18th November 2009
There are so many things we haven’t been able to fit into our blogs. For example, Sister Helen’s talk on natural family planning was really interesting but we’ve never seen Chris look so traumatised!
Our jaunt in a taxi bus with no doors and 7 holy sisters was surreal to say the least. The local Christian mothers popping round to sing dance and give the sisters their Christmas gift, oh and to laugh at Lou’s efforts at dancing. These are just some of the things we haven’t managed to fit in.
Our week in Ajegunle has been really busy so far. We’ve been in all the usual places but we know everyone so much better and understand more now and so we’ve been far busier than we could have imagined. Yesterday in the secondary school we did some pretty intensive lessons on Blackpool and have even got some messages from the students to bring home with us.
In the women’s centre, they have finally despaired of us finishing our rugs and have decided to teach us something new. We are now expert bakers of Chin Chin and Sweet buns. Chin Chin are deep fried biscuits and sweet buns are similar to doughnuts and both are delicious, well the ones we made were anyway. We perhaps weren’t very good students, as we kept breaking off to play with Christopher the 3 year old son of one of the teachers. Oops luckily no detention though. In Nigeria they refer to teachers as aunty or uncle to show respect.
Today has been awesome. We were in the primary school in the morning observing 4 year olds learn addition with carrying which they did really well. Turning up at the secondary school at 12 we were treated to a spectacular cultural send-off. Friday is our final day at Ajegunle in the schools and at the women’s centre. It feels odd that we are saying our goodbyes to so many people and yet we are only half way into our time in Nigeria.
Our African clothing collection is growing by the day as we received gifts in the form of tie died African shirts. We were able to hand over some of the posters made at St. Mary’s and the primary schools, a football and a St. Mary’s PE shirt and tie. The whole school prayed for us, which reminded us of leaving St. Mary’s at home and our final prayers there.