Takashi Tamai has always had something of an itch for Africa. The 31-year-old anthropologist has always been attracted by the continent’s multilingual, multiethnic communities.

“The more mysterious I find something, the more I want to dig deeper into it,” Tamai says. “Once I’m among people with unpredictable perceptions or behaviors, my curiosity makes me want to look into the reasons behind them. Nigeria was a treasure chest for me in that sense.”

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