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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...

Nigeria’s heroes

Ed Emeka Keazor’s work should change this deficit, forever. Ed is a barrister. He was Legal Advisor to a large UK charity for a number of years before deciding to go back to university in order to better pursue his research passion of past 15 years: the making of modern Nigeria. He obtained a PhD in history. Now, as well as being a musician, writer and blogger, he researches, writes about and presents his findings on the...

Lagos – a hotbed of talent

Outsiders have no idea that Lagos is a hotbed of talent and artistic expression. The rest of the world hears of Nigeria when something goes wrong – it’s the nature of what is called ‘news’ – good news is no news. But in Lagos, there is so much going on that every weekend we have to choose between art exhibits, concerts and creative events. It is physically impossible to get to everything – even if you have the...

Searching for the Nigerian soul

If you live or plan to live in this country, particularly foreigners but also returning Nigerians, there is one book you must read. Looking for Transwonderland is a soul-searching travel through the four corners of modern-day Nigeria. It describes the country’s people with refreshing complexity, the depth and warmth of its many cultures, and uncovers many corners of the nation that most of us will never have the chance to...

Understanding Lagos

From the bay window in my third-floor living room I can see the dredging going on in the Lagos Lagoon. With the sand from the bottom of the lake, someone is creating a large plot of land just in front of the six-story apartment building that used to be right on the waterfront. If I was the owner of that building, or a tenant living in it, I’d be furious. There is a lot about this city that can drive you mad. For example, a...
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