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How a Dutch dream came true in Nigeria

Micky Nijboer strides through the Saddle Club with contagious enthusiasm. ‘Let me show you around this little piece of paradise.’ The 9-hectare oasis lies in the pounding heart of Lagos – one of the world’s most densely crowded megacities. Outside the perimeter wall, car horns, street hawkers and truck motors screech and roar. But tranquillity blankets the horse-riding club this Wednesday morning. A gardener splashes...

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...

Quintessentially Nigerian!

(Lagos, May 17th, 2013) Quintessence, our cultural icon which sits just off the famous Falomo roundabout in Ikoyi, is moving to a new home today. After 38 years, the large Q hanging over dusty Awolowo Road, will no longer beckon culture-seekers to escape the traffic and enjoy browsing through always updated collections of art, music, jewelry, arte-facts, toys, leather, antique and modern fabric, fashion and of course, the...

The law of rule

An okada is a  light motorcycle used as a taxi in Lagos. Their drivers, usually young men, take passengers to their destinations around town. Okada’s are very popular – they are cheap, quick and get you exactly to your destination. For the average Nigerian who does not own a car, public transport options are few: there are a few big, red public buses; there is an army of ancient white vans that take passengers along...

A woman with big plans

‘I would describe myself as a social entrepreneur. I like to start things,’ says Ndidi Nwuneli sitting in the conference room at LEAP, one of the many initiatives she’s started. Ndidi is deceptively petite and soft spoken, for her goals and ambitions are BIG. She has a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and  serves as a director for a range of nonprofit organizations in the United States...
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