Lagos: Near the parade ground that Queen Elizabeth II once toured when Nigeria was still under British rule, the sharp crack of a ball against a bat marks the rebirth of a colonial sport now finding a second life.
Cricket, once the preserve of Nigeria's educated elite, is finding favor in schools for poor children and in the streets of some of the nation's most violence-torn cities.
"We want cricket to reach across the country," said Nigeria cricket federation president Kwesi Sagoe, whose father and grandfather both played on Nigeria's national cricket teams. "We need to get the kids right from birth to accept the culture of cricket. ... We want to get to the point where a kid is born and, at (age) two or three, they're already thinking about playing cricket, so it's as popular as football (soccer)."