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Gratitude To My Pinnacle in Nigeria

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I stood there, lost in my meditation. I gazed at the space, feeling on top of the world. The countless roof gave me a puzzle and the glory thereof made me cry. Not because I’m a crybaby or some calamities had landed on the roof. It was because I saw what makes me strong. And […]

Strenghtened By Fate in Kaduna, Nigeria

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Barely two weeks after two churches were bombed in the city of Kaduna, Kaduna state, the postings for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) was released and I was posted to Kaduna state. Naturally, I didn’t want to go there and proposed to defer my service as I told a friend who encouraged me to […]

Open your arms and fly in Zerkine, Tunisia!

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Open your arms and fly!!!   I woke up from my nap and I dust off the mattress of snow… The breeze plays with my cheek it was cold as ice but really fresh .That moment I born again…..I accomplish with birds the Gloria of night and then  I grave a tomb for my blues […]

Spending time with dad in Tanzania

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Looking around the table, listening to the stories of Borneo, gorillas in Rwanda and other exotic spots, I felt a bit out of place.  This was ironic.  While I grew up in California, I work in International Development which had taken me to Peshwar, Jalalabad, Bogota, Banda Aceh, Tegucigalpa….just to name a few distant outposts.  […]

Embracing the Madness in Morocco

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Embracing the Madness in Morocco by Andrea Duty   Sometime between being caked with black soap and having my boobs scrubbed with what I can only assume was steel wool, I got the giggles. I should have clued in to the oddities to come within the hammam when I was handed a white paper thong […]

Injasuthi – Hair of the Dog, South Africa

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Injasuthi – Hair of the Dog The wild little dog snarled and nipped at my heels as I manhandled the two-man croc into the water. Overhead the clouds growled like a large, plaintive stomach as the Injasuthi river snatched up the rafts like small, yellow treats. The well fed dog, or rather the Injasuthi, winds […]

Southern Sunrise in South Africa

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Is there a moment more inspiring, a time or a place more appropriate for feeling hopeful than at sunrise? There is always the sunrise, no matter what the day before has brought to each of us, and that light brings hope and inspiration with its multicoloured hues. For me there is no better moment for […]

Back to the Roots in Nigeria

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Travel is said to be a great part of learning. Basically, travel is either for business or pleasure and rarely both. This time I travelled for the latter (tourism), to go and see what life looks like outside the city. Born and brought up in the city of Makurdi, capital of one of the North […]

Seventh Heaven in South Africa

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As I stood on the shore, uncertain of myself, I faltered and curled my toes into the wet, cold sand.  Had I really come this far? Seventh Heaven in South Africa I looked up at the horizon and watched as the frothy green waves rolled in heavily and crashed at my feet whilst mountains rose […]

Hopeful Peak in South Africa

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I wheezed as I paused to regain my breath and slow my pounding heart. This had to be one of the worst ideas I had ever come up with yet I couldn’t help myself, I had to keep going. I had committed to running to the top of that peak come heatstroke or heart attack […]