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6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by Meloshi(m): 3:57am On Apr 21, 2018


Lagos is a famous and glittering city, abundant in natural beauty and surrounded by sea, with its diverse culture, happy-go-lucky attitude, economic growth, and superb accommodation, it is no surprise that the city is Nigeria’s most dynamic city. Lagos offers a great variety of attractions – there’s plenty to see and do in this city, no wonder most people prefer to live in the city.

Lagos is one place in Nigeria that has got affluence and glamour, much more like Miami and New York City. However, people from other Nigerian cities believe that the glitz and glam attractively presented about Lagos too good to be true or are not real at all. We’ve also heard people say that no matter how amazing Lagos is being portrayed, it is a perilous place to live.

However, we believe a lot of things about Lagos have been exaggerated, that is why we have rounded up a list of 6 things about Lagos that people from other cities exaggerate about:

1. Lagos is a land of opportunities

Lagos is indeed a land of opportunities for many Nigeria. It is a city where a hardworking pauper from Makoko slum turns into someone living in one of the most expensive people in Lekki or Victoria Island. However, do not jump the next bus to Lagos expecting to be rich overnight if you have no plan, house and support from friends or family because Lagos is not as easy as it is made to be. Money does not grow on trees in Lagos because you have to work to earn a living. Unfortunately, jobs are limited in Lagos.

2. The legend of Area boys

You must have heard a lot of stories about the thugs in Lagos, who are called ‘Area boys’; thanks to some Nollywood movies. These exaggerated stories drive fear in the mind of people visiting Lagos for the first time. Even though, these thugs are virtually everywhere, but do not expect to be harassed by them just like that. We are not saying that they are harmless but it is only when you end up at the wrong place that things may get ugly for you. The availability of Lagos Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) can help you avoid the discomfort of bus conductors in some parts of the city.

3. Lagos is ‘small London’

Lagos is filled with colourful architectures and iconic landmarks that have this seductive charm that perfectly blends with the wide span of clean roads. The city is home to one of the richest and the most impoverished areas in Nigeria. It is not every part of Lagos that looks heavenly; some parts such as Ajegunle, Makoko, Ijora Badia and others, are shanty towns, sweat shops and slums. Most of the stunning things you see on newsprints or television about Lagos may have been edited to suit the producers.

4. The cost of living is expensive


Lagos is an attractive destination, decorated with affluence and luxury but it can be surprisingly cheap. You can get things – from sophisticated to standard, extravagance to essential, bohemian to natural. The cost of living in Lagos may be on the high side when compared to cities like Akure, Ibadan or Benin. However, Lagos is not as expensive as we are made to believe it is. The city has been built in such a way that anyone can easily blend in. Surprisingly, you can even do a lot of things under N2000 in Lagos.

5. The crime rate is high

Do not be carried away with stories that everyone in Lagos has criminal tendencies. Some people have been warned never to ask for directions when they are in Lagos but end up getting missing. The crime rate in Lagos is not as high as it has been exaggerated. Actually, security is paramount in the city to allow crime to rule the day.

6. Traffic Jam is unbeatable

You cannot come to Lagos and miss traffic (‘go-slows’). We know that almost every motorway is often jammed with absurd traffic hams and speed freaks. It is not true that you are going to spend half of your day stuck in traffic if you do not leave your house early in the morning. The menace of traffic is gradually losing its grip, thanks to BRT lane and the train service that have made it easier for people to escape the Lagos traffic. Traffic is not as horrible as it has been painted in Lagos; all you need to do is know your route and how to move around.

Source:- http://www.lekkigists.com.ng/2018/04/6-things-about-lagos-that-people-from.html

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by thesicilian: 4:23am On Apr 21, 2018
Doubt some of those statements at your own risk.

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by inoki247: 5:38am On Apr 21, 2018
some pipu get diz az Numba 1 if u no make am for Lagos u no fit make am Again... Like Say Lagos is d headquarter of printing moni... Lagos only av alot of printing press Shop dey Don't Print moni na Book dem dey print... even Abuja wey CBN dey moni dont fly around.. Lagos is not where u can Dump poverty
and think you picking up been rich... only av PsP to cawi thrash but everywhere still gets dirty.. lagos only gives hope.. u can make it anywhere

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by Qiiiii: 5:40am On Apr 21, 2018
hmmm
Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by Cutehector(m): 5:40am On Apr 21, 2018
Eko o ni ba je
Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by JideAmuGiaka: 5:41am On Apr 21, 2018
cheesy LAGOS IS A NO MAN'S LAND.

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by sotall(m): 5:42am On Apr 21, 2018
Ok
Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by IMASTEX: 5:42am On Apr 21, 2018
Okay, I personally just don't like Lagos as a place of residence.

