The premise behind TLC middle school is that students are capable.
Given that premise, it is my pleasure to introduce a very capable young blogger named Karina. She will be teaching readers of this blog about Nigeria this summer — please share your comments/questions below and we will work out a way for Karina to respond.
My name is Karina. I am eleven years old and I am home-schooled. I am from Durham NC. I have been living in Ile-Ife, Nigeria for three years and I will be blogging about my time in Ife this summer.
Here is a map from World Atlas, showing where Nigeria is located:
Ife is in the south west of Nigeria:
We constantly travel to Lagos, Ibadan and also Osogbo, each circled in red on the map below (the spelling from Google Earth is not typical).
All of these places are in the southwest. I have also been to Port Harcourt in southern Nigeria, and Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital in central Nigeria. Ife is about 225 miles from Abuja.
We have not gone to the north because fighting is happening there right now because of Boko Haram.*
I am an avid reader and I like to write. I also love science and math (especially graph reading, logical reasoning, and subtraction). I want to be a documentary film maker, a fashion designer, and a scientist when I grow up. This is my first time blogging and I am very excited to be answering questions from people in NC and the rest of the world.
Nigeria is a very diverse place in some ways. For example, in Lagos there are arcades, nice hotels, and some restaurants like we have at home in the US. In Ife, we have traditional markets such as the one pictured on the right below:
In small towns like Ife and large cities like Lagos there are both grocery stores and markets. But, more people shop at traditional markets in Ife. Markets are usually outdoors and very crowded. In the markets they sell almost everything from fans to baby clothes. The only problem is that most of the foreign goods sold in the markets, such as toys and glue, usually break in less than a week (if they even work). But the local fruits and vegetables sold in the market are delicious.
Next time, I will talk about what it is like being an American kid in Nigeria. (More pictures are coming when I get my camera from my grandma in my next care package from the US). Over and out!
* Note from Steve:
For those not familiar with Boko Haram, here’s one definition from the US Institute of Peace
Boko Haram is an Islamic sect that believes politics in northern Nigeria has been seized by a group of corrupt, false Muslims. It wants to wage a war against them, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria generally, to create a “pure” Islamic state ruled by sharia law.