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Dear Lagosians, by sonofjos(m): 9:47pm On Jan 22
Dear lagosians,

Please pardon the grammatic errors.

Being born and bred in the north, I am conditioned to a certain societal behaviour that the first time I went to Lagos, interacting and seeing the people was a bit of a cultural shock to me. I've travelled to many states in the North and few in the south and almost all seemed just about the same as home.

But the first time I visited Lagos a few years ago I had many experiences that made it seem as if was in another country entirely. I'll share a few notable ones.

Please note that I'm not looking for trouble, I'm just giving a honest opinion

It was as if everyone seemd to converse harshly over very simple transactions. One would think they know each other from somewhere.
Many people in the public seemed angry as a default mode. I wondered why.

I boarded a bus to computer village and a primary school kid later joined and was later exchanging very hot words with the conductor who was a very muscular guy over some trivial amount. I watched with interest and it got to a point where I feared for the little guy because If that conductor decided to as much as slap the small boy, there won't be much left. But somehow the conductor calmed down as if he had met a worthy opponent. That boy seemed to me as if he had super powers.

I joined another bus and a fight broke out between the conductor and a passenger. Both of whom were muscular. None would hear sorry. The fight got so bad that the both ended with broken faces and the passenger got a rock and shattered off both side mirrors of the bus. Since I intended to join night bus home, I kukuma dropped and joined okada (it was legal then) which was much more expensive but worth it. I don't know how they ended.

I noticed many young people are muscular body builders. I wonder why.

I was walking on a street at computer village and a guy started threatening and commanding me to come over. At first, I thought he was speaking to someone else when I realised there was no one around me, and he made it clear he was referring to me. Till today, I don't know what confidence made me to keep walking. That was how I escaped O.

Everyone seems to be in hell of a rush.
I even said that if rapture takes place, Lagos would not know anything had happened for two weeks.

But Behind all these seemingly negative atmosphere, I discovered that lagosians are very kind people. Always willing to help.
As a stranger, I found it difficult to find places and routes. But almost anyone you ask is very willing to show you directions. I've had instances where people left their comfort to walk me to places where they gave me directions. Very welcoming set of people to strangers I tell you.

All these mixed experiences made me say that Lagosians are Indeed a very strange people.

Many other things I've experienced at Lagos over my other subsequent visits, but Lagos has remained strange to me.

I mean no disrespect to anyone, I'm just a fellow countryman who wants to better know my country.

My question to you guys is, why is Lagos the way it is?

Is there anything I missed or misunderstood about Lagos?

Thanks

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by Ishilove: 6:33am On Jan 23
My question to you guys is, why is Lagos the way it is?
Hello sonofjos, thank you for sharing.

People like us who were born and raised here notice a marked difference in the tempo of activities in other areas of the country. I was in Ondo for a year and I almost ran mad there because life in that state is so... sleepy. Everyone was just moving like geriatric patients, unlike Lagos here where if you are too slow, you will be shoved aside. Last last when it was time to leave, I packed my travelling bags and two mighty Ghana-must-go bags and fled the place by 6am.

Lagos is a melting pot of different ethnic groups with different characters, both saintly and shady, so overtime it developed a character unique to it. We talk angrily a lot of the times because there is someone somewhere always trying to provoke you, cheat you, or steal from you so we are always on guard and on the defensive. Someone tried to pick my bag last year but the kind of eye I gave him must have turned his ancestors in their graves.

Add the congested roads and the traffic and you cannot be calm even if you try to. You will be angry for no reason. Yoruba people call it 'kan ra'. Pepper body. That is why danfo drivers behave like animals because one cannot sit inside hold up day in day out, inhaling noxious exhaust fumes, avoiding police, LASTMA, NURTW agbero, taskforce, police, VIO, those new ones wearing green uniform (I don't know these ones. There are so many uniforms in Lagos) and still be completely sane.

Conductors and passengers fighting is a normal thing. One day I was returning from work and saw two fighting in the middle of the road, and what amazed me was they were sparring like professional boxers, complete with the boxer's stance and leg work. iKid you not. Conductor and passenger. It was the agberos, funny enough, who came to chase them from the road because they were constituting nuisance to other road users. The kid you described did not have any super powers. He was just acting like the typical Lagosian who has been conditioned to act out in the face of provocation. Eat or be eaten. Some of these conductors are very rude and nasty (I suspect it is their own defence mechanism) while some passengers on the other hand are idiots.

