Nigeria hopes for railway resurrection

Nigeria hopes for railway resurrection : Standing on the train platform in Lagos with a tiny pink ticket in her hand, Cyrina Kazeem, a 63-year-old grandmother, felt like a wide-eyed child again. More than 50 years ago, before Nigeria’s railway network had fallen into disrepair, her father treated her to a train journey every Christmas.

Now she was preparing for her first rail trip in decades — a 700-mile journey across the most populous country in Africa, from the commercial capital, Lagos, in the south to Kano, the main city in the north.

“My son’s wife in Kano has just had a baby, and I need to go there,” she said. “When I heard the train was running again, I thought: I have to try it. Even if takes 30 hours.”

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Source : WashingtonPost

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