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Nigerian Field Society, Lagos Branch
September - October 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the late September- October, hopefully post rainy season, NFS Newsletter!!  We have 7 OPEN trips including Makoko, the Stilt Village, Prince Shyllon’s Home and Art Tour, Hiking, Traditional Festival in Oyo, an evening of Nigerian fusion food plus a unique chance to visit an artisanal leather factory in Sango Otto, not far from Lagos, this coming Saturday!
The NFS Committee puts in place a core program six months in advance and then we build on this program as the year progresses so keep your eyes open for new trips in future newsletters!!
Sign up NOW for OPEN trips, so as not to be disappointed.  Spaces for most of the events are limited!!

Signing up for Trips

Each trip is run by a volunteer NFS Trip Leader who plans and prices the trip on a break-even basis. Everyone pays their equal share. All participants must be paid up NFS members. Trip Leaders accept names when a trip is OPEN or EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST are requested. Also, if you have registered and then need to withdraw for personal reasons, please let the Trip Leaders know so people on the Waiting List have a chance to partake.  Payment may be required if you withdraw without sufficient notice to find a replacement.  Deposits may be required for some trips.
If a trip is PENDING, this means that the trip details are not yet confirmed and the dates could change.

Our Wonderful Volunteers!

The NFS is 100% volunteer run and without you there is no NFS!  We would like to thank our volunteer Trip Leaders since the last Newsletter: Devesh Uba and Zara Abir Khan (Kano Durbar); Adun Okupe (Osogbo and the Sacred Groves); Lagos Social History Walk (Muni King); Carole Farina (Makoko) and all our energetic and committed volunteers!  If you would like to be part of this dynamic volunteer group, just email at the address below!

The Nigerian Field Society, Lagos Branch

The NFS, Lagos Branch, is a voluntary organization which is part of a national organization founded in 1930. Our Mission is “to explore the culture and environment of Nigeria, specifically, and West Africa, generally”.  

We always want to improve our events and your feedback on the NFS is always appreciated! Please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Hugh and Robin Campbell


TRIP LIST

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 23rd: Interested in Leather?  This Day Outing to an Exceptional Leather Goods Factory is for You! OPEN

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 7th: Boat Trip and Tour of Makoko, the Stilt Village OPEN

Saturday, October 14th:  A Tour of the Home and Private Art Collection of Prince Yemisi Shyllon: Nigeria’s Largest Collector of Contemporary and Traditional Nigerian Art OPEN

Sunday, October 15th:  Adventure Hiking with Lynsey on a Sunday! CLOSED

Saturday, October 21st: Sunday, October 22nd. Experience the Traditional Ila Oba Festival in Oyo OPEN

Thursday, October 26thth: Highlighting the Gourmet in Nigerian Produce and Cuisine OPEN

NOVEMBER

Friday, November 10th: “Sailing Around the World” with the Lagos Yacht Club! OPEN

NEW DATE November 11th- Sunday, November 12th: A Weekend Oasis: the Beauty of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Its Exceptional Research OPEN

Sunday, November 12th: Walk about in Historic Lagos with Famed Historian, Ed Keazor PENDING

Saturday, November 18th:  Boat Trip to Makoko, the Stilt Village OPEN

Sunday, November 26th: Boat Trip and Tour of Historic Badagry PENDING

DATE TBA: Boat Trip and Tour of Makoko, the Stilt Village PENDING

DECEMBER

Eid Al Mawlid Holiday: Friday, December 1th-Sunday, December 3rd: Hiking in the Jos Plateau PENDING

DATE TBA: Boat Trip and Tour of Makoko, the Stilt Village PENDING


TRIP SUMMARIES

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 23rd: Interested in Leather?  This Day Outing to an Exceptional Leather Goods Factory is for You!
STATUS: OPEN

Leather craftsmanship has long been part of Nigerian culture and heritage.  Traditionally the tanneries have been in northern Nigerian where leather skins are exported internationally to make the finest of leather products worldwide.

But there are some superior leather products made in Nigeria and the NFS has the good fortune to visit one of the best: OBI LEATHER in Sango Otta!

OBI LEATHER is a family owned and run business.   They start with the chrome tanned leather skin leather product and take it through each of the processes to the final product.  These remarkable handcrafted works include the finest of leather briefcases, purses, and wallets! They make unique pieces and individual designs (facebook.com/obileather; @obileather-instagram). Mr. Obi, the owner is enthusiastic, charming and very knowledgeable- a true artist!  The fabrication of the leather products is fascinating and NFS members will have not only the chance to observe the process but to participate in making a leather good themselves!!

