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Awoken by the hunks of a vehicle  and shout of mile2 mile2 obviously by  a ‘conductor’. Alarm goes off, signifies time to get up. It is 4am but who cares if you only got to bed 5hrs ago.                                               
Man must survive o! Even chicken don’t come home @ 7pm anymore.
                                                         
Commuters in the daily rush and craze. Bike riders aka ” Okada” driver in their thousands, made popular out of necessity created by our very ”professional” drivers, Christmas is the day go-slow, moves fast.

The air is not so fresh here o!  we are all smokers, smoking fumes from virtually all the vehicles around, our “agbero”  brothers lend us some, while the early ‘akara’ and ‘puff-puff’ supplier sell some.

Downed by pure water now #10(no thanks to subsidy removal) mtchewwwww!!!.

Many are the pleasure for the stomach: Ibo brothers, Folake, Nwanyi’ ocha, Me’ tea, Mama Basira, Gala, Biggs, Sweet, Tantalizing, Chicken. But when “Owu”  comes calling… Agege bread… to the rescue.

So many managers around, some dressed in suit, some in coat; bank manager, call center manager, gate  manager.

Here everyone has something to sell sale executive, sales rep, all na title difference is in the product.

Government is really making effort o,  but my people won’t stop biting more than they can chew. Father, Mother and already five children in the 1 room ”face me I slap you”, not to mention the little baby brother on the way.

The result?, young teenage girls end up selling more than the goods they have balanced on their head while the boys play the game of becoming a man as early as age 10.     
We have been told to Never Expect Power Always…, so I better pass my neighbour make us smile some.

The sky is not always so bright, but that is because the stars are still  gathering here, all waiting to “blow”.

A good number eventually do but there is always the many more that don’t. Holding fast to the ‘e go better’  anthem, rather than call it quits. While some live in limbo with their fate.

Last time I checked I hear we are close to 14million but I hear there  is still room for more.

After all the sky is large enough for the birds to fly without colliding into each other.

When you heAr Oooshodi oo!!! You know you are here. Welcome to Lagos, land of opportunities.

Written by ADEOLA ADENIYI

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10 Comments

  1. Nice article. Lagos in few words. Short and concise, keep up the good work. Can't wait to read your next release.

  2. @ Maxpecas, Onipan hmm that's interesting. Will give it some thought. I guess that will include Mushin one of the most popular community in Nigeria

  3. @ Maxpecas, Onipan hmm that's interesting. Will give it some thought. I guess that will include Mushin one of the most popular community in Nigeria.

  4. Niyi Oludola says:

    An interesting piece. it represents am instructive illustrations of daily happenings in Lagos- home for the happiest people on earth!

    Good thinking,excellent piece.

  5. Nice poetic description of Lagos. It's like Lagos at a glance. Would love to read your definition of specific areas like onipan, oshodi, cms etc. Each place has a personality and characteristics of its own.

  6. No place like Lagos, the pulse and rhythmic life can only be experienced if you are in Lagos.

    You just cant help loving Eko Ile with this article, amusing and inviting.

    Nice one.

  7. It is true saying by a popular comedian that poorer people are the ones causing themselves more trouble cos the tend to have more children than the Richer ones, check your neighbourhood na?

    I was once in Superscreen, anchored the Super lunch chat room. And the question then was, *why do we have so many people coming to Lagos from other state? To my surprise, a man called in and I just

  8. Wale Salami says:

    This a beautiful piece. Quiet a summation of the crazy hustle and bustle life of Lagos.

    Deola, why did you omit the maddening traffic jams? That's one single element that drives me crazy every single day. It's simply counter-productive! Excellent piece, by the way1

  9. This is a tot provoking msg.A true state of societal problems dat we want d govt to fix for us instead for us first to get our priority rght nd stop chasing shadow. Vintage adeola imagine 5children in one room wt anoda pregnancy yet no signficant job,Nawaoh!.

  10. Quite imaginative. That's Lagos. this is Nigeria where most people consider the hardship of Lagos as a battle for survival.

