Friday, July 21, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Badagry, 2017

In the company of Professor Amidu Sanni, the distinguished scholar of Islam and Arabic, my humble self and team were taken to Badagry in late June. The entire region is so vibrant that you think that you are in the center of the world. Dense, heterogenous, you hear multiple languages, and encounter stories. I even saw the site where a woman turned into a fish when a police man forcefully demanded bribe from her! "Do you believe the story?" What a silly question!
 The majestic Yewa River awaits its use to link two countries. Everywhere, people were generous and nice, indeed, too too nice, very polite, welcoming.
The 272 photos are not enough, but I hope it invites you to go there and see how great Nigeria and the Republic of Benin are, and how people, irrespective of their origins, live together in peace.

Toyin Falola
Department of History
The University of Texas at Austin
104 Inner Campus Drive
Austin, TX 78712-0220
512 475 7224
512 475 7222 (fax)

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