Saturday, June 11, 2011

Bob's Thoughts: Nigeria Day 6

Bob is in Nigeria right now as part of a short term trip with Wycliffe Associates.  You can find out more HERE.  He is sending his journals back to me on email.  He has not been able to access the internet on his own computer.  This email came from the BGAN system he finished installing with the C'Lela language, in the far west of the country, near the Benin border.  You can read the previous journals here; Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4, Day 5

FuFu, a common Nigerian dish
We have finished the Kambari Project BGAN installation and are driving home today. We finished it last night so we could get an early start today. I felt like we were rushing to get it finished last night, but I guess they don't want to stop anywhere along the way, and since it's 9 hours drive to Jos Daniel wanted to get an early start so we could finish it in one day.

We were served authentic Nigerian dinner and breakfast. Dinner was FuFu, a pasty white substance the consistency and taste of cream of wheat on it we had beef in a tasty red sauce, and some okra soup.

This morning for breakfast we had a very heavily salted onion omelet and bread with butter. They serve instant coffee and tea; those seem to be the universal breakfast drinks in Nigeria, and since I don't really like either one I've just been going with water every morning.

The Kambari cluster project has been going on for over 20 years I believe they said. They told us that of the three dialects, one has the NT printed, one has it drafted and are nearly ready for printing, and another one is still in progress. They're going to start on the OT soon, I believe. There are a bunch of people working on it; we set up email on 7 different computers so any of them could use the BGAN.

I asked our driver where he was from and he said from Delta state, which is way south. In further conversation, he told me was born and raised in Jos, which confused me until I remembered that someone told me that where you are from means what is your tribe, and is unrelated to where you were born and/or live currently.
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