#children Playground @ plaza. Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State. Nigeria.
The wire and The Wireless.
The wire of old Nitel (Nigeria Telecommunication) Plc. Telephone lines now obsolete at the left top corner of the picture.
A base station out of several thousands scattered all over the country. It will be suprising to know that each of the base station is powered by two hefty diesel generators working twelve hours shift automatically to provide the service. That’s why we pay high tarrif for such services.The system we run here favour the people at the helm of affairs. They enjoy so much free amenities while everybody has to pay through their nose.
The prison wall is preserved till date by the Government of Cross River State of Nigeria. The prison was built by the colonial administration as the name indicated. Its a monumental and historical tourist site. In the turbulent days of post colonial politics of Nigeria. This was the prison where Chief Obafemi Awolowo was incarcerated after being sentenced for treasonable felony by the then Federal Government of Nigeria. Calabar as of then was very far from Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory and the seat of power. When the first military coup came, it took away all the people that sent him to jail. Fortunately for him, he regained his freedom after the second coup, and became number two person and economic arrowhead of that government.
He was the most prized prisoner of his time. He spent more than a decade in that prison before being released by the second military government headed by Gen. Yakubu Gowon. He is an astute politician, philosopher, economist and stateman that placed western part of Nigeria ahead of other regions in so many fronts. His policies as the Premier of Western Region of Nigeria was a model of good governance that is still being followed today. He was referred to as the “The President that Nigeria never had”.
The other side of the preserved wall now house State Library and beyond that, the remembrance Arcade ’11\11′ which I had featured in this blog as well as the biggest flag in Nigeria.
This picture taken at a bus terminal.
Aba is a commercial city of neighboring Abia state. I was a bit stressed up because it was raining heavily couple with the very bad road we were to go through to get back to Calabar. The journey should ordianarily take less than three hours plus but took about five hours. The road is less than three hundred km. that cut across two states. Though it is Federal Government road. The total negligence by the federal and states authority to repair the road make life a bit difficult for traders/commuters and drivers alike who unfortunately ply this road everyday. Very ironical, a country so rich in oil but blessed with inexperienced leadership that does not have capacity to provide modern day infrastructure for its citizenry acros the board. It’s difficult to comprehend this.
The relics of colonialization. Marina, Calabar.
There could not have been a better time than now to showcase these abandoned relics when the nation is celebrating 100 years of amalgamation. This Marina sea port and the structure are above 100 years old which would have been preserve adequately to serve as a tourist site, moreover it’s close to the Palace of the Paramount Ruler of the city. The Obong of Calabar.
The people of the riverine area are Efik who became the middle men between colonial master and those from hinterland. Their interaction with Oyinbo (white men) make them to copy and emulate white man lifestyle.
Till today, there is still the left over of neo-colonialism all over as being portrayed by these abandoned structures.
I cherish wood carving. Bought two of this about 25 years back. Carved on it is picture of typical village scenery and lifestyle. Women in the market place carrying palm woven stread basket on their head . Farmer with hoe and cutlass either going or coming from the farm. Royal king on the throne. Depicting traditional lifestyle.
It serves basically as a stool for sitting, eating purpose or to put a decorative vase on it. Periodically polished to give it gloss effect.