AJALA NENE WELCOMES YOU TO 2018!!!
First I want to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! It’s definitely going to be a great year. Looking forward to you joining me, Ajala Nene in my adventures this year.
THE KEKE EXPERIENCE 1.0
To top up my 2017, I went on a local tour organized by The Dare Experience and Tourist In Lagos. The idea behind the tour is to experience authentic local culture by commuting with one of Nigeria’s public local transports, the tricycle popularly known as ‘Keke’. It also included eating local dishes and exploring local tourist sites. The tour was situated at Lagos Island, particularly Victoria Island and Lekki.
BREAKFAST AT TERRA KULTURE
Meet up point was at Terra Kulture located at Victoria Island. Terra Kulture, one of Nigeria’s prominent Cultural centers, is an educational and recreational organization that promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts and culture. We had our breakfast of local Nigerian dishes – I had boiled yam and corn beef sauce *licks lips*
THE KEKE RIDE EXPERIENCE
Our next stop was Nike Art Gallery. So we boarded our ‘private’ kekes and whizzed through the busy streets of Lagos Island.
VISIT TO NIKE ART GALLERY
Nike Art Gallery is an Art hub for art lovers. It is located at the Lekki 3rd Roundabout in Lekki, Lagos. You can never miss the red roof with ‘Nike Art’ written on it. I love the vibrant colors of all the artworks…they give happy vibes! The gallery has four floors filled with beautiful impressive African artworks.
We also met the lovely and warm, Mama Nike, the owner of the gallery. This was my second time of meeting her. The first time was when I visited the gallery in 2010. Mama Nike is very warm and welcoming to single person that visits the gallery. She particularly loved my Afrocentric outfit and hair style. She explained that the cowries, I used on my hair are used to decorate the Oba’s (Yoruba King) wife who is called OLORI. The cowries known as ‘OWO EYO’, literally meaning “Yoruba Money”, were also used as money in the olden days. We had the great opportunity to dress in some of Mama Nike’s adire-batik attires and Yoruba accessories. We looked royal! 😊
SHOPPING AT LEKKI ART MARKET
From the gallery, we headed to the vibrant and colorful Lekki Art Market. We did some window shopping and bought some Afrocentric accessories and souvenirs. As we listened to African beats blast through the market, we could not help grooving and entertaining the market shop owners and passer-byes. It sure was fun 😊
AUTHENTIC NIGERIA LUNCH AT A LOCAL BUKA
After an eventful day, we had lunch at a local buka popularly called ‘Mama Put’. I had Amala with ewedu soup, one of the popular Western Nigerian local dishes *licks lips*. Normally it comes with ‘gbegiri’ a local sauce made from groundnut. But it was not available that day *sigh*. I was over full by the time I was done with my dish! *burp*
STAGE PLAY AT TERRA KULTURE: FELA AND THE KALAKUTA QUEENS
After lunch, our ‘private’ keke took us back to our final destination, Terra Kulture’s Arena to watch the thrilling stage play of ‘Fela and the Kalauta Queens’. Unfortunately, I had to head back home, so I could not watch the stage play. But I was told that the 3-hours musical play was entertaining, energetic and very colorful! It gave an insight into the secret lives of the famous Fela Kuti and his wives, the Kalakuta Queens. The reviews have been very positive. I hope to watch it before it ends.
AJALA NENE’S KEKE EXPERIENCE VERDICT
I will rate the tour a 95% score. As a campaigner for Sustainable Tourism, we encourage tourists to try and explore destinations by using more of local transportation. Keke aka tricycle, is a very popular means of commuting in Lagos, Nigeria. So next time you are visiting Lagos as a tourist please do not hesitate to contact The Dare Experience and Tourist In Nigeria to arrange a Keke Experience Tour for you.