Are you a Lagosian?

We daresay Lagos is one of the most interesting cities to live in, in the world.

It is without a doubt, the most popular city in Nigeria. Home to over 21 million people, it’s not for nothing Lagos is called the commercial centre of Nigeria; center for excellence. It’s in the wealth of people and their never ending energy. It’s in how everyone is always in a hurry to get somewhere and how the city never sleeps, even in the dead of the night.

Lagos is known for its beautiful edifices, adrenaline pumping nightlife and her notorious traffic jams, popularly called ”Go-Slow”. The people of Lagos are industrious and accommodating, offering countless opportunities to the locales as well as visitors. All these unique attributes bind Lagosians together and lends the city her own special charm.

And while you may need to have spent a reasonable time living in Lagos, you do not have to be an indigene of the state to be considered a proper Lagosian. There are certain experiences that tells you that you have shed your “Johnny Just Come (JJC)”status and are now a true “son of the soil”.

So If you haven’t experienced any of the below, your “Lagosianess” is questionable.

Left home at 5am for a 10am appointment

The average Lagosian knows that the fear of traffic is the beginning of wisdom. Only in Lagos would you set out for a 30 minutes journey 3 hours earlier because the traffic is unpredictable.

Traffic Shopping

You can even buy land in Lagos traffic! No kidding. From snacks to phones to Christmas trees, even puppies! Everything sellable is sold in Lagos traffic and we all have had that random purchase, even though we sometimes get home to realize it was an unnecessary spend or the item was fake.

Missing item

This one can pain ehn.

One minute, the gbedu is entering your body as you disconnect from the sorrows of the traffic that lies ahead, and the next minute, nothing.  Just silence. Then you realize that your phone has been moved. Just Wow. We tell you.

Such is the skill of a Lagos petty thief. They move as fast as the city. If you haven’t experienced one or heard of a tale of someone it happened to, are you even a Lagosian?

Always in a hurry

This is a public service announcement. If you walk too slow, you can get pushed off the curb. This is Lagos. Keep it moving.  And the city’s motto should be adjusted to include, “Time waits for no man”.

Multitasking

This is an offshoot of always being in a hurry. An average Lagosian can eat, walk, talk on the phone and hop on a bus during rush hour, all at the same time. Every minute counts. You can’t afford to buy a snack and wait at the bustop to finish eating, when you can as well eat in the vehicle. Recognizing the traffic hours, that extra 10 mins wasted at the bus stop may cost you 3 hours stranded in traffic.

Multitasking

This is an offshoot of always being in a hurry. An average Lagosian can eat, walk, talk on the phone and hop on a bus during rush hour, all at the same time. Every minute counts. You can’t afford to buy a snack and wait at the bustop to finish eating, when you can as well eat in the vehicle. Recognizing the traffic hours, that extra 10 mins wasted at the bus stop may cost you 3 hours stranded in traffic.

Owambe!

Owambe; noun – a social event at which a group of people meet to talk, eat, drink, dance etc often wearing a uniformed attire popularly called aso ebi.

Lagosians love to party and so they create several avenues and opportunities to make merry. Be it birthdays, weddings or someone wants to turn their long dead relative in the grave, there’s always an occasion for you to attend. And who wouldn’t with all that free Nigerian jollof rice? The week is already stressful as it is so weekends are basically set aside for the different forms of partying available in the bubbling city, whichever option floats your boat.

Lagosians are super heroes, believe me. So check your chest to see if you’re wearing your badge of honor.

You aren’t? Kindly indoctrinate yourself in the above, fast.

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