Firstly, to everyone born and raised in Lagos, and to everyone that lives in Lagos, big ups to you. If you can live and survive in Lagos, trust me you can survive anywhere else. I’m sure you must have heard that before because it is just as true as it sounds.
Lagos is a beautiful city, the city of excellence but as much as we love the beautiful city of Lagos where most of us call home, there are a few things we just cannot help but hate about Lagos.
Lagos is known for being overpopulated, too many people and too many cars. Everyone believes that Lagos is just the place to achieve your dreams and because of that idea, people never stop trying so hard to move down here. With so much population comes the issue of everyday traffic in Lagos. You spend hours on the road going to work, spend hours going back home and literally have to leave your home hours earlier, if you have to meet up with an appointment. Traffic is the nightmare of every Lagosian.
2. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Public Transportation can be really annoying on some days. If you are a regular bus jumper, you’d understand. If the constant mix of body odour from both the conductor who decides to wear a singlet and stretches his hand over your head to collect his money, to other passengers who smell like they spent the night at the abattoir. Not to talk of the ones that decide to eat smelly food in the bus, listen to their radio loudly, make their phone calls a public conversation, or leave their babies diaper on all day. Trust me, it is unpleasant.
Moving to Lagos is one thing, getting a place to stay is a stay is another thing entirely. The adventure starts when you try to find a comfortable place. You finally find a comfortable place after a very long search, then the price tag causes an earthquake on your account balance and the agents do not help matters. Agents make life two stops harder, they try to suck you dry with a very tiny long straw, adding more pain to the mental sickness caused by the account shaking rent.
4. CHURCHES AND MOSQUES EVERYWHERE
This is something we battle with every day in Lagos, anywhere and everywhere you turn to, you see a Church or a Mosque. We have no idea if Nigerians are being too religious or if religion is the new paying business. With their big speakers tuned to the loudest, you can hardly get a resting time even in your own house.
5. BAD ROADS
Bad roads in Lagos cannot be overemphasized. When it rains, the gods fight royal rumble on the roads making them amazingly worse and difficult to access. Like even the major roads have potholes, and if a governor decides to take that route, they fill the potholes up with stones or granite.
Young people hate this more, it is not bad enough that the market gets really dirty on so many occasions, one cannot just go to the market in peace. With those Igbo market sellers dragging at your arms, trying to make you patronize them and throwing insults at you when you refuse them. Going to the market in Lagos is just a “NO”.
7. POWER SUPPLY
NEPA!!! It takes three days for the electric wires to get dry after a day’s rain. Like why? The power supply in some parts of Lagos is so poor. Like, why being stingy with the power?
Even with the help of government workers cleaning up the streets of Lagos, Lagosians always find a way to dump dirt just anywhere they are comfortable with. This cannot be blamed on the government because they try to play their part, but the citizens have just refused to help and it is so sad.
9. FEAR OF BEING ROBBED
Remember when we talked about traffic? Yeah, most of us have to leave home really earlier because of traffic just to make it early to work. We get home late even after leaving work immediately after work closes but in those times we leave home and are returning home, it could be too early or quite late, and we have to be very alert because you could get waylaid and robbed. It is a tough world out there
10. FAKE ACCENT
This is the most interesting part of Lagos, everything na packaging. You meet a girl or guy who has never traveled out of Lagos, didn’t attend a good school, maybe did not even go to the university and definitely did not have an accent two minutes before you met them, but all of a sudden they have a British or American accent. Trust me, forming a fake accent should be characterized as a superpower because, in Lagos, it has boosted lives.
Nollywood has painted Lagos in such a way that people outside life feel like life is different, everyone wants to come to the city not knowing that the idea of Lagos they have is a scam. Everything in Lagos is PACKAGED.