I am privileged in my job to meet many people, in different industries and cultures. Despite having being born in Somaliland and traveled widely in Africa, I had never been to Nigeria. I recently remedied this, on an assignment to develop an information management strategy for a major client there.
I suppose it was not surprising that friends and colleagues greeted me with a lot of raised eyebrows and worried looks at news of this trip: “Nigeria! Isn’t that dangerous?” or “You won’t get me going there!”. I had to explain I was going to the south west (showing Green on the FCO web-site) not the north east (which is showing Red, and always in the news), and that Nigeria is a large country with a population of 160 million; that is, 20% of Africa’s population. Continue Reading