The trader in Computer Village was not 'threatening' you. They are simply aggressive marketers. If you don't aggressively market your products you won't make any sales because there a 1001 traders selling the same thing as you. The secret to walking successfully through the Village is rearranging your face to look like granite, avoiding eye contact with anyone and stubbornly ignoring 'threatening'' calls. They cannot hijack you from the road into their shop, abi? Develop military mind! cheesy

The same military mind my friend Sanchez01 took to Enugu when he went on a visit. He wanted to board a bus and used ishon (muscle) to run pell mell to where the bus was parked waiting for him. When he jumped in with the skill of a James Bond stuntsman, he met the driver and passengers staring at him strangely.

The driver asked him: "Oga, are you from Lagos?", to which he replied in the affirmative. The driver then remarked "No wonder. It is only Lagos people that behave like they are fighting with everyone."

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by ednut1(m): 6:56am On Jan 23
Because it is what it is

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by izzou(m): 7:36am On Jan 23
I went to the bank yesterday. The queue was a bit long. The lady in my front was about to pass through the door when the guy behind me started shouting

Oga, make Una two enter. Two-two abeg angry

Before I could tell him to be patient, he had jumped the queue and entered with the Lady.

I just tire undecided

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by sonofjos(m): 9:01am On Jan 23
Ishilove:

... I almost ran mad there because life in that state is so... sleepy. Everyone was just moving like geriatric patients, unlike Lagos here where if you are too slow, you will be shoved aside. Last last when it was time to leave, I packed my travelling bags and two mighty Ghana-must-go bags and fled the place by 6am.

You tasted the "normal" and yet ran away from it. That's why I say you guys are not of this world. Lol

Very beautiful and articulate response. Thanks. I must commend that u are very funny too. I was tempted to look u up and was not surprised to discover you are a writer and a very good one at that.

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by Ishilove: 9:05am On Jan 23
sonofjos:




You tasted the "normal" and yet ran away from it. That's why I say you guys are not of this world. Lol
'Normal' is relative grin


Very beautiful and articulate response. Thanks. I must commend that u are very funny too. I was tempted to look u up and was not surprised to discover you are a writer and a very good one at that.
Aww shucks. Thanks kiss

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by Ishilove: 9:07am On Jan 23
izzou:
I went to the bank yesterday. The queue was a bit long. The lady in my front was about to pass through the door when the guy behind me started shouting

Oga, make Una two enter. Two-two abeg angry

Before I could tell him to be patient, he had jumped the queue and entered with the Lady.

I just tire undecided
LMAO!

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by sonofjos(m): 9:12am On Jan 23
Ishilove:

Add the congested roads and the traffic and you cannot be calm even if you try to. You will be angry for no reason. Yoruba people call it 'kan ra'. Pepper body. That is why danfo drivers behave like animals because one cannot sit inside hold up day in day out, inhaling noxious exhaust fumes, avoiding police, LASTMA, NURTW agbero, taskforce, police, VIO, those new ones wearing green uniform (I don't know these ones. There are so many uniforms in Lagos) and still be completely sane

Wow! If only the government would provide better traffic experience, I believe it would better peoples behaviour.
I noticed the many uniforms too. I believe that foreigner who came to Nigeria and called it a uniform country, visited Lagos.
The many uniforms are indeed something to behold. With so many law enforcement agents, Lagosians should be the most behaved people in Nigeria.

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by Sanchez01: 9:15am On Jan 23
Ishilove:

Hello sonofjos, thank you for sharing.

People like us who were born and raised here notice a marked difference in the tempo of activities in other areas of the country. I was in Ondo for a year and I almost ran mad there because life in that state is so... sleepy. Everyone was just moving like geriatric patients, unlike Lagos here where if you are too slow, you will be shoved aside. Last last when it was time to leave, I packed my travelling bags and two mighty Ghana-must-go bags and fled the place by 6am.

