This started out as reasons why I hate harmattan but it’s December and I’m counting my blessings so I’ll just ignore the fact that it’s cold, dusty and dry.
Harmattan is a cold-dry and dusty trade wind, blowing over the West African sub-region. This northeasterly wind blows from the Sahara Desert into the Gulf of Guinea between the end of November and the middle of March. The name comes from or is related to an Akan cognate (wikipedia).
Some people try to equate harmattan with winter but from what I’ve heard it’s not the same thing so can we stop with all the ‘winter sales’ and ‘winter specials’ in Nigeria?
In Lagos the weather is really mild, those living from Abuja upwards can testify to what harmattan truly is; where you boil water and before you pour from pot to bucket, it’s already cold.
Anyway, here are seven great things about harmattan
- Clothes dry super fast unlike the rainy season when it takes three days for laundry to dry.
- It forces you to drink plenty water. If you’re like me who doesn’t like drinking water, harmattan makes you sadopt the healthy way. You get this thirst that nothing but water can quench.
- You don’t sweat much so no stickiness or need for five baths a day.
- For the ladies, you don’t have to worry about your foundation running, so less time is spent retouching your make up.
- It’s great for building projects, no rain to disrupt work.
- Harmattan usually heralds Christmas and that’s a good thing, yes?
- Fruits! Harmattan is the agbalumo season. Pawpaw, oranges, watermelon and pineapples are also to be found in abundance.
So what do you love about harmattan?