Pelu Awofeso is a CNN-Award winning travel journalist who has spent nearly two decades travelling around Nigeria documenting everyday life. In August 2004, he had the rare privilege of meeting and interviewing the late Austrian artist Susanne Wenger (aka Adunni Olorisha) in her Osogbo home. This volume is a record of that encounter.
In June 2004, Pelu Awofeso travelled to Sokoto State to cover the bicentennial anniversary of the famed Sokoto Caliphate. Sensing more historical narratives further afield, Awofeso hit the road to Kebbi State, reaching all the way to the Gwandu Emirate; there, he met chiefs, descendants and clerics who told him more about the 200-year-old legacies of Shehu Uthman dan Fodio, mastermind of the Islamic Jihad that gave birth to the vast Sokoto caliphate. This eBook is a record of that journey.
This is a collection of 25 stories drawn from his travels in 19 states of the country. Some of the stories include his visits to Kanta Museum (Kebbi), a ride in the Abuja Metro, an overnight stay in Gusau (Zamfara), a Christmas spent in Markurdi (Benue), and stumbling on the Biafra bunker in Oron (Akwa Ibom). In addition to these, Awofeso also includes his report on the bi-centennial anniversary of the Sokoto Caliphate in 2004 as well as the 2016 coronation of the current Oba of Benin. The collection also includes his tour of the Olowo’s ancient palace in Ondo, the Ogunde Living history museum, and walking the monkey-bridges of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. Two photo-story sections feature the Kambari people (Niger State) and the tomb/mausoleum in Bauchi of Nigeria’s first and only prime minister Tafawa Balewa.
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