As you read of the slave ships waiting to berth in Cotonou, you'll also do well to remember that there is an international school on the other side of the city, or in nearby Lome, where rich black kids learn to become ambassadors and international politicians and financiers.

Many families in Nigeria live below the poverty line and cannot afford therapy for the mentally sick…

It is funny that a government that does not adequately attend to the ordinary needs of its citizens…is pretending to organize people whose presence in America, Europe and elsewhere is by and large a result of the failure of the Nigeria state.

I believe the boy must have been happy to be in London. He was maybe too young to hate Nigeria, but young enough to know the deliciousness and freedom of a new experience…

In Nigeria, you don't have to call ahead to tell a friend or neighbor you're coming over. You just knock on the door and they let you in.