A Slow Train or Three Across Nigeria (4 of 9)

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Wednesday At 9 a.m. we stop at Gombe, so breakfast, first on rice and stew, then on my own muesli and a litre of UHT milk. Breakfasts after tomorrow can look after themselves. When I go out looking for water (there was none at Maiduguri station), none is available here either, but a fellow approached […]

A Slow Train or Three Across Nigeria (3 of 9)

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Third: Maiduguri to Lagos 1,118 miles in 53 hours for 1,530 Naira After the rest of Nigeria, Maiduguri is a surprise, as it is the only town I’ve seen that did not have litter strewn along its streets. There was some, but it was not in drifts and heaps. By contrast, at Kano by one […]

Money Manoeuvers in West Africa

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It’s not just mosquitoes that suck your blood West Africa Most of these countries are ex-French colonies, and with Equatorial Guinea (ex-Spanish) they all (except Mauritania and Guinea-Conakry) use the Communaute Financiere Africaine (CFA) Franc, called the “ceefa” and pegged at CFA100 = FFr1, which is especially convenient for the French, and profitable for their […]