The Royal Sculpture of Benin City: you’ll love them, but you need tout permits

Benin Queen

Benin City Royal Sculpture

I was excited about visiting Benin City. Its sculptures fascinated me on my first visit but its touts almost took away the joy. (more…)


How Edo voted in Polling Units that mattered

The Action Congress of Nigeria won the recent governoship election in the state. The party won in all 18 local governments and virtually all the polling units.
Interestingly, they won units where People’s Democratic Party heavy weights voted.
Thiskis how they voted in the polling units that mattered.

Text of the “Palliative” Broadcast by Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, On Thursday January 19, 2012

Carte de l'état nigérian d'Edo

Edo state

My dear people of Edo State,

In view of the increase in the price of petrol by the Federal Government and the consequential rise in the cost of living, it has become necessary for my Administration to take some crucial measures to cushion the effect on the people of Edo State.

Having followed the debate on the issue of subsidy removal, it is clear to me that the major problem is that the public does not trust that the proceeds will be utilized judiciously.

However, I assure you that in Edo State, this will not be the case. We are determined to ensure that the pains arising from the partial removal of subsidy translate to concrete gains for the generality of our people.

I am convinced that the process of rebuilding this trust between the government and the governed requires that we take concrete, visible and measurable steps aimed at creatively using the accruing revenue to deliver the greatest good to the greatest number of our people in the shortest possible time. (more…)