We are six months into 2021. Wow! This year is almost over, folks! How are you feeling about it?
Me? I feel like a car riding down Lagos-Badagry Expressway. Flung about and getting beat up because I’m dodging many potholes.
Seriously, have you travelled along that road before? It is one of the worst you’ll ever see. I wonder why nothing has been done to it.
So, July 2021 came with a different vibe. There was no new month, new energy vibe with it. It just landed like the Big Aunty that only shows up when there is a serious matter on ground. I’m guessing the serious matter would be what have we been doing with ourselves since January?
Have we marked achievements so far? Not to apply pressure on you. But these are questions we should be asking if we are going to be the progress-conscious people I assume we aim to be.
I’ll not tell you what I’ve achieved so far. Rather, I’ll tell you some of the things that I’ve learnt.
The first thing is that governance in Lagos is a shadow job. You see reports on social media, you watch it on TV, hear titbits on the radio. That’s all. It’s kind of there but you can’t really feel it so you just accept it. Maybe one day, we’ll gist about this in detail.
Second; whenever you’re feeling some type of way, take a trip somewhere inside a Danfo. It will reset you. There is nothing like bumping shoulders with strangers and enduring all the noise and horrible Lagos stench to fill you with new energy for anything.
Third; the huge drum of garbage you have outside your gate is your contribution to real estate development. If you think I’m wrong, take a drive down to Ibeju-Lekki or Epe and look at all the beautifully named estates springing up in isolated areas. You’re definitely making the ground stronger for somebody’s next foundation.
Fourth; Lagosians have stopped caring about the government. It is said but we seem to have become insulated against political shenanigans. Only the people benefitting directly from politicians carry elections on their heads. No wonder politicians don’t bother to campaign anymore.
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Fifth; your room is also an R&R spot. Why are you pressuring yourself to go out and “enjoy” when you can transform your space into a relaxation spot? There is no rest or relaxation in Lagos. Something will try to take it away from you between your door and your destination. You should sit at home.
Sixth; Lagos is a utopia. Some things can’t happen here. If you’re thinking Amotekun, you know where my head is at. But let’s just leave it there.
Finally, I will end here. I don’t want to elongate this list unnecessarily. I hope the remainder of 2021 treats you better than its first half. I hope you succeed with all your goals.
And may the Spirit of Lagos align with all your dreams.