Saturday, May 23, 2009

Power in Nigeria

The one thing that we know and love about Nigeria is that there is never any consistency. It is almost like everything in this country operates under the rule that if things cannot be just they should be arbitrary. In the land of African giantsthe lights don't just work as they do in other nations instead there is frequently no power sometimes for days or at work every five minutes we will get brown outs and blackouts.

As a result of this we do things like freeze the plastic baggies of faro water so that in the event of a power failure the things in our freezer will not go bad. Along with this intermittent, random power outages. The Power Holding Compnay of Nigeria will sometimes send wattages as low as 120 and other times as high as 280 so of course most electrical devices get damaged at the high voltages.

To add to the problems there are no standards for outlets and sockets here, some are like the UK ones, other are two round holes, so you cannot buy an applince and be certain it will fit in any of your outlets. Instead of applying one standard to outlets and plugs they can be anything.

This should not suprise me but it still does how everything is done worse than subpar but the only design ethic seems to be we make shitty because nothing should work. It is almost makes me think that Nigerians like confusion, discomfort, failure, and suffering.

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