I'm very interested in the paranormal phenomena of
and I've written about it many times before, for example see: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/ufo-truth-magazine-issue-10.html.
A map of the data on paranormal reports around the world reveals a big blank
space over Africa. Called "the dark continent"
Africa constitutes twenty percent of the Earth's land
surface area and a billion people live there, fifteen percent of the world's
human population. Why do mysterious phenomena avoid Africa?
Well actually they don't. In fact some of the most interesting case studies I've
ever come across are African. The reason far fewer reports come from Africa
is because much of the continent lacks the communications grid that the rest of
the world enjoys. This situation is improving rapidly, however today still only
13% of Africa's population have regular access to the
internet; in some countries that figure is below 1% and most people don't even
have a telephone. This means when a ghost, UFO or cryptid etc is spotted in Africa
the witness is usually not able to report it far beyond their local community.
On the rare occasions a report does go intercontinental, investigation is
difficult because a lot of time has often passed and the researcher will have
to travel to talk to the witness face-to-face; this costs money. Occasionally
though, through good fortune, there are exceptions. One of those took place in March
2011 in Nigeria,
and it is truly remarkable. What's more it is not easily classified; it has
features of UFO encounters, but it doesn't quite fit under that category in my
The location is specified as "Dulali", although I can find no place of that name in
It is said to be a border village of the Lanzai ward in the state of Bauchi in
the northeast of the country. The area is remote and inaccessible, and the
people live in a tribal agrarian society. They are also on the frontline of the
civil war raging against the Islamic militant group Boko Haram; more recently the insurgents would famously kidnap all
the children from a girls' school (or so we've been told). Therefore it was over a year before this
story reached the media. Greg Odogwu and Mukhtar Lawal Suleiman of the Nigerian
national newspaper People's Daily, a
pair of investigative journalists who specialize in the paranormal, managed to
take a trip to Lanzai. The first witness to the incident was Saidu Meshai a man
who runs a tea house. He had just returned from his morning prayers at the
local mosque to begin work when he saw a very bright light in the sky followed
by "the heavens falling". He then described what happened next: "There appeared a wide, large mass of
something that looked like a cloud; coming from nowhere, and it was flying
slowly over the village just at the height of an average tree. The cloud was
transparent and I saw beautiful tall buildings inside it, with tarmac roads and
cars. It was like a flying city. And from it I could hear the sound of machines
making noise just as you would hear at a cement factory." The journalists
say they would probably not have believed him if he had been the only witness.
However many other people they spoke to in the area saw the object too and they
describe it in the same way. Among those are figures of authority like the
chief imam at the mosque and a respected local farmer Dauda Mohammed who saw
the same object as Saidu Meshai. He described the colour of the buildings that
appeared in the city. A ten year old boy called Ibrahim revealed that the object
"moved into the trees and came out
of the other side, but the trees were not pushed down at all." Apparently
the object then departed but returned two weeks later. The villagers did not
call the apparition a "UFO". Such a concept doesn't exist in their
culture; although of course UFO's occur the people tend to interpret them
differently. They are all very devout Muslims and so believe that on that day
they were witnessing an act of God. Far from being afraid, they were actually
very happy that this strange vision had dropped into their locale. They told Odogwu
and Suleiman: "We believe it is a
sign that something great will come out of this small village. Something like a
great invention, that will improve the life of mankind... We believe that maybe
Allah used those sightings to open
our eyes to see how djinn live in
their own world. Allah is great, and
there is nothing He cannot do on earth... We are happy because it shows we are
special village; other towns around here were not given that privilege."
The two journalists did bring up the similarities in the incident to UFO
phenomena in their newspaper feature which admittedly do exist. They give their
readers an overview of the UFO subject and its connections to crop circles and
animal mutilations, see: http://www.ufointernationalproject.com/latest-news/floating-interdimensional-city-witnessed-by-hundreds-of-villagers-in-africa/.
It's interesting that the matter of the djinn came up. The djinn are mythological figures that are a part of common culture right across the
East and understood all over the world by people of the Muslim
faith. Indeed I've had discussions about the djinn with some of my fellow hospital porters. The djinn are beings which inhabit an unseen
mystical universe and have the power to enter and influence our own, although
we cannot enter theirs. The djinn can
be tamed and summoned by magic and can use physical objects as vehicles like
bottles or oil lamps (like in Aladdin;
the word "genie" comes from "djinn"). Many researchers into
the ET contact phenomenon have identified connections with aliens and the djinn, like Rosemary Ellen Guiley, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3dqV9q_8oU.
Was the strange phenomenon seen the Dulali villagers a "djinn city"? This case reminds me
of something different, the strange occurrences in which people see unusual
vistas through what appear to be holes that open up in the sky. In fact one
such incident was reported to the paranormal investigator Steve Mera. In 1943 a
sailor on board a Royal Navy ship fighting in World War II saw something which
is remarkably similar to what was reported in Nigeria
in 2011. He and his shipmates were sailing near Malta
when they saw a huge landscape appear in bank of clouds which they watched for
over three hours. He describes it as very beautiful, full of elegant buildings,
roads, parkland and people moving about. The ship was a long way out at sea and
no land was in sight; Steve believes that this was a fata morgana, a mirage seen at sea, but was it? The witness did not
recognize the place he was seeing and even describes it as old-fashioned, with
a mixture of the familiar and the bizarre, see: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/1176591-strange-happenings.
Another more recent example happened in China;
a video was posted online (now removed), but the case hasn't been confirmed. Some
say it was a hoax. Are these phenomena actually glimpses into physical domains
beyond our own? Not extraterrestrial, but truly otherworldly? This topic forms
a common theme in fiction, like Philip Pullman's enthralling His Dark Materials trilogy, see: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2008/02/northern-lights.html.
Could there be some reality behind it? Even mainstream scientists are taking
the idea of parallel universes seriously; perhaps these universes not only
exist, but sometimes merge briefly with our own.
See here for background: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/ruwa-ufo-twenty-years-on.html.