Malia Mayson (Nigeria)

Malia (Lia) Mayson (Women's Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON): Malia is Liberian/American. She earned her B.A in International Affairs with a minor in Economics from the American University of Paris, France. She later worked as an assembly fellow at the California State Capitol and then moved to Spain to work with Latin American immigrants at a local NGO in Madrid. At the time of her fellowship, Malia was pursuing a Masters degree in Economic Development and African Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.



Water Water Everywhere

04 Jun

I still have a few days before I go to the office and officially begin my internship with WOCON. In the mean time, I am settling down quite nicely in my new environment. One thing I forgot about spending the summer in Nigeria is the amount of rainfall. It seems that I have left the rain clouds of Boston only to meet them again in Lagos. Nevertheless, the situation is actually quite pleasant because when it rains in Africa, the air is still hot and the water is cooling to the skin.

Unfortunately, rain in Lagos is also synonym to flooding. Two days ago, there was a thunderstorm and a number of streets transformed themselves into miniature rivers. Extremely poor city drainage systems seem to be at the root of the problem. That day, I saw some people walking knee deep, trousers folded and slippers in hand in the muddy street waters. I think this is a clear example of the true resilience of the Nigerian people who refuse to be slowed down by the negligence of their government leaders or, in fact, by Mother Nature herself. Did you know that some places, which are especially prone to heavy floods, people have resorted to using mini canoes to get to work?! Amazing…

Posted By Malia Mayson (Nigeria)

Posted Jun 4th, 2005

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