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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Have a Laugh in Nigeria

You might think that people in a country hounded by corruption since its independence in 1960 would be depressed. Think again. As Kieran Cooke reports from Lagos, even when his plane is grounded by a bird diving for an engine, he and the other passengers have a good laugh about it all.

Despite being an oil-rich country, many Nigerians live in poverty. Undaunted by blackouts, water shortages, and six-hour commutes to work, people in the former capital of Lagos brave these deprivations with humor. "No Tension" is the logo on one yellow painted bus.

I don't have any hardships anywhere near what a lot of Nigerians go through, but I've definitely been inspired to see the joy in any situation.


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