Journey Recounts

Lagos to Accra Aboard ABC Transport

Posted: February 13, 2013 at 2:22 pm by invisible

During the 2012 Christmas holidays, Emeka Okereke traveled by road to Accra, Ghana. He recorded his experiences on his blog. The last three lines of his recount read: ABC Transport is a pioneer in that dream of building a Trans-African Transportation that will encourage Trans-African dealings and exchanges. They are amongst those elements of our […]

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The Value of Duality – Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: September 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm by invisible

A clue from Ilya Kaminsky’s Five Dials essay on Mandelstam, and on the lyric voice: “Mandelstam’s life is full of dualities, arguments, contradictions. A Jew born in Poland, he was Russian poetry’s central figure in the twentieth century. A Modernist, he openly defended strict classical forms. He wrote in rich, formal verse structures. Then sometimes […]

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Encounters, Exchanges – Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: September 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm by invisible

Image by Jide Odukoya. Libreville. IB 2012 24 – 25 September “The politics of keeping an afro has been overrated,” I lie to myself, and a friend who always takes me serious. Although I am trying, it is difficult to know if I would succeed in keeping an afro. Preoccupied by such inconsequential practicalities, after, […]

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Encounters – Diary of Being Present

Posted: September 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm by invisible

23 September 2012 Sunday afternoon – I am here as a souvenir of all that I have encountered since Tuesday when we arrived Libreville. Earlier I was in the bathroom, where I looked at the mirror and saw that my hair had grown to become more than it used to be, and that, of course, […]

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As in A Dream – Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: September 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm by invisible

Guitarboy, if you see mammy water, Never never you run away…. – Victor Uwaifo I will now recount the part of our recent journeying that suffices as a dream. In other words, I seek to be enmeshed in the dreaminess of travelling non-stop across Central African countries, being a Nigerian in a van with a […]

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There, Here – Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: September 15, 2012 at 2:02 pm by invisible

Like every visitor, it is difficult to be in a new place without falling into the temptation of comparison – to compare one’s place of residence with the place of visit. So easily, before leaving Douala, and now that we are in Yaoundé, I began to notice subtle differences – okadas with umbrella-covers, cabs used […]

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A Montage of Moments (2)

Posted: September 10, 2012 at 4:27 pm by invisible

I imagine that life begins at a point of intersection – which is, actually, the point of this endeavour, the idea behind travelling from Lagos to other African cities. What we have struggled to do, in the last two days, is to acknowledge the presence of Others – artists and residents of Douala alike. In […]

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A Montage of Moments (1) – Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: September 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm by invisible

To write about Douala, I have taken an easy route, which is to highlight moments, so far, that has fascinated me, sparkled me. I am in this business like a photographer, to see first, record, and then attempt to explain, a lesson learnt from Berger’s Way of Seeing. There is no time for sociological theory, […]

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The Sinking Mud and Other Stories of Crossing – Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: September 5, 2012 at 5:02 am by invisible

If the reader will permit, I will deconstruct the idea of a road. I will narrate our ordeal of the last five days – a period in which fact intersected with reflection until the point of intersection became blurred. So what results is a narrative that think-feels; because this is an experience happening on the […]

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Going Back To Where the Future Was – Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: August 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm by invisible

These are my ideas: history is a scar and history is a weapon. A few paragraphs from now they would be justified. The group’s major activity today was visiting the Slave History Museum. Twice. I had been with Emeka and ‘Novo when the others visited the Museum. We needed to sort out bank payments. Led […]

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