Goodbye, Nigeria! Goodbye, early mornings and roosters crowing, bucket baths and banana-peanut butter breakfasts. Goodbye to the sound of the generator, a constant dull roar that is the soundtrack to my Nigerian memories. Goodbye, danfos and okadas and 'slippers' that I left behind. Goodbye, cold Cokes, Shapes, Cheese Balls and Gin-gins. Goodbye, efo, eja and eba! Goodbye to my Nigerian friends, who never had qualms about telling me that I looked more tired or fatter than before . . . and who were wonderful just the same. Goodbye, sweat rolling down my elbows and from the back of my knees. Goodbye, loud music on the street corners and time spent in 'greeting.' Goodbye to runs by the pond, honking cars, dusty documents, meals eaten on my favorite yellow plate, mornings in the market and evenings filled with baking and bootlegged dvds. Goodbye, goats.
I hope to see you all again.