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Awoken by the hunks of a vehicle  and shout of mile2 mile2 obviously by  a ‘conductor’. Alarm goes off, signifies time to get up. It is 4am but who cares if you only got to bed 5hrs ago.                                               
Man must survive o! Even chicken don’t come home @ 7pm anymore.
                                                         
Commuters in the daily rush and craze. Bike riders aka ” Okada” driver in their thousands, made popular out of necessity created by our very ”professional” drivers, Christmas is the day go-slow, moves fast.

The air is not so fresh here o!  we are all smokers, smoking fumes from virtually all the vehicles around, our “agbero”  brothers lend us some, while the early ‘akara’ and ‘puff-puff’ supplier sell some.

Downed by pure water now #10(no thanks to subsidy removal) mtchewwwww!!!.

Many are the pleasure for the stomach: Ibo brothers, Folake, Nwanyi’ ocha, Me’ tea, Mama Basira, Gala, Biggs, Sweet, Tantalizing, Chicken. But when “Owu”  comes calling… Agege bread… to the rescue.

So many managers around, some dressed in suit, some in coat; bank manager, call center manager, gate  manager.

Here everyone has something to sell sale executive, sales rep, all na title difference is in the product.

Government is really making effort o,  but my people won’t stop biting more than they can chew. Father, Mother and already five children in the 1 room ”face me I slap you”, not to mention the little baby brother on the way.

The result?, young teenage girls end up selling more than the goods they have balanced on their head while the boys play the game of becoming a man as early as age 10.     
We have been told to Never Expect Power Always…, so I better pass my neighbour make us smile some.

The sky is not always so bright, but that is because the stars are still  gathering here, all waiting to “blow”.

A good number eventually do but there is always the many more that don’t. Holding fast to the ‘e go better’  anthem, rather than call it quits. While some live in limbo with their fate.

Last time I checked I hear we are close to 14million but I hear there  is still room for more.

After all the sky is large enough for the birds to fly without colliding into each other.

When you heAr Oooshodi oo!!! You know you are here. Welcome to Lagos, land of opportunities.

Written by ADEOLA ADENIYI

Click here to subscribe to The Paradigm Newsletter

Comments

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10 Comments

  1. Nice article. Lagos in few words. Short and concise, keep up the good work. Can't wait to read your next release.

  2. @ Maxpecas, Onipan hmm that's interesting. Will give it some thought. I guess that will include Mushin one of the most popular community in Nigeria

  3. @ Maxpecas, Onipan hmm that's interesting. Will give it some thought. I guess that will include Mushin one of the most popular community in Nigeria.

  4. Niyi Oludola says:

    An interesting piece. it represents am instructive illustrations of daily happenings in Lagos- home for the happiest people on earth!

    Good thinking,excellent piece.

  5. Nice poetic description of Lagos. It's like Lagos at a glance. Would love to read your definition of specific areas like onipan, oshodi, cms etc. Each place has a personality and characteristics of its own.

  6. No place like Lagos, the pulse and rhythmic life can only be experienced if you are in Lagos.

    You just cant help loving Eko Ile with this article, amusing and inviting.

    Nice one.

  7. It is true saying by a popular comedian that poorer people are the ones causing themselves more trouble cos the tend to have more children than the Richer ones, check your neighbourhood na?

    I was once in Superscreen, anchored the Super lunch chat room. And the question then was, *why do we have so many people coming to Lagos from other state? To my surprise, a man called in and I just

  8. Wale Salami says:

    This a beautiful piece. Quiet a summation of the crazy hustle and bustle life of Lagos.

    Deola, why did you omit the maddening traffic jams? That's one single element that drives me crazy every single day. It's simply counter-productive! Excellent piece, by the way1

  9. This is a tot provoking msg.A true state of societal problems dat we want d govt to fix for us instead for us first to get our priority rght nd stop chasing shadow. Vintage adeola imagine 5children in one room wt anoda pregnancy yet no signficant job,Nawaoh!.

  10. Quite imaginative. That's Lagos. this is Nigeria where most people consider the hardship of Lagos as a battle for survival.

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