I can’t believe 2019 has come to an end. We were only just screaming “happy new year” yesterday and look at us now; ready to scream into another decade.
2019 for Lagos was a mix of highs and lows. In my opinions, it had more lows than highs but then, that’s just me. I put down few of what I thought were the highlights for 2019 in Lagos in my opinion.
In 2019, we got two new governors: Let’s forget what the official papers say. The fact is that we have two heads running Lagos – the figure head and the head of affairs. That’s all I will say on the matter.
Poverty Xenophobia: I was pained when this happened ehn. Not because of the Nigerians that lost their lives in South Africa. But because of the businesses that lost money because Lagosians went haywire. Nobody can convince me that the looting was not just hunger speaking.
All those kids that died in Ita-Faji building collapse: I have no words. There are still hundreds of structures that shouldn’t be standing in Lagos. Hopefully, the authorities get to them before somebody else is killed. For those kids, may their souls rest in peace. Amen.
Detty December launched with a bang: This one was double fold – a bang and a slur. Cardi B visited Nigeria and has become our new bae. Lekki Lagosians slept in traffic for more than six hours. Lagos really did them detty.
MC Oluomo finally made it: All the fighting finally came to a stop and the NURTW people crowned MC Oluomo as their Chairman. Maybe Teni will sing a song for him this time?
SARS vs Lagosians: Unfortunately, this struggle has not ended. What started as a social media campaign is now an occasional ripple in the sea of troubles facing Lagosians. The harassment seems to have reduced though. But SARS is still doing their thing on the down low.
Mobolaji Johnson passed on: The first military governor of Lagos State passed on in 2019. You know somebody else that passed on too? Moradeun Balogun. The manner in which she died still hurts. May their souls rest in peace. Amen.
Water didn’t carry Lagos away: Rain pitied us this year small o. Lekki and Victoria Island managed to remain on the land. Stop dredging and clogging waterways, they will not hear. Let’s hope 2020 is better than 2019 in this regard.
Traffic: Does this one ever go away? It just gets worse honestly. Hopefully when all the road network constructions by Babajide Sanwo-Olu is completed, there will be some reduction to the volume.
EFCC raided Ambode’s home: The powers that be are just bent on making this man a laughing stock. I’m not saying don’t do the right thing and catch fraudsters o. But to raid the home of a former governor of the state? We catch the sub.
Naira Marley became our new president: EFCC thought they were catching a criminal. However, they unknowingly created a king. Small advice? Don’t shout “Marlians” in a marketplace.
I know these can’t be all. What events in 2019 stood out the most for you? Share with us in the comments section.
Have a Happy New Year.
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