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  • In Ekiti State in Nigeria, working on a project supported by the British Government, waiting in a hotel (if you can call it that) lobby to be picked up by a colleague to go out to dinner. Young Nigerian man sits on the chair next to me. I can see him looking me up and down. I ignore him. 'Excuse me' he says. I continue to ignore him but his 'excuse me' becomes persistent. 'Yes?' I say finally, and rather curtly. 'Madam' he says very politely, 'Can I ask you a question?' 'mmm' I reply very reluctantly. 'Madam, are you black or white?'

    (photo taken by the Beira Lake in Colombo)
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