Saturday, 19 March 2011

"My sister lives in Arsenal State"

Nigerians are mad about football, and most of them, well most of the men, follow a British Premiership team, so when the security guard at my new home, Johnson, found out I was from the UK, he told me his sister lives in Arsenal State.

I explained that Arsenal actually isn't a state, its the name of a football team, that used to be in Highbury and Islington, and is now somewhere else, and there are other famous football clubs in London such as Tottenham Hot Spurs, Crystal Palace, and another one?

So I promised to get him a map of the UK.  I found one on line and printed it for him, and explained, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, London is the capital city, along with showing him other places of footballing interest, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle.

Fortunately I came to Nigeria with a small atlas, so we spent some time looking at it together comparing country size, population and so on.

He asked me if he could borrow the atlas for a few days, of course I agreed.  This morning when I woke up, late, (after being disturbed by people praying very loudly between 1 and 3am! - I am sure that is banned in the Bible!)  I looked out of the window, to see him reading the atlas.

I know its a small thing, but it gave me a little warm glow, that I had enabled one person, to have a look at my little atlas, and maybe expanded his view of the world a little bit, until now the only thing I have seen him reading is the Bible.


  1. Definitely a step in the right direction! ;-)

  2. ahem - not forgetting Chelsea, West Ham, Fulham, QPR ...

  3. Hi Harriet,
    Can't believe I forgot Chelsea, if there are three teams people follow here, they are Chelsea, Aresenal and Man U, oh and Liverpool, that's four!
    He did ask me where Bolton was though!