My Trip to Nigeria: Experiences In Another Culture

by Joe on August 27, 2008

The first 11 days of August in Jos, Nigeria on a missions trip. I figured some folks would have questions about the trip so I hope I can answer some here.  On twitter I asked if anyone had any questions about my trip and a few folks responded with questions like: 

Viscape @joebuddejr: What are the must-see/must-do things there? Anything that surprised you?

Another friend asked me: What was best part about visiting Nigeria? 

So withour further adieu, here are my responses:

What are the must-see/must-do things there?

We spent our time in Jos, Nigeria which is 3 hours north east of Abuja. The area is beautiful, you must go on a hike up some of the volcanic rocks for spectacular views.  You must also experience the traffic. Cars are bumper to bumper during rush hours, and the spaces between cars is filled with Nigerian taxis.  What is a Nigerian Taxi?  Well, lets just say a taxi in nigeria is a small motorcycle with several people on it.  One taxi we saw was driving a man with a queen sized mattress on his head. 

Anything that surprised you about Nigeria?

Yes. The people were amazing. Loving, caring, gracious.  They listened so intently when you conversed and were able to translate what they were learning into action.  I think that it was such a lesson for people who are looking to connect to others using social media. Don’t read things, listen while reading.  Digest the content and then engage with the person behind the content!

What was best part about visiting Nigeria?

There were three great things. 

  1. Hanging out with the kids who called you auntie and uncle (its like Mr. or Mrs. in the USA) was wonderful developing such close relationships in just under 4 days.  I miss the kids, especially my good friend Kure. Who helped me shovel and move a huge pile of Nigerian dirt.
  2. Teaching social media to a pair of Nigerians starting their own IT business. 
  3. The beauty of the Nigerian Plateau State.  The views, the rocks, the sky. Everything had such different color tones than anything I had ever seen in the USA, Germany, France, Ireland or Scotland. 

Answering these questions in a small form like this was difficult for such a long, amazing and experience filled trip.  So, if anyone has other questions just ask and I am happy to respond!

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5 comments

[…] My Trip to Nigeria: Experiences In Another Culture […]

by Joe Budde Jr. » My Trip to Nigeria: How to Teach Social Media to a Nigerian on August 27, 2008 at 10:21 pm. Reply #

Hi, this must be a great experience for you. I always wanted to visit Africa, I have traveled to many places but never there, so maybe one day.

by J.C. on August 30, 2008 at 5:31 am. Reply #

Budde, this sounds so sweet man! I would absolutely love to go to Africa some day! Who sponsored the mission trip?? Did Lindsay go with you?

by Dan Cinadr on September 23, 2008 at 3:46 pm. Reply #

@Dan

You should go! Anyone can sign up to go with the group! Lindsay and I both went and were amazed!

You better tell me about your time when you get back from it!

by Joe on September 23, 2008 at 6:54 pm. Reply #

Haha, already assuming I’m going?! I love it!

by Dan Cinadr on September 24, 2008 at 9:10 am. Reply #

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