Charles and Susan Oropallo of Peterborough, New
Hampshire, attended the Seventh International Alternatives to Violence Project
(AVP) Conference, held September 1-4, 2002 at the University of Lagos in
Lagos, Nigeria. During that trip they met many interesting Nigerian individuals.
They were both equally awed by the warmth, caring, and friendliness of all those
whom they got to know while visiting Lagos. This was in stark contrast
to the numerous warnings discouraging travel to Nigeria.
One Nigerian AVP facilitator
in particular, Ebere Eugene Emerue, took the
time to give Charles and Susan a personal tour through the college
campus area where he
lives in Akoka, Lagos. The tour included using public transportation, showing them the
college dorm in which he resides, taking them to places where students hang
out, and much conversation sharing Ebere's thoughts, hopes, dreams, and
pride for his country. As
well, Ebere treated them to wonderful Nigerian cuisine at a small local
restaurant he frequents.
Ebere told Charles and Susan when he started showing them around that he
felt it was important for them "to see the real Nigeria and how
Nigerians really live." From Eugene's words came RealNigeria.org.