With Claus Donath on Business Trips 1980 - 1992
To my surprise an joy, Claus Donath, the Sales Engineer from KUSTERS, contacted me and disclosed that he still has a number of interesting photos from our Nigerian times.
They arrived yesterday and I rushed to see them and was surprised to see pictures, I thought where lost forever! A real boost to
reanimate old memories!- In times of bad news from all corners, this was at least something which lifted my spirits.
Thank you Claus.
The pictures below show some highlights form our trip to Kano and Kaduna. In the Kano market we purchased many smelly birds intended for the voliere at Texco Village which we let swim on
our stop-over in the Hotel Pool. I think the management of the establishment did not appreciate it! Sorry for them. This was only one of many trips I made with Claus and all where funny and
also very successful!
"TEXCO VILLAGE" in the 80th
The Texco Village comprised 4 prefabricated bungalows, 2 for guests, one as our residence and one was used for our electronic
service station (Zellweger). In the centre was the Crocodile Bar. Downstairs was the Restaurant and Disco and upstairs the
"Crock Top" mainly frequented by friends and regular customers for drinks after a busy day. The crocodile pond was at the entrance
of the Crocodile Bar. The Bar and Disco was very popular on weekends.
The Motto "Coldest Beer & Hottest Girls in Town" was quite appropriate! Unfortunately security in our region deteriorated by the day and so, slowly our guests preferred to stay home and
drink a six-pack in front of their "telly". In short the once very lively place died and so did the economy in general. Very tough times laid ahead!
AGADJA BEACH II
Agjada on the Lagos Lagoon, near Badagry, our weekly routine...
At Agadja we built a Beach Resort under the Coconut Palm trees . This was an hour boat ride up the Lagos Lagoon from Ikoyi. and than a 15min. hike to the Atlantic Ocean.
For eleven years this was our weekend spot. Kombla was then our caretaker and became later our cook at the Crocodile Bar. We had always good fun and our many visitors loved the place.
Of course there was always plenty of beer and food. We had our share of problems with the boat engine.
We spent many hours some where on the lagoon, waiting for someone who could tow us home. Because of robbers (Nigeria!), which could also attacked us on the waterways, such breakdowns where not very funny!
So when the Badagry bridge was constructed and the beach could be reached by car, I sold the boat. It became also too cumbersome and expensive to maintain both, the boat and the aircraft! On top of it,
after leafing our reidence in Ikoyi, the way to the jetty became long and with the ageing of the trailer additional problems creept up!
I purchased a fast & comfortable GLASTRON
speedboat with a Mercruiser Z-Drive
On its trailer we could transport the boat from our home at Bourdillion Road, Ikoyi to a slipway nearby. We had very scenic waterways up the Lagos Lagoon, stretching into Benin.
we could reach the Tarka Beach the Lagos and Apapa Port.
Snake Island was also near by as well as many sandy beaches. We built our Beach-House up Badagry Creek in Agdjia, a short trek by foot through the coconut palms to the Atlantic Beach.