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#Pulse36 Day 7: Warri has just been pure cruise

It was hard to leave Benin. So much culture and stories. The University of Benin blew our minds the further we went into the lives of its art students especially.

But Warri was calling, and we had to answer.

Before leaving Benin though, we had a quick meeting with the Elders we found sitting still at the entrance of the Edo State House of Assembly.

Warri has just been pure cruiseplay

Warri has just been pure cruise

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We had no idea who to show us around in Warri, but someone came through last minute. “Hello, is this Oreva? My name is Fu’ad.”

Someone gave is the phone numbers of Tare and Collins and promised us they’d make Warri worth every minute.

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When you’re coming from Benin, the taxis from Sapele Road drop you off at a roundabout that has Shoprite.

So we headed there. Anything is better than JJCs in a town standing aimlessly at a bus stop.

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Warri has just been pure cruise

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In no time, Oreva and Collins were with us. And our Warri went live from there.

Warri has just been pure cruiseplay

Warri has just been pure cruise

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First, we crashed a wedding.

Well, not really. But we showed up at one where didn’t know the name of the Bride or Groom. We didn’t get free Jollof Rice, but we got free drinks.

Warri has just been pure cruiseplay

Warri has just been pure cruise

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Thanks to Dupe.

Warri has just been pure cruiseplay

Warri has just been pure cruise

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We danced. We danced with traditional dancers.

Warri has just been pure cruiseplay

Warri has just been pure cruise

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Then off we went. By now, we were already hungry, but Oreva had the perfect solution.

The Road to Robinson Plaza.

On the way to Robinson Plaza, I noticed that most of the walls of building looked like the paint had blackened, and even the roofs.

“The effect of the refineries on the environment is too evident,” I said.

“Yes,” Kevwe said. “Even the rain is acidic here.”

Kevwe was our third host who somehow managed to evade all the photos because he was either going to bring his car, or getting us something.

Warri has just been pure cruiseplay

Warri has just been pure cruise

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“Robinson Plaza is like the Computer Village of Warri,” Collins said as we touched down.

But we were not there to fix our phones or buy gear. We were hear for the woman fixing hunger at the back of the market.

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Warri has just been pure cruise

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We were there for the Starch and Banga.

Warri has just been pure cruiseplay

Warri has just been pure cruise

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Banga is a special soup.

For me, the most interesting part of Banga is not the fact that it’s made from palm oil. It’s in the serving.

When a serving of Banga is ready, the soup is transferred into a small calabash. The Banga is then warmed inside the calabash.

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Now here’s some interesting science. Clay, the material for the calabash, has a very high tendency to retain heat.

So what happens is that while eating, your Banga stays boiling, or very hot. You never have to worry about having cold soup.

Banga bangs from start to finish.

The Banga went with some Starch.

Warri has just been pure cruiseplay

Warri has just been pure cruise

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As soon we were done, we were off again, and this time, we headed for a popular bus stop. The very heart of streets, Enerhe Bus Stop.

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Warri has just been pure cruise

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It felt like all of Warri’s bustle happened there. There were people selling just about anything, buses going in every direction, and even a small market.

Warri has just been pure cruiseplay

Warri has just been pure cruise

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Everywhere we turned, it seemed someone was selling Pork. Clearly, it’s a big deal in Warri.

“Will you eat Elede,” Collins asked.

“No thanks. I’’ll pass.”

I got to try those giant worms.

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Warri has just been pure cruise

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I won’t say I’m super excited about trying it again.

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Then we headed back to the Delta Mall. Roamed around. Had dinner. Laughed. Talked about Warri and dreams. Listened to Oreva laugh some more.

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Warri has just been pure cruise

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And we called it a night.

For a week that was as intense as the past one, this was a pretty good day to take that chill pill and relax a little.

Asaba tomorrow.

*All photos were shot on the Samsung Galaxy S8+.

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