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Why I Love Lagos Rain (non-fiction) - Mojisola Abudu by HighBK: 2:52pm On Oct 01, 2016
Lagos is experiencing yet another round of downpour in this rainy season due to the prevalent south-western Monsoon winds( my Geography teacher would be so proud right now). All things attached to this boisterous city are tough in line with its ‘hustler’ image, and the rain is no different.

Lagos Rain (LR) is hardworking, resilient and constantly looking for ways to re-brand itself. This contrasts with its wimpy London cousin, London Rain, which is too lazy to release heavy downpours and instead settles for depressing and unnecessary clouds in the sky (probably the reason for those stiff upper lips the Brits are so famous for). LR is known for its torrential downpours which quickly transform the tiniest puddle into the set of the Titanic movie.

Well, there are many reasons to love Lagos Rain, but here are my favourites:

1) LR has a sense of humour- Yep! I’m pretty convinced about this. Why else would a heavy downpour disappear in seconds and even find a way to let some rays of sunlight through- when you are under a shelter, but the minute you leave and are in a stretch of open ground it starts again leaving you drenched in seconds. It even laughs at you with thunder, probably thinking to itself- hehehe, gotcha!

2) LR hates laundry- Well I guess we have one thing in common then * covers face*. LR will allow you pile your clothes up and fool you into thinking that its going to take a day off active duty. Then when you have everything dripping on the line, LR will promptly take its cue and let the showers fall. Sometimes it is nice enough to throw in some wind just so your clothes will fall down and thwart your efforts. Of course the consequence is simple- walking around with a Tarzan-esque loin cloth to cover your nether regions or damning everybody’s eyes and going ‘commando’.

3) It makes you painfully aware of your ‘Leg-edes benz’. No matter how much we complain about how driving in Lagos is stressful and the incessant traffic jams are annoying, LR quickly changes your mind about having a car. Watching those lucky bastards zoom off in their car while drenching you further, when their tires fling water off the roads to add salt to your open wound can be very frustrating.

4) LR is a leveler: Whether you live in Lekki (Nigerian Venice) or Bariga, when the rain has unleashed its fury, all of you will roll up your trousers and wade through the water to get to your houses. The fear of replacing the entire engine of your latest BMW or Mercedes Benz is enough to make even the biggest boy a swimmer overnight (Thank god for Uber now).

After all these I have to be thankful that even if Lagos Rain has more ‘fire’ than London Rain, it is certainly no match for Chinese Province Rain, or worse, Mumbai Rain whose destructive powers are legendary. If it was, the title of this post would be ‘Why I hate Lagos Rain’.


Re: Why I Love Lagos Rain (non-fiction) - Mojisola Abudu by mogozi: 3:38pm On Oct 01, 2016
Nice write up man... Should be moved up front.
Ftc material.
Re: Why I Love Lagos Rain (non-fiction) - Mojisola Abudu by HighBK: 6:47pm On Oct 01, 2016
Nice write up man... Should be moved up front.
Ftc material.
Thank you @mogozi

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