Photo Credit: Amanda Iheme

When, in one of our virtual meetings, @hamzalefaux mentioned that he would love to visit mosques when he gets to Nigeria, I would have thought his request strange and unusual from an Artist-in-Residence if I hadn’t visited a mosque myself sometime earlier and had a total reorientation of what a mosque could be. Abijo mosque, designed by the perfect gentleman and architect @adeyemo_shokunbi and his team, is a beacon of beauty; you can’t escape its elegance even while standing a thousand yards away. I have visited and revisited just to see; just to breathe.

I didn’t tell Hamza that I will like to bring him all the way from Onikan to Abijo to see a mosque — I have no plan to do so. That mosque must be in Mecca to want to weather Lekki-Epe Expressway traffic to get to it. Abijo is not Medina. But I leave the idea open in my mind. I may drag Hamza to Abijo, or I may not. It will depend on other unforeseen events.

As fate has it, a couple of events align with the director of the Institute where I work @enitpine planning a visit to the @shyllonmuseum with friends and Hamza gets an invite. “It’s on my way,” I gladly say, and thereafter preach the Mosque to them. Hamza would love to visit the Mosque, and the others wouldn’t mind seeing it, too.

And so, when in the morning of this visitation I get another text saying they are no longer coming to the museum, but have decided to have a picnic at the Lufasi Park instead, I know then the visit to Abijo Mosque is sealed and that it will be a good experience.

Plus, we meet the Imam and his name is ….take a guess, Christopher😉

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