Lights Out in Nigeria

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Idler on a hammock

WE call it light; “electricity” is too sterile a word, and “power” too stiff, for this Nigerian phenomenon that can buoy spirits and smother dreams. Whenever I have been away from home for a while, my first question upon returning is always: “How has light been?” The response, from my gateman, comes in mournful degrees of a head shake.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/02/01/opinion/sunday/lights-out-in-nigeria.html?referrer=

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