The epilogue of John Hogan’s trek around Nigeria encourages interest into the politics and history of this largely misunderstood, and often forgotten country by the western world. His final lesson, “idealism overriding practicality in pursuit of the dream,” as he writes – literally – in his final sentence, certainly explains my life’s trajectory. I met John around fourteen years ago in Newport, Rhode Island, when he was working as a valet at the same hotel where I worked on the CliffWalk.
John’s engaging personality bespoke a character and humor I had missed from my years in London, where I had worked for an Irish family that owned several pubs. His journals intrigued me mostly because, I identified with the feeling of being the stranger from another land.