This trip was made possible because of a long-time Nigerian expatriate from Belgium. Paulette has lived in Nigeria for 30-some years. She lived in Kano for 8 years in the 1980's. We took this trip, offered through the Nigerian Field Society, a group which organizes trips and lectures to introduce people (mostly expatriates) to the culture and sights in Nigeria. Paulette has led this trip to the Durbar 15 times now! She is someone with a good heart who deals with the many hassles of organizing these trips because she wants to help those of us who will live in Nigeria for a shorter time experience and learn about the culture. This trip to the Durbars really can't be organized by casual tourists -- only those with connections can get tickets. This first picture is of Paulette in front of a painting of some of the past Emirs of Kano pictured in their ceremonial costumes.
This next picture is of her in one of the rooms of the hareem in the palace of the Emir of Kano as we waited to meet with the Emir's second wife, a close friend of Paulette's. We had some great experiences that were possible because of Paulette's connections. She is really one of the good things in Lagos!
But for the next little while, I will make a departure from my list of good things in Lagos and will explore some of the good things found in Northern Nigeria!