Lagos is a melting pot of different ethnic groups with different characters, both saintly and shady, so overtime it developed a character unique to it. We talk angrily a lot of the times because there is someone somewhere always trying to provoke you, cheat you, or steal from you so we are always on guard and on the defensive. Someone tried to pick my bag last year but the kind of eye I gave him must have turned his ancestors in their graves.

Add the congested roads and the traffic and you cannot be calm even if you try to. You will be angry for no reason. Yoruba people call it 'kan ra'. Pepper body. That is why danfo drivers behave like animals because one cannot sit inside hold up day in day out, inhaling noxious exhaust fumes, avoiding police, LASTMA, NURTW agbero, taskforce, police, VIO, those new ones wearing green uniform (I don't know these ones. There are so many uniforms in Lagos) and still be completely sane.

Conductors and passengers fighting is a normal thing. One day I was returning from work and saw two fighting in the middle of the road, and what amazed me was they were sparring like professional boxers, complete with the boxer's stance and leg work. iKid you not. Conductor and passenger. It was the agberos, funny enough, who came to chase them from the road because they were constituting nuisance to other road users. The kid you described did not have any super powers. He was just acting like the typical Lagosian who has been conditioned to act out in the face of provocation. Eat or be eaten. Some of these conductors are very rude and nasty (I suspect it is their own defence mechanism) while some passengers on the other hand are idiots.

The trader in Computer Village was not 'threatening' you. They are simply aggressive marketers. If you don't aggressively market your products you won't make any sales because there a 1001 traders selling the same thing as you. The secret to walking successfully through the Village is rearranging your face to look like granite, avoiding eye contact with anyone and stubbornly ignoring 'threatening'' calls. They cannot hijack you from the road into their shop, abi! Develop military mind! cheesy

The same military mind my friend Sanchez01 took to Enugu when he went on a visit. He wanted to board a bus and used ishon (muscle) to run pell mell to where the bus was parked waiting for him. When he jumped in with the skill of a James Bond stuntsman, he met the driver and passengers staring at him strangely.

The driver asked him: "Oga, are you from Lagos?", to which he replied in the affirmative. The driver then remarked "No wonder. It is only Lagos people that behave like they are fighting with everyone."
I can't believe you still remember the gist! grin It was an embarrassing moment, I won't lie.

And your submission is spot on. Everyone is always angry in Lagos; too busy and always in a haste. A typical Lagosian will struggle for the first few months should they find themselves in a serene, quiet state.

Lagos is a jungle, walahi! grin

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by Ishilove: 9:37am On Jan 23
Sanchez01:

I can't believe you still remember the gist! grin It was an embarrassing moment, I won't lie.

And your submission is spot on. Everyone is always angry in Lagos; too busy and always in a haste. A typical Lagosian will struggle for the first few months should they find themselves in a serene, quiet state.

Lagos is a jungle, walahi! grin
Why won't I remember? The gist was funny AF and has stuck in my memory grin

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by Ishilove: 9:49am On Jan 23
sonofjos:



Wow! If only the government would provide better traffic experience, I believe it would better peoples behaviour.
I noticed the many uniforms too. I believe that foreigner who came to Nigeria and called it a uniform country, visited Lagos.
The many uniforms are indeed something to behold. With so many law enforcement agents, Lagosians should be the most behaved people in Nigeria.
For where. Their presence has only made us more aggressive

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by Sanchez01: 10:28am On Jan 23
Ishilove:

Why won't I remember? The gist was funny AF and has stuck in my memory grin
LMAO grin grin grin grin grin

I'm a bit ashamed looking back and thinking about it right now sef. grin

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by pocohantas(f): 11:23am On Jan 23
I noticed many young people are muscular body builders. I wonder why.

The guys are building abs, the babes are doing bumbum surgery. We are looking good for ourselves ni. Sometimes when I close from work in the evening, the kind of guys with abs, beard and brown brogues I see ehn. I just say get thee behind me Satan. cheesy

Lagosians are always ahead of themselves and they are quite proud of that attitude.

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by poshestmina(f): 8:08pm On Jan 23
Ishilove:

Hello sonofjos, thank you for sharing.

People like us who were born and raised here notice a marked difference in the tempo of activities in other areas of the country. I was in Ondo for a year and I almost ran mad there because life in that state is so... sleepy. Everyone was just moving like geriatric patients, unlike Lagos here where if you are too slow, you will be shoved aside. Last last when it was time to leave, I packed my travelling bags and two mighty Ghana-must-go bags and fled the place by 6am.

