Time and date Lagos, Nigeria

Friday, June 25, 2010


Some fun facts about Nigeria and Lagos

~Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa and the 8th most populated country in the world
~Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups and over 500 catalogued languages
~Religions in Nigeria are roughly half and half between Christians and Muslims
~Nigeria gained its independence from the UK in 1960
~Average life expectancy is 47 yrs

~Lagos is the 2nd most populous city in Africa, behind Cairo (metropolitan area population 8,048,430 according to the 2006 census)
~Monthly rainful between May and July averages 12 inches
~Lagos was the former capital of Nigeria, but has been replaced by Abuja (1991)
~Lagos is famous throughout Africa for its music scene. Lagos has given birth to a variety of styles such as the Nigerian hip hop(naija hip hop), highlife, juju, fuji and Afrobeat.
~Lagos is the center of the Nigerian movie industry, often referred to as "Nollywood."


This is a link to the West Africa Theological Seminary, who is hosting us in Lagos, Nigeria.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010


So, I'm trying something new and hope I will have the opportunity to follow through once I get there. If not, I will try to journal so as to record all the excitement and memories. I'm not much of a creative writing or artistic person and am not much for sharing my feelings, but I don't want to forget this trip.

There will be a lot of firsts for me-1st time on a mission trip, 1st time out of the country, 1st time flying for more than 4 hrs at a time. I've learned a lot in the process of getting ready for this. I've had to get a new passport, apply for a visa to go to Nigeria, track down all my immunization records (and find out that all the colleges and doctors offices purge records after 7 yrs-ugh!), get multiple immunizations, go to the health department to learn how to function in Africa and learn about all the things that can go wrong (!!), figure out how to pack for 16 days, navigate all the personalities of the 18 people going on the trip, find out about power conversion and cell phone service, learn how to dress in Nigeria, etc, etc....... I still have so much to do in the next 8 days!!!!!!

I am truly ready to go mentally though. I can't wait for this experience and am so blessed to have it. I also can't wait to tell everyone everything we do and see! I really hope I have the opportunity to use this!