An inspiring morning with Jide Bello, talking Nigerian culture. I had no idea the Ife exhibition had moved to the National Museum in Lagos. Great publicity Lagos State!
Meanwhile, he showed us some fascinating pictures of a recent trip to Calabar (to witness the filming of Half of a Yellow Sun), including these images of Obong Eyo Honesty IX's house in Duke Town. The descendants of the old King still live in the house, which features beautiful wood panelling and stained glass windows. To think that former governor Donald Duke wasted all that money on Tinapa, which no one visits except to stay in the hotel, when he could have spent a relatively tiny amount of government money renovating the magnificent old buildings of Calabar and turning them into museums. Calabar's tourist potential ... [view whole blog post ]