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What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by KingAzubuike(f): 8:23pm On Jun 25, 2023
I grew up in the 80's and early 90's

Then, its until 4:00 PM before TV stations resume broadcast and they begin with the National Anthem

Chicken George and Mr. Biggs' were the only places parents take kids to if kids have excelled very well in exams

Before third mainland bridge was built, It was only Carter and Eko bridge that was linking the Island and the Mainland

Lekki was non-existent and the biggest highbrow area was Ikeja especially the GRA.

We never had smart phones, XBox, PSP or smart devices...The Behind game we had then was 'Brick Game' with 99 in 1 game device. Other games were field games e.g Bubble gum-bubble gum, catcher, Ten-ten, Suwe, Mother may I, Mr Macaroni, etc

Electricity was much more better compared to what we have now.

We had very few TV stations which are NTA 10, NTA 7, NTA 2 channel 5, LTV/LWT, OGTV, (AIT and DBN joined later in the 90's), etc

Best kiddies TV programs includes: Kidi vision 101, Speak out, Dr. Who, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, Cartoons (Voltron, Super Ted, Atom Ant, Danger Mouse, Chuckle Hounds, Incredible Hulk, etc.

The Nigerian Police force was more professional and more effective than it is now.

Parents can so beat the hell out of children...unlike now that parents and Children negotiate or even argue. You dare not look your parents in the eye.

That's all I can remember...

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by vastolord4(m): 8:30pm On Jun 25, 2023
We look at our aunties and uncles playing rough play and well be laughing without knowing they were tapping current.. I swear, kids then were soo innocent

Light supply wasn't the problem then, the problem was what to do with the light.. schedule was really tight then.. the only tv program we saw then was Santa babra, sledge hammer, power rangers, voltron

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by eepeepook: 8:31pm On Jun 25, 2023
Keep reminiscing on the past while the old men who ruled us then still rule us now, ensuring the future stays bleak.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by Bodeem: 8:31pm On Jun 25, 2023
I remember running home after 3 o'clock closing hour so as not to miss my favorite cartoons on TV

There was nothing like satellite TV which meant we watched more contents on local TV. You go to school the following day to gist with friends about the episodes.

Christmas was much fun, we visited friends and families on Christmas day and eat to your satisfaction

There was nothing like phone so whenever my dad goes to work , I stay outside all night till he comes back. Make I no lie anytime its getting so late around 10pm and he's not back I start thinking of bad things like he was kidnapped or had an accident grin. The more it gets late, the more i get worried and when i finally see his peageot 504 headlamp shining from afar, there js this relief thay engolfs me instantly.grin. May his gentle soul rest in peace, he passed on last year.

Teachers and parents beat the hell out of you, they were more ruthless than what we have now.

Our soldiers (army) back then used to be very skinny infact na khaki dey wear them no be them dey wear khaki but the fear they commanded back then is far more than what we have today.

Oh did I forget Mr biggs toilets? When you enter Mr biggs toilet, you find phone numbers painted on the wall. They obviously belong to people looking for love.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by Bodeem: 8:38pm On Jun 25, 2023
Lagos was far ahead of other cities. Most parts of ogun state for example was just Bush and dense forest. Today its totally different

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by KingAzubuike(f): 8:45pm On Jun 25, 2023
I grew up middle class in Yaba in the late 80s and early 90s. I was surrounded by children. We lived on a secondary school campus, because my mom was a teacher, and the school gave subsidized housing). We lived in a block of 24 flats, and there were dozens of kids my age. We were kind of like a gang, roaming the huge school campus, playing catcher on the school field, and hide and seek in the school buildings. Climbing guava trees and trying to find the really ripe ones that were pink inside, instead of white.

My mother used to send my siblings and I to Sabo market to buy vegetables and fruit for the family. I was navigating Yaba traffic by myself at age 10. Nobody stopped us to ask why these children were walking alone on the main road. My sisters and I used to take the bus to Tejuosho sometimes to go and price second-hand clothes and bras. I remember hating TJ because the male traders would grab young girls like me and harrass us. Some would just reach out and touch you as you walked by. A trip to the market always ended with chicken pie and icecream at Mr. Biggs.