The same military mind my friend Sanchez01 took to Enugu when he went on a visit. He wanted to board a bus and used ishon (muscle) to run pell mell to where the bus was parked waiting for him. When he jumped in with the skill of a James Bond stuntsman, he met the driver and passengers staring at him strangely.

The driver asked him: "Oga, are you from Lagos?", to which he replied in the affirmative. The driver then remarked "No wonder. It is only Lagos people that behave like they are fighting with everyone."


grin grin
Re: Dear Lagosians, by Cybercop2002: 9:29pm On Jan 23
make i no talk my own

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by Karleb(m): 12:24am On Jan 24
For someone who has not really been to Lagos so many times, whenever I hear in depth stories about that place, I always know that's the place I'm supposed to be.


Life on this side bore me sometimes.

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by Cybercop2002: 7:29am On Jan 24
Karleb:
For someone who has not really been to Lagos so many times, whenever I hear in depth stories about that place, I always know that's the place I'm supposed to be.eko ile


Life on this side bore me sometimes.
something i do feel like am stuck but when lagos hit me
Re: Dear Lagosians, by carbony4red(m): 2:17pm On Jan 24
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Re: Dear Lagosians, by konkonbilo(m): 2:17pm On Jan 24
angry
Re: Dear Lagosians, by IMASTEX: 2:17pm On Jan 24
To me Lagos is a perfect place only for commerce and not a dwelling place. The general rush & stress level is extremely high. I once told a guy who was so obsessed with Lagos life, that Lagos would make one age faster because everything is always on the fast lane. I believe most persons who live in would have preferred living in neighbouring states if there were ease in transportation to & fro especially train system, so they can only work in Lagos and return to their state of residence daily. I prefer my southern states!

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by foreshore(m): 2:18pm On Jan 24
sonofjos:
Dear lagosians,

Please pardon the grammatic errors.

Being born and bred in the north, I am conditioned to a certain societal behaviour that the first time I went to Lagos, interacting and seeing the people was a bit of a cultural shock to me. I've travelled to many states in the North and few in the south and almost all seemed just about the same as home.

But the first time I visited Lagos a few years ago I had many experiences that made it seem as if was in another country entirely. I'll share a few notable ones.

Please note that I'm not looking for trouble, I'm just giving a honest opinion

It was as if everyone seemd to converse harshly over very simple transactions. One would think they know each other from somewhere.
Many people in the public seemed angry as a default mode. I wondered why.

I boarded a bus to computer village and a primary school kid later joined and was later exchanging very hot words with the conductor who was a very muscular guy over some trivial amount. I watched with interest and it got to a point where I feared for the little guy because If that conductor decided to as much as slap the small boy, there won't be much left. But somehow the conductor calmed down as if he had met a worthy opponent. That boy seemed to me as if he had super powers.

I joined another bus and a fight broke out between the conductor and a passenger. Both of whom were muscular. None would hear sorry. The fight got so bad that the both ended with broken faces and the passenger got a rock and shattered off both side mirrors of the bus. Since I intended to join night bus home, I kukuma dropped and joined okada (it was legal then) which was much more expensive but worth it. I don't know how they ended.

I noticed many young people are muscular body builders. I wonder why.

I was walking on a street at computer village and a guy started threatening and commanding me to come over. At first, I thought he was speaking to someone else when I realised there was no one around me, and he made it clear he was referring to me. Till today, I don't know what confidence made me to keep walking. That was how I escaped O.

Everyone seems to be in hell of a rush.
I even said that if rapture takes place, Lagos would not know anything had happened for two weeks.

But Behind all these seemingly negative atmosphere, I discovered that lagosians are very kind people. Always willing to help.
As a stranger, I found it difficult to find places and routes. But almost anyone you ask is very willing to show you directions. I've had instances where people left their comfort to walk me to places where they gave me directions. Very welcoming set of people to strangers I tell you.

All these mixed experiences made me say that Lagosians are Indeed a very strange people.

Many other things I've experienced at Lagos over my other subsequent visits, but Lagos has remained strange to me.