This day outing will include both a tour of the factory and a group picnic on the leafy premises of the factory. The group will go by bus to Sango Otta (approximately 1 and a half to 2 hours) leaving at 9:00 a.m. and returning by approximately 3:30 p.m.   Everyone will bring a picnic lunch to enjoy together. There will be an opportunity to buy from leather goods from the factory too!!  The cost will be about 4,000 per person which includes the cost of the bus. The Trip Leader is Sade Marriot.

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 7th:  Boat trip and Visit to Makoko, the Stilt Village Village
STATUS: OPEN
The NFS aims to run monthly excursions to Makoko, the Stilt Village.  THE NFS has a longstanding relationship with the community and supports the school in Makoko through these excursions.
Makoko is an informal community that has been part of the fabric of Lagos for a very long time. The people of Makoko have schools, churches, and businesses, most of which are on stilt structures over the water. As guests of the Baale (the Community Leader), NFS Members will visit the only English school in Makoko (French is widely spoken), and then will be taken on traditional canoes through the village channels.
The trip takes about 3 -3.5 hours.   The group will leave from Paradise Marina in VI, take a 30-minute ride in a banana boat to Makoko, tour the village and return to VI about three hours later.  The 5,000 Naira per person charge includes the cost of the boat plus a donation to the Makoko Primary School.  The NFS pays for two teachers from the money raised on these trips.
The number of participants is limited to 15 people, so please book early!  If you have to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, please let the Trip Leader know in advance, so that the Trip leader can try to fill your spot.  If you have to cancel without enough notice, you will be asked to pay the fee so that the NFS is able to meet its financial commitment to the Makoko Community.
For general information and to register please contact the Makoko Trip Coordinator, Carole Farina-Giles. 

Saturday, October 14th:  A Tour of the Home and Private Art Collection of Prince Yemisi Shyllon: Nigeria’s Largest Collector of Contemporary and Traditional Nigerian Art
STATUS: OPEN
Prince Shyllon’s house and art collection need to be seen to be believed!  Crown crested cranes and peacocks walk amongst life sized sculptures in his magnificent garden!  The multi roomed house is filled with masterpieces which form a collection amassed by Prince Shyllon over more than thirty years.  It is a great privilege for Members of the NFS to be welcomed into the Prince’s home.

Prince Shyllon’s name is synonymous with Art in Nigeria.  Not only has he put together the largest collection in the country but he nurtures the Nigerian Art sector.  Prince Shyllon is one of the people who can be credited with launching Nigerian Contemporary Art onto the international scene.  Through his personal Foundation, The Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF—check the website) the Foundation encourages emerging artists, supports visiting art history scholars to Nigeria and promotes Nigerian art with the Smithsonian and other International Art institutions. 

The group will convoy to Prince Shyllon’s house in Ikeja to arrive by 12 noon.  Space is limited! 
The Trip Leader is Genco Sanli.

Sunday, October 15th:  Adventure Hiking with Lynsey on a Sunday!
STATUS: CLOSED

Calling trekkers and adventurous people looking to get out of the city and breathe some FRESH air!
Lynsey will be leading a small group of people on some out of the city adventure. Believe it or not there still is some nice bush (some farming and burning as well) just outside of Lagos. We will leave around 8:00am on Sunday and drive about 1 hour plus toward Epe.  This of course depends on traffic. Then we will off road a bit and check out the old Botanical Gardens and head out from there to explore on foot paths. If we take the right track we may even end up at the Lagoon! We will pass a few small villages and may stop and talk with some of the locals. Depending on how we are feeling we can find a place to stop along the way to lunch or we can stop at LUFASI gardens to eat on the way back.
Lynsey is limiting the numbers to a small group to make for a better experience. Please only sign up if you are fine with outdoors, plants, bugs, off the beaten track, vigorous walking exc. Best to wear long trousers and sports shoes as some of the paths are a bit overgrown.
First come first served!!

Saturday, October 21st- Sunday, October 22nd. The Traditional Ila Oba Festival in Oyo
STATUS: OPEN

Oyo is a wonderful weekend get-away destination: not too far from Lagos for a weekend trip, yet millions of miles away in terms of experiencing Yoruba culture and tradition!!

The Alaafin of Oyo is one of the most important traditional rulers in Yoruba land and he proudly presides over many traditional festivals which are celebrated in his south-western Kingdom.    The NFS is warmly welcomed by the Alaafin and we are assisted by Paula Dias, a Portuguese historian who holds the position of Cultural Ambassador to the Alaafin.    Paula is able to explain the history and the purpose of each of the traditional festivals we attend.

