A Good Reason to Travel

What an old man sees sitting down, a young man cannot see standing up.

– Ibo Ethnic Group, Nigeria –

Seagull on Mallorca

Note: Sitting down or walking while holding your camera about hip high (so-called hip shots) could help you take more interesting photos.

A Good Reason to Travel

The person who has not travelled widely thinks his or her mother is the only cook (the best cook).

Origin: Ganda (Uganda). Also found in Akamba and Gikuyu (Kenya), Igbo and Yoruba (Nigeria), Haya (Tanzania) and Bemba (Zambia)

Thanks to African Proverbs.

Kalahari Desert

Photo published with friendly permission by Thomas Shipley.


Voodoo Market in Lagos

…  or where to do your next shopping.

One of my friends, an expat living in Lagos, Nigeria, took these photos when he went to the market. At first glance, I was struck by the colors and they reminded me of a Thanksgiving arrangement. On second glance, I realized the tables were set with skulls, tortoise shells, and other mostly unidentifiable objects.

Voodoo market in Nigeria

Voodoo items are in popular demand.

Voodoo is used in many different ways for target management. For example, some madams in Benin City apply voodoo pressure to families with pretty daughters. Then these girls get sold off as prostitutes to Europe.

I guess, business is business. In Eastern Europe, they promise the girls a better life before being sold to a pimp in Frankfurt.

Voodoo market visitor

My oh my –  would this be a rat looking for leftovers?

I found these photos fascinating and worth sharing here on my travel blog. The anonymous photo credit goes to my friend who also gave permission to publish them.

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