Honestly, I was ashamed.”There is no time I come back from a trip that I don’t feel pained arriving. always feel pained.Nigeria :-Chinko Ekun
Rapper, Oladipo Emmanuel, popularly known as Chinko Ekun, tells MOBOLA SADIQ about his time in Instabul (Turkey) and the United Kingdom
How often do you travel?
I travel with purpose when it is needed for different reasons. I travel for business, vacations or music concerts.
Where did you travel to recently?
I travelled to Istanbul, in Turkey, and East London in the United Kingdom. I went to Turkey to relax but coincidentally a booking (for an event) came up during my stay there and I performed there. I spent a week there.
What activities did you engage in?
I went on sightseeing. I trekked long distances around the city and visited the Museum of Illusions in Instanbul. I really saw the heart of illusions and it was a wonderful experience for me. I tasted Peruvian food and some other types of food but I didn’t like most of them. It was not spicy or as tasty as Nigerian foods. Their shawarma was not also as good as what we have in Nigeria. The only food I could eat there was at a fast food outlet. Overall, I didn’t enjoy their food at all. I also went to a Catholic Church. We bought a candle and lit it. I had fun there.
What was the highlight of your stay there?
The highlight of my trip was when I found a fast food outlet. I also went to two different art stores because of my love for arts. There, I saw an artwork that had memories of warfare. I saw things such as sand, skulls and knives. I also went on a shopping spree.
After I left Turkey, I travelled to Canning Town (East London) in the United Kingdom. I went there to have fun and relax.
What did you do in London?
I spent one week and three days in London. I had a very interesting time there. I was able to meet up with my friends and a lot of people came to visit me in my hotel room, including some of my old friends and former classmates at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.
Which memorable places did you visit in London?
I don’t want to sound like a foodie but I enjoyed my visit to a restaurant, even though I can’t remember the name. They had superb guinea fowl and pomo. I also went for radio and television interviews and they were very good.
Did you enjoy the meal?
Trust me, I did; they had very good food. They make good Nigerian meals. I was able to eat good pounded yam and vegetable (efo riro.) My friends really treated me well there. Immediately, I arrived at the hotel, two of my female friends who reside there sent me buckets of chicken, drinks and so much more. My friends really indulged me.
What did you see in Turkey and London that you would want replicated in Nigeria?
Constant power supply should be replicated. We should also have the kind of maintenance culture that we see in other countries. We leave our own country to other lands to have fun and add to their economy. However, I don’t blame those people because I would not like to invest in a country where there is no light. The difference between those countries (Turkey and London) and Nigeria is that things are working in those places.
For example, when I got into Nigeria, the air conditioning systems at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, were not working and we were kept standing for a long time. The escalator was also not working. Honestly, I was ashamed. There is no time that I come back from a trip that I don’t feel pained.
Where did you stay in these two countries?
I stayed at a hotel all through my trip. I don’t like to inconvenience people. I only go to visit them and return to my hotel. I like my space a lot.
What countries would you like to visit next?
I would love to go to Santa Ronnie in Greece and the United States of America. I have never applied for visa to those places before.
Did you experience any cultural shock in those countries?
I didn’t experience any culture shock in London but in Turkey, I saw a lot of soldiers everywhere. When I asked someone living there why that was, he said it’s because they are always ready for war. I didn’t bother to ask more questions. However, I don’t know if he was lying to me. I also saw them selling ‘blue eyes’ in Turkey. I was inquisitive because in Nigeria, some people think ‘blue eye’ is used for voodoo purposes but someone explained to me that there is a myth in Turkey which claims that it gives good luck