Onitsha 1992: Brief Encounters

Author’s Note:   This page will be a very difficult one to write, first to order the captured images and second to reconstruct the entire visit.  On the  night of our second day in Onitsha, Helen fell into a large streetside drainage ditch and broke both end-bones of the tibia and fibula where they connect to her ankle.  I  (the remaining prime story-teller here) fell into a kind of psychological frenzy from that point on, which did not abate much during our then-shortened visit (while Helen, so far as I could tell, remained fairly calm through it all).  Therefore the ethnography of this report will be scattered and rather disorganized, reflecting my own “fractured” condition.  It will also take considerable time to build this reconstuction, but I will begin by presenting images (where we have them)  and will build the story largely around these  We also have substantial video records, but re-establishing these into usable forms may be sometime forthcoming.

The Plan of Travel & Research: Nneka Umunna and Helen Henderson
Arrival:  Unrecognizable Cities

Settlement in Fear

 

 

Into the Ditch

 

Saint Charles Preserves Us
Ifekandu’s Grave (Iba)
Etukokwu’s Castle

 

Aniweta’s Mansion

 

Visiting Igwe Enwezor

 

Ikemefuna, now  as Ozo

 

The Akpoms

 

Architectures, Technologies

 

Adventures with Caroline Ifeka-Moller

 

The (long-postponed) Funeral of Nne-Cecilia

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