I mean no disrespect to anyone, I'm just a fellow countryman who wants to better know my country.

My question to you guys is, why is Lagos the way it is?

Is there anything I missed or misunderstood about Lagos?

Thanks

Hmmmmm, myeti man in Lagos. Welcome on board!

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by HeadShot: 2:18pm On Jan 24
Hahahaha
Re: Dear Lagosians, by GreatOlu1: 2:18pm On Jan 24
Wahala for Lagos b like bicycle.

Don't be suprised most active users on Nairaland are Lagosians.

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by BigDick70inch(m): 2:19pm On Jan 24
Q
Re: Dear Lagosians, by SoNature(m): 2:19pm On Jan 24
Most Lagosians are literarily mad and they don't even know it.

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by Thiwalade: 2:19pm On Jan 24
wink
Re: Dear Lagosians, by Nobody: 2:19pm On Jan 24
Ishilove:

Hello sonofjos, thank you for sharing.

People like us who were born and raised here notice a marked difference in the tempo of activities in other areas of the country. I was in Ondo for a year and I almost ran mad there because life in that state is so... sleepy. Everyone was just moving like geriatric patients, unlike Lagos here where if you are too slow, you will be shoved aside. Last last when it was time to leave, I packed my travelling bags and two mighty Ghana-must-go bags and fled the place by 6am.

Lagos is a melting pot of different ethnic groups with different characters, both saintly and shady, so overtime it developed a character unique to it. We talk angrily a lot of the times because there is someone somewhere always trying to provoke you, cheat you, or steal from you so we are always on guard and on the defensive. Someone tried to pick my bag last year but the kind of eye I gave him must have turned his ancestors in their graves.

Add the congested roads and the traffic and you cannot be calm even if you try to. You will be angry for no reason. Yoruba people call it 'kan ra'. Pepper body. That is why danfo drivers behave like animals because one cannot sit inside hold up day in day out, inhaling noxious exhaust fumes, avoiding police, LASTMA, NURTW agbero, taskforce, police, VIO, those new ones wearing green uniform (I don't know these ones. There are so many uniforms in Lagos) and still be completely sane.

Conductors and passengers fighting is a normal thing. One day I was returning from work and saw two fighting in the middle of the road, and what amazed me was they were sparring like professional boxers, complete with the boxer's stance and leg work. iKid you not. Conductor and passenger. It was the agberos, funny enough, who came to chase them from the road because they were constituting nuisance to other road users. The kid you described did not have any super powers. He was just acting like the typical Lagosian who has been conditioned to act out in the face of provocation. Eat or be eaten. Some of these conductors are very rude and nasty (I suspect it is their own defence mechanism) while some passengers on the other hand are idiots.

The trader in Computer Village was not 'threatening' you. They are simply aggressive marketers. If you don't aggressively market your products you won't make any sales because there a 1001 traders selling the same thing as you. The secret to walking successfully through the Village is rearranging your face to look like granite, avoiding eye contact with anyone and stubbornly ignoring 'threatening'' calls. They cannot hijack you from the road into their shop, abi? Develop military mind! cheesy

The same military mind my friend Sanchez01 took to Enugu when he went on a visit. He wanted to board a bus and used ishon (muscle) to run pell mell to where the bus was parked waiting for him. When he jumped in with the skill of a James Bond stuntsman, he met the driver and passengers staring at him strangely.

The driver asked him: "Oga, are you from Lagos?", to which he replied in the affirmative. The driver then remarked "No wonder. It is only Lagos people that behave like they are fighting with everyone."
Oh my! You write so well. I had a good laugh.
Lagos is too stressful jare. I don't know if I can live there o.

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by Ottyn01(m): 2:20pm On Jan 24
You can't be staying in Lagos and be normal... Is impossible grin grin

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Re: Dear Lagosians, by illicit(m): 2:20pm On Jan 24
cheesy


Expensive and fast city....


When I was working at Ogba and living at Abule Egba, Half my salary goes to transport and the same bus you took for 50# in the morning could become 200 in the evening.... Very unpredictable.
I would leave home early without breakfast and to buy food everyday consumes almost the other half....

I only have change left to buy one or two wears at month end, I couldn't afford decent accommodation....


I kukuma resigned and went to Ondo state

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