In addition to the Festival, the group will have the chance to visit traditional Shrines as well as markets and other sites in Oyo.  The group will stay at the comfortable Begonia Hotel.  The group will leave on early Saturday morning and be back in Lagos by 6 p.m. on Sunday.  The Trip Leader is Edward Blondeau who is becoming a very knowledgeable resource to the NFS group on Oyo traditions!

NEW DATE Thursday, October 26th: Highlighting the Gourmet in Nigerian Produce and Cuisine
STATUS: OPEN
 
This evening is inspired by a desire to highlight the gourmet in Nigerian food and local produce!  With this in mind, we have invited “Chef Anu Bello Culture Best” to inspire us with her creative ability to take local ingredients and create Nigerian inspired small bite delicacies!

This event will be in the home of one our NFS members.  A number of small bites will be offered—enough for a satisfying meal, and the local ingredients identified as well as some recipes and preparation tips so that you can try to replicate the experience.  

We are still menu planning and the price will be dependent on the Chef’s budget.

This will be definitely social but we take our food seriously too!!  Come prepared to taste, to critique and most of all, to enjoy!!  The event organizers are Lynsey Elston and Robin Campbell.  This event is OPEN and we will let you know the price prior to registration.  Payment will be required in advance.


NOVEMBER

Friday, November 10th: Visit the Nigerian Booth at the Eat, Drink, and Dance Festivities hosted by the Lagos Yacht Club’s (LYC) Sailing Around the World!
STATUS: OPEN
 
The NFS is very proud to be the responsible for the Nigerian Food booth at the Lagos Yacht Club (LYC) annual extravaganza called “Sailing Around the World”.  This event features kiosks of food and drinks from literally “around the world”!  About fifteen countries are represented.  Each country hosts a booth that provides both food and drinks. 
The event takes place at the Yacht Club, one of the loveliest venues in Lagos! Sailing Around the World also features a live band and an even livelier dance floor!
The NFS works with the one and only “Nike”, of Nike’s Art Gallery, who produces a full range of taste sensations from across Nigeria for participants.  Nike does Nigeria proud!  We think it is the best stall at the event! 
The NFS is given 25 tickets that we can sell directly as hosts of the Nigerian booth.  The cost per ticket is 15,000 Naira which includes all food, drinks and live music at the Lagos Yacht Club.  Tickets can be obtained through Hugh and Robin Campbell at the above email address; 0803 711 9294.  The LYC policy is no tickets are sold at the door.
This LYC event always sells out!  Tickets are not yet available for sale.

NEW DATE: Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th: A Weekend Oasis: the Beauty of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Insights into the Leading Edge Agricultural Research
STATUS: OPEN

On the edge of Ibadan is a 1000 hectare oasis: the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). IITA is one of a family of internationally renowned research institute’s dedicated to improving agricultural productivity both in Sub Saharan Africa and the world. 

This weekend will combine enjoyment of this marvellous facility with the unique opportunity to learn about the research being undertaken by these world renowned agricultural scientists.

IITA is a research Institute where over 70 top agricultural scientists from around the globe reside.  The huge facility includes world class research laboratories, research plots, a three kilometre lake and an international school for the families of the scientists.  As guests of IITA, NFS members will have the full use of IITA’s facilities which include tennis courts, a golf course, swimming pool, and fishing in the lake . The accommodation is excellent.

Participants will be taken on a walk led by an IITA scientist on Saturday as well as have the opportunity to participate in a guided forest walk on Sunday.  You will also have time to enjoy the tranquil environment.  Bring your own fishing rod (fishing licences available at IITA), tennis racket and golf clubs if you wish to partake in these sports! This is a great weekend get-away for the whole family! 

The group will leave Lagos on Saturday morning and drive approximately 2 hours to IITA where we will spend the night.   We will leave IITA at 2:30 on Sunday arriving back in Lagos by about 5 pm.

This trip is suitable both for families with children as well as adults.  The Trip Leader is Teri Campbell.

Sunday, November 12th:  Walk in Historic Lagos with Famed Historian, Ed Keazor
STATUS: PENDING

Historian and raconteur Ed Keazor will take NFS Members on an early morning walking tour of historic Lagos.  Details of the walk will be made available closer to the date.
Saturday, November 18th: Boat Trip and Visit to Makoko, the Stilt Village
STATUS: PENDING
 
The NFS aims to run monthly excursions to Makoko, the Stilt Village.  THE NFS has a longstanding relationship with the community and supports the school in Makoko through these excursions. 
The trip is a half day excursion.  Some take place in the morning, others in the afternoon.  We travel in banana boats to the village from VI (see the October trip description above for more details).  For general information, please contact the Makoko Trip Coordinator, Carole Farina-Giles. 

