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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...

Sports for development – Para-soccer

    Nigeria’s para-soccer league gives young disabled men a profession, a skill and a role as models of success in this tough society.   Para-soccer is a fast paced, intense and graceful game. Invented in Nigeria in 1988, it has, over time, developed well-defined rules and regulations that take much from football (or soccer) with a hint of handball.     The league’s development has been assisted...

Social Fabric

This article appeared in Wings Magazine Nigeria’s fashion industry is an important source of employment. Design house Kinabuti aims to contribute to the growth of it, and the nation’s creative economy at community level.   Words Diane Lemieux Photography Adolphus Opara & Massimo Sciacca “If any place can become the Milan of Africa it is Lagos.” Caterina Bortolussi, designer and founder of the fashion...

A charitable act?

I gave a man 3000 Naira yesterday. He tried to haggle for more but I felt that 3000 was enough. How often do you give 15 Euro to a total stranger, especially one that was lying to me? He walked into Quintessence, an upmarket shop for Nigerian and African arts, crafts and fashion. He was tall and blade-thin, in a black suit, white shirt and a thin, 1970’s tie, the hint of grey in his short-cropped beard. He looked like a...

Supporting Nigeria’s most vulnerable

It took me about a year to decide on a charity to support in Nigeria. There is so much need, so much poverty, so many people that deserve help. I wanted to do more than bake cookies or donate money – we do that anyway through fundraising events for all sorts of organisations. It’s finally through word of mouth and circumstance that I discovered the Ebunoluwa Foundation. Aino Ternstedt Oni-Okpaku owns a shop here on...

Please save the elephant

Thursday afternoon Tiffany and I rolled through the gates of the Nairobi National Park in her new, white, four-wheel drive. The calm female voice of the car’s navigation system warned us of something in a gentle babble of Japanese: as neither of us speaks one word of Japanese we will never know what her message was. Perhaps she wanted to warn us that we were on a muddy dirt track (which we had noticed), or that there was a...
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