I went to a primary school in Yaba that was located in a railway compound. Sometimes the rail workers would go on strike and they would not let the students/parents enter the compound. Once they threw tear gas into the school while we kids were there. I remember the coughing and crying.

Actually, I remember a lot of riots. I didn't understand anything about politics, so I had no idea about Babangida or Abacha. All I knew was when people start rioting, you put tree branches in the window shield of the car, to show that you are a supporter. My parents shielded me from the turmoil of those times, but it wasn't always possible because of the riots, and the reports on TV of people being executed.

Every child I knew in primary school also had "lessons" after school. If we were not playing outside or singing in church, we were at Lesson. My teacher was Mr. Nnaemeka. Several of the kids from my block of flats would walk the 20 or so minutes to his house together unsupervised - he was WICKED. He beat us with twisted wire if we did not do our homework or were unable to recite the meaning of English words we'd learn every Friday. I remember he never beat my younger sister, because she was so cute. One time he was getting ready to beat her and she started crying, so he left her alone. The rest of us were not so lucky. On the way home we would buy sweets and biscuits from the mallams along the main road.

In secondary school, when Ken Saro-Wiwa was killed, a girl in my class was crying. That was the moment I realized there was a lot I didn't know about Nigeria. I remember looking at her and wondering who the hell was Ken Saro-Wiwa to generate such copious tears. When Abacha died in the mid nineties, I was sick with malaria and staying at the "sick bay." It rained heavily that day. The nurses said that God was crying in relief. A lot of people (at least in the South) were happy.
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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by tommy589(m): 8:57pm On Jun 25, 2023
LWT non stop TV programmes from Friday to Monday morning

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by UrennaNkoli(f): 9:31pm On Jun 25, 2023
Last time I posted was 5 years ago but I had to drop this due to nostalgia.





There's was little means of communication. If you don't have the patience of sending letters through post office , I think only NiTEL was available at thay point and it was not reliable. I lived briefly at dodan barracks. I remember we kids hailing babangida as his convoy leaves . Baba go just use newspaper cover his face lol. Very handsome man and likeable man. The rich lived in ikeja and surulere, there was nothing like lekki, those places were just villages mostly huts, on the mainland it was as if where civilization ended was iyanaipaja. Anything beyond that was just Bush. Berger was very scanty. Going further to ibafo was just bush . Scanty settlements as you drive to ibadan.. then mowe was another scanty settlement coz it led to ofada and owode egba. You could also access abeokuta through that route. There were very few TV stations tho they had times they opened and closed can't remember. We watched local contents at night. There were richer contents on Saturday and Sunday nights. Sunday night food was usually moi moi and garri.

There was also constant riots and protest such that once they start somewhere, it rapidly escalates . Everybody starts closing shops and running home. Students were also forced to close from school and go home. I didnt know much about politics then so i didnt know what was going on. Children played together till late night when everyone is tired. When abacha died, people were running up and down celebrating. I thought nigeria had won the world cup or something. I was a teenager then, it felt so weird seeing people jubilate that someone had just died. . Oh did I forget the once in a blue moon Sunday trips to Mr biggs. Life generally was bitter sweet.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by carl90(m): 9:37pm On Jun 25, 2023
Life was good back then.
I am in my late 30s.
I can remember dad took all of us, family,to Mr. Biggs at Apapa,Lagos after we close from church.
There was surplus.
Food dey.
God rest the soul of dad.
Now,every don scatter.
It is well sha.
Aluta continua ,Victoria ascertae.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by PerfectStranger(m): 10:13pm On Jun 25, 2023
How about papa ajasco?

Indomie generation can't relate tho cool

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by BigBlackPreek(m): 10:53pm On Jun 25, 2023
There was this popular American TV program"PASSION" I use to it watch around 2002 , I was 10 at that year.

The main subjects of the program was a kid boy staying with his strict granny

She was so tough on him that she hardly let him play with other kids outside their house

The boy do get upset many times and granny wasn't given in at all.

