Pix of Bint el Sudan and workers at W. J. Bush & Co. (Nig) Ltd. factory in Kano, Nigeria

My Bint el Sudan story in Brownbook

My story about Bint el Sudan's factory in Kano, Nigeria, with great pix by photographer Khalil Halilu, is in the January-February issue of Brownbook magazine. Brownbook is an urban guide to the Middle East, based in Dubai, U.A.E. For more information about Bint el Sudan, see the following: * Surprise in the Souk * Memories… Continue reading My Bint el Sudan story in Brownbook

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36 bottles of Bint el Sudan

By Alison Bate A well-worn package arrived today from northern Nigeria. The Fedex package looked lumpy, heavily inspected, with yellow and blue stickers and tape splashed with orange type declaring "Inspected by Canada Customs". The sender: W.J. Bush & Co. of Kano, Nigeria. The original company of W.J.Bush & Co. may no longer exist in… Continue reading 36 bottles of Bint el Sudan

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Memories of Bint el Sudan

By Alison Bate My article about the perfume Bint el Sudan and my grandfather was published in Reader's Digest Canada in December 2009. However, there wasn't room to include all the stories I collected about the perfume. Here are some of them, including those from perfumers who used to work at the U.K. company of Bush… Continue reading Memories of Bint el Sudan