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by JideAmuGiaka: 5:42am On Apr 21, 2018
cheesy Tinubu has looted Lagos dry

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by Nobody: 5:42am On Apr 21, 2018
You see that traffic, it can't be helped.

A place where I have to sit down and do BODMAS because I want to go out. Calculating if I'll be going towards or against the traffic, na life ba that?

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by PastorandMentor: 5:43am On Apr 21, 2018
The person that wrote this dey smoke burahi cigarette.

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by MilesLamar(m): 5:43am On Apr 21, 2018
haba
Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by captianfreeman(m): 5:43am On Apr 21, 2018
Op . You are on point. I concur.

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by nero2face: 5:44am On Apr 21, 2018
Lagos is de last place I'd wish to lIve, I go their just for visiting, I can't live such a hostile life, can't live in such a noisy environment, I can't live in a place with so many unfriendly people, I grew up in Port Harcourt, my best state is Enugu state or Osun state, very quiet and peaceful, friendly people...Lagos is not for peaceful people

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by Uniqueteco(m): 5:47am On Apr 21, 2018
Na so, where is the meme abeg?
Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by ishowdotgmail(m): 5:48am On Apr 21, 2018
It doesn't change the fact that Lagos is greater than Nigeria tongue grin

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by bdchange(m): 5:52am On Apr 21, 2018
I believe it is what you give to Lagos, that Lagos will give back to you. Laziness will get you slums and hardworking will get you success. Which is also applicable in any part of the country just that Lagos might presents better opportunities in that regard.

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by Hotzone(m): 5:55am On Apr 21, 2018
I hustle anywhere in southeast

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by KanwuliaExtra: 5:55am On Apr 21, 2018
Not my kind of environment.
Lai lai! kiss

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by JayJosh20(m): 5:55am On Apr 21, 2018
Come again u say wah? #6 u can't just miss it trough out in lag bro .... Bliv u knw au many traffic jam don change ppl destiny.... undecided undecided undecided

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by Ajoboss(m): 5:56am On Apr 21, 2018
nero2face:
Lagos is de last place I'd wish to leave, I go their just for visiting, I can't leave such a hostile life, can't leave in such a noisy environment, I can't leave in a place with so many unfriendly people, I grew up in Port Harcourt, my best state is Enugu state or Osun state, very quiet and peaceful, friendly people...Lagos is not for peaceful people
bros mind u,its "live" not "leave"

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by DoTheNeedful: 5:57am On Apr 21, 2018
I only agree with your first and third points. Others are not so true. To live a decent life in Lagos is expensive. Rent alone is crazy. When people talk about the cost of living of a place, they are not just talking about cost of feeding. Shelter is important.

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by ednut1(m): 5:57am On Apr 21, 2018
U need to be slapped see as he dey mention brt upandan like say its readily available at all bus stops. Traffic is still crazy abeg. Ur article no hold water

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by Narldon(f): 5:57am On Apr 21, 2018



If you make Eye Contact with a Hawker in Lagos,




You have automatically signed a Purchase Transaction.

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by Nobody: 6:01am On Apr 21, 2018
Lagos is a very rough city..

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by TheUpsetGirl1(m): 6:02am On Apr 21, 2018
life in Lagos is very expensive don't be deceived by this post.
Lagos is the only state in Nigeria where people pay 300k for house rents for ordinary bungalows

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by koolaid87: 6:04am On Apr 21, 2018
Ok
Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by seguno2: 6:05am On Apr 21, 2018
Traffic jam is not exaggerated.
Tinubu, Fashola and Ambode should have done better in the last 20 years.
Jakande had ferries and started a metro before Buhari cancelled it in 1984 only to commission a bus stop after 34 years. We must have cursed ourselves to allow such people rule ruin us for so long.
Instead of building on Jakande’s legacy, we are struggling to start from scratch.

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by Reference(m): 6:08am On Apr 21, 2018
Liveability Index is next to zero. All it has going is the population thus the better potentials to squeeze the social dollar from them. Everything else is unacceptable. Purest definition of an urban jungle. Relocated base from there ten years ago. No regrets whatsoever.

The first thing you notice when you leave there is. You see your doctor and mechanic less often.

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by nuelzy: 6:08am On Apr 21, 2018
Lagos?? Abeg i'll pass... The over population alone attracts morning sickness

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by Meetleader: 6:08am On Apr 21, 2018
Everything is in Lagos...

Respect for that city...

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Re: 6 Things About Lagos That People From Other Cities Exaggerate About by laurel03(m): 6:12am On Apr 21, 2018
IMASTEX:
Okay, I personally just don't like Lagos as a place of resident.
Lagos life too stressful but Lagosian always smart... no time for smell smell..Lasgidi is a land of opportunities if u wise and not lazy.
Eko o ni baje

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