Nigerian embraces Samoan experience

Femi Odunayo is 19,476 kilometers away from home. 

But it does not really bother him as Samoa has tropical weather, lovely people and culture, and the island nation “feels like home” too.

For the 37-year-old from Nigeria, the chance to visit a Pacific Island nation on the other side of the world, and interact with its people and experience its culture, is an opportunity not to be missed.

His first impressions of the island and its people were that Samoans are very friendly and the environment is beautiful. 

"Its has been great so far. The people, culture and the environment is so beautiful to see, the people are very friendly," he said.

The creativity behind the making of the Samoan lavalava has impressed the Nigerian, who said he found it unique and different. 

 “The lavalava is nice and the culture is a great experience for us and we are going to buy some Lavalava before we leave, to take with us home to show that we come to Samoa,” he added. 


His visit has included tours of selected villages as well as the capital city Apia, enabling him to see both urban and rural living in Samoa.

“We have been going around some villages and here at the capital city Apia and this is enough for us to see how Samoa is as a country,” he said. 

The similarities between Samoa and Africa compelled Mr Odunayo to compare weather in his home country and Samoa.

“Africa and Samoa whether are about the same, it's tropical rain and sunny everyday,” he said.

Mr Odunayo rates his visit to Samoa highly, due to the country and its culture, the hospitality of its people and the island’s environment.

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