Very interesting program for kiddies way back then

The granny should be around 65-70 at that time and kid boy should be between 9 and 11.

How time flies

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by BigBlackPreek(m): 11:00pm On Jun 25, 2023
I was 7 and in primary 2 and kid my sis who was going to 5 yr plus was in primary 1 when Abacha died

As kiddies way back then, we were made to know that Sanni Abacha was a very wicked man, lols

How time flies
UrennaNkoli:
Last time I posted was 5 years ago but I had to drop this due to nostalgia.





There's was little means of communication. If you don't have the patience of sending letters through post office , I think only NiTEL was available at thay point and it was not reliable. I lived briefly at dodan barracks. I remember we kids hailing babangida as his convoy leaves . Baba go just use newspaper cover his face lol. Very handsome man and likeable man. The rich lived in ikeja and surulere, there was nothing like lekki, those places were just villages mostly huts, on the mainland it was as if where civilization ended was iyanaipaja. Anything beyond that was just Bush. Berger was very scanty. Going further to ibafo was just bush . Scanty settlements as you drive to ibadan.. then mowe was another scanty settlement coz it led to ofada and owode egba. You could also access abeokuta through that route. There were very few TV stations tho they had times they opened and closed can't remember. We watched local contents at night. There were richer contents on Saturday and Sunday nights. Sunday night food was usually moi moi and garri.

There was also constant riots and protest such that once they start somewhere, it rapidly escalates . Everybody starts closing shops and running home. Students were also forced to close from school and go home. I didnt know much about politics then so i didnt know what was going on. Children played together till late night when everyone is tired. When abacha died, people were running up and down celebrating. I thought nigeria had won the world cup or something. I was a teenager then, it felt so weird seeing people jubilate that someone had just died. . Oh did I forget the once in a blue moon Sunday trips to Mr biggs. Life generally was bitter sweet.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by ConfidentialDoc: 11:28pm On Jun 25, 2023
A bottle of coke was less than 50k

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by Johnjustice: 11:29pm On Jun 25, 2023
Fun, best times ever.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by BigDickProblems: 12:34am On Jun 26, 2023
The past, even as lovely and nostalgic it could be, is not a good place to dwell on. It's a bygone.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by Chno: 12:47am On Jun 26, 2023
In the 80s my pops was still using his old rickety Mercedes car to woo my mom who was playing hard to get

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by postigar(m): 1:39am On Jun 26, 2023
People of God
As way back 91,92,93, there was already satellite dish and cable network we used to watch captain planet, space ghost, thunder the barbarian, jossie and the pussy cat, centurions(power extreme), Mr T, the Flintstones, He-man, Thundercats and many more am still trying to remember.

Then there were game consoles already out then by that period
There was family computer, Sega drive, the was nitendo(Ness) and super nitendo(sness)

Then if you owned any of this game consoles your parents were topnotch and if u guys had cable TV then. Then few years later CTL came out

Was very fortunate to have most of these while growing up

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by Sablexxxtoons: 5:41am On Jun 26, 2023
Yes there was NES then SNES then later playstation

In the 80s Nigeria was ravaged by the Military rulers stealing so corruption had already spoilt many things ..traffic lights etc weren't working

We still got some of the classic 80s quality content and cartoons like Voltron, superted, fraggle rock, wonder years, bassey and company, ripples, behind the clouds, Jake and the Fat man. moonlighting ( with a young Bruce Willis)

Everything was of higher quality and we ate more healthily..see the thick stature of our footballers then


That same Bruce Willis is an old man now battling dementia now .. so that would tell you something about time .
Then the ultra rich had big satellite dish but with time cable came and we had sky tv cartoon network etc ..the the first pcs and early windows versions, then early internet..

Its actually amazing the speed of tech development we have witnessed

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by UrennaNkoli(f): 8:07am On Jun 26, 2023
ConfidentialDoc:
A bottle of coke was less than 50k
We were buying goldspot for 15 naira

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by OloyeVIII: 8:31am On Jun 26, 2023
Days of potato and pepper during break time.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by ConfidentialDoc: 9:00am On Jun 26, 2023
UrennaNkoli:

We were buying goldspot for 15 naira


Goldspot made by Femstar nig ltd.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by jumper524(m): 2:29pm On Jun 26, 2023
I was in lagos late 90s till 2010.
Relocated to Abuja.
I must say even though lagos have its own ills, its still the most accommodating and civilised state I've stayed in.
You don't need to behave like them to be able to live with them.

But then there's this sense of entitlement attached to staying in lagos, you feel your more exposed to the best of everything meanwhile even street smart, boys from other state go run you neater than lagosians.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by Gangster1ms: 2:29pm On Jun 26, 2023
Life was beautiful and more creative
Nothing like APC then

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by Muhylonaire007: 2:29pm On Jun 26, 2023
Hmmm......
We can't name them all, the indomie generation really missed. They missed when we still have culture, traditions, norms and beliefs, what we have now is the imitation of the western world.

If only we can go back in time, but unfortunately we can't.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by bennybuhari: 2:29pm On Jun 26, 2023
Lagos is no longer what it used to be

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by FreeStuffsNG: 2:29pm On Jun 26, 2023
80s started with Operation feed the nation, then war against indisisi and SAP now finished the decade with most parents out of job!

80s and 90s were military years and aluta of June 12 annulment! Even the Eyo Festival was not spared of fights and bloodshed in Lagos.

Real life of back to the drawing board progress started in the year 2000 and upwards. That is why Lagosians suffered the most and when we demand for respect and reciprocity from Igboland, give us o. We can not suffer double jeopardy of having visitors cheat us by keeping their own 100% from us after all we went through to build , defend and revive our city to a place that welcome them in droves today.


God bless Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. God bless him for the renaissance of our city under his leadership. Col. Marwa tried too but too much filth , bomb blasts, OPC/ Hausa war and assassination of our Yoruba leaders remain a blight on his tenure.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by SangoOlukosoOba(m): 2:29pm On Jun 26, 2023
Days of

Chicken George
Kingsway
Country Club
Water parks
Nigerian Airways 🥰🥰🥰


The International airport was not crowded then. Airport Authority staff quarters was like UK back in those days. Clean and posh! That Airport area was a military zone that was peaceful, serene, and quite.

Life was fun then. I was so certain The future was going to be bright. Absolutely nothing was being forced then. It was easy does it!

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by absoluteSuccess: 2:30pm On Jun 26, 2023
vastolord4:
We look at our aunties and uncles playing rough play and well be laughing without knowing they were tapping current.. I swear, kids then were soo innocent

Light supply wasn't the problem then, the problem was what to do with the light.. schedule was really tight then.. the only tv program we saw then was Santa babra, sledge hammer, power rangers, voltron

Voltron the defender of the universe.

Cartoons

Superted, spotty, frago rock.

TV programs

Dr. Who, Sunday Rendezvous, Tales by moonlight, New masquerade, newsline, Sunday night blues.

Fav Wrestlers

Kabuki, Yukosuna, Mr T, Undertaker, Mico Hey, Kerry, Thunder kids, Mascara.

Pleasant memories, praying to grow up quickly back then as though it's the paradise phase of life.

To God be the glory.

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by Conner44: 2:30pm On Jun 26, 2023
It was heavenly. That was the advent of water parks, amusement Park. Mr. Biggs etc.

These days even our kids cannot use simple broomsticks, newspapers and thread to create and fly a normal kite in the clouds cry

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Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by GODPUNISHALABI: 2:33pm On Jun 26, 2023
tinubu was still building lagos.....everywhere was undeveloped lagosians were crying "ronu" the igbos are coming
Re: What Was It Like Growing Up In The 80s And 90s In Lagos by ruffDiamond: 2:33pm On Jun 26, 2023
The best years of the cuntrey before everything went south and it's now a Sh1tt hole undecided..I remember parmalat, Voltron,famous five, cockcrow at dawn,one more chance,(madam kofo Dem)and more importantly, constant light, running water (tap) relatively good security of life and property,most girls were virgin, hardly any olosho, social interaction is real -time, face to face,not the fake live people display on social media,

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