Sunday, November 26th: Boat Ride and Tour of Historic Badagry
STATUS: PENDING
 
The ancient city of Badagry was founded in 1425. It is located along the ancient Slave Coast of West Africa, now known as the Bight of Benin. By the 1600s, this ancient city had become a thriving community initially reputed for trade in salt but Gberefu beach was to become known as the slave port of Badagry. For four hundred years, the slave trade dominated Badagry as it grew into an important commercial centre flourishing on the export of slaves across the Atlantic to Europe and the Americas.

The Badagry-by-Boat Heritage Tour will depart from Lagos in a comfortable larger boat.   After about a one hour journey, the trip continues with a 4-5 hour walk through the some of the sombre venues associated with this history of Badagry. We will visit the Seriki Abass Slave Museum, the Mobee Slave Relics Museum, The District Officer's Residence, the Badagry Heritage Museum, The First Story Building and finally, after crossing the lagoon by boat, we will walk the route of the slaves to the Point of No Return. Badagry boasts the largest Coconut Market in West Africa which we will pass by.
Self catered lunch will be eaten at a restaurant overlooking the lagoon. We will return to Lagos by boat after a day full of history and heritage. This is an active walking trip although you can be sustained by eating Ajogun, the local biscuit!

This trip is a must for anyone who wants to learn and understand the historical significance of Badagry. Apart from its role in the slave trade, you will also come to understand that Badagry is the first place in Nigeria where contact was made with Europeans. It was also the place where the British flag (Union Jack) was first hoisted here in 1842 as symbol of authority to stop the slave trade, so beginning the process of the development of the nation that later became known as Nigeria. Finally, Western education also first began in Badagry and it was the place where Christianity was first preached in Nigeria in September, 1842 by Rev. Thomas Birch Freeman, a Wesleyan Missionary.

This is a full day trip.  The maximum number of participants is 15. Trip Leader is Nadim Khoury

DECEMBER

Friday, December 1st- Sunday or Monday, December 3 or 4th: Hiking and Visit to the Beautiful, Cool Jos Plateau over the Eid Al Mawlid Holiday
STATUS: PENDING

For those of you who want to explore further afield, this is the trip for you!
The Jos region has its origins as far back as AD500, attested by the discovery of the Nok terracotta on the Jos Plateau now on display in the Jos Museum. In more recent history, Jos was a place of retreat for colonial officers seeking the cooler climate with an average temperature of 21C-25C.   
The Jos Plateau boasts some of the best hiking in the country and trekking will be a major feature of this trip.  The Jos Plateau is also known as a birders hot spot and is home to the AP Leventis Ornithological Research Institute. The visit is also likely to include a visit of the city and in particular the Jos Museum complex, one of the best in the country which includes the main Museum with the Nok sculptures as well as the Tin Mining Museum and the Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture.  The population is also diverse and beautifully adorned Fulani women can be seen selling their fresh cheese at roadside markets.
Details of the trip still are under development including whether it will be a three or a four day trip.   The Trip Leader is Sylvie Hoster.
Date TBA: Boat Trip and Tour of Makoko, the Stilt Village
STATUS: PENDING

The NFS aims to run monthly excursions to Makoko, the Stilt Village.  THE NFS has a longstanding relationship with the community and supports the school in Makoko through these excursions. 
The trip is a half day excursion.  Some take place in the morning, others in the afternoon.  We travel in banana boats to the village from VI (see the October trip description above for more details).  For general information, please contact the Makoko Trip Coordinator, Carole Farina-Giles. 

FOR YOUR DIARY

Events which are not run by the NFS but may be of interest to members who wish to explore the culture and environment of Nigeria and of West Africa generally.

Eko For Show! The Lagos Funk Collective together with The Lafiaji Agidigbo Ensemble
Saturday, September 23rd, 7:00 pm
Main Entrance, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos. 5,000N in advance; 6,000N at door
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Lights, Camera, Africa Film Festival: September 29th-October 1st
This Annual Film Festival offers an excellent and wide selection of films about Africa by International and Nigerian Filmmakers, both drama and documentaries. The Festival is held at the Federal Palace Hotel in VI.  There is no charge but participants are encouraged to register on line in advance.
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“Felabration!” Monday, October 9th- Sunday, October 15th.
Felabration is the most important music event on the Lagos Calendar.  In celebration of afrobeat music and activist icon, the late Fela Kuti, the events take place at both “The New Afrika Shrine” in Ikeja and at “Freedom Park” on Broad Street, Lagos Island.  Musicians from around the world come to make music and celebrate the one and only Fela.  It’s an event not to be missed.

Footprints: Nigeria Archive Film Project: Screening of and discussion about archival film footage
3rd Tuesday of the month; Freedom Park 6 pm

 

 

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