Visitors, Not Strangers – Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: November 18, 2011 at 3:24 am

There are two stories to be told – the Nigerian Embassy story, and the Tchadian Police story. But these stories, of course, are being told from a visitor’s eye, the outlook of a first-timer in Tchad. I am preoccupied , deeply, with how to feel at home in N’djamena. It could be argued that I […]

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Emmanuel in conversation with Kemi on her Project

Posted: November 16, 2011 at 2:54 am

Emmanuel Iduma: What is your project about? Kemi Akin-Nibosun: My project is about imposing; I mean it’s about being in Invisible Borders and what Invisible Borders is about. Invisible Borders is about crossing several borders and forming relationships. My work relates to this because I am part of Invisible Borders, I am part of going into these […]

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Nigeria to Tchad (2) – Wide Lens View (A Photo Story)

Posted: November 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Images: Tom Saater Text: Emmanuel Iduma (1)  1. Jumoke stands beside the man whose black market we patronized (Naira to CFA). Of course, he did this at an exorbitant rate. Sometimes, it is rational to think of a single African currency. (2)  2. In currency conversion mode – Jumoke using her phone’s calculator as I […]

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Nigeria to Tchad (1) – How Nigeria became reduced to a borderline by Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: November 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I regret that the inconvenience of travelling has hampered my intention to write daily; I am guilty of assumptions, thinking that as long as I have a computer, fingers, and a table, writing would be a continuous, even if tedious, affair. But, things change. I admit that it is difficult in the face of inconsistency […]

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Emmanuel in a Conversation with Jumoke on her project “Photo 4 U”

Posted: November 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Emmanuel Iduma: So basically I’ll like to know what your project is about, what you will like to do, simply. Jumoke Sanwo: My personal project is called ‘Photo for you’ and it is basically me going around photographing people and also having them have a copy of the photograph taken. Because, usually when you go […]

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Those Who Seek Exceptions Will be Safe (by Emmanuel Iduma)

Posted: November 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm

There are those who consider us foolhardy, judging that we are insecure from far-flung distances. They speak of the insecurity of our journey without having travelled the roads we are travelling – and the gist is that there are more people who are on this side of the those-parts-are-insecure divide than those who are on […]

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Working in a Wide City by Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: November 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm

It is clear to me that when a day starts late it ends up being long. I cannot tell why we did not eat breakfast until about 11.30 am, and why when it was eaten there was no call for haste. Our meal was yam and a stew prepared by Uche, Kemi and Chidinma (active […]

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Lagos to Abuja: Images

Posted: November 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

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Abuja: A Thoroughfare?

Posted: November 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Today was premised on things-are-coming, the feeling that comes from imagining the future. When I woke, for instance, I told myself the obvious: The journey has begun, and today is the tomorrow I thought of yesterday. Okay, I lie. I could not have thought soeloquently as soon as I woke up. We slept a maximum of […]

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Abuja ! by Emmanuel Iduma

Posted: November 6, 2011 at 1:37 am

It was easy to believe, with the way we set out, that at the other end of the road a festival awaited us. Jude Anogwih did not help matters; he flagged down a Nescafe retailer and paid for coffee for everyone (later, while in the bus, we received an encouraging SMS from Jude. He is […]

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