Fascinating talk about bamboo usage in building construction.
As in many tropical regions, bamboo forest is very common in the south of Nigeria, they grow effortlessly usually near swampy areas or streams.
I remember my father made our outside kitchen from bamboo with palm tree leaves as the roof. It was a practical kitchen with space to keep few firewood away from rain and a bamboo swinging half-door (aganrandi) and a latch to keep domestic goats off. The kitchen served the family well for about three years before he had to take it down as termites had eaten into the bamboo pillars.
Around the same time, we had a farm barn made of bamboo to store maize and house the chickens, called it Abe ile (under the roof) so-called as it was the place to take shelter when it’s raining or if we all need to meet up for lunch. Abe ile was a lot bigger than the village kitchen.
As abundant as bamboo is, they are susceptible to termites. Using regular insecticides like Raid is not cost-effective so people tend to use bamboo in construction knowing they will have to re-build in two or three years down the line.
Listening to Elora Hardy Tedtalk was enlightening as it shows that with proper treatment, the possibilities are limitless.
Beautiful home she has there …