Mobile gadgets: packing for a trip to Calabar

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Travelling Bag

When packing for a trip back in the day, the list of items included the usual suspects – toothbrush, towel, shoes, shirts, etc, etc. However, things have changed a bit. Traveling today requires that one put some thought into what mobile devices to carry along. Mileage will certainly vary depending on your lifestyle and what the trip is about. I am heading out to Calabar to cover the launch of iDEA Hub at Tinapa in Calabar, Cross Rivers state, so I sat down to draw up a list of what I would need. Here is my list:

1. Nokia Asha 501 – my primary mobile. Handles my voice calls and SMS, as well as occasional social networking, email and web browsing. It is pocketable, handy, and has solid battery performance.
2. TECNO Phantom A – this is my mobile workhorse, and is mostly used for managing MOBILITY, email and social networking.
3. Huawei MiFi – you know what that does.
4. Acer Aspire One netbook. This is my real office when I am not on the move. Will I use it much? I dunno.
5. Nokia Lumia 920 – this serves as the official MOBILITY camera and is used for still photos and video recording at events we cover.
6. TECNO Power Bank – serves as backupo power source should any of my mobiles run out of juice at an awkward location. Plus, it is a handy torch light for night scenarios.
7. USB Flash drive – you just never know when and how this may come in handy.

There you go – 7 gadgets in my mobile toolkit for this trip. With the above motley crowd, I will be bringing you live tweets, news reports and photographs from the iDEA Hub launch event and hackathon. The iDEA hub Lagos centre was launched back in April.

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I am not sure whether or not I will be able to bring you any pictures of Calabar city, though I hope I get the chance, especially during the evening when I should have some free time. Let’s hope I don’t get lost getting adventurous. Anyone here based in Calabar?



  1. Hey, eye_bee_kay, don’t spoil my appetite for my favourite Calabar soups. It is EDIKANG Ikong, not EDOKANG!

    Other Efik (Calabar) cuisines I enjoy, as a Yoruba man, are Afang soup, Afia Efere and Ekpang Nkukwo. Oh lalala…

    Mr. Mo, safe journey and Bon Appetit o.

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