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Does your town like you?

Global nomads know it instinctively: there are places in the world where we feel more at home than other places. I’ve spent a lot of ink describing that how we experience living somewhere new is to a large degree influenced by how well we prepare, what we expect and need at that point in our life and how much we really want to be where we are. But there may be another element at play: the ‘personality’ of the...

“May you live in interesting times” – Lagos and Eb...

The first stop for passengers streaming off flights into Lagos is now a lectern manned by a friendly young woman. She asked me to shift my hair so she could aim her hand-held thermometer at my forehead. She looked at the display, smiled and waved me off. That was the only difference I noticed on arriving at the airport. After weeks of reading the news about the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, I had expected something...

Why cultures shock

Claire (not her real name) had been in Lagos for about 5months. She was invited to a dinner outside the apartment complex for the first time with newfound expat friends and got back sometime after 23:00. They rolled up to the gate and waited. Nothing happened: the guards didn’t open. She got out of the car and knocked on the window to the gatehouse. She could see the two guards inside, fast asleep. She was incensed. How...

My nationality is ‘European’

Reading the article by Simon Kuper ‘Why Europe Works’ (Financial Times 23/05/14), I finally realised that I would rather call myself European than any other single nationality. Let me be clear. I am not talking about citizenship. Citizenship is a legal construct that implies rights and responsibilities: nationality is a statement of identity. Despite the fact that nations arose only in the 18th century (some were created...

Book Review – Global Dexterity

Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures without Losing Yourself in the Process  by Andy Molinsky A review by dialogin member George Simons , USA & France When it comes to cultural competence, there are some big gaps between knowing about, knowing how to, and actually developing and applying the skills to manage self in real situations. Andy Molinsky has provided us with a methodology for bridging...

Arik Air’s WINGS Magazine turns 5

In the Southern Sun Hotel in the residential island of Ikoyi in Lagos, WINGS Magazine held a reception to celebrate the 5th year existence of an excellent product. WINGS Magazine is important for two reasons: 1. It raises the bar for quality in-flight magazines. It is the sort of magazine that everyone reads when on an Arik flight, and then takes home in order to save. Those who haven’t flown on Arik that quarter beg...
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