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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...

Expatriation: What’s in it for you?

Question: Are you the partner of an international employee? Have you struggled with the need to reinvent yourself at each new posting? Do you wonder what you are going to do during your time in Lagos?  If you answer yes to any of the above, come to a workshop that will inspire you to find meaningful opportunities for yourself during your time in Lagos and for the duration of your mobile life. What: Workshop –...

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...

Book Launch

On Saturday 12 May, I launched my latest book, Culture Smart! Nigeria. The event took place at the Lifehouse in Lagos, a centre of culture, reflection and support for all forms of artistic expression. The official part of the afternoon took place in the lovely garden, under a tree, as every important business should be traditionally conducted Africa. Nigeria is not a tourist destination and yet many foreigners come here for...
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