By Matt Sosna
On October 27, 2011 I had the opportunity as the second Banyan teammate to join the journey to Egbe Hospital in Nigeria. Departing from Ft. Lauderdale, I’m sure that airport security raised an eyebrow or two when they realized one of the bags contained a brand new chainsaw in addition to other unrelated items like peanut butter, a timing light and ten laptop computers. During our layover in Frankfurt, we met with the rest of the team. Most of the additions came from Canada and one from Texas. Finally, we boarded the next plane to Abuja, Nigeria. Upon our arrival, it was obvious that our team of eleven “oweebos”, the nickname for white people in Nigeria, stuck out like a sore thumb. I don’t know if it was that, or the fact we had twenty-two fifty pound bags, eleven carry on bags, and eleven personal items, but Nigerian Customs was intent on checking each bag one by one. Fortunately just as they unzipped the first duffel bag, Dominic, the head of immigration in Nigeria and personal friend of Jason (one of the team members), showed up. He instructed the officials to allow us to continue without inspection. After meeting with our driver Enoch, we began the forty minute bus ride to the Baptist Guest House in Abuja.