This trip to Lagos has been a lot of 'first times' for me, after a very long time. The best part of my trip so far has been starting art classes again. When Divya and I were younger, we learnt art from this tall and lanky man, Awuhuru Shade. And I loved every second of every minute I spent sketching, contour drawing, hatching, and watercolour painting. This trip the idea was to get back in touch with him and resume classes, but I lost a week trying to find his number! My mother eventually did contact him, and never told me about it! She surprised me when Mr. Shade showed up at my doorstep and I was the happiest child that afternoon.
I also have been swimming in the pool that I first every learnt how to swim in. Being 24 has never felt older.
Last week, I went to the Lekki Conservation Centre all by myself, and it was beyond awesome. This place has beautiful trails through a swampy forest (yes, that involves walking through tadpole filled water) that lead to grasslands, hanging bridges with a gorgeous view and inhabits some of the most beautiful sounding birds, sea crocodiles and monkeys.
It also has an 84 year old tortoise who is cute as hell. (note: he moves really fast). I ran into two guys there, James and Effiom who, having visited before, were so kind to show me around and hang out with me for 3 whole hours.
There's also a suspended bridge with metal strings that shake A LOT. I'm not going to lie, I was scared as hell to get on it but I made it thanks to the two boys!
This is a conservation park that focuses on sustainable development and preserving biodiversity in the Lekki region. No, there are no lions and cheetahs (the whole of Africa isn't a Safari). I did not see the sea crocodiles so I can't vouch for it!
On Sunday, I visited the Lekki Market with my mom and her friend. The market is an interconnected maze of shops selling African fabrics in batik, traditional paintings, handwoven baskets, stunning beaded jewellery and wooden handicrafts.
Everyone was just getting started with their day's work. Some were still setting up shops while the Chinese tourists came in earlier to negotiate Ivory. (#bbhmm!)
I also met some lovely ladies with a kick ass style quotient.
Right before leaving, I met these siblings playing in the corridor. The little girl kept hugging her brother from the back, and the boy complained, "Mamma tell her to stop now!".
This weekend is Afropolitan Vibes and Beach Saturday!
Happy Weekend and Ramadan Kareem y'all.