Agatha Chukwuma almost flew out of her skin when she made the discovery recently. Twenty-one and in search of a better future, she was ferried to Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, six months ago by an uncle from her native Orlu in Imo State. Apart from pursuing admission into one of the nation’s higher institutions since arriving the fast-paced city, the young woman has also been learning the art of making hair at a place close to her uncle’s house at Fadeyi, a suburb of Lagos. It has been a busy period for her.
However, last week, after months of failed promises, she finally decided to pay one of her female cousins, Nneka, a visit on Victoria Island, a posh part of the city. According to tales she had heard, only wealthy people – especially those working in banks and ‘big’ companies live on VI as the area is popularly called. Read more