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Scenes from a Lagos Run and a Lagos Book


I’m putting it out there that I’m officially training for the Lagos Marathon in February.  After being sedentary for over a year and a half, its taking some work to get back into running shape.  This weekend a friend and I ran from our homes to the consulate and back, here are a few scenes from my run.

Cool looking house, don’t know anything more about it.

The roads were very empty Sunday morning, during the week these are jam packed.


“Nigerian Army Small Scale Drugs Manufacturing Unit, LTD”


There are some cool statues around town, including this one in a park. It looked like there was a market in the park as I went by, if its there next week again I may have to check it out.

I decided I want to read some Nigerian authors while I am here.  I had actually grabbed “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from the library back when we were staying in Virginia, with a plan to read it for a project during our Area Studies course.  I got bogged down in another project I was working on and didn’t get to it, but Dy read it and really enjoyed it.  That was one of the books I found at the cool store while accompanying the CODEL, and I gave it a try last week.  I have to say, this is probably one of my top 5 favorite books now.  The characters have wonderful depth, and feel so authentic, I spend much of the weekend laying on our balcony or by the pool as the kids swam, savoring the book.  Additionally, as we now live in the part of Nigeria where part of the story takes place, it was really fun to see the placenames of areas where we now are.  I’m excited to read more of Adichie’s work, and to explore other Nigerian authors as well.

“Americanah” – Two Thumbs Way Up from Me, Click Photo for Link to the Goodreads Page for the Book



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