. Abubakar, an 84-year-old former teacher and Muslim preacher from Nigeria, has — brace yourselves — 86 wives, making him either the world’s biggest masochist, or the world’s biggest mac daddy. Read the rest of this entry →