"Keep working on a plan. Make no little plans. Make the biggest you can think of, and spend the rest of your life carrying it out." Harry S. Truman

Friday, November 28, 2008


Hello everyone,

Yesterday, I mentioned the difficulties that our friends in Nigeria were experiencing as they tried to email me the movie they've made for our tour. As it turns out, they've been without electricity for the past two days, as both generators at the New American University of Nigeria in Yola broke down. They finally managed to send me the file and I have seen it, but now, we have another technical problem : it is too big to be posted here, on Blogger, which doesn't allow files over 100 MB. It is a short movie of less than three minutes, and I still hope to be able to show it tomorrow, but as things are, I need to upset my schedule again. As luck would have it, our next guest blogger already has her post up, so, I'm happy to direct you to the blog of author Uma Krishnaswami who also happens to be my favorite teacher in the whole wide world, and a faculty at the MFA in  Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has an interview with... AMADI himself. Find it at Writing with a Broken Tusk.

And now, I thought I'd show you some of the snowmen drawn by the children.

by Anushka

by Nida

by Prathith

by Ratna

by Kaushiki


In New York City, today, with William and Cameron, who seem quite intrigued by this merchant lady.

Thank you, William and Cameron !


"This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum." Elbert Hubbard.

In light of the recent horrifying events in Mumbai, I feel an urge to change a few words in that quote : This will never be a civilized world until we expend more money for books than we do for arms.

Tomorrow, I will be publishing my questions to Martha Speirs about the Karatu Library Project in Yola, no matter what. And I do hope I will be able to share with you the beautiful movie shot by Ramesh, in which we see the children of the Learn N' Play school comment on Amadi's Snowman, and ask questions to the children in India.  See you then... 


Karen Hamilton said...

Love the pictures Katia. Glad you're safe!

Katia said...

Thanks, Karen.