• Essays & Musings

    The Fascinating True Story of a Man, His Seventeen Wives and the Beginning of Nollywood.

      “This is a fascinating story”, I thought — a man with seventeen wives and many children, who traveled around the country acting plays and creating films. Ogun State tourism is incomplete without the Hubert Ogunde Living History Museum and this could be one of Nigeria’s best museums yet. “What’s there to see in this museum?” I asked my contact over the phone, after exchanging pleasantries. I was hoping to hear some enticing reasons beyond the vague descriptions on the internet. “You’ll see when you get here,” he said. I tried another approach. “Please, how are you related to him? Are you a grandson?” In a whisper, he promised to tell me…

  • People of Africa

    People at the Embassy: The Hilarious List of Characters You’ve Met at the Embassy!

      You know how travel junkies pack their bags, walk up to the airport, close their eyes, flip a coin and hop on a flight to a random country? Well, I’m probably never going to be able to do that because I hold a Nigerian passport and I need visas / embassy appointments to enter most countries. I do not remember my first experience at an embassy…I was very young and was likely plucked up from the floor by my parents to be shown to the interviewing officer and then sent back to a chair in the waiting hall while my parents answered questions. Since then, I have visited embassies…

  • People of Africa

    People on a Plane: You’ll Meet These People on Every Flight to or from Nigeria!

    People on a plane fascinate me. Conversations on a plane intrigue me. Time spent on a plane can be tiresome but for me, it is an opportunity to observe and write. On occasion, I am blessed with a seat neighbor whose stories shrink a 7 hour flight to what seems like a quick dash. Whether I am on a long-haul flight from Accra to New York or leading a group of students on a TVP Adventures excursion from Lagos to Nairobi, the hours on a plane never go a-wasted. Recently, I whipped out my pen and began to sketch some of my favorite encounters with Nigerian travelers across the years. I would…

  • Travel Guides

    24 Hours in Lagos! Diary of a City Impossible to Ignore.

    Lagos is undoubtedly Africa’s most imposing city. It is impossible to ignore. I am lucky to live in Lagos — a mega city that is renown for all sorts of things, mostly good, a few bad and all round fascinating. As the founder and experience designer at TVP Adventures, I am also lucky to belong to a community of travellers, tour operators and bloggers whose collective goal is to expose the often underrated tourism jewels in our country. A few months ago, Simi created an Infographic of things to do in Lagos in 24 hours. I have given countless tours of Lagos since I became a tour guide but never in this order. So, I…