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Dress Down Friday

Friday, June 20, 2008 permalink [Permalink]

Today I woke up refreshed and ready to run. I talked to Mark this morning in order to get the Lagos Exchange server setup. My clothes for the day were ready for the day and lying on the table, traditional Nigerian Batik (Adire in Yoruba).



Today I woke up refreshed and ready to run.  I talked to Mark this morning in order to get the Lagos Exchange server setup. 

My clothes for the day were ready for the day and lying on the table, traditional Nigerian Batik (Adire in Yoruba).  I didn’t quite know what to expect – not knowing the locals reaction to such a stunt – I missed breakfast because I was late, it was already past 7:30.  As I entered the lift to get to the lobby I noticed a local with another Batik.  He didn’t even give me a second glance.  Actually he couldn’t have cared whether I was wearing my shorts or traditional Nigerian cloth.

I got more of a reaction from the white community who all seemed to stare me up and down – perhaps wondering what a white fellow is doing strutting down the street pretending that his skin color isn’t white.

When I got to the office, I couldn’t have wanted a better reception – dress down Friday turned out to be one of the best days here.  Every local Nigerian was proud to see their clothes on a white person.  They looked happy to see for a change that someone was taking a step to integrate into their culture and way of life rather than cultures taking after the whites.

I enjoyed it.  Thanks to Adenekan I had a fantastic experience.

Work wise the day ended with the main fuse disintegrating when we tried to test the UPS for backup power.  It literally fell to pieces.  Looks like our “new” second hand Nigerian fuse bit the dust.  We have ordered another circuit breaker – this time with firm instructions to get a new one, and not from the local market.

We have decided to go out Monday for lunch to a nice Chinese restaurant in view that I’m leaving on Tuesday and Ezioma leaving for London on Monday.  It will be a good way to say goodbye to everyone.

Monday and Tuesday are public holidays here so it should be pretty quiet on the roads.  The traffic can be pretty bad during normal working days long into the night.

My brother rang just afterwards so decided to go for a stroll round the pool while we chatted.  He’s invited me over to Poland for Christmas, it would be good to go during winter and see the snow again.  But I’m not too sure how much of the family thing I can handle at this point in time.

On my way back from the pool I noticed three people out on the deck chairs talking.  As I passed them I realized that they were speaking Polish, so I walked up and introduced myself.  We chatted till half past midnight.  It’s good hearing your own language for a change, as is the ability to express certain concepts  or thoughts in ways that English simply doesn’t convey.  The three of them, a guy and two girls turned out to be working for Lufthansa and are in Africa to educate the locals in the Lufthansa ways.  Hmm maybe Christmas in Poland this year wouldn’t be so bad.


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