Monday, June 20, 2011

The 272nd good thing about Lagos: Museums have a beauty queen, and she doesn't have the patina of old age.

I'm now enjoying summer in the States, where I've been for just over a week.  I'm enjoying a much faster internet connection than I had before I left Lagos, so I'm finally going to catch up posting some pictures of things I enjoyed in Lagos before I made my exit.
 I was one of only two oyibos in attendance at the National Museum for Museum day.

There were school groups in the audience, some with hats at a jaunty angle,

 and all with neat uniforms.
 My favorite part of the event was seeing the importance the museum staff placed in the occasion.  Nigerians are very fashionable dressers and they made the most of the event to dress up, which means great head ties for the women.
The woman standing in this photo had just wrapped the head tie for the seated woman.

 The men dressed up too.
 I had plenty of time to take pictures before the event, because it started about an hour after the posted start time, which is typical "Africa time."  The organizers tried several times to move me and the other white woman up to the head table with the dignitaries, but I declined their request.  There was no reason we should be honored, and I really don't like this habit of putting us in a place of honor just because we are white (plus I thought that I might want to slip out early and wanted to do that discreetly).  I was glad that we stayed under the tent with the museum staff because we had an interesting time visiting with them.  They had a good time at this event.

There were performances by school children who presented dances from different Nigerian cultures.

 These kids just loved getting "snapped."  As soon as I took the picture of one, they all called out with requests to "snap me!"

I was glad we were seated under tents, because just as the speaker began his speech, the skies opened and there was a huge downpour.  Even without the rain, it had been difficult to hear and understand him, but with the rain it was impossible.  I felt sorry for him because he totally lost his audience as people were more concerned with getting away from the rain and making sure the tents didn't burst under the weight of the torrent.
 "Miss Museum" had a lovely smile and presided over the festivities.  She was not an antiquity.
 After the program, the children posed for pictures with "Miss Museum."


The Bullocks said...

love this post! every time I read your blog I'm reminded what a cool life you live mom!

The Bullocks said...

this looks so fun! I love it...I'd nominate you to be Mrs Museum if we had a contest. :o